Sometimes you're out there and the expanse of it all simply can not be appreciated in a Photograph, no matter what you do. This is one of those times. Nikon D-850 16mm 1/30 sec f/13
Photography and Cameraderie
Yup! This is my 30 day anniversary of not posting one of my images to FaceBook. So what have I been doing? Intense personal study for both my Photography and Social Networking. The result? I can still post my images there, copyright protected if I post them as a preview image from my website, which is my copyright protection, not Facebooks! Boom! So this is how I'll post my images from now on.
The benefit to you for clicking on one? Free information on the image settings and composition! Boom Boom! We all love free!
So... Photographically what have I been studying? TONS of advanced editing practices! Also more than ever, my prints! This image is one I've never posted. Why? Because it's not an image many will "like" on Social Media, but it is one that people will buy to place upon the wall of their home or office. Captured with a Nikon D-800, ISO 100, Nikon 14-24mm @ 21mm, f/5, 1/4 sec. on a Slik Grand Pro CF 4 tripod. © Garrett Winslow, all rights reserved. Should you wish to purchase this image as a print, simply contact me HERE.
Here's a small real world comment on the Nikon D-850. It's a sexy beast! After a year of owning it, this is the best camera I've ever owned. I'll qualify that... it's the best for me. Your milage may vary.
Recently I took my lovely wife of 22 years on a PhotoSafari to scout out a location I wish to shoot. I do this all the time. I go check out things first, then compose my image I wish to create in my mind, with the data I learn scouting. Well on this trip I took only one camera, my new Nikon D-850. Now please understand... I've been shooting Nikon for a very, very long time. Also I never go anywhere with only one body, this was a first. I also only took three lenses. Bottom line? I simply love this camera and all the awesome capabilities it has, more than any other camera I have ever had, and I've had a few. If you wish to see the list of my gear you can click here, but seriously. I simply do not wish to shoot any other camera now that I have the 850. It's lighter than my D-3 or my D-4, and has even more file size than my D-800 or my D-810.
If you're on the fence about this camera? Don't be. Below is one image, of the Ventura Harbor, right out of camera. Yup! Right out of camera! No edit. Import to LightRoom, convert to DNG, convert to jpg, and size it to post on the internet... sharp as a tack, with awesome dynamic range, and brilliant colors. My settings: D-850 - Nikon 24-70 @ 24mm - ISO 64 - f/13 - 1/200 sec - hand held - no filters. You can click on the image to see it larger. You be the judge. Thanks for reading...
UPDATE! This camera is so awesome I've sold most all of my other gear. I'm also no longer a "Nikon Only" kind of guy, either. Yes I've been shooting Nikon for five decades, and I used to use only Nikon Glass. This is no longer the case. I now use what I consider to be the best glass in front of the best sensor, with the best ergonomics for me, I don't care what brand it is. My current line up of gear has been updated on my gear list. Anything I might not "own"... I rent! My cash looks far better in my bank account than it does in some manufactures.
Many Photographers now a days go online and ask "Hey ya'll, what about this or that location? What should I do to Photograph it?" I personally dislike that approach. Number one, I think it's wrong. You're the Photographer, go do your own research. Number two, no matter what it's your Photograph. Asking others what they did means you get what they get. And number three? How are we supposed to set ourselves apart in the bazillions of images out there now a days, if we simply do what others did. So do your own research! It's part of the journey.
This image is my key location I was scouting in Southern California. The tide was wrong, the sky boring. But man... The light I can see here for a future shot is amaze balls! Part of a being a Photographer serious about creating a Photograph over a snapshot is doing your own research. So this time my wife was my assistant. I was scouting this area for a future composition, which I now can't wait to create. This is the snap shot. Now to do my research for proper tide, timing and sky, and then hit this spot again! "Window to the Sea" © Garrett Winslow, all rights reserved.
Well this one is now in the books and what an absolute blast it was! We started the day in Downtown Las Vegas with a group of 15 or so at 12:12:12 am on 12-12-12. We messed around a bit and five or six of us hung out till about 3:30 am, catching up on the latest.
Then we got a few hours shut eye met up again at 12:12:12 pm of 12-12-12 on the strip in front of the Fashion Show Mall. From there we went meandering around in groups large and small, photographing what ever we desired or caught our fancy. Later we met for drinks and a bit of lunch. Some went home and some stayed.
Once again we met up at 6:00 pm in order to allow those that had other life worries, to still be involved in the Once in a Lifetime Photo Safari.
All in all about 50 or more of us participated in this event in one group or another. Personally I had a blast, but I was supposed to. I did not let anyone know till after the fact, but this was also my birthday. However it was not supposed to be about that... It was supposed to be about getting together to catalogue the day, a once in a lifetime event, with others who enjoy my passion of photography.
Below are two of my favorite images from the day. To view some of the images from the others who joined in look under my main menu for 12-12-12- Contest Entries.
I wish to personally thank everyone who joined me for one of the greatest days of my life, and also a once in a lifetime event, with some of the greatest people I know...
Does a Photo Safari have to include a large group of people? If you have only one or two individuals along is that a Mini-Safari? Personally I do not think so....
Here are my thoughts on the subject. A Photo Safari is an exploration in the creation of a photograph. It is also the camaraderie encountered with the people you are with. That could also be just you alone, and the personal satisfaction you attain when you are in the moment! Or it could be with a large number of other like minded individuals.
In Last Nights Case....
I was out on a Photo Safari with my best friend Ted Vieira. I always have an absolute blast hanging out with Ted. So what else could ya want? We both love photography and the arts. We both love discussing wide ranging topics. And neither one of us would dream of asking the other to hurry up and take the shot. Serious photographers get that "hurry up stuff" a lot if we are not with someone just as appreciative of what we are trying to accomplish. ^_^
Last night we were once again hanging out on the Las Vegas Strip. I mean after all, what a location! We never seem to get tired of shooting there, not to mention there is always something different to Photograph if you look.
Wanna come along some time? Hit me up! Below is a small sample of some of the cool stuff I photographed. I hope you enjoy them.
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