Gear Up: Canon RF 100mm f/2.8L Macro and Focus Shift

In my Canon EF-mount kit, one of my favorite lenses was the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro. It was solid and sharp, with snappy autofocus and good stabilization. So when I moved to an RF-mount system, I definitely wanted to pick up the new RF version, which is an improvement in just about every way: […]

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Shutterbuggery: Shooting Summer Fireflies

If you live in a place where they can be found, photographing summer fireflies is an interesting challenge. Like astrophotography, it takes a little more work and patience–but the results can be pretty awesome! Living in the Virginia piedmont region, we’ve got lots of fireflies this time of year. I’ve been practicing in my backyard […]

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My 2021 In Photos

I think it’s a good exercise to go through the year’s photos and flag the images that I think were my best. It’s a nice way to gauge progress over the year, and to see what worked best for me photographically. Also interesting to see my choice of gear and settings–of the 95 non-drone photos […]

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Gear Up: Canon EOS R6 First Thoughts

I’ve been using Canon dSLR cameras for about 15 years now–I started with a Rebel XT (350D), moved up to the 50D, and then to the 7D and then 7D Mark II. Over those 15 years I’ve put together a reasonably good collection of lenses as well, from modern Canon and third-party EF-mount lenses, to […]

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Happy (Belated) New Year!

A new year is upon us and already speeding by, so I thought it might be a good time to think out loud here on the blog. I wanted to check in with where I am and where I’d like to go, with this site and otherwise. Feel free to skip this, of course, but […]

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Shutterbuggery: An Introduction

One of my main intentions with this website is to provide photographic guidance: tips and advice, gear talk, how-to guides, that sort of thing. I’m writing this in the depths of the Great Pandemic of 2020, during which the world is largely on hold and holding its breath. What better time to get started? The […]

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HDR: An Introduction

Many of the photos I post here are HDR images–HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. In a nutshell, HDR combines several exposures of the same scene in order to give photographs more oomph, by making them more like what the human eye can see in terms of detail across a range of light levels. That’s […]

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