The “First Stop” Toward Texas

Photographers usually know that the first few shots of any photo endeavor are usually the worst. It takes time to warm up, figure out what settings to use, and try to make sense of the scene in front of them. Tonight, as my friend Kurt Johnson (pictured above in his natural habitat) and I embarked on a journey to Texas, we stopped on the side of the…

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The Truly Awesome Nebraska Sandhill Cranes – A Day Trip Photo Adventure With Nikon and Fujifilm

Around 20 years ago I headed out west to photograph one of the most stunning scenes you can imagine: the Sandhill Crane migration. For the month of March, these beautiful (but also kinda goofy-looking) birds fatten up in the corn fields along the Platte River before they head on out to their next destination. Photographing them isn't easy, and I remember taking my really crappy 70-300mm consumer…

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I Went to Atlanta… Here are Some Things I Saw Through My Nikon Z8

My man Kurt Johnson and I recently took a quick road trip to Atlanta. This was my first real trip with the Nikon Z8, the camera I bought after having the Nikon Zf for a few months. Initial reactions of the Z8 are very, very positive. Nikon's ergonomics are amazing, and this camera's feel is no different. It seems to stick in the hand with a grip…

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Night and Snow with the X-H2 and Viltrox 13mm

One of the old challenges with Fujifilm was access to unique lenses like the Viltrox 13mm f/1.4. There's nothing native in the Fujifilm lineup, and while adapting lenses is always something that can be done, it's just nice to stick the lens on the camera and know it will work the way it's intended. I rarely shoot with the 13mm, however. I've had it for a few…

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A Portrait of a Sandhills Cattle Rancher

When a rancher in a truck pulled over and asked us what we were doing, I'm pretty sure he was being protective of his land. He might have been a bit suspicious although he was too polite to say so. We explained to him that we were from Omaha and just appreciating the beauty of the Sandhills. I was out with @kurt_johnson_photography on a mini two-day photo…

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Olympus OM-1 with 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens Photo Walk in Iowa

https://youtu.be/ou5M-H-_Lpk The Olympus OM-1 is a fantastic camera that I'm having a ton of fun with. However, it also takes some great images! Combined with the OM-System 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO lens, the system can really shine.

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Fuji X100v “Color Negative 400” Film Recipe Bike Ride

https://youtu.be/BCdmgqw7xXY The Fujifilm X100v is the ultimate bike ride photographic companion. Small, light, and extremely capable, THIS is the camera to take with you wherever you go. On this day, I rode my bike through some roads in Nebraska looking for roadside beauty. Using the "Color Neg 400" film recipe from Fuji X Weekly created some strong, contrasty images that were pretty cool! All examples below are…

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