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Light-weight Backpacking Gear               2016/02

Light-weight your three-season backpacking gear to hike farther and higher, and capture the photographs of your dreams I slogged over Aasgard Pass on my first Washington State Enchantments backpack 21 years ago, a 4,550 ft elevation gain on day one.

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Backpacking Photographer, Light-weight Supporting Camera Gear        2016/01

Light-weight ideas for tripod, camera case, filters and other tools of the backpacking photographer I researched switching to a mirrorless camera for backpacking recently, figuring the weight savings and comparable picture quality would make the switch from a Canon 5D

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Creating Starbursts ____ 2015/07

Starbursts are light rays emanating from point light sources — from the sun, moon, streetlights, sunlit waterdrops or reflective surfaces. They are creative photographic elements that can enhance an image — adding drama to a dull sky, a focal point

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Ultralight Camera Bag—Reconsidered ____ 2014/03

In recent years while backpacking, I stowed my Canon 5D in a Tamrac 3330 Aero Zoom30 (7½W x 5D x 8H external). The 7 oz. bag is the lightest I’ve found that meets the need of housing a full-frame camera

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Photo Tip: Foreground Elements _____ 2013/03

Image 6. Here the leaf provides an anchor, adds depth and leads the eye into

In the field, I often stalk through a potential photo op with the viewfinder glued to my eye, seeking just the right composition or perspective. If I plan well, I’m scouting before the light gets good—in the afternoon for a

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Backpacking Photography Gear        2013/01

Sunrise near Sahale Glacier camp, Sahale Arm, North Cascades NP, Washington State.

I’ve written thrice about backpacking (Ultralight Backpacking and Photography, Backpacking and Photography Re-visit, Light-Weight Backpacking and Photography), all pointed at ultra-lightening the backpack gear. The goal is to safely reduce pack weight to ease the burden of carrying a dSLR,

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2012 Favorite Images Critique ____ 2012/12

Red-necked Grebes from the kayak. Great bokeh, a lovely wash of out-of-focus color. Canon 5D III, 500mm f/4L @f/8, 1.4x, 1/640sec, iso800, subject distance: 67 ft.

At the start of 2012 I added three new cameras:  Canon 5D Mark III, Canon G1 X w/housing, GoPro Hero2. I also added a new lens, a Rokinon 24mm f/1.4. The 5D III’s improved autofocus gave me more bird photography

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Photography Field Preparation: Columbia Gorge ____ 2012/11

Last week we photographed at Eagle Creek in Oregon’s Columbia Gorge, a shutterbug bucket-list location that shows phenomenally well in the fall. The Columbia Gorge is slot canyons Northwest, a mesmerizing, choreographed symphony in black, yellow and green. As with

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Photo Tip: Suction Cup Mount ____ 2012/10

I biked to the local Ace Hardware last week and picked up a pair of suction cup mounts.  Ace sells USA Progrip® Suction Cups online for $4.79/pair; free shipping if you pick it up at a local store. The rubber

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Canon Custom Shooting Modes C1 C2 C3 ____ 2012/08

If you haven’t taken advantage of the Canon Custom shooting modes (C1, C2, C3) on your camera’s Mode Dial, you may miss that next great shot, especially those fleeting, unrepeatable or unanticipated opportunities, the kind you forlornly say later “if

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