In Darkness

EQUIPMENT:

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I currently capture all of my images on the Nikon D850

I've been shooting on the D850 since early 2018, and have found it to be a powerful tool in creating my images. 

The high resolution of this camera allows me the ability to create large prints and high resolution samples of my images, however it also introduces a lot of dynamic range and noise complications that I work around in post.  I can show you these techniques in my post processing tutorials




Camera:


I currently shoot all of my images on the Nikon D850

At the moment the D850 is the only Camera Body I have, Though I am highly considering a Sony A7siii for it's extremely useful high dynamic range and low light capabilities. 

The Nikon D850 is an excellent camera for anyone who wants to do high resolution photography with is 45 megapixel sensor. 


DRONE:

DJI Mavic 2 Pro

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You'll Definitely start seeing more aerial work showing up here and there, and this is the workhorse drone I am using to capture my aerial work.  I actually had the Mavic Air 2 for several months and you will see some images from that drone appear here.  I absolutely loved that drone and would also highly recommend it as well, however I did notice a lot more noise in the images when comparing my RAW's to my friends in extreme low light conditions.  Being that the majority of my work happens at night or within an hour of light events like sunrise or sunset I was able to return the Mavic air 2 to DJI and pick up the Mavic 2 Pro which Is much more suited for the type of content I am working with.  It is also the only time in my life I will likely ever be able to boast that I have purchased a Hasselblad Camera  😂.  

I have had this drone now for long enough to become quite familiar with its capabilities and It is very impressive how the sensor handles direct sunlight environments, and I can strongly recommend it to anyone who is seeking a drone to step up their photo/video game. 

  


WIDE LENS:

Tamron 15-30 F2.8 For Nikon F

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I use the Tamron 15-30 for the majority of my work.  Whether I am photographing wide landscapes or wide field astrophotography.  This is Typically my go to lens.  When needed I can tighten my frame down to 30mm which is excellent for a wide range of landscape situations.  

One of the things I will note about Tamron is I prefer the tint on the glass of their lenses significantly over factory nikon lenses.  I notice a lot of warm green shift and cast on nikon lenses which is much harder to remove in post as opposed to the more cool tones of the tamron which are easy to adjust if needed.  


My 15-30 has also seen abuse that would surely have destroyed any other lens.  Back in 2017 I dropped my Nikon D810 with this lens attached from the tripod while visiting a waterfall located in a slot canyon in southern Utah, It probably fell a good 4 feet or so onto a rocky floor with maybe 4 inches of water.  The camera did not survive, the lens was fine.  Another incident several years later occurred in Zion national park when I was photographing a slippery section of rock and went to swap lenses.  I dropped the lens entirely from the full extended height of my tripod directly onto solid rock.  The fall was broken by the lens hood and the barrel, and too this day the lens remains entirely functional.  I have noticed no real loss in quality when comparing my images from 2017 when I purchased the lens to today.  The only issue I experience is water spots on the inside of the front element.... which.. are a result of a time I was so heavily misted from a waterfall in 2017 the lens had fogged over from the inside.  I had to use some bizarre techniques to evaporate it out.  Autofocus still works and I have no notable issues with it 4 years later. 

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