Around our neighborhood, the hummingbirds have been extremely active lately, calling out to one another from dawn to dusk. The male Anna’s hummingbird–the most common hummingbird in the Pacific Coast–is fiercely territorial, ready to attack any intruder into his territory. At times two males locked in bitter battle will dive down close to the ground and shoot back up in the sky, seemingly oblivious to everything else as they compete for the best perches.Continue reading “Anna’s Hummingbird”
Lately I have been renting some different full frame camera setups to test. The Nikon Z7 and 500 PF lens is a nice, nimble and compact setup for kayak photography. Photographing wildlife from aboard a kayak is rewarding, but can be extremely challenging. Not only do you have movement of the wildlife and shake from shooting handheld deal with, you also have boat movement due to wind and tides. The reward is that wildlife are generally less afraid of people in a boat, and you are naturally already at eye level – which can produce compelling photos.Continue reading “Field Report: August 18th, 2019 – Nikon Z7 with 500mm PF Lens”
If you live or travel somewhere hot, humid, or downright moist, you may be wondering how you can prevent fungus spores from settling into your equipment. These little creatures can wind up taking residence inside of your lenses, eventually spreading and wreaking havoc within. Taking a few precautions will greatly reduce the likelihood of this occurring:Continue reading “Protecting Your Photography Gear from Moisture and Fungus”
A Question of Size
For some, the E-M1X might seem like a bit of an enigma. For many years, Olympus and Panasonic championed the compact form factor of their micro four-thirds series cameras and the advantages that they offer in terms of portability over a DSLR. Over the past couple of years, Olympus has shifted its focus away from ultra compact lenses and bodies and towards larger bodies and lenses for working professional and serious enthusiast photographers. Panasonic seems to be leaning this direction as well, if the release of the GH5 and G9 micro four-thirds flagship cameras and their recently released 10-25mm F/1.7 zoom lens are any indication. That brings us to the E-M1X, which is a clear deviation from Olympus’s compact micro-four thirds heritage. Is it worth considering with today’s full-frame craze?Continue reading “Long-term Review of the Olympus E-M1X: A Wildlife Photographer’s Perspective”
Tripods are one of those pieces of photography equipment I tried to avoid buying for a long time. In part, it’s because I’ve benefited from the excellent built-in image stabilization provided by the micro-four thirds cameras that I have used over the years, but I also never liked carrying extra weight when I didn’t have to. Still, there are times when I have found that a tripod is an indispensable tool. This includes situations where I must be patient and wait for a wildlife subject to appear, or when shooting macro subjects where maximum stability is required. Holding a camera with a telephoto lens at your eye for long periods of time can be extremely fatiguing, and not having a tripod near the correct position at the right moment could lead to missed or blurry shots. Tripods are also exceptionally useful for stabilizing video.Continue reading “FotoPro EGL-65 Eagle Series Carbon Fiber Tripod and E-6H Gimbal Review – A Lightweight Option for Wildlife and Landscape Travelers”
When getting ready for our first safari trip, we were repeatedly warned to be prepared for lots of dust. Although we knew to expect it, we were still impressed by the amount of dust that made its way into our safari vehicle each day, pouring in through the pop up top and windows. In spite of our best efforts, it was a constant companion in our vehicle. In Tanzania, the dust is very fine, and makes its way onto everything. Thankfully, taking a few steps to protect our camera gear kept it safe.Continue reading “Dodging Dust on Safari! A Guide to Keeping Your Photography Gear Safe in Dusty Environments”
If you are local to the SF Bay Area and are just getting started with nature photography, Bobby will be co-instructing a workshop hosted by the Western Chapter of the Wildlife Society on September 27th and 29th: Click here for registration. This workshop will focus on a variety of nature photography subjects targeted towards the serious beginner. Workshops are the fastest way to learn a lot of skills in a condensed period of time, and they are always a lot of fun. Bobby will be presenting on a number of topics including action/bird photography and print making along with co-hosts Sarah Bettleheim and Brian Freirmuth.