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11/27/15 Recent problems with US Nikon Repair Center

Normally with Nikon repairs, either under warranty or outside of warranty I have not had any problems.  The process is simple, you log on, get a ticket for your lens or camera and send it in for repair.  The process has always been straight … [Read more]

11/19/15 Red Sky at Night Sailors Delight!!, Wonderful evening shot from the upper Piney Creek Wilderness Arkansas

This is a shot that I like to think, puts all things back into perspective.  For 2015, the Autumn in Arkansas the colors were just terrible.  We also had a lot of rain late in October, which was too late for the streams.  All the streams are … [Read more]

11/15/15 New Filter information from Lee and HiTech

I have been trying to get a simple filter solution for both a 28mm HR Rodenstock and the 32mm HR-W Rodenstock.  Also, now that Phase One is shipping their new wide lenses, the Schneider 35LS and 40-80LS which have 105mm filter threads.  The 105mm … [Read more]

11/12/15 Adobe Lightroom still has no support for the Phase One IQ150–my method of fixing this

When Phase One first announced their flagship CMOS digital back, the IQ250 over 2 years ago, many photographers felt that the price point of $39,995 was way too much for a 50MP 1:3 cropped sensor back.  This issue became even more inflamed when … [Read more]

11/10/15 Springtime at Haw Creek Falls–A great place to spend a day in Arkansas

Taken with a Phase One IQ260 and Arca rm3di tech camera/40mm Rodenstock lens This is a typical day at Haw Creek falls, and I was again lucky to be there without anyone else to stand around and get in the way during the shoot.  Haw Creek is a … [Read more]

11/05/15 New testing results from the Sigma 20mm 1.4 Art lens at

As of this afternoon, the first full review of the new Sigma 20mm 1.4 has been published over on  You can read the full review here: Lenstip 20mm 1.4 Sigma review From a quick read I have determined the following: The … [Read more]

10/27/15 Fuji X-Trans Raw Conversions–Which is best Lightroom or Capture One

In 2015, Arkansas did not present a good color display really anywhere throughout the state.  Since July Arkansas has been short on rainfall and the month of September and first half of October no measurable rain fell in the state.   Most of the … [Read more]

03/30/15 New article on Mounting Canvas to Gator board

I have just put up a new article on mounting canvas to gator board.  This is a step by step write up which will take you from a printed canvas to framed print.  You will learn how to cut the canvas to size, prepare the gator board, lay down the … [Read more]

01/27/15 Clouds in motion–A wonderful Time Lapse series from my home

I know I need to fix that deck rail for sure.  But for now my deck has been a great place to capture some great cloud motion.  I am going to get out soon in to the field and start this, but I am still learning and have found out a few things about … [Read more]

01/20/15 Sunset time-lapse from my back deck

Since I went ahead and upgraded my Gopro Hero 3 black to a Hero 4, I have been having much more success with time lapse  in situations where there are extreme changes in lighting, like sunsets and sunrise conditions. This is a quick video taken … [Read more]

12/17/14 The Phase One A Series cameras–a few thoughts from a tech camera user’s persepective

With the announcement of the A250, A260 and A280, Phase One has a new line of Phase One branded cameras.  The cameras consist of a Alpa TC (travel compact) mated to one of three different Phase One IQ2 backs.  There are 3 different lenses that can … [Read more]

12/14/14 A nice view taken from the Mt Magazine summit

Fall for 2014 in Arkansas was not too much to write home about.  Colors were way off in most places, production mainly showing up in a dull brown color.  I attribute most of this to the weather pattern we had.  Warm, and then cold, and warm, then … [Read more]

09/20/14 Surface Pro 3 update (after replacement by Microsoft)

My original Surface Pro 3, was having major issues with the battery and a full charge.  Several times, I would power off, (via Shut down) the Pro 3 with 35% of the battery remaining, only to power it back on the day and find it totally drained. I … [Read more]

09/18/14 Phase One Announcements from Photokina 2014

As the big show starts to wind down, I though it would be good write about what Phase One considered to be significant announcements during the Photokina Photo Expo, current being held in Germany. You can list out the major announcements … [Read more]

09/17/14 Arca FP (Modular Focal Plane Shutter) and R cameras has full wide lens support

I just heard this morning from Rod Klukas, the U.S. Arca representative, that the new Arca FP  will work with the wider lenses, Rodenstock 23mm and 28mm, and possibly the 28XL Schneider.  This is very good new for me as I did not want to have to … [Read more]

09/16/14 Capture One Vr 8 is announced and is now available for download

Well, one bit of good news from Photokina, Phase One has released Capture One Version 8.  This is a major update to the software with some very nice enhancements.  As a long time user of Capture One, I welcome this update and find it well worth the … [Read more]

09/16/14 Arca FPS (Focal Plane Shutter) lens issues clarified

Yesterday, I was very excited by Arca's announcement of the new FP (Focal Plane Shutter).  I knew that this device was in the works well over 10 months but had been asked to keep all mention of it off the web.  Arca  is a small company based in … [Read more]

09/15/14 Big news from Arca Swiss–New FS (Focal Plane) shutter for R series cameras

##################UPDATE LATE 09/15/14####################### 09/15/14 Final details from Rod Klukas--U.S. Arca Representative I heard from Rod a while ago, he is out at Photokina.  Here are the missing details. "The FPA is similar in depth … [Read more]

07/24/14 Rain and more rain brings up Arkansas’s Prime Creeks in July

This is a view of Richland Creek in late May, taken in the 2007 time frame, but I wanted to use this photograph to show just what Richland Creek should look like now, in July!!.  Normally this time of year, the water levels in the Arkansas creeks is … [Read more]

07/10/14 New Surface Pro 3 Firmware–All is still not well with WiFi and battery life

As of 07/08/14, Microsoft has added yet another firmware update to the Surface Pro 3 family of Laptop/Tablets.  This is the 2nd firmware released since the units were first sold.  You can access this upgrade via the Surface Pro 3 update process.  … [Read more]