Foggy Days Are Photo Days

It was pretty rainy today. Most people would disregard any outdoor activities. But any experienced photographer knows better.  I noticed it stopped raining and the sun was hiding behind a curtain of fog. It was already pretty low and sunset was happening within the hour.

I knew I had around 30 minutes to get to the city. 

Made it.

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Fun in the snow with Fantasy Life

Went out Sunday to utilize the last bit of snow on the ground and another excuse to shoot the 200mm f/2. 

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Epic snow shoot with Kaereilly

We couldn't have asked for better timing. It started snowing the moment Jamie and I pulled up to meet Kaerielly at our photo location. We ended up at a permission wall just off of Kedzie and I-55. Really cool place where artists are allowed to graffiti part of a wall with their design. We plan on coming back during the summer for a dusk shoot with the studio strobes.

 

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Jamie did some filming but unfortunately ran into issues with the Moza Air gimbal we just bought last month. Typical equipment failure out on a shoot especially after all the testing we did at home.. 


Final images from the shoot

The incredible Nikkor 200mm f/2

Got my hands on the Nikkor 200mm f/2 this past weekend. What an epic lens. I don't have much to say other than wait for the next two blog posts for photos taken with this lens. It's definitely on the heavy side, coming in at 10lbs with the D850. The weight is good especially being a 200mm prime to hold steady. The speed of the autofocus and sharpness is incredible.

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A Spontaneous Trip To The Big Apple

My friend Nicole and I have this thing where we go 5-6 months without seeing each other and one day we'll call each other up to go out and shoot photos. We'll always get on the topic of traveling and where we want to visit next. When we got back this time, we found a super cheap flight to NYC in two weekends also remembering that both of us had $50 travel credit with United Airlines from the time we went to Seattle Washington and had delays on our outbound trip. In the end, we each paid $60 for a round trip to New York and couldn't pass it up.

We decided against am Airbnb and chose to stay at Pod 51 in Midtown. I have to say, it was the perfect location but it was a small room and you don't have a bathroom for yourselves. There are 4 bathrooms on each floor, each with their own showers. We never ran into problems with bathrooms not being available though.


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We headed to the World Trade Center and checked out the mall. Incredible architecture, photos for days. We ended the trip with a visit to the Rockefeller Center.

 Empire State Building 2018

Empire State Building 2018

 Manhatten Bridge and the World Trade Center at Night

Manhatten Bridge and the World Trade Center at Night

Gentle Snow Over Pine Trees

It snowed today. And it snowed a lot. I've been wanting to get out and get some 120fps footage ever since I got this new D850 camera. I originally had the idea to film some slow-motion footage of the snow falling in front of one of our malibu lights near dusk but it snowed so much during the day that the malibu lights were fully covered. Out with that idea.

 

Paired with my 70-200mm f/2.8E, I set up on my front porch and aimed up to a group of pine trees/cones in my front yard. One of my favorite clips to date.

 

 

A Quick Trip to Tampa, Florida

Took a recent trip down to Tampa with my dad for the week after Christmas. Like always, I didn't really have a plan for stuff to do while down there so on the first day I went to hang out at St. Petersburg. I tend to visit St. Petersburg on every trip down to see what has changed. They're still disassembling the pier that I believe they started last year? I liked that pier, although I never got to explore it, I did get a pretty cool sunrise shot of it a few years ago.

 St. Petersburg 2014

St. Petersburg 2014

Although the pier is no longer with us, the wildlife is probably why I keep coming back. Pelicans, seagulls, squirrels and occasional dolphin fins. 

Equipped with the new Nikon D850 and the 70-200mm f/2.8E, I'll sit on that ledge all day.

 St. Petersburg 2017

St. Petersburg 2017

There was a lot of pelican activity the day that I was there... Just on the other side of the harbor...  My luck.

I decided against moving and shot photos from where I was sitting, the same ledge that I always sit at. Remembering, it's a game of patience. 

 Are they getting all the good shots?!

Are they getting all the good shots?!

 I've been spotted!

I've been spotted!

These two guys were getting closer and closer so I decided to step back a little bit. 

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 Laying in the grass, army style, about 15 feet away.

Laying in the grass, army style, about 15 feet away.

I can't stress this enough when shooting wildlife, or any animals for that matter, you really need to get eye level with them. Not only will that fill your frame but it will also make you feel like you're actually there in front of them. You also have a perspective of what they see.  So next time you're shooting photos of your pets, take a seat and start snapping away.

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Anyway, that was St. Petersburg. Here's another example of getting eye level with you're subject. Sorry for the quality as it was a screen grab from one of the 120fps videos I shot while there.

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The following are a few other photos I shot while down there. I used the new Nikon D850 with the 24mm 1.4G and 70-200mm 2.8E.

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