May 8th, 2020

For Sale: a Like-New gripped Sony a9 Mirrorless Digital Camera Body, and Whatever Happened to Freedom of Speech?

What’s Up?

幸运飞艇两个平台刷I had the perfect plan in place for Thursday morning and the forecast was right on the button. My execution of the plan, however, was imperfect: I was late getting down to the lake and futzed around too much before getting into position. With clear skies and an east/northeast breeze forecast for this morning — Friday 8 MAY 2020, I am hoping that the plan will work. And I am heading down to Walk-in-Water before 7:00am.

I’d love to hear your opinion on the Snowy Egret images in the DeSoto Snowy Egret V-log: The Importance of Staying Ahead of the Birds When You Have Wind and Sun Together blog post here.

Sony a9 Mirrorless Digital Camera Body

幸运飞艇两个平台刷Used Gear page regular Charlie Curry is offering a Sony a9 Mirrorless Digital Camera body in like-new condition (971 shutter releases) and the Sony (VG-C3EM) Vertical Grip a BAA record-low $2598.00. The sale includes the original battery and charger, the USB cable, the instructional manual, the front lens cover, the a9 camera strap, a rear LCD glass protector, the latest firmware update, and insured ground shipping via major courier (to lower-48 US addresses only). Your item will not ship until your check has cleared the bank unless other arrangements are made. Photos are available upon request.

Please contact Charlie via e-mail (preferred) or by phone at 1-407-448-7797 Eastern time zone.

The SONY a9, the original AF king, offers superb autofocus that absolutely kills for flight photography. Virtually every image is sharp on the eye. Many feel that the AF system on the a9 ii is no better. And the vertical grip gives this body a pro-body type feel. As the a9 II sells new for $4498.00 and the VG-C3EM goes for an additional $348.00 for a total of $4,846, you can save an incredible $2248.00 by grabbing Charlie’s a9 right now! (Note: the a9 sells for $3498.00.)artie

Whatever Happened to Freedom of Speech?

幸运飞艇两个平台刷The first time that I tried to view the Plandemic video, there was a notice stating that it was removed by YouTube. My understanding is that it was taken down four separate times. Right now, you can see it on YouTube and elsewhere. Here is the short story: Judy Mikovits is a controversial former chronic fatigue researcher and critic of Dr. Anthony Fauci and mass vaccination who is featured in a viral video vignette promoting a new movie called Plandemic. Whether you believe that Mikovits is a nut-case and that Fauci is a brilliant advisor to multiple presidents, or that Mikovits is a long-persecuted brilliant researcher and Fauci is a vaccine-mongering criminal is beside the point. What matters is that big-tech including YouTube and Facebook, has been censoring free speech. Wikipedia paints Mikovits in a totally negative light. For a more balanced view of this controversy, click .

幸运飞艇两个平台刷You can learn more about the ongoing Facebook censorship in the clips and . My point is that we should have free access to information so that we can make up our own minds. And right now, we do not.

幸运飞艇两个平台刷Don’t get me wrong, I have been a lifelong democrat and never liked Fox News at all, but pretty much every night Tucker Carlson asks a ton of interesting questions, questions that nobody else is asking.

It will be interesting to see how the mask/no mask debate turns out. In much of California, it is now OK to surf or paddleboard or run on the beaches, but if you sit on a blanket getting sun (and vitamin D) and fresh air, you might be arrested.

May 7th, 2020

This Just In: Paul Bowen (Free) Webinar Tonight: Air to Air -- Photographing Aircraft in Flight

Images copyright and courtesy of Paul Bowen

Paul Bowen Webinar Tonight: Air to Air — Photographing Aircraft in Flight

Canon Explorer of Light (and class act) Paul Bowen will present a 90-minute online program tonight, Thursday 7 MAY 2020 at 7:00pm eastern time. This guy is really good. How good? Ont thousand plus magazine covers-good. Even if you have zero interest in photographing planes, you will surely learn something and be entertained. I’ll be there. To register, click on .

To see the images in the composite above full-frame, click .

And/or check out Paul’s website

May 7th, 2020

DeSoto Snowy Egret V-log: The Importance of Staying Ahead of the Birds When You Have Wind and Sun Together

What’s Up?

幸运飞艇两个平台刷Wednesday morning dawned sunny with lots of large, puffy, white clouds. There was a huge hatch of mayflies but few birds partook of the potential feast. I created a few decent small-in-the-frame images of a Great Egret cloud-scape and a few more of the inch-deep pile of mayflies at the base of the pier. And I just missed on a crow with a mouthful of the just-emerged insects; the bird refused to turn toward me. By 8:15am the wind had switched to strong from the west so I headed home early.

幸运飞艇两个平台刷The forecast for this morning — Thursday 7 MAY 2020, is for clear and sunny with the wind from the north at 10. As the sun is coming up earlier and more to the northeast than it had been, I am hoping for some good early flight photography before the sun moves to the south.

幸运飞艇两个平台刷Be sure to check out the Fort DeSoto Gallery and be sure to note all the terns and Laughing Gulls in full breeding plumage!

幸运飞艇两个平台刷Click on the image to enjoy a larger version.

The SONY e-Guide by Patrick Sparkman and Arthur Morris

The Sony Camera e-Guide (PDF) and videos Info

Yesterday I prepared the final PDF for the Sony Camera e-Guide. It will not be available in the store until early next week but you can order yours right now. The cost of the SONY e-Guide is $100.00 US and will include one of the four (4) camera set-up videos — we offer one video each for the a7r iii, the a7r iv, the a9, and the a9 ii — and the written guide with the galleries. Additional camera videos are $25.00 each The guide is now done.

If you would like to order the e-Guide now, please send a Paypal for $100 US to and be sure to include the words “SONY e-Guide” in the Paypal e-mail along with the name of your camera or cameras so that you can receive the correct video or videos. Note: please add $25 for each camera video after the first. And please be sure to type your e-mail address into your Paypal order. Then be sure to send a copy of the Paypal transaction to me via e-mail.


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This Just In!

Steve Elkins asked me to let y’all know that he now has eight SONY 200-600s in stock and that one of them has your name on it. Contact Steve as below and save $50.00.

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Gear Questions and Advice

Too many folks attending BAA IPTs and dozens of photographers whom I see in the field and on , are–out of ignorance–using the wrong gear especially when it comes to tripods and more especially, tripod heads… Please know that I am always glad to answer your gear questions via e-mail幸运飞艇两个平台刷. Those questions might deal with systems, camera bodies, accessories, and/or lens choices and decisions.

The DeSoto Snowy Egret V-log: The Importance of Staying Ahead of the Birds When You Have Wind and Sun Together …

幸运飞艇两个平台刷Lord how I miss DeSoto. I hope to get over there very soon as April and May can be spectacular. One of the biggest mistakes that I see in the field is folks standing in the same spot without regard to the position of the subject and the sun angle … There is lots of great info in today’s V-log; all that I can say is “watch it, learn a ton, and ask questions if you have any.

Despite my saving the videos at the highest quality, I’d still recommend that you do not watch them full-screen.

幸运飞艇两个平台刷This image was created on 18 FEB 2020 at Fort DeSoto Sandbar Park in Pinellas County. I used the GIT 304L/-mounted and the blazingly fast AF King, the ISO 640. Exposure determined by Zebras with ISO on the rear dial: 1/3000 sec. at f/4 in Manual mode. AWB at 8:02am on a clear morning.

Center Zone Continuous/tracking AF was active at the moment of exposure and performed to perfection. Click on the image to see the spectacular larger version.

Image #1: Snowy Egret in breeding plumage: tight/flight

My Favorite Image

Of all the images in today’s V-log, this is my favorite. Do you like or hate the tight/flight image design with the pano-crop and the near wing cut in half? Why?

Image #2: Snowy Egret taking flight composite

Which is Your Favorite?

幸运飞艇两个平台刷First, click on the composite to see it larger. Note that these are the eight keepers from a 23-frame sequence; I actually stopped for a moment to re-frame as the bird flew toward me. The SONY a9 ii is that fast. Note also that I had difficulty simply keeping the subject in the center of the frame … How’s your hand/eye coordination? BTW, all 23 images were razor-sharp on the bird’s eye.

Please pick your favorite image from the sequence by noting the file number and do let us know why you made your pick.

This image was created on September 27, 2019 while doing a private day with fraternity brother Harry Lerner at Fort DeSoto. I used the GIT 304/-mounted and the 61-MP ISO 400. Exposure determined by Zebras with ISO on the rear dial: 1/2000 sec. at f/5 in Manual mode was about +2 stops on the analog scale. AWB at 8:10am on a very overcast morning.

Upper Center Zone AF-C was active at the moment of exposure and performed to perfection. The point of sharpest focus was slightly more than halfway down the bill, right on the same plane as the bird’s eye. RAW Digger showed 0% Over-exposed and 0% Underexposed pixels.

Click the image to see a larger version.

Snowy Egret with greenback

Fort DeSoto Fall 2020 Sandbar Secrets IPT

OCT 2 thru the morning session October 5, 2020 (3 1/2 DAYS). Three full and one half day: $1399.00. Deposit: $500.00. Limit: 8 photographers/ Openings: 7.

I plan on running this IPT if we return to some semblance of normalcy and if photographing in groups, air travel, and staying in hotels or AirBNBs is safe by late summer. If COVID-19 is still an issue that is of concern to you, your deposit will be refunded with no questions asked. Pre- and post-IPT days for this IPT are available for those who wish to get the most out of their travel dollars.

If you have any questions, please get in touch via e-mail.

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