November 8th, 1624

Have you been playing Angry Birds on your Android or Ipad and become frustrated because you're stuck on a certain level?  This is one addictive game!  No wonder it's currently the most popular game around.  It's free, it's fun, and it can be frustrating.  Watch the video below to learn how to use egg bombs, boomarang birds, and more. Watch the tutorial for free here.




November 7th, 1830

Many people have pets and taking pet pictures is a great way to hone your photography skills.  You can capture pets in all the standard ways you've capture humans.  Different lighting too.  In the photo below I'd actually set up a strobe and small softbox and practiced my skills at getting an uncooperative subject to tolerate flash and posing directions.  I wasn't very successful with this shoot.  He adopted his own "flash that light in my eyes again and you're going to make my day" look and I figured it was a good time to wrap things up for the day.. :)


Nikon D100, 28-70mm F2.8 AF-S  @F11  1/125th  65mm  ISO 200


November 6th, 1000

New content goes live at 1900 this evening.   Our Feature Photograph "Equipment Or Technique" is a lot of fun, and then we have our Feature Destination which is Part V of a five part series in Mae Hong Son called "Chinese Village, Pai", Photography News for the week, an equipment review you'll want to read carefull "Garmin 3790t GPS, A Review", our Q&A section features "Peter asks about Focus Screen Grid lines And a Strage Focus Issue", and finally Steve' s Musings "Do You Love Your Ears?"

November 6th, 0945

Oh My!  He's got something on his nose.  


Canon 5d Mark II, 300mm F2.8L IS USM  @F5.6  1/320th   ISO 320


November 5th, 2135

Woo Hoo II !!!   I couldn't help myself.  Now that the site looks so good I made some other changes.  And today I found out the most important part of Stage III will arrive more soon than I first anticipated.  Excellent.

Loy Krathong is three short weeks away.  Have you made your plans?  Each year for the past 4-5 years we hire a sampan/driver and cruise the On-Nut Klong in such a way that we get to observe and photograph 20-30 Loy Krathong celebration partes and not just one.  And we're sitting outside of the crowds in the middle of a cool klong totally relaxed while huge crowds fight it out ashore.   Where will you be?

One thing for sure, it's dark out there.   The photo below represents using a fast wide angle on an older full frame DSLR at it's maximum ISO and with no flash.   The next year I used a very powerful portable strobe.  This year will be the first with the very low light capable Canon 5d Mark II.  I've yet to decide, flash or no flash.  Hmm..


Canon 1ds Mark II, Sigma 20mm F1.8  @F4  1/20th  ISO 3200



November 4th, 0115

Woo Hoo!  For all practical purposes the site has been succcessfully switched over and the new look is great!  There is still a time stamp  issue in the forums we need to get to, hopefully tomorrow.  Also, now that the site is working properly we'll be adding more features in the coming months.  Soon I hope to have a video gallery page for Podcast tutorials and even more soon all the blog index entries will have thumbnails.  After that I'm not sure, but will consider any reasonable request.. :)

This image was taken locally and I really like it.  If you could have seen the area you wouldn't believe the shot.  Being able to isolate the frame and subsequently the viewer from the environment is just one more technique in your photography toolbox.


Canon 5d Mark II, 300mm F2.8L IS USM  @F4  1/800th  ISO 100