Month: September 2015

Behind the Shot: Blood Moon Rising

Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 200-400 f/4   A Blood Moon is the name given to a specific type of lunar eclipse where The Moon turns a dramatic orange colour at the point of total eclipse.  A so-called Super Moon is a full moon that occurs at the point in The Moon’s orbit where it is closest to The Earth. In 2015, these two events coincided with each other to produce a “Blood Super Moon”, something which won’t happen again until 2033! I’ve previously shared a tutorial I created on how to shoot a lunar eclipse, and I set...

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Last Blood Moon Eclipse for 18 years is happening this weekend!

I’m writing this from an airport lounge so I don’t have too much time, but I wanted to make sure you guys know about this amazing lunar event that’s scheduled to take place on the night of the 27/28 September at 2:47 am UTC on September 28th,  that’s 10:47 pm EDT on Sunday, September 27. The thing that’s special about this one is that the Blood Moon style of lunar eclipse won’t take place again until 2033!  That’s 18 years away! Lat time this event occurred, I posted a detailed tutorial about how to shoot it and process the...

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Zeiss launches new Milvus line of lenses

Every now and again a nice new lens comes along, but it’s rare for an entire range of lenses to be launched simultaneously unless it’s for a new mount.  Zeiss surprised a lot of people this week with the launch of the new Milvus lens lineup which included 6 new lenses as follows:   Zeiss Milvus 21mm f/2.8 ZE Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/2 ZE Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 ZE Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/2 ZE Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 ZE Zeiss Milvus 100mm f/2 ZE They certainly look the part, and Zeiss’ recent offerings have been very well received.  It’ll also...

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WIN a MindShift FirstLight photo pack!

Wow this is a really exciting week!  Not only am I super proud to be a contributor in the incredible 5DayDeal Photography bundle (time is ticking, don’t miss it!), but I’m also giving away a MindShift Gear FirstLight 30 photo pack that’s worth $280!   CONTEST ENDED     To enter the giveaway for the MindShift pack, just follow the button below which will take you to the review of the pack that I published a couple of months ago on Shutter Muse where you’ll find the simple entry form.  There’s lots of different ways to enter, and it’ll only take you...

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For the love of photography, learn new things

Learning to climb: Day 1. Tacking a 5.8 called Big Wuss near Whistler, BC. Photo: Rowan Thornton   I’ve always maintained that one of the things I love most about photography is that you are never truly ‘done’.  There can be no end to creation and art. Once you commit to going down this path, you’re in it for life in some way or other. There’s always new techniques to explore, and your style will change and mature over time. A couple of years ago I’d never aimed a lens at an animal before, but Instagram opened my eyes...

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