General Photography

Rediscovering my Nikon D70

»Posted by on Jan 18, 2009 in General Photography

For the past few weeks, I’ve been uploading some of my older digital images to SmugMug, one of several great online destinations for digital images. (To learn why I chose SmugMug, read my earlier article here). Even though I have multiple backups of my image library, I don’t have any offsite backups, so if my house ever burned down, I’d loose over 40,000 files, many of which are priceless. Anyways, while uploading the pictures, I got to the 2004/2005 collections and was surprised at how good these images look despite that they were shot with an early model Nikon D70 (click here for a great review published when this camera was released). The Nikon D70 was the first “affordable” Nikon digital SLR and had a whopping 6 megapixel...

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Some of my non-aerial work

»Posted by on Dec 14, 2008 in General Photography

Here are a few samples of my non-aerial photography.

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What equipment do I use for Aerial Photography

»Posted by on Dec 13, 2008 in General Photography

I often get asked what equipment I use.  I shoot a Nikon D300 with a Nikon 18-200mm AF-S DX VR lens.  Prior to the D300, I used a Nikon D200 and prior to that, a Nikon D70.  I now take the D200 as a backup. I have a 8GB high speed CF card and several 4GB and 2GB CF cards as backups.  Typically, the 8GB will get me through a flight. I always shoot in RAW mode at ISO 200 (minimum on the D300) and typically shoot in manual mode with a shutter speed of around 1600 at F6.3.  Obviously, I change this depending on lighting. Although my lens has vibration reduction (hence the “VR”), to be honest, it doesn’t really play a role in aerial photography.  The vibrations and movement is so fast, I’m forced to shoot at a high shutter speed with or...

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