I'll be leaving this week for two workshops in Grand Teton NP. I'll be taking along my new Sony a7RIV. Here is a video where I show you how I set my menus up for optimal landscape shooting: https://youtu.be/zEBNM9UYCNA
Storm Clouds at Dusk, Snake River Overlook, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
My new Sony a7RIV arrived late yesterday afternoon and I put it to work a few hours later on a portrait shoot with my son Aaron who needed some head-shots for SiriusXM. Aaron's album "Atmosphere," which was recorded this past March in Nashville and produced by legendary performer/producer Dean Miller, is doing well and can be downloaded from the following sites: Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Google Play, Tidal, Deezer and Amazon Music. Aaron is using his middle name Cole, so search Aaron Cole. New deals are in the works and I will update you as soon as I can talk about them.
Had a fun evening with friend Mike Hall photographing the Harvest Moon rising over the Diablo Mountain Range just east of my home in southern Santa Clara County. BTW - we have had a string of earthquakes hitting this area through the night with the largest being 4.5 around midnight - strange happenings on the San Andreas Fault!
Harvest Moon, Hawk and Blue Oaks, Diablo Range, Southern Santa Clara County, California, United States
Sony a7RIII, Sony 200-600mm (493mm), f/16, 1/20th, ISO 800, processed in: Lightroom Classic, Topaz DeNoise AI, Topaz Sharpen AI, Luminar 3 and finished in Photoshop CC.
Join former Sports Illustrated staffer Ron Modra and me the second week of February for my Northern Arizona Workshop. We will photograph at Grand Canyon (with no tourists and hopefully some snow), Page (Horseshoe Bend and slot canyons) and Sedona. This is a workshop experience you won't want to miss!
Clearing Storm at Hopi Point, South Rim, Grand Canyon NP, Arizona
Back at my Africa edit today. Loved this interaction between baby baboons along the banks of Botswana's Chobe River. I shot this from a custom photographer-equipped boat. Each participant had their own monopod, Arca-Swiss equipped ball head, and seat. The entire setup raised and lowered to each individual's needs and rotated 360 degrees. Sharpened using Topaz Sharpen AI - use my code SMITHPHOTO at checkout for a 10% discount.
This is one video you have to see to believe: https://youtu.be/5oKHxMItKcU Not only do I show you how I processed this image (plus 2 others) but believe me when I say it started as a tiny fraction of the frame and is now nearly a 60MB file! It's awesome new software from Topaz.
African Bee Eater, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Savute, Botswana, Africa.
I'm back from Africa and just starting to go through tons of images including this one of a fish eagle who had just stolen a meal from a nearby crocodile. I have just posted a blog https://wp.me/p4HGif-apu where I discuss how good the new Sony Real-Time Tracking AF is. I've been shooting sports and wildlife for 40+ years and have never experienced anything like this.
Sony a9, Sony 100-400mm + 1.4x converter (560mm), f/8, 1/1000th, ISO 1000
I spent the first 2 hours this monring in a blind with our workshop participants along a water hole. This Marabou Stork found a snail for his breakfast - was a cool moment!
Sony a9, Sony 100-400mm + 1.4x converter, 1/1600, f/8, ISO 2000 - Sony's new Real Time Tracking - it's unbelievable!