Earlier this year, I had a major dust problem with my Canon 5DM2 and the usual wet cleaning just wasn't working. In fact, it was making the sensor worse. I've been cleaning my digital sensors since the days of my Canon 10D camera and have always had good to fair results with wet cleaning (Eclipse Sensor Swabs), but this recent dust problem was just getting worse and I had an upcoming shoot. I did a internet search and found a product on Photography Life - the sensor gel stick cleaner, made by Eyelead (http://photographylife.com/product/sensor-gel-stick). I watched the video and ordered my sensor gel stick. The results were amazing; my sensor was full of dust spots and after one cleaning it was almost dust spot free. I did one more cleaning and my sensor was perfect. This product works very well and is worth every dollar - it is a quick and easy way to get your DSLR sensor dust free without the hit or miss results of wet cleaning.
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One of the most beautiful and isolated areas in Death Valley is the Racetrack, home to the "Sailing Stones".
If you ever get the opportunity to visit the Racetrack, by all means go! But first be prepared.
The road out to the Racetrack is a 26 mile dirt and gravel washboard road that can be quite rough. There are no services anywhere near and your cell phone won't help you out either. Make sure that you have plenty of food and water for the day if you head out, including extra in case of car or tire problems!
The rocks on the Racetrack road are very sharp and have been known to cut right through standard tires. Driving slow and safe is necessary to help your tires last you on your adventure. We've made four trips back to the Racetrack and it usually takes about an hour and half or so to get back, depending on how many stops you make along the way. Once you get about 20 miles in, you'll hit Teakettle Junction - worth a stop and a picture! The last six miles can be very rough, so go s ...
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Driving down the Badwater Basin road one afternoon near the Artist Palette turnoff I came across this handsome park resident looking for a meal. Was I ready to shoot? Yes I was. I wasn't specifically looking to photograph wildlife in the park that day, but when I'm driving to scout out new locations in the park I always have my wildlife camera and lens ready to go just in case. This was a quick encounter; I got off about a dozen shots before my new friend got out of range. If I didn't have my gear ready to go I would have missed this great wildlife opportunity. I was thankful that I got the chance to see this beautiful coyote up close, but also that I had my gear ready to go. Always be ready to shoot - you never know what might cross your path in Death Valley.
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After many years of using Manofrotto tripods (the last one being the 055XPROB Pro), a recent breakdown and the resulting poor customer service from Manofrotto led me to look for a new tripod company. I looked at several brands: Benro, Feisol, Gitzo, Induro, and Really Right Stuff. All great brands with many great reviews. I decided to go with Induro tripods and ball heads after reading about their real life use from photographer Rick Sammon (http://ricksammon.com). I do not baby my equipment. I need it to be strong and sturdy and be able to handle sand, water, heat, cold, and wind.
After six weeks of use, I am very happy with my choice. I could not ask for a stronger or more solid tripod in the Induro CT314 which has a maximum load capacity of 39 pounds. This tripod with the Induro BHD1 ball head is the perfect solution for landscape photography in extreme locations. The CT314 and BHD1 together weigh in at 6.1 pounds. I also have the Induro CT014 which weighs 2.1 pounds. I use it for ...
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