The End of Wilderness?

January 30, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
What do all of these places have in common? They are all overrun with tourists!! Now sure, most of these spots are well-known overlooks and they are often right near a road or trail. With that being said, the amount of tourists visiting our National Parks each year is becoming overwhelming. This report from 2016 shows just how bad things are gettin...
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The Desert

January 16, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
A New Beginning I've now spent 6 months living on the road. I love having the absolute freedom to go where I want, for as long as I want, with nothing holding me back. It's how I am able to do my best work. With my time in Colorado nearing an end, and my journey into Utah rapidly approaching, I was actually getting bored and lonely. It didn't help...
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Autumn in the Colorado Mountains

November 27, 2017  •  2 Comments
Steamboat Springs By mid-September I arrived in Steamboat Springs, a beautiful mountain town in northern Colorado. I had heard wonderful things about this spot from many people so I was excited to finally explore the nearby aspen forests! As usual, I stopped at the library to download my maps, scout out the surrounding area, and fill up my water. A...
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Mindshift rotation180 Professional Review

November 20, 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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Star Tracker Tutorial

November 14, 2017  •  10 Comments
Tired of grainy Milky Way photos? Don't want to spend $2,000 on a new wide angle lens? A star tracker is the easiest, and most cost effective, way to capture higher quality nightscapes! These devices move the camera at the same speed as the stars, allowing you to take much longer photos without any star trails. The key to this process is a proper p...
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Telephoto Landscapes

November 07, 2017  •  3 Comments
For the past three months I've been on the road exploring some of the most beautiful places in America. From the Wind River Range to see the Great American Eclipse, to Maroon Bells for the first snowfall of the season, to the Pacific Coast! Surprisingly, one of my most used lenses is the Tamron 150-600mm. Many would consider this a wildlife lens, b...
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The Power of RAW

November 05, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
When many new photographers get their first DSLR, they tend to shoot in JPEG only. Shooting in JPEG is an easy way to go, but you lose a lot of control over your final image. RAW allows complete control over your images! A RAW file is an unprocessed image, like a digital negative. In the film days, a negative contained all the information to make...
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Waterfalls and Wildfires

September 11, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
After witnessing the Great American Eclipse, I had some free time to kill before the fall colors came to Colorado. Without hesitation, I knew I wanted to see the Pacific Northwest again. It is, by far, one of my favorite places in the entire country. Little did I know what was about to unfold... For the entire duration of my roadtrip, wildfire s...
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Great American Solar Eclipse

August 25, 2017  •  1 Comment
On June 14th I found the perfect spot to watch the Solar Eclipse: Square Top Mountain, in the Wind River Range. Using a photo I'd seen from the Wind River Range in Wyoming, and Google Earth to pinpoint the exact coordinates, I began to plan my Solar Eclipse photoshoot. If you look closely, you'll see a dead tree hanging over the river. Using Googl...
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Yellowstone National Park

August 18, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
The past few times I've been out West, Yellowstone was never a major destination. It was always much too crowded with tourists. While planning this roadtrip, I realized that Yellowstone is home to the darkest skies in America! Yellowstone would be the perfect spot for Milky Way photography! I had also heard Yellowstone was a great place to watch fo...
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The Next Adventure

August 08, 2017  •  2 Comments
For the past 9 months I've been back in Ohio, working part-time at the local camera shop and teaching lessons. The road had been calling me for a while and I knew I had to get back out there. The upcoming Total Solar Eclipse provided the perfect opportunity to hit the road! My overall plan is to enjoy the eclipse in Wyoming, drive down to Colorado...
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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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Tamron 15-30mm vs Nikon 14-24mm

July 10, 2017  •  1 Comment
UPDATE - January 31, 2018: I've gone through and uploaded some new test images to compare the performance of both lenses for Milky Way photography. First Look - RAW Photos This comparison shows both lenses straight out of camera, no editing has been done. The camera settings were f/2.8, ISO 1600, 20 seconds. The Nikon was at 14mm and the Tamron...
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Long Exposure Photography Tips

July 05, 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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Haida 150mm Filter System Review

June 30, 2017  •  3 Comments
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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