Monday, October 26, 2009

Margaret and Jim Daily

We drove out to Maha'ulepu with Jim and Margaret for their wedding. Maha'ulepu is a raw, untouched beach on the south shore of Kaua' of the last undeveloped locations on the south shore. Maha'ulepu is always windy, the waves are dramatic and can change from bright sun to approaching storm in a matter of a couple hours. Shooting at Maha'ulepu is challenging with the wind and sea spray, but makes for some unique, dramatic images. Margaret and Jim were adventurous, with Margaret changing into her dress in some nearby bushes, as a light rain fell and a rainbow appeared at the cliffs before Kipu Kai. A day after the wedding, Haunani and I picked them up at the cruise ship, their last day on Kaua'i, to take them to a snorkeling spot, PK's (Prince Kuhio), then they took us to lunch at Brennecke Broiler, at Po'ipu. What a great time getting to know this couple. We'll seem them again with their whole family in December.

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Seven Strategies to Ensure Your Blog Is Worth the Effort
1. Write posts to encourage discussion.
2. Network on other photography blogs.
3. Integrate your blog with social networks.
4. Tie your online and offline marketing efforts.
5. Don’t shy away from posting video.
6. Apply your creativity to the medium.
7. Promote yourself (just not shamelessly).

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Nikon 28mm f/1.4 AF-D
The world's finest, fastest 28mm SLR lens was Nikon's 28mm f/1.4 AF-D made from 1994 - 2008. Nikon has never made anything similar before or after; this lens' performance is beyond anything else from Nikon, and allows me to shoot hand-held in moonlight on a D3. Adorama has one in stock, used, at what looks like a good deal less than they sell for over eBay, where they used to run at around $4,000 last I looked into it.

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Pre-Visualization Exercises
I’ve talked here before about pre-visualization. But for some of you, my discussion has been too ethereal. You want some concrete steps you can take to improve your pre-visualization skills. In order to effectively pre-visualize, there are some things you can do to prepare.

a. Go somewhere quiet.
b. Relax and get comfortable
c. Turn off the phone, TV, radio, iPod and your computer
d. Bring a pen and paper – yes – pen and paper – it works better than a laptop
e. Close your eyes and concentrate on creating a blank page

Now you are ready to start painting a picture in your mind’s eye. Here’s your first exercise…(more)

Photo Book Review – Nikon DSLR: The Ultimate Photographer’s Guide
Nikon DSLR: The Ultimate Photographer’s Guide presents a general overview of the current line of Nikon DSLRs. Chapters include basic information on exposure, digital feature selection, descriptions of the usual controls on a Nikon DSLR, descriptions of a few of the current models of camera bodies and lenses, discussion of flash photography, and an overview of Nikon’s proprietary image processing software, Nikon Capture NX 2. Profiles of some successful Nikon camera users are also included.

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