Celebrating Outstanding Service . . .

Today I’m thanking and celebrating Steve Anderson, Store Manager at West Photo, Minneapolis, MN, for his expert advice and amazing assistance during my recent purchase of the Nikon Z9 camera and Nikkor Z lenses. Over the past 30 plus years, I have purchased all of my pro Nikon gear from Steve and could not be happier with the truly outstanding customer service I have received! Steve is the standard by which all other store managers should aspire, no matter what business they are in! In my opinion, he wrote the book on customer service before and more importantly, after the sale. Cheers to you, Steve!

Fellow photographers, when you need to purchase photo equipment give my good friend Steve, a call at West Photo (612-379-2321). I promise, you will not be disappointed that you made the call!

Photos of the colorful balloons captured around twilight using a Nikon Z9 camera/Nikkor Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 @400mm.

Summer Raindrops . . .

Sometimes, the best photos are in your own backyard. Our automatic sprinkler had just finished watering the grass and some of the plants near the edge of the patio. The soft, diffused light was perfect for accentuating the jeweled raindrops. After several different framing variations, this was the composition that brought it home for me. Sometimes we travel to remote places like the Sahara Desert to find one-of-a-kind photos, and other times they are right in our backyard.

Nikon Z9 Ticket . . .

I am having so much fun shooting with the Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera, I should have to buy a ticket! The Z9 makes for blissful image capture. I have been traveling and shooting an array of interesting things during the past weeks, and this camera just keeps on faithfully assisting my artful expressions. I think this is the most advanced and intuitive digital camera Nikon has ever produced.

A big plus for me is I rarely have to remove my eye from the viewfinder, as the buttons and dials are easily accessible with my right thumb and fingers. I can now keep my eye looking through the viewfinder capturing that next artful image. And with no mirror, there is no black-out during continuous frame capture like previous Nikon mirror digital cameras. I love it! Then throw in that cool, auto adjust bright electronic viewfinder, awesome in-camera vibration reduction (see you sometime, tripod), blazing fast autofocus acquisition, very low light metering capabilities, etc., etc., etc. I think you get my point . . . I’m lovin the Z9!

Become Curious . . .

This photo happened as a result of being curious during my ‘photo walkabouts’. Being curious about things and my surroundings has always led me to find unique, unseen images. Such was the case with the green vine and sheet metal wall. Workers were in the process of completely converting the former restaurant (which I had patronized several years ago) to a new, upscale eating establishment.

I suddenly remembered the former historic restaurant had a funky, colorful outdoor eating area. I was more than curious to see if it had already been demolished. Little was left, but enough remained to excite my visual acuity and frame the shot you see. This photo would never have happened without first being curious.

Image Acquisition: Captured with the Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera and a Nikkor Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6. The Z9 camera and Z lenses rock!

Nikon Z9 – Artistic Inspiration . . .

Nikon Z9 Nikkor Z 24-120mm f/4 S

Well, I finally did it! I am all in with the Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera and Z lenses! Yes, I have to admit, I had some trepidation jumping ship and rowing out of the DSLR era. I suppose, I had similar feelings leaving behind my trusted Nikon F series film cameras for the digital format all those years ago. As professionals, we get use to what we know, what works. And that’s a good thing! But Nikon is not a company to rest on its laurels, always moving forward with technological advances in cameras and lenses, which inspire and bring out the best in us as photographers.

I have been shooting with the Nikon Z9 for a few weeks now, and I could not be happier! Transitioning from my beloved Nikon DSLR D850’s was smoother sailing than I would have imagined. While this camera is a dream come true for all types of fast action photography, it also sails right along with any subject of a more or less static nature.

Nikon Z9 Nikkor Z 24-120mm f/4 S

It truly is a ‘camera for all seasons’! The Nikon Z9 has put everything in place to assist the artful photographer in creating images that are only limited by their imagination.

Nikon Z9 Nikkor Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 S

Personally, the window of my imagination has been flung open with the Z9. New, artful possibilities are presenting themselves.

Nikon Z9 Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.8 S

Primarily, as a fine art and travel photographer I now have an amazingly advance tool that will allow me to explore new, creative pathways that had not been open to me before. My photographic ship as set sail for new, uncharted waters . . . and isn’t that wonderful!

In future posts, I will be extolling the tangible features of the Nikon Z9 camera and Z lenses during my shooting forays.

Unexpected Surprise . . .

I love being surprised during my photographic outings! Such was the case with this glass entryway door. I was instantly intrigued by the mired of bubbles, which happened due to years of Texas summer heat striking the interior mylar sunscreen.

The upper half of the photo is a reflection from a building across the street. The lower half of the photo is reflecting a car that is parallel parked on the street in front of the glass door. I worked quickly composing this layered image hoping the car would not leave. Had that happened, the image would have lost some of its soul – its mystery and intrigue.

Transitional Light . . .

Photographing landscapes on foggy mornings has always been a magical time for me. Especially during the transitional phase – when the subdued light becomes ever-evolving as the sun begins to penetrate the condensing water vapor. The landscape expresses a myriad of subtle, characteristic changes during this process, albeit fleeting.

This photograph was captured just as a hint of sunlight began to penetrate the surrounding water vapor.    

Abstract Friday’s . . .

The photograph is of an old, metal building that was used as a warehouse to store and sell cotton many years ago. I spent an hour or so, capturing it from different angles and perspectives. This is the one that resonated with me!  

Photography is . . .

Photography is the easiest medium with which to be merely competent. Almost anybody can be competent. It’s the hardest medium in which to have some sort of personal vision and to have a signature style.  ~ Chuck Close

This quote over the years, has served as a friendly reminder to continue to signify my authentic, artistic vision. As a result, I never really thought about a style, it just came quite naturally.