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November 26, 2018

By John Gerlach

I nearly always use a tripod as it aids me in making quality images.  That means I use a tripod whenever possible, but there are times when I cannot use a tripod, so I use other tactics to help me shoot sharp images. 

The image stabilization switch on my lens is set to mode 2 so I don't get any...

August 29, 2018

 A white admiral butterfly is about to take flight as the dawn temperature rises.

My photo career began in the seventies when I bought Canon photo gear to make images of wildflowers, frogs, and insects.  Close-up photography has always been great fun for me since I can find so many interesting subjects without trav...

August 11, 2018

Sunrise at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge

by John Gerlach

Canada geese are a blessing when they hold still, but they do make waves when feeding!

Muscatatuck NWR is a few miles east of Seymour, IN.  It contains many marshes and small lakes that attract lots of birds and is a major breeding ground for wood ducks....

August 6, 2018

Processing Focus Stacks

with Canon DPP 4.8.30 for windows and Helicon Focus 6.7.1

It has been a long and painful process, but slowly I am improving my skills at computers.  I can now predict I will be super at it should I live to 150!  I can even teach a little bit about how I process the images.  I don’t spend a lo...

May 16, 2018

Smoky Mountains Photo Strategies

The picturesque Smoky Mountains is truly a nature photographers dreamland.  With abundant precipitation and mild winters, the diversity of photo subjects found here far exceeds most places.  I spent the month of April and early May with Roger Trentham who has lived and photographed...

March 28, 2018

 These cormorants in the trees at the fabulous Circle B Bar Reserve near Lakeland, FL are focused by using a magnified live view image of the birds in the trees, and manually focusing on them.  I shot with live view still active to eliminate mirror vibrations and shutter vibrations.  This technique is the best way...

March 11, 2018

Circle B Bar Reserve

It was exciting to see and photograph a limpkin for the first time at the reserve.  They are quite common here, so you are likely to get to photograph them.

This former cattle ranch has been restored to wetlands and the birds have responded by frequenting it in large numbers.  Limpkin, great-blu...

February 23, 2018

I have largely abandoned stopping the lens down to cover the depth of field for the several reasons listed below:

  1. Stopping the lens down to f/16 and f/22 produces an overall less sharp image due to the optical effects of diffraction. 

  2. Stopping the lens down usually doesn’t cover the depth of field all that...

February 23, 2018

Snow at Bryce Canyon

While driving to Phoenix from Idaho, I heard the weather forecast for Bryce Canyon while driving a little south of Salt Lake City, Utah.  Snow had fallen at Bryce Canyon!  That is on my bucket list, so I detoured a little and drove to Bryce City where I stayed at the Bryce Canyon Resort Hotel....

February 13, 2018

White Pocket is a unique landscape found southeast of Kanab, Utah, but on the Arizona side of the border.  Both North Coyote buttes that has the famous Wave and South Coyote buttes are in the area, too.

 Get directions to White Pocket from the BLM office in Kanab, UT where the drawing for the Wave is held each morn...

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