Synchronicity

I’ve been debating purchasing another tripod for my night photography equatorial drive. I have several tripods, most of which are quite suitable for the type of work I normally do, however, the night photography rig can be quite heavy and while my best tripod will handle 26 lbs of overall weight, I’m pushing it to…

Sandhill Cranes in Monte Vista

There are three major areas within shouting distance of Denver for photographing Sandhill Cranes. Kearney, Nebraska, Bosque del Apache, New Mexico and Monte Vista, Colorado. I’ve been to each of these locations over the years and I’ve found my personal preference to be Monte Vista, Colorado. Kearney, Nebraska is a major convergence point for the…

My Old Kentucky Home

As a boy growing up in Kentucky, horses were a common sight. In my youth, we lived near Nicholasville, Kentucky where we had a mule, a pony and beautiful white horse, all running half wild across the 52 acre tobacco farm. I never owned a saddle, we were too poor for such luxuries. I did…

Winter Doldrums

While I don’t mind Winter in Colorado, it’s still my slowest time of year for photography. I spend most days puttering around the house, taking care of the odd chores, here and there. Meet up with friends for lunch. Visit with family. Play with the dogs. Watch a lot of movies. Things like that. But,…

Fried Chicken And A Total Lunar Eclipse

One would have to live in a cave to not have been aware of the recent lunar eclipse. This event was my first opportunity to put the iOptron Sky Guider Pro to the test with a real photographic situation. A friend of mine and I spent the evening of January 20th on my backyard deck….

The Black Blobs of Death

I purchased my Epson 3880 Wide Format printer in the early Summer of 2011.  I didn’t remember this until I had to look up the records, as I needed to see how long this printer had been in service in my studio. Wow, this printer has been running faithfully in the studio for seven and…

Replacing A Monitor

I’ve finally retired my Apple Cinema monitor after 12 years of faithful service. When I first set up my studio in 2006, I purchased a Mac Pro, Intel version PC with two Apple Cinema displays. The Mac Pro has been retired for several years now. I sold off the 30″ Cinema Display some years ago…

Backing Up Your Photos

Are you backing up your image files? If the only place you keep your image files is on your computer, you will eventually lose something. Every hard drive fails at some point in time. Every computer crashes sooner or later. It’s a fact of life.  It’s a good idea to have a backup plan in…

Goodbye 2018 – Hello 2019

The end of the year is always a slow time for photography and even slower time for Internet traffic. Normally Colorado has seen a bit of snow by the end of December but this year has been fairly dry and cold. Interestingly, as I write this article on New Year’s Eve, we are actually getting…

Oh, Those Stars at Night

I’ve always had a fascination with night photography. Most of the photographs I’ve taken of the night skies over the years have been fairly simple. A wide angle, fast aperture lens mounted to a camera, supported by a sturdy tripod. Great for landscape photos, star trails, Milky Way galaxy. But this is a fairly limiting…