Mike's Journal - A rather infrequently updated recording of my thoughts about photography.  It also may comment on the places I have been looking for the spectacular image....or whatever happens to be on my mind at the time.

Galapagos Adventure

June 12, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
In June, 2016, my wife Jan and I went to the Galapagos Islands on a photography trip organized by Andy Biggs. It was a great adventure with 14 other folks from all over the world. Our transportation was the Majestic, a boat built to tour the islands. Our tour covered excursions to six different islands. For me, it was a great photography experien...
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Phantom 4 video

June 12, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
I brought my DJI Pantom 4 drone up to Minnesota to give to my son, who is in the creative field and will use it to make money....as opposed to me for which it is fun. While there, I gave it one last flight, filming my daughter, Molly, and grandson, Noah as they were on a nearby lake with paddleboard and kayak. Totally personal experience, but it s...
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Spirit Bear Video

June 04, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Last year I went to British Columbia with Charles Glatzer of Shoot the Light to primarily photograph Spirit Bears. The galleries are here. Here is the YouTube Video. I briefly appear at 3:52, 5:42, 7:30 and 7:53. This was a great adventure and I, for one, am glad there is an effort to preserve these somewhat rare wildlife opportunities. Here i...
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Polar Bear Jail

November 02, 2015  •  Leave a Comment
Up on the southwestern shore of Hudson Bay, near the town of Churchill, you will find one of the few places on earth to experience polar bears in the wild, up close and personal. You may have heard there is a polar bear jail in Churchill, and there is! I recently ran across an article in the Churchill Wild blog that explains the origination and ope...
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Exposure tip

October 31, 2015  •  Leave a Comment
Here is a useful tip for Canon owners (at least the 1DX and 7D2) courtesy of Chas Glatzer of Shoot the Light. If you have a variable aperture lens, such as the 70-300L or the new 100-400L this tip is pretty cool. The idea is you set up the exposure for the images you are going to make. Let's say, for example, you want to use f/4.5 because it give...
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