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Month: February 2017

Lens Flare! What? Can I Get Rid of It?

Lens flare? What? Who knew? I was out at a local conservation area in my neighborhood recently with my Canon 5D Mark IV with my 70-200 zoom lens attached.  I was out hiking around looking specifically for birds, but the area around me was so beautiful, that I decided some landscape shots would be nice also. Enter the lens flare! I typically have my lens hood close at hand, but if you know anything about the Canon 70-200 zoom lens, you know that it is HUGE!  All on its own it is a heavy, long lens, and when you...

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The Day I Dropped My Canon 5D Mark IV

Yes…I dropped my Canon 5D Mark IV.  Just typing out those words hurts my heart!  I had just come back from a nice, long, relaxing day at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge with Midnight, my camera.  (Yes…my camera has a name.  That should give you a hint as to how sad I was when I dropped her!)  I had spent the day hiking several different trails at Hagerman with my camera in hand. I saw so many pretty landscapes, some cool birds, some strange birds, and lots of beautiful land on the Big Mineral Arm of Lake Texoma.  It was a...

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