January 18, 2020

My Canon 90D camera with its 1.6x crop factor due to the small sensor size nicely caught this vermillion flycatcher with a Canon 100-400mm lens set to 400mm hand-held.  Since I seldom shoot hand-held, I favored a higher shutter speed of 1/500 second and set the image stabilization to Mode 1 so all directions were...

November 17, 2019

By John Gerlach

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Update:  I continue to AF microadjust all of my Canon cameras with the Canon lenses I use on them for autofocusing.  What do I mean by that?  Many of my...

September 28, 2019

 This baby zebra is a genetic mix-up that made it turn out spotted, and dark, rather than white with black stripes.  My Canon 600mm worked perfectly for this rare chance to photograph a unique animal.

I know of no other place in the world that offers the abundance and variety of both bird and mammal photography as...

June 28, 2019

Wildlife photography presents many challenges.  How do you approach wildlife closely, make pleasing compositions, determine the ideal exposure, and make sharp images?  In this article, let’s cover the techniques for making super-sharp wildlife images.  While there is a lot to it, once you adopt quality shooting te...

June 14, 2019

Here is a new update posted on July 17, 2019.  I have been using two Mr JanGear floating blinds lately.  I like both version 1 and the much different version 2.  Of the two, I prefer Version 2.  Instead of one floatation tube full of air in version 1, the new version 2 has two floatation tubes that are blown up wi...

May 28, 2019

                                        Calliope Hummingbird Stretching

While teaching my popular hummingbird photography workshops at the spectacular Bull River Ranch in British Columbia, I noticed a small group of prick...

 Live view is invaluable for focusing on the face of this bison in heavy snowfall in Yellowstone.  The autofocus continually jumps back and forth as it "sees" the falling snow, and seldom focuses on the bison.  Here I use manual focus with live view, magnify the bison's face by 10x in the live image, manually focu...

Successful photo strategies for winter photos in Yellowstone National Park

January 6, 2019

 I like the row of trees in the foreground, the snowy Tetons in the middle, and the clouds radiating out from the mountain peaks, and also the clouds resting on some of the peaks on the left.  I manually focused on the trees using a magnified live view as the trees and mountains and clouds are all at infinity....

November 30, 2018

 All the exposure data is similar for all the images made on the overcast day.  For this image, I used f/6.3, 1/200 second, and ISO 1250.  Since I used manual aperture and shutter speed, I set those and the camera selected ISO 1250.  Of course, keep in mind I had the EC set to +1, or the camera would have set ISO...

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