Evil Deer, Lyme Disease, Canon XTI

I hate these F’n deer.  Cute?  I don’t think so.  These pics are not great, but I took all of these deer shots in my yard to show you how close Beelzebub’s minions can be to you.  Even the monster buck with the massive rack was just yards from my front door.  And get this…… I live just a few miles from the Philadelphia city line in a very very populated area.  Just unbelievable.

Click here to understand this very real threat to our way of life and bodily fluids.

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Juvenile Osprey 1.4x Teleconverter Review

Here are some comparison shots of a juvenile Osprey with and without a Canon 1.4x II teleconverter for your review.  If you want to get more length and you don’t want to order something from late night TV, a teleconverter may be for you.

Click here to learn more about increasing magnification and seeing some flesh-ripping talons.

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Semipalmated Plovers & 500mm Big Lens

Semi wha?  What the heck does semipalmated mean?  How would you feel if someone called you semipalmated let alone semi-anything?


Click here to see these cute birds and 100% crops from my 500mm lens.

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Flowers, A Pool, & Canon 70-200mm Lens

My Canon 70-200mm L f/2.8 IS lens is just killer.  Just fantastic.  I used this lens to shoot some flowers in front of the blue background of a swimming pool.


Click here to read about this lens and see some neat photos with a killer background.

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How to Transfer 35mm Slides to Digital

What to do with my entire library of 35mm slides?  I have roughly 3,000 slides in boxes, and loaded into Kodak carousels.  I gotta get them into digital.

Here is how I did it, for low cost, and great results.

Click here to finally move those boxes of kids, pics at the shore, and bad fashion to your computer.

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Turtle Heads & Extension Tubes Review

Doing macro photography the cheap way: with extension tubes.  If you have a zoom lens and you want to get into macro photography, then try extension tubes as they are cheap and easy (well cheaper than a good macro lens anyway).

Click here to see a box turtle head close up and read about extension tubes.

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Cheesy Home Studio & White Balance

Boy, if only I had a home studio.  Lights, reflectors, half-nude models walking around, paparazzi demanding my time, crappy Euro-disco music blasting….. oooooooh… that would be great.  So I did my own home studio using nothing but a blanket. 

Click here to learn about setting white balance in my new home studio!

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Backup and Storage – Save Yourself!

How to backup your precious data and photos.  Also, some tips on what technologies to buy and what to avoid.  You need to read this as disaster is just behind you.  Look out!!!! AHHSHAHHHAAAAHHAHAAA!

Click here to be saved!  Yes, all it takes is a click!

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Black Skimmers & Shooting Birds In Flight

So you think I am going to give you tips on how to shoot birds in flight eh?  Well forget it!  I would if I could but I suck at it.  I really am awful at shooting birds in flight.  But a few did come out….

Click here to see some too-cool Skimmers and how lousy I am at shooting them.

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Bird Profiles & Rookie Photographers

You can tell who the rookie photographers are by the amount of time they spend shooting Herons and Egrets.  Rookies will fill up memory cards with Night Herons.  Great Blue Herons are another favorite of marsh newbies.

Click here to read the story and see some cool bird mug shots.

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Fox & Turtle – Not a Pub

No, this is not some raucous British pub with warm beer and a nice toad in the hole, but a different kind of wildlife.  This is a red fox kit hanging out and playing with its sibling and a redbelly turtle laying eggs in a New Jersey salt marsh. 

Click here for some wildlife and how I botched up a lucky situation.

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Pretty Tulips…Watch Your Background

Here is a collection of tulips I shot over the last few years.  Most were with my current Canon 5D Mk II, a truly amazing camera, but a few were with my first DSLR, a Canon XTi.  Think about what is behind your subject before you push the shutter.

Click here to see some tulips, color, and more color.

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Manfrotto vs SLIK Heads & 190CXPRO4 Tripod Review

I thought I can give you some tips and insights about some of the equipment I own to help you make a better decision before you shell out big bucks for a coupla tubes of aluminum or plastic.  Here I talk about the fantastic Manfrotto carbon fiber 190CXPRO4 tripod, Manfrotto’s only OK pistol grips, and the outstanding Slik pistol grip.

Click here for my equipment requirements and honest assessments.

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Gull vs Crab – First 500mm Lens Shots

These are some of the first pictures I took with my new, used Canon 500mm L f/4.0 IS monster lens.  I could not wait to get out there and show off my new big log.  I am now swinging some serious Japanese lumber and I could not wait to hang with the big length club out there in the nature reserves.

Click here to see a Gull battle a Crab as well as Grebe with a tasty fish.

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Storm Clouds Over New Jersey

Well folks in the Midwest will laugh at this silly little rain shower, but this is a rare site in New Jersey.  I took these on June 7, 2012 at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge near Atlantic City New Jersey while trying to take some pictures of shore birds.  The on-line weather report denoted that rain would not arrive until well after dark and would be partly sunny until then.  Oh well.

Click here to see this tempest.

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