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Photo Tip: When in doubt, pan

I suspect a lot of photographers can relate to the scenario of arriving on location with your camera but without much certainty about what to do with it. This happens to me a lot. It’s not like we always have the luxury of having every frame mapped out before we even arrive. Sometimes, there is a foggy vagueness that you …

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Photo Tip: Dust off forgotten photos

As it currently stands, my Lightroom catalog has about 185,000 photos and videos stored within it. Of those records, I’m certain that I’ve spent any meaningful amount of time on, maybe, 1% of them. 1%! And the crime is not that I don’t have time to budget for them, but rather it’s because I simply forget. I’ve tried pinning the tail on …

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Bring forth the rain

One of the main reasons why I moved to Portland was for the rain. Rain is life. It helps keep the verdant surroundings of this area lush and beautiful. It ensures surges in the waterfalls and creeks that line the Columbia River. And it helps keep the climate nice and cool. Daddy like all of those things. Yesterday, I saw this …

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Photo Tip: Embrace Moody Weather

Recently, I spent a couple of days in Bandon, OR. Before making my plans to go, several friends warned me of the fog that often rolls in during this time of year. After the copious amounts of clear blue skies and blazing heat, some fog and cooler temps actually sounded perfect! It’s understandable if the typical reaction to this sort …

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Clearing my mind at Bandon, OR

The past few weeks have been a positive whirlwind. After spending an emotionally fulfilling, and exhausting, workshop in Nicaragua with The Giving Lens and Empowerment International, I had hoped to spend a week or so taking stock of my time there. I have a lot that I want to share—I just need to sort it all out. That mental respite that …

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Sony a7R II – First hand impressions + RAW Download

On June 10th, Sony announced the a7R II, the next addition to their disruptive line of full frame mirrorless cameras. While the camera will begin shipping to customers in the next day or two, I had the opportunity to put it to use for a few days. While there will certainly be no shortage of deep tech reviews of this …