Progrey G-150Z Review

July 22, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
If you are currently looking into 150mm filter systems, there are a lot of choices. Of course, you have Lee and Nisi, two of the most well-known (and expensive) brands. I use the Lee 100mm system myself, but I've had some problems with it, mainly light leaks and bad color cast. Originally I was thinking of getting Lee's 150mm system, but I soon rea...
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Nikon, Tamron, or Rokinon - Best Lens for Astro?

July 21, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
This week I finally had the opportunity to test the Nikon 14-24mm, Tamron 15-30mm, and Rokinon 14mm against one another. Cherry Springs State Park, in Northern PA, provided the perfect testing environment with its incredibly dark sky. I had a couple goals with this test: determine how vignette effects amp glow, test coma, test vignette, and see how...
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Sigma 35mm Art - Astrophotography Performance

July 20, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
The Sigma 35mm Art is renowned for its sharpness and the Sigma Art series lenses are supposed to be some of the best on the market. I purchased this lens back in 2015, hoping it would make an excellent lens for Milky Way photography, with its f/1.4 aperture. On my 2016 roadtrip, I was able to capture some stunning Milky Way photos with the Sigma!...
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A Look Back and The Next Adventure

July 16, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
A Look Back One year ago I embarked on my first photography roadtrip. 15,000 miles, 15 National Parks, 4 months, and thousands of pictures. Before the roadtrip, I had been working a full-time IT job in Youngstown, Ohio. Night after night I spent 9 hours in a windowless, grey building. I soon realized this wasn't what I wanted to do with my life. Af...
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Tamron 15-30mm vs Nikon 14-24mm

July 10, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
This weekend I had the chance to try the Tamron 15-30mm, one of the best wide-angle lenses out right now. For the past 6 months I've wanted to test this lens against the legendary Nikon 14-24mm. Unfortunately there was a full moon this weekend, so I couldn't capture any Milky Way photos. Instead, I went back to Observatory Park to do another Star T...
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Haida 150mm Filter System Review

June 30, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
For the past 3 years I've used Lee Filter's 100mm system on my lenses. When I purchased the Nikon 14-24mm, I needed a special filter system to work with the lens. After comparing 8 filter systems, it seemed that Haida Filters offered a good filter holder for a reasonable price. The Haida filter holder for the 14-24mm is currently $136, a bargain co...
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Planning your Solar Eclipse Photoshoot

June 14, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Step 1 - Learn what time the Eclipse will begin The Solar Eclipse will take place on August 21st in the US. While the Total Eclipse will only be visible in a narrow band across the country, virtually everyone should be able to see a partial eclipse. Use this interactive website to see what time the eclipse will occur at your location. You can choos...
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Long Exposure Photography Tips

June 12, 2017  •  1 Comment
Today we are going to be testing our ND filters to determine their exact properties. If you recently purchased some ND filters, this should really help! Even if you've had your filters for years, this will come in handy. I recommend shooting in RAW and using Adobe Camera RAW for the following tests. If you are new to Long Exposure Photography, read...
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Mindshift rotation180 Professional Review

April 24, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
The Mindshift rotation180 Professional is Mindshift's premier backpack. This pack has been specially designed for nature photographers who spend much of their time hiking and exploring. It features a rotating beltpack that provides quick access to your camera and lenses, as well as a larger interior compartment than can quickly be accessed without...
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ISO Invariance with a Nikon D750

April 22, 2017  •  1 Comment
What the heck is ISO Invariance? When I first heard about ISO Invariance it really threw me for a loop. I had to reconsider everything I'd learned about ISO and how it relates to Astrophotography. Normally I use ISO 6400 when photographing the Milky Way at night. I had always thought that using a low ISO, like ISO 400, and increasing the Exposure i...
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Rokinon 14mm vs Nikon 14-24mm

February 19, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
This weekend I finally had the chance to try out the acclaimed Nikon 14-24mm. With the unusually warm February weather, I packed up my gear and headed to Observatory Park. Since the Milky Way still isn't visible, I decided to create a Star Trails image. Once that was done I put the Nikon 14-24mm head to head with the Rokinon 14mm. The results were...
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Sleeklens Landscape Workflow Review

January 20, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Over the course of 2016, I spent hundreds of hours editing photos. In the process, I became intimately familiar with Adobe Camera RAW, Photoshop, and Google's Nik Collection. If you want to become a better photographer, I highly recommend you learn to edit your photos. With a little editing knowledge, you can take your photos to a whole new level!...
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Living on the Road

January 06, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Before You Go If you don't have one yet, get a Rewards Card. Every major credit card company has multiple cards you can apply for, each with different bonuses. I opted for the Capital One Quicksilver Card, which gives me 1.5% back on all purchases. I used this card for 90% of the purchases I made over the course of my roadtrip. When I finally got b...
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Joshua Tree

November 30, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
13,000 miles. 4 months on the road. 1 final location left, Joshua Tree National Park. I soon realized that Victorville California was on the way to Joshua Tree, of course I had to stop. If you remember my California Coast blog post, I was spending 16 hours a day stuck in my car watching YouTube videos. I had gotten hooked on the On Cinema series...
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November 27, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
With only 1 week remaining, I made an abrupt turn East. I now needed to drive across California to Yosemite National Park, only 255 miles away! As I drove up the coastal hills I got one last glimpse of the Pacific Ocean, a little sliver of blue nestled between the mountains. I soon found myself in an arid, flat expanse. This was one of the most...
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