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Blurry Images | 12 Tips For Sharper Images
April 24, 2020

  Don't Blame the Lens  - Anyone who is seriously in to wildlife photography is going to own at least one long lens, a 400mm, 500mm, 600mm or longer.  And all too often this lens is mounted on a sub-standard tripod and the owner of this new beauty who has never shot with a long lens until this moment is unaware that there are a host of things that they need to be aware of in order to avoid blurry images.  And so after a great day of shooting...

Black Rapid Double Camera Strap Review
March 19, 2016

As a wildlife photographer I have two camera’s with me 85% of the time.  Usually a long prime lens like the Nikon 600mm mounted on a Jobu gimblal head and tripod for those shots where I absolutely require the reach to the subject and a zoom lens like the Nikon 80-400 VR or 70-200 VR slung by my side for those times when the action moves in a little closer. By slung I mean with a black rapid strap which up until now was just a single strap but I...

DSLR Sensor Cleaning Made Easy
April 10, 2014

Let's face it DUST is the photographers four letter word.  If you're like me you follow the DSLR sensor cleaning protocol as taught to us by the guru's of photography.  Phase one begins with a blower, when that fails you move on to an electro-static brush and finally the dreaded wet swab as a last resort hoping all the while not to leave streaks on the sensor or worse damage it.  And of course I needed to have different solutions and sensor swab...

CamRanger - Toy or Tool for Wildlife Photography?
February 11, 2014

If you own an iPad,  iPhone or iPod Touch and you have a need to control your Nikon or Canon DSLR remotely the CamRanger may just be exactly what you're looking for.  I've always used a remote trigger and it works just fine for shots where I can pre-focus on a spot and sit back and wait for my subject to arrive.  However if the subject did not end up where I expected I was unsuccessful at capturing the image and of course I had to run back and...

Tripod Head News - Jobu Design Adapters Transform 3 in 1 Gimbal Head
September 23, 2013

  Special Offer: Save 15% on Jobu-Design purchases when you use the "Coolwildlife" coupon code. Choosing the perfect tripod head can be daunting given how many are on the market and given the cost of these tripod heads you want to choose the right one the first time around.  Finding the perfect gimbal head may seem like an elusive quest however the folks at Jobu Design have crafted a few clever adapters that allow photographers the best of...

Largest Print Size for Nikon D3s
April 25, 2013

I recently had a client from Switzerland request a large canvass print, we're talking 9 feet on the longest side, of a swan image that was published in Digital SLR Photography Magazine in April 2012. 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...

Nikond800 Firmware Update Announced April 2013
April 3, 2013

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...

Cliff House Kodiak Bed & Breakfast – Kodiak Lodging At Its Finest
August 30, 2012

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...

Icebreaker Merino Wool Base Layers - So What's The Big Stink?
August 21, 2012

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...

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