More Birds

I've been taking a lot of bird photos lately, mostly around my house, honing my technique. These are a few collections of some of the birds in my area. This Blue Jay was pulling this string around our tree in the front yard. The string was used during Halloween to hang decorations and I originally …

DxO PureRAW

In my post about improving my bird photos, I talked about increasing shutter speed and stopping down my lens to improve sharpness. Doing this requires increasing the ISO to gather enough light to expose the image but adds additional noise to the image. Images at ISO 5,000 and 10,000 are common, which destroys detail and …

My New Photo Closet

Last year, one of my pandemic hobbies was buying old Nikon digital SLRs. I bought several models from the turn of the millennium and ended up with a bit of a problem: I had nowhere to put them. I already had my Pentax film and digital SLRs to store, in addition to my 16 lenses, …

Autofocus Issues?

I added a Nikon D500 to my collection recently and initially I was very happy with it, but as I started reviewing images I became concerned. Many of the images, while focused, did not seem very sharp. They lacked the detail I was used to seeing on my D750 with the same lenses. I initially …