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Jeff McGrath

Jeff McGrath



To me; photography is more than a passion, it's an obsession. A Utah Photographer in love with all forms of photography, my favorite being photojournalism (consider me green). I enjoy Landscape, portrait, architectural, geometrical, street, event, low light, astro, & strobist photography (yeah, pretty much everything). I am a student at the University of Utah majoring with a BS in Mass Communications - New Media sequence. I also currently work for The Daily Utah Chronicle at the UofU and I do freelance photography work on the side. I primarily use Lightroom 2.7 to process my photos. I have CS5 but rarely use it. For my panoramas I use Arcsoft Panorama Maker Pro. I think it still does a better job than PS, especially in regards to the vingetting and alignment. Was a huge fan of HDR from 2008-2009 which I don't really do anymore. I used Photomatix for my HDR work. History in a very small nutshell: I first got interested in photography in 2004 when I bought a bought a Canon SD Powershot. I was hooked. I then bought a Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20 and started learning how to shoot with manual settings in the summer of 2006. From there, I bought a Nikon D80 in 2008 and had that for about a year when I finally made the big jump to the Nikon D700 in 2009. I started shooting in B&W film with the OM-1 that my father gifted to me in 2010. I love the look and feel of film. I am a right brained guy stuck in a left brained world; working in the Computer Science industry with photography as my escape. A little bit more about me: I am a Linux/Windows fan, Android user & code using PHP, JavaScript, Java, Perl, BASH, AutoIT3, Auto hotkeys, Ruby, & C# (varying levels of expertise of course, kind of in order). I enjoy snow skiing, hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, snowshoeing, programming, swimming, playing sports, river rafting and just being outdoors generally. I enjoy or can endure all genres of music, except Country. Favorite genre is electronica, more specifically Euro Dance.
  • Nikon D700
  • Nikon D200
  • Nikon D50
  • Nikon D800
  • Olympus OM-1 Film
  • Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6
  • Olympus 70-200 f/2.8-f/4 (for my OM-1)
  • Olympus 50mm f/1.4 (for my OM-1)
  • Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8
  • Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D ED-IF AF
  • Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D AF
  • Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR
  • Sigma APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG Macro HSM
  • Two Nikon SB-600 Speedlights

So my wide angle broke

Published June 1st, 2011

I went to Bryce Canyon National Park and Kodachrome Basin State Park (Utah) over the Memorial Day weekend.

While the trip was not a photography trip, but a camping trip with the family, I still found time to escape for a couple of photos. This is when I found out that my 18-35mm Nikkor was not working properly.

It doesn't matter which body I put the lens on, and none of my other lenses act this way, but all of my shots end up being overexposed 2 to 4 full stops. No biggie, I just shot manual.

I had a great time. We had warm weather (other than the nights dropped to as low as 35 degrees Fahrenheit), sunshine & lots of dramatic-fast moving clouds. The only problem I encountered was wind, which constantly blew the entire time we were there. Keeping my equipment clean was a difficult task because the sand was extremely fine & the wind was a constant 25-35mph w/ gusts up to 55+mph.

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