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My first reaction of course was one of euphoria having made the sale but my second was one of horror. The image that had been requested was taken with my Nikon D3s which is a 12 MP camera. According to the charts as depicted below the biggest picture size is 9×14 inches which is a far cry from the 108 inches being requested. Well I am writing this to let you know that the largest print size for a Nikon D3s or any other 12MP camera I expect can in fact be pushed to at least 9 feet.
Above is the canvass print proudly displayed in the clients home and they have reported that the quality is stunning. Of course I am sure a well researched and knowledgeable printer is a mandatory part of this equation as one does need the facility in which to process this large print size. I am sure that a sophisticated enlargement software was also used to extrapolate the image to the final size while still maintaining image quality. Point here is it can be done, so don’t shy away from big picture sizes.
You may view the original “Five Swans In The Mist” image without the living room in our waterfowl gallery.
For reference sake the chart below provides suggested large print size by camera resolution. Each colored box represents a certain number of megapixels. The numbers along the top and left side are print dimensions in inches at 300ppi (pixels per inch). Most books and magazines require 300ppi for photo quality. For example, the chart shows that you can make a 5″ x 7″ photo quality print from a 3 megapixel camera.
Today Nikon announced a Nikon d800 Firmware Update. The latest Nikon d800 software upgrade includes the following fixes:
- Support for the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR has been added.
- Subject tracking performance in AF-C (continuous-servo autofocus) autofocus mode with framing using the viewfinder has been improved.
- Gamut for Adobe RGB images displayed in the camera’s monitor has been changed. This enables more vivid display of images.
- With live view photography in [M] (Manual) exposure mode, exposure preview was always on. This issue has been resolved.
- In some very rare cases when certain memory cards were used, movie recording would stop, even when the time remaining display indicated remaining recording time. This issue has been resolved.
- With shooting at an image quality setting of TIFF (RGB) and an image size setting of Small, the right edge of images contained a purple line. This issue has been resolved in the latest d800 firmware.
- In some rare cases, images recorded in JPEG format could not be opened by some software applications. This issue has been resolved.
- In some very rare cases, colors would change with shooting when white balance was set to a specific color temperature, as with Preset manual or Choose color temp. This issue has been resolved.
I downloaded and installed the Nikon d800 Firmware Update without any issue. The download and installation instructions are included on the Nikon site.
If you’ve ever traveled you know that accommodations can make or break your vacation so when I find a place that goes above and beyond to make sure that their guest experience is a memorable one I like to sing their praises. I’ve always preferred a Bed & Breakfast over a hotel and my recent trip and experience with a Kodiak Bed and Breakfast was beyond expectations. My stay with Marty and Marion Owen at the Cliff House on Kodiak Island was first class all the way.
You can expect to stay in a clean, recently renovated and tastefully decorated room. A fully stocked fridge with fruit, yogurt, milk and fresh muffins greets you every morning and Marion’s home made granola is to die for. Oh yes, the view of the ocean is also a nice touch.
Your hosts Marty and Marion are beyond pleasant, accommodating and knowledgeable. Marion picked up us two crazy Canadians at the airport complete with bilingual signage and when our luggage was lost even provided us transportation back to the airport that night to claim it. Marion even took us hiking along an ocean side Pacific trail for a few hours of photography which was way beyond anything I expected.
Marion is an accomplished and frequently published photographer, botanist and author of one of the Chicken Soup For The Soul books and man can she cook. We had dinner with Marion and Marty most evenings which was not an expectation but certainly a lovely addition to our stay as it made us feel at home in Kodiak Alaska from day one. Marion has a garden that I am sure is the envy of all Alaskan’s.
Marty is the Harbor Master in Kodiak so is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to anything to do with the ocean, weather, boats, fishing, etc. Whale watching in Alaska is a must do activity and my friend and I went on a whale watching tour with Marty and Marion and it was spectacular despite the rainy conditions. We saw hump back whales, fin whales, puffins, sea lions, eagles and sea otters all in one day. If you’re short on time they also offer a dinner cruise that lasts a few hours in the evening. The food is fantastic, all from Marion’s garden.
You could stay in a Kodiak hotel but why you’d want to is beyond me when you can treat yourself to some good old fashioned down home Alaskan hospitality.
ICEBREAKER MERINO BASE LAYERS
Already know about Icebreaker and want to buy go to the “Icebreaker Store” You may choose the country you reside in from a drop down menu at the top left of the site so that you may shop in your currency.
For the rest of you “What’s the big stink all about you ask?” This expression may very well be about to change forever to something more like “Where’s the big stink”. Move over synthetics and make way for Icebreaker Merino wool. What if I told you I’d found a light, breathable, wicking garment? You’d say been there, done that, already own the t-shirt. Hey let me finish, what if I then said that same garment kept you warm in cold weather and cool in warm weather? Starting to get interesting says you but then I come at you with the Pièce de résistance, what if you could wear that Merino Base Layer for 40 days without washing it and it wouldn’t smell? Seriously, 40 days and no smell and let’s throw in no itch just to top it all off.
Like you I was skeptical, so before my Alaskan Bear tour I wore an Icebreaker Men’s Bodyfit 150 for five days around my cottage in sweltering temperatures to test things out. Let me just say, one day in my synthetics and you wouldn’t want to be within three city blocks of me but after five days in the Icebreaker Merino Base Layer still no smell. I took that little test on the road while out on an Alaskan Bear Photography Tour August 2012 and wore the same Merino shirt for ten days and once again no smell and this after heavy trekking and sweating daily. I can also attest to the warm in cool weather and cool in warm weather attributes along with breathable and no itch as Alaska threw all kinds of weather at us. I also layered with an Icebreaker Men’s Bodyfit 260 and Icebreaker Men’s 200 Leggings for additional warmth on the really cold days.
I loaned out one of my Men’s Bodyfit 150 merino wool base layer tops to Buck Wilde, my bear guide in Alaska, and he liked it so much that I left him with a 150 and 200 as a thank you for the most memorable grizzly bear experience of my life, pictures can be seen at COOLwildlife Coastal Bear Pictures. He was going camping with the bears in Hallo Bay for two months after my tour so I figured he could put them to good use. I will be touching base with Buck in October to see how 40 plus days stands up to the no stink test.
Icebreaker base layers are measured for warmth by a numbering system. The 150 is the lightest weight moving up to 200, 260, 380, etc. each one providing more warmth as the numbers get higher and you can layer as required so it’s really easy to build out a layered system with just three pieces. Perfect for those that wish to travel light and be prepared for extreme weather conditions.
For the outdoor adventurer, athletic folks Icebreaker clothing is like sex on a stick. If you’re thinking you need to rush out and buy a full set of tops and bottoms in varying weights you’d be right. Having said that it just doesn’t seem fair that this new technology development is hoarded by adventurers, so I got to thinking what the other possible applications for this clothing might be just to be more inclusive. Here are a few every day ideas just to get you thinking:
- hockey base layer that can stay in duffle bag for the entire season (gross but doable)
- single guy can do laundry every six months, but only if he wants to and is not actively dating
- cheating scoundrel of a husband – no perfume smell on clothes (other stupidity at your own risk)
- smokers who claim to have quit can now get away with a mint and crossed fingers, no more smelly clothing
and the list goes on. Spend three hours at a bar with friends and a few pitchers of beer and I am sure you could come up with two pages of fun and practical uses for this stuff. And feel free to spill beer all down the front of yourself cause it won’t smell in the morning. How’s that for putting an end to the next day nagging about your drinking habits, you’re free and clear my friends.:))
If you want to see the entire Icebreaker collection it’s best to shop directly at the Icebreaker store. Remember to choose the country you reside in from a drop down menu at the top left of the site so that you may shop in your preferred currency. Suffice it say I will never buy synthetics or cotton again, for my money Icebreaker Merino Wool is the only way to go. I now own a complete collection of merino underwear, merino t-shirts, merino base layers and athletic clothing for running, golf, etc. I’ve never been cooler, happier and smelling so good in all my life.
Hope you enjoy too!!!
All is calm on the lake early this summer morning other than the call of the loons down the lake so you decide to throw your camera around your neck and head out in your kayak in hopes of getting close enough to get some great shots of a loon feeding or in that classic wing flap.
Seemingly this is like any other morning until your kayak unsuspectingly begins to veer to the left and before you know it you find yourself treading water and in total shock and disbelief that your $10,000 camera and lens is now at the bottom of the lake. This is exactly what happened to a fellow photographer and friend of mine. An event he will not soon forget is at least bearable knowing that he had camera insurance to cover the loss.
Since that event I have done significant research into various photography insurance or camera insurance policies and wanted to pass along what I have learned as it may just save you thousands of dollars one day.
Option 1: Many photographers simply use their home insurance as a means of covering their camera in the event of theft, breakage, fire, etc. This is certainly an option if you don’t have a lot of expensive photography gear. However be aware that the standard home insurance policy has limits as to how much they will cover so if this is the option you choose make sure your coverage is adequate. if not you should opt for a specific photography insurance or camera insurance policy.
Option 2: Add a special camera insurance rider to your home policy. In this case you provide your insurance company with an itemized list of the camera gear you wish to have insured. You’ll be requested to provide a description of each item along with value and serial number. Your premium will be based on the sum total of the value of the items that you insure.
Cautionary note: If you sell your work regardless of the value, yes even one $5 postcard, you are deemed to be a commercial photographer and thus not eligible for coverage under this type of policy. When the insurance carrier asks if you are a professional photographer what they really mean is do you sell your work so answer truthfully. I had this type of policy for two years and only recently discovered that because I have the ability to make sales through my website had I made a claim it would likely have been denied. That means the only choice for photography insurance for most photographers is option 3.
Option 3: Speak with any number of Insurance carriers that provide specific photography insurance policies that permit commercial activity. At the recommendation of a few photographers I ended up taking out a camera insurance policy with State Farm. Ask for their marine and mobile equipment policy and most agents will know what you’re talking about. Once again you will be required to provide an itemized list of your photography gear complete with serial numbers and value.
If you’ve spent any time at all with a camera in your hands you already know that anything can and will happen so trust that the initial hassle of paperwork is well worth the peace of mind knowing that you are covered when your rogue kayak decides to have a little fun at your expense.:))
Let’s face it, photography gear purchases can be a daunting task for even the most seasoned professional photographer let alone an amateur or beginner. There are just so many brands and models to choose from these days it can be overwhelming unless you take hours, days and weeks to do your homework which some of you I am sure are willing to do. However for the rest of us who prefer to buy the right gear once and would rather be out taking pictures than researching the best gear for our needs we turn to a professional camera seller like Peter Waiser at Henrys Camera Ottawa on Bank Street.
There are numerous camera stores in Ottawa to choose from however the options get narrowed down considerably if you are looking for a professional photographer who is also a camera seller, those I can tell you are a rare breed indeed. Many of you will know Peter as the official photographer of Bluesfest. Oh ya, if you get to know him real well you may even score a backstage pass like I did to go shoot the performers like a member of the press, very cool.:))
Sorry I digress, as I pointed out earlier there are so many brands and models of cameras, camera bags, tripods, gadgets, gizmo’s, etc. that you want to make sure you buy the right product to suite your needs and budget the first time around otherwise you end up with a closet full of products that didn’t quite measure up and you’re purchasing another product within the year.
As a beginner or amateur wouldn’t it be nice to have a photography mentor who could advise you on what camera, tripod, tripod head, filters, etc. will meet your specific requirements? Professional Photographers like Peter Waiser of Henrys Camera Ottawa not only know the products, but they use them everyday in their shooting so they can give you the straight goods with no BS on what’s good and what’s not. As a consumer, that’s what I want, quite frankly it is what I demand and you should too.
So am I trying to sell you on Peter Waiser, absolutely, I would not send my followers to anyone else. There’s a reason Peter is the number one sales rep at Henrys Camera Ottawa aside from his extensive knowledge. How’s that you say, well here are just a few of the additional value adds you can expect:
- You’ll get the best deal possible, guaranteed.
- You can expect a blazingly fast response to any inquiries you make even after hours to his personal email, I like that as I am impatient when it comes to new toys.
- You’ll get an email from Peter every couple of days. It might be a joke, a link to a great photography site, new product announcements but he is not a sell and forget camera seller.
- He’ll have his own gear at the store for you to try if you let him know. I got to try his Nikon D800 last week, awesome thanks Peter. And yes I am ordering one.:))
- Invites to shooting events like Bluesfest, rodeo’s, snowboarding, but only if you really get on his good side.
Peter lives and breathes photography so do yourself a favour and drop in to Henrys Camera Ottawa on Bank Street or send Peter an email at email@example.com next time you’re in need of piece of camera gear. I am confident you will very quickly experience the difference for yourself.
Bonus: If you provide Peter with the code “COOLWildlife” you’ll not only get the best deal possible you just might find yourself invited to one of those cool events mentioned above.
Below is a picture of Peter at the Henrys Camera Ottawa store on Bank Street with his first shipment of Nikon D800′s and Canon EOS 5D’s. Ok so he’s not the prettiest guy on the planet but you can’t have everything.:))
Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better Jobu Design surprises its customers once again with a level of customer service that is quite frankly unheard of. At the beginning of the year I wrote about an upgrade program that best tripod head maker Jobu Design put out to the market. In a nutshell it offered the ability for a customer who had purchased a legacy Jobu Design product to upgrade to a newly released product for the low cost of an upgrade. At the time my interpretation was that you could upgrade from like product to like product. Example: If you owned a BWG Pro gimbal head you could upgrade to the new Jobu Design Pro 2 gimbal head.
This week I learned from first hand experience through someone who read my initial blog and contacted Jobu Design that they allow you to cross those lines and upgrade from one product line to another. Example: This particular customer had ordered the Jobu Jr.3 and found that he wanted a heavier duty tripod head to handle his 500mm lens. When he reached out to the Jobu Design customer service team he was advised that he could upgrade his Jr.3 to the Jobu Pro 2 for the difference between the two. He was so impressed that he received full credit for his used tripod that he contacted me to tell me how he was floored by the offer and utterly impressed by their outstanding customer service.
I honestly don’t expect a company to give me full credit for a used item towards the purchase of a new item but I am pleased as punch that I can tell the world that it is possible and Jobu Design has made it a reality. The best tripod maker in the business just took another step in the right direction. If you are a current Jobu Design customer rejoice, if not here’s another compelling reason to join the best tripod head maker and experience the value of excellent customer service for yourself.Do yourself a favour if you’re in the market for a new gimbal head for use with a big lens you’ll want to check out the new Jobu Pro 2.
>As an added bonus when you place your order for any Jobu product if you enter the code “coolwildlife” you’ll get a 15% discount off your order.
(Not applicable to upgrades)