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Kerry’s dream was to have her bridal portraits done while riding horseback on  a Friesian.  Well, we made it happen.  One of our clients knows a number of horse breeders in Hunterdon county, and we made a connection.  The horse you see here is named Fjoory, originally from Holland.  We’ve developed a nice relationship with the breeder, so hopefully we will be able to do photo workshops with horse and model sometime very soon.  Enjoy the photos!

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A few days ago we worried that rain might wash out this annual Spring celebration at the Reeves Reed Arboretum in Summit, NJ.  Dark gray clouds loomed in the sky for most of the day, and as 3 o’clock rolled around it didn’t seem to be getting any brighter out.  However, nothing short of rain was going to stop the forward progress of photographic education.  Members of our small group all trickled in by 3:30 or so and at around that time, the sun came out of hiding and offered more possibilities for talking about exposure, metering, composition and ISO options.  All in all, it was a great day for those who were involved and everyone went home with more experience and photographic knowledge than when arrived.  Look for more of these informal mini workshops that we offer.  All events are posted on this blog, so check back often!

Enjoy some photographs Kerry shot from Daffodil Day!

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Last month we went to the Philadephia Flower Show as the theme this year was Bella Italia, and we figured it would  be a great jump start to our upcoming trip to Italy.  The flower show featured exhibits that mimicked garden designs from the various regions throughout Italy, including fashion pieces (inspired from Milan) made with flower arrangements as you will see below.  Enjoy the photos!

A Venetian Palace scene

A Venetian Palace scene

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We had a Nikon 200-400 f/4 VR lens for the day and brought it out to the Bronx Zoo for a day of wildlife shooting.  The animal habitats were not all conducive to shooting with a lens like this, but we also had with us the Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 and the Nikon 85 f/ 1.4.  So, we pretty much had all of the bases covered.  Look for my review on the Nikon 200-400mm lens within the next week or so.  In the meantime, enjoy the zoo photos!

These photographs have received an Adobe Lightroom -ONLY treatment.  There has been no retouching done in Photoshop.
All images are copyright Eric Kazmirek & Phil Bernstein 2009.

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Yes, a bit fuzzy. The glass was filthy!

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Many people outside of workshop settings often ask me  how I get such sharp, crisp images.  Seriously, they do – and I usually tell them that I just have a really smart camera.  Although that might be true, there is certainly more to it than that.  In a not-so-formal essay, today I will outline some basic tips and techniques that I employ in order to achieve crisp photographs.  You can try them too, if you like.

While in workshop sessions, and people ask me how I get sharp photographs [particularly landscape & architecture shots] this is what I tell them:

  • I tripod mount my camera
  • Attach my cable release
  • I set my camera to the lowest native ISO
  • I close down my aperture approximately 2-3 stops from the widest opening (usually f/5.6-f/8).
  • Compose, meter, and focus the scene
  • Enable mirror lock-up
  • Depress my cable release

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The Nikon Coolpix P6000

The Nikon Coolpix P6000

Perhaps…it is another Nikon Coolpix underachiever, in certain respects.  But I can leave you rest assured it is not a total loss. (more…)

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For those of you who are wondering if I magically obtained a test unit of the Canon 5D replacement model the answer is, sadly – no.  My hands-on field report for the original Canon 5D does admittedly come three years too late, but we can use this as an opportunity to review and reflect upon the ‘old 5D’ and look forward to hopefully all of the wonderful things the new camera model will be loaded with.  Please consider any faults outlined below about the 5D a guide for hopes of what they will fix in the new model.  My sample images scattered throughout this article have only gone through basic RAW processing.  None have been manipulated in Photoshop. (more…)

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