Kenneth Wong Photography: Blog http://www.kwongphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Kenneth Wong Photography kwongphotography@hotmail.com (Kenneth Wong Photography) Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:49:00 GMT Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:49:00 GMT http://www.kwongphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u1060100483-o156674939-50.jpg Kenneth Wong Photography: Blog http://www.kwongphotography.com/blog 76 120 HP Laptop Security Flaw 12-12-17 http://www.kwongphotography.com/blog/2017/12/hp-laptop-security-flaw-12-12-17 A security researcher has discovered a keylogger that affects more than 460 models of HP laptops in the EliteBook, ProBook, Pavilion and Envy lines.  The flaw affected laptops as far back as 2012.

 

For more information on this vulnerability, check out the story here.

 

HP will be releasing a fix of the affected models with Windows update.

 

For a list of the affected models, check out HP's security bulletin here.

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Canon Storage Kit Deals 12-12-17 http://www.kwongphotography.com/blog/2017/12/canon-storage-kit-deals-12-12-17 B&H Photo has several Holiday deals on Canon full-frame dSLRs which include storage and other accessories.  Free shipping and 2% rewards are also included.

 

Canon 5D Mark IV with BG-E20 battery grip, 64 GB SanDisk Extreme Pro SDXC memory card, LowePro backpack, 4 TB Western Digital external hard drive and JPEG Mini Pro image compression software: $3199.00

 

Canon 5D Mark III with 64 GB SanDisk Extreme Pro SDXC memory card, LowePro backpack, 4 TB Western Digital external hard drive and microfiber cleaning cloth: $2099.00

 

Canon 6D Mark II with BG-E21 battery grip, 64 GB SanDisk Extreme Pro SDXC memory card, LowePro backpack and 4 TB Western Digital external hard drive: $1699.00

Canon is also throwing in 13-months of free accidental damage protection with the 6D Mark II.

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Nikon D500 Storage Kit 12-12-17 http://www.kwongphotography.com/blog/2017/12/nikon-d500-storage-kit-12-12-17 B&H Photo has a nice Holiday deal on the Nikon D500 for those of you who are well-equipped. 

 

The kit includes the MB-D17 battery grip, a 64 GB SanDisk Extreme Pro SDXC memory card, a 4 TB Western Digital external hard drive and a LowePro backpack.  As with the other D500 kits, the price is $1796.95, with free shipping and 2% cash rewards.

 

For more information on this deal, check it out at the B&H web site here.

 

For more B&H Photo Nikon deals, check out their Nikon deal page here.

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iOS Help Videos 11-29-17 http://www.kwongphotography.com/blog/2017/11/ios-help-videos-11-29-17 Need help with your iPhone or iPad? 

 

Apple has created a YouTube page with iOS how-to videos.  Find it here.

 

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Insane Canon Rebel T6 Cyber Monday Deal 11-27-17 http://www.kwongphotography.com/blog/2017/11/insane-canon-rebel-t6-cyber-monday-deal-11-27-17 If you're looking for a solid entry-level dSLR and you're on a budget, you can't go wrong with this deal on the Canon EOS Rebel T6.  The price after $300 instant rebate is $449. 

 

The deal includes an 18-55mm image-stabilized lens, a 70-300mm lens, a Canon camera bag and a 16 GB SanDisk memory card.

 

What's really great about this deal is that it's not only available at the big New York dealers -- it's available at your local Target!  For more information, check out Target's web page here.

 

Adorama has a similar deal here.

 

 

 

 

 

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More Black Friday Deals 11-21-17 http://www.kwongphotography.com/blog/2017/11/more-black-friday-deals-11-21-17 The New York camera stores have announced their "official" Black Friday deals.

 

Adorama's "official" Nikon Black Friday deals here.

 

Adorama's "official" Canon Black Friday deals are here.

 

B&H Photo's "official" Nikon Black Friday deals are here.

 

B&H Photo's "official" Canon Black Friday deals are here.

 

Of particular interest to many Canon enthusiasts will be the discounted price on the 6D Mark II, which is being sold with the Canon BG-E21 grip, Canon Pixma Pro-100 printer and 50-sheet pack of 13"x19" Canon Pro Semi-Gloss paper for $1349 after $300 instant rebate and $350 mail-in rebate.  The in-cart price is $1699.

 

 

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Nikon 2017 Black Friday Deals 11-19-17 http://www.kwongphotography.com/blog/2017/11/nikon-2017-black-friday-deals-11-19-17 Adorama is rolling out some really stellar deals on Nikon's advanced dSLRs.  Most notable are the specials on the D500, D750 and D810 camera bodies, which are not only being discounted, but offered with the accessory battery grips as part of the deal.

 

IMHO, if you're looking for a good sports and wildlife camera and already have a stash of Nikon lenses, your best bet is the D500 kit that's going for $1796.95

 

This kit includes the MB-D17 battery grip, which normally sells for $449.95 on the site.  Also included are a 16 GB SanDisk SD memory card, camera bag, a cleaning kit and some software titles like PaintShop Pro X9.  This is the same deal they were running last Spring, minus the VIP360 treatment.  Adorama will still throw in free ground shipping for delivery in seven to ten business days.

 

Find the same deal with just the D500 camera body and battery grip and VIP360 here.

 

Adorama is also offering 2% in rewards cash on several of the D500 body & grip kits.

 

For more information on the Nikon D500 deals, check out the Adorama product search page with the D500 deals here.

 

If you're looking to make the move to a full-frame camera body, the D750 is on sale for $1496.95.  This deal also includes the MB-D16 battery grip, which normally sells for $485.  As with the D500 deal mentioned above, a 16 GB memory card, camera bag, cleaning kit and photo processing software are also included.

 

For more information about Nikon D750 deals, check out the Adorama product search page with the D750 deals here.

 

For all you high-resolution enthusiasts, the D810 is also being offered with the same accessories for $2796.95.

 

For more on D810 deals, check out the Adorama product search page with the D810 deals here.

 

As an added bonus, Adorama VIP360 members get free two-day shipping and one-year drops and spills coverage on the D750 and D810 kit deals.

 

Find the same deals and more at B&H Photo and Video here.

 

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Adorama Early Black Friday Deals 11-17-17 http://www.kwongphotography.com/blog/2017/11/adorama-early-black-friday-deals-11-17-17 Adorama has a few early Black Friday deals.

Nikon D3400 APS-C (DX) three-lens camera kit with Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX, 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-P and 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G AF-P lenses: $766.95

Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX with free accessory bundle: $166.95

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 Ultrasonic lens with free accessory bundle: $599.00

Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT with free accessory bundle: $249.00

 

 

 

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The Holiday sale madness begins 11-17-17 http://www.kwongphotography.com/blog/2017/11/the-holiday-sale-madness-begins-11-17-17 The Holiday sale madness has officially begun! 

B&H Photo is having a sale on the Canon Pixma Pro-100 Wireless Professional Photo Printer

Canon is once again giving a $250 rebate which brings the price down to $129.99.  The in-cart price is $379.99.  B&H throws in a 50-sheet pack of 13"x19" Canon pro luster photo paper as an added bonus.

This is the same printer I purchased last year for $20 more.  For more information check out the deal at B&H here.

The rebate deal ends December 31, 2017.

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Improving your portraits with common household items 10-25-17 http://www.kwongphotography.com/blog/2017/10/improving-your-portraits-with-common-household-items This is an article I originally wrote back in 2010 for another blog web site and have been meaning to bring it over to this site for some time.  I hope your find it useful.

I've been participating in various online photography forums on-and-off for many years now. One of the things that I have noticed in all of them is how often people are lead to believe that photography is complicated and expensive. They couldn't be farther from the truth.

 

With this in mind, I decided to take a cue from my good friend and colleague Richard Thompson, who spent many years selling cameras for Best Buy and Wolf Camera. Richard’s approach to sales is a bit unorthodox as he doesn’t always up sell a customer to complex, expensive equipment. Instead, he will often sell them on the idea of purchasing less expensive accessories that would allow them to make use of the equipment and features they already have.
Richard's method works particularly well for people that are starting out, as they are less likely to be overwhelmed by the prospect of learning something radically new. This is especially true when it comes to lighting.
The word “lighting” usually brings to mind the use of strobes. Unfortunately, many people overlook the fact that Mother Nature provides us with all the light we need to make beautiful pictures. One of the great advantages of using natural light is that there is no guesswork in the setup because we can see exactly what the light is doing. This isn’t always possible with strobes. The trick is learning to modify the light to get the desired results.
This can actually be done with ordinary household items that most of us have laying about in our cupboards.
 
For this article, I used the items shown above: Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil, 11” x 14” black and white mount board (white on one side, black on the other), tissue paper and painter’s tape. Ordinary cardboard that is white on one side can be substituted for the mount board and masking tape or Scotch tape can be use in place of the blue painter’s tape. All of these items can be purchased for about $5 each at your local drug store. These materials can be used in place of expensive light modification products that cost $200 or more.
 
To demonstrate how effective these items can really be, I started with one of my favorite “crash test dummies” in a common situation that many people are challenged with: making a portrait using window light.
 
 
As you can see in the image above, my subject is being lit by harsh, direct light from the sun coming through the patio door. The sunlight was a little warmer than I would have liked, so I created a custom white balance and took a picture from a position directly in front of my test subject. The results are very unflattering, as shown in the image below.
 
 
The light of the sun is creating a harsh shadow that covers the right-side of my test subject.
 
Using a few pieces of painter’s tape, I placed the tissue paper on the glass patio door to diffuse the sun light.
 
 
The tissue paper greatly improved the quality of the light coming through the patio door. Below, on the left, is the original image. The image on the right shows the result of the diffusion created by the tissue paper. The tissue caused to the light to spread out and spill on to the background, opening it up for us to see.
 
 
 
Portrait photographers often place a light beneath their subject to fill in the area under the subject’s chin. The light also creates a kind of radiant “glow.” We can accomplish this effect by adding a piece of white cardboard to the setup to reflect some light up into the test subject as shown below.
 
 
Once again, we see some improvement. Below, on the left, is the image made with the tissue paper diffusion. The picture on the right shows the result of the light reflected from the white cardboard. You can see that the right-half of my test subject is no longer in shadow and that it is pretty evenly lit. To reflect more light, the cardboard can be wrapped in aluminum foil.
 
 
Accent lights are frequently used to add dimension and help separate the subject from the background. The same effect can be created by wrapping a piece of cardboard with aluminum foil. Placed high and behind the subject, the foil will reflect the light necessary to create the accent.
 
 
In the image above, you can see that I have placed the dull-side of the foil towards the subject. The shiny side can also be used to reflect more light but will produce a much harsher quality of light. Which side of the foil you decide to use will depend on your needs and preference. Alternatively, the foil can be omitted altogether.
 
 
In the comparison above, the left image shows the effect produced by the addition of the tissue paper and the white cardboard. The image on the right shows the results after the addition of the aluminum foil reflector.
 
The final result is a huge improvement from where I started, as shown below.
 
 
I’m a firm believer that you can make photography as complicated and expensive as you want. From this example, it’s easy to see that good photography is not about what you shoot with but rather how you choose to use the resources and equipment you have.
 

 

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Great iPad deal 08-02-17 http://www.kwongphotography.com/blog/2017/8/great-ipad-deal-08-02-17 Adorama has a special on the 32 GB 9.7" iPad with Retina display: $279.00.

The sale price includes free expedited shipping.

 

 

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Keeping busy 07-31-17 http://www.kwongphotography.com/blog/2017/7/keeping-busy-07-31-17 These last few months have been a busy time for me.  Since June 17th, I've not only been doing bird photography, but have taken a new long-term project: red foxes living on the salt ponds in Hayward, Calif.
 

For those of you who have been following me, you may remember that I took my photography in a completely different direction when I took up birding in February 2016.  This new project has been another great departure that's presented many new challenges.  It's also been very rewarding.

Evening walkEvening walkA red fox walks across a salt pond at the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve in Hayward, Calif., Saturday evening, July 22, 2017.
The greatest challenge with this new project has been gaining the trust of my subjects.  Although the salt ponds are located in an urban area where many people visit each day, the foxes are very shy and reluctant to allow themselves to be seen, much less photographed.  Initially, they would be very quick to hide, run off or take cover in their den any time I was near.  On several occasions, I missed getting a shot of them, as they'd either sneak around me or make an appearance when I wasn't in a position to make a clear picture. 

I've made an effort to be out on the salt ponds at least three times a week so that they'll become more accustomed to my presence.  The progress has been slow, but it's starting to pay off.  On one occasion, a female allowed me to follow her while she was hunting for food.  I was never more than seven yards away.  Hopefully in the future they'll trust me enough to go about their business as though I'm not there. 

WalkaboutWalkaboutA red fox walks across the salt ponds at the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve in Hayward, Calif., Saturday evening, July 8, 2017.
A typical day of shooting involves arriving on location in the late afternoon to grab some bird shots -- CYA images so that I have something to show for my time there -- followed by several hours of waiting to see if the foxes will show themselves.  They appear to be more active in the late afternoon and evening than the morning.  As their den is west-facing, the light is better later in the day.  About a third of the time the foxes are a no-show, but I'm fortunate that on most nights I can also capture more bird pictures during golden hour if I'm not lucky enough to see the foxes or have finished making pictures of them before the sun has completely set.

Flight timeFlight timeA snowy egret takes flight at the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve in Hayward, Calif., Saturday, July 15, 2017.

IncomingIncomingA snowy egret comes in for a landing at the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve in Hayward, Calif., Saturday evening, July 8, 2017.

GracefullyGracefullyA snowy egret flies over the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve in Hayward, Calif., Sunday evening, July 16, 2017.

I  gotcha!I gotcha!A snowy egret attempts to catch a fish at the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve in Hayward, Calif., Sunday evening, July 16, 2017.

Into the lightInto the lightA snowy egret takes flight at the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve in Hayward, Calif., Sunday evening, July 30, 2017.

On the porchOn the porchA red fox prepares to enter its den at the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve in Hayward, Calif., Saturday evening, July 1, 2017.

On the roadOn the roadA red fox prepares to go for a walk across the salt ponds at the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve in Hayward, Calif., Saturday evening, July 8, 2017.

Dynamic DuoDynamic DuoA pair of red foxes play together at the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve in Hayward, Calif., Friday, July 14, 2017.

Itchy!Itchy!A red fox scratches itself at the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve in Hayward, Calif., Saturday, July 15, 2017.

An intimate momentAn intimate momentA pair of red foxes share an intimate moment at the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve in Hayward, Calif., Sunday evening, July 16, 2017.

StandoffStandoffA red fox prepares to go for a walk across the salt ponds at the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve in Hayward, Calif., Saturday evening, July 8, 2017.

Seventh inning stretchSeventh inning stretchA red fox stretches before settling down for a nap at the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve in Hayward, Calif., Saturday evening, July 22, 2017.

CuriousCuriousA red fox looks out from a hiding spot at the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve in Hayward, Calif., Saturday, July 15, 2017.

Some people have suggested that the reason I've been able to produce these images is that I have "good" or "expensive" equipment.  Good photography involves so much more than good cameras and lenses, f-stops and shutter speeds.  Unfortunately, those who believe otherwise will never be good photographers.  Producing good pictures takes a lot of dedication and hard work.  My experience with these red foxes is testament to that.

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Nikon Expands D750 Recall 07-17-2017 http://www.kwongphotography.com/blog/2017/7/nikon-expands-d750-recall-07-17-2017 Nikon has announced that it has expanded its July 2015 recall on the D750 dSLR camera body to include all camera bodies manufactured between July 2014 and September 2016.  The original recall was made for shutter problems in bodies manufactured between October 2014 and June 2015. 

 

The shutter problem can cause abnormal shading in some areas of images.

 

Nikon repair facilities will inspect -- and if necessary -- repair affected camera bodies free of charge.

 

For more information and to see if y;our bodies are affected, please check out the Nikon announcement here.

 

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A pleasant surprise 06-18-17 http://www.kwongphotography.com/blog/2017/6/a-pleasant-surprise-06-18-17 Wildlife can be very unpredictable, which is probably why it's "wild."  This unpredictability can make it challenging to find locations where animals are not only consistently present, but also allow me to get close enough to photograph them.  As such, I'm always looking for new places to capture pictures of the local animals.

Yesterday morning, I took a chance and ventured out onto the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve in Hayward, Calif., a small park about 15-minutes from my home.  I had expected to find the usual cast of birds: egrets, terns and avocets.  I was pleasantly surprised to see a red fox running across the road.  I wasn't able to make any pictures of the fox at the time, but I managed to follow it to its den, which I staked out in the evening. 

My efforts paid off.  Below are a few of the images I made as the fox returned to the lair.

What are you looking at?What are you looking at?A red fox enjoys the evening sun at the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve in Hayward, Calif., Saturday morning, June 17, 2017.

06/17/17 -- A red fox enjoys the evening sun at the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve in Hayward, Calif., Saturday morning, June 17, 2017. (Photo by Kenneth Wong)

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HikingHikingA red fox enjoys the evening sun at the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve in Hayward, Calif., Saturday morning, June 17, 2017.

06/17/17 -- A red fox enjoys the evening sun at the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve in Hayward, Calif., Saturday morning, June 17, 2017. (Photo by Kenneth Wong)

This image is copyrighted material and may not be used for any purposes without prior permission.

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While walking back to the parking lot, I was surprised a second time, as a second fox ran out from a hiding spot on the side of the trail.  With only a few seconds to work before it ran off, I captured this picture of it enjoying the evening light.

Sun worshipperSun worshipperA red fox enjoys the evening sun at the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve in Hayward, Calif., Saturday morning, June 17, 2017.

I'll definitely be returning to Eden Landing to make more pictures of these beautiful animals.

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An interesting weekend 05-07-17 http://www.kwongphotography.com/blog/2017/5/an-interesting-weekend-05-07-17 I've been looking for an opportunity to photograph eagles for some time now, and since the great egrets, snowy egrets and heron I normally photograph have been scarce lately, I decided to jump on the bandwagon in Milpitas and try my luck with the pair of eagles nesting there. 

Out of the treesOut of the treesA bald eagle takes flight in Milpitas, Calif., Saturday morning, May 6, 2017.

Eagle in flightEagle in flightA bald eagle flies over Milpitas, Calif., Saturday morning, May 6, 2017.

I haven't completely given up on egrets and heron, but all I was able to find at the MLK Regional Shoreline Center this weekend was one mallard duck, a few Forster's terns and the usual cast of Canadian geese. 

 

Successful photographers don't blame their subjects -- or lack thereof -- they work with what they have to create the most compelling images possible.  I waited around and was lucky enough to capture a nice shot of a Mallard drake making a landing on the ocean.

Drake landingDrake landingA mallard drake comes in for a landing at the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline Center in Oakland, Calif., Sunday morning, May 7, 2017.

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Things are starting to take off 04-16-17 http://www.kwongphotography.com/blog/2017/4/things-are-starting-to-take-off-04-16-17 Things are quite literally starting to take off.  The last few weeks have proved to be very productive for capturing birds at the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline Center.

Gray reflectionGray reflectionThe image of an American avocet is reflected in the ocean as it hunts for food at the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline Center in Oakland, Calif., Sunday morning, March 19, 2017. PlumagePlumageThe image of a great egret is reflected in the ocean as it stands on a rock at the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline Center in Oakland, Calif., Saturday morning, March 11, 2017.

Much of the success I've had is due to the fact that birds are creatures of habit.  This snowy egret -- that I've come to call "Igor" -- always hunts in the same location every day. 

Fly away homeFly away homeA snowy egret takes flight at the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline Center in Oakland, Calif., Saturday morning, March 11, 2017.

Igor likes to repeatedly make short "hops" through the air while hunting in the ocean, making it easy to capture flight shots.  If I happen to miss a shot or Igor gets scared away, I can always count on the same thing happening again later in the day.  This underscores the importance of not only knowing something about the species you're photographing, but also how helpful knowing the individual animals you're shooting can be as well. 

Frequent flyerFrequent flyerA snowy egret makes a landing in the ocean at the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline Center in Oakland, Calif., Saturday morning, March 25, 2017.

IncomingIncomingA snowy egret makes a landing in the ocean at the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline Center in Oakland, Calif., Sunday morning, April 2, 2017.

SuspendedSuspendedA snowy egret hunts for food at the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline Center in Oakland, Calif., Saturday morning, March 25, 2017.

Tripped upTripped upA snowy egret flies over the ocean as it hunts for food at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline Center in Oakland, Calif., Saturday evening, April 15, 2017.

RocketRocketA snowy egret takes flight at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline Center in Oakland, Calif., Saturday evening, April 15, 2017.

I really am blessed to live in an urban area where it's relatively easy to find wildlife to photograph.  While I might not have access to some of the more exotic species of birds present in other parts of the world, I live about 15 minutes from several places where I can consistently count on finding many different active species of birds to photograph. 

Down and dirtyDown and dirtyA great egret flies over the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline Center in Oakland, Calif., Saturday evening, April 8, 2017.

Vertical takeoffVertical takeoffA great egret takes flight at the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline Center in Oakland, Calif., Saturday evening, April 8, 2017.

SoaringSoaringA great egret flies over the ocean as it hunts for food at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline Center in Oakland, Calif., Saturday evening, April 15, 2017.

 

 

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kwongphotography@hotmail.com (Kenneth Wong Photography) American avocet Calif. Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline Center Oakland american avocet avocet birds birds in flight egret great egret nature nature photography snowy egret wildlife wildlife photography http://www.kwongphotography.com/blog/2017/4/things-are-starting-to-take-off-04-16-17 Sun, 16 Apr 2017 18:51:37 GMT
Slow start to the year 03-05-17 http://www.kwongphotography.com/blog/2017/3/slow-start-to-the-year-03-05-17 While Northern California has made a miraculous recovery from its four-year drought, the rainfall has made it difficult to make wildlife pictures.  2016 was not only a transformative year for my photography, it was also a phenomenal time for capturing the local birds.  Unfortunately, many of them have moved on to greener pastures.  Gone are the days when I could plant myself on the dock at Lake Chabot and wait for the pelicans, egrets and heron.  It was literally like shooting fish in a barrel and I was blessed that the animals made my job so easy.

 

But then that's what makes the pictures better and more satisfying to capture.  If making good pictures were really that easy, anyone could do it, making them ordinary.  The fact that not everyone can capture these images that makes them extraordinary.  So while the weather has been a little uncooperative, I've still managed to sneak out between showers and make a few nice images.

 

The flockThe flockThe image of a flock of American white pelicans is reflected in the waters of Lake Chabot in Castro Valley, Calif., Saturday morning, January 14, 2017.

GadwallGadwallA gadwall swims in the waters of Lake Chabot in Castro Valley, Calif., Saturday morning, January 14, 2017.

The looking glassThe looking glassThe image of an American white pelican is reflected in the waters of Lake Chabot in Castro Valley, Calif., Saturday morning, January 14, 2017.

The spreadThe spreadA great egret takes flight at the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center in Hayward, Calif., Saturday morning, January 28, 2017.

JumpJumpA snowy egret takes flight at the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center in Hayward, Calif., Saturday morning, February 4, 2017.

Morning MistMorning MistA fisherman steers a boat through a mist at Lake Chabot in Castro Valley, Calif., Sunday morning, February 12, 2017.

A windy dayA windy dayA snowy egret hunts for food at the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center, Saturday evening, February 18, 2017.

Morning huntMorning huntA snowy egret hunts for food at the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center, Sunday morning, February 19, 2017.

Jump!Jump!A snowy egret takes flight at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline Center in Oakland, Calif., Saturday morning, February 25, 2017.

Running partnersRunning partnersThe image of a black-necked stilt is reflected in the ocean as it hunts for food at the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center in Hayward, Calif., Saturday morning, February 25, 2017.

JoggingJoggingA lesser yellowlegs hunts for food at the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center in Hayward, Calif., Saturday morning, February 25, 2017.

Sea landingSea landingA snowy egret lands in the ocean at the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline Center in Oakland, Calif., Sunday morning, February 26, 2017.

Stand and deliverStand and deliverA snowy egret stands on a rock at the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline Center in Oakland, Calif., Sunday morning, February 26, 2017.

Road tripRoad tripA great egret takes flight at the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline Center in Oakland, Calif., Saturday afternoon, March 4, 2017.

WingmenWingmenCanadian geese fly over the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline Center in Oakland, Calif., Saturday afternoon, March 4, 2017.

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Display calibrator sale supports Breast Cancer Research Foundation 02-08-17 http://www.kwongphotography.com/blog/2017/2/display-calibration-sale-supports-breast-cancer-research-foundation-02-08-17 Adorama has teamed up with X-Rite to offer a sale on a special limited pink edition of the ColorMunki Display to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation

The kit -- which is normally $179 -- has been discounted to $99.99.  Best of all, X-Rite will donate 20% of the proceeds to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation

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kwongphotography@hotmail.com (Kenneth Wong Photography) Adorama Breast Cancer Research Foundation Colormunki Colormunki Display X-Rite breast cancer cancer digital photography donation monitor calibration sale http://www.kwongphotography.com/blog/2017/2/display-calibration-sale-supports-breast-cancer-research-foundation-02-08-17 Wed, 08 Feb 2017 20:37:57 GMT
A great close to a great year 12-31-16 http://www.kwongphotography.com/blog/2016/12/a-great-close-to-a-great-year-12-31-16 2016 was a great year for my photography, which I've taken in a completely different direction.
 

I've always wanted to try wildlife photography, and now that I've done that, I'm completely hooked.  While it's taken a while to start producing pictures which meet the high standards I've come to expect of myself, it's been well worth the effort.  I still have a long way to go, but I'm really looking forward to making many more great images.
 

This morning was my last shoot for 2016 and I wanted to close out the year with more great pictures. 

Got grubGot grubA great blue heron flies with a fish in its mouth at Lake Chabot in Castro Valley, Calif., Saturday morning, December 31, 2016.

RainbowRainbowThe image of an American white pelican is reflected in water as it takes flight at Lake Chabot in Castro Valley, Calif., Saturday morning, December 31, 2016.

GlidingGlidingAn American white pelican flies over Lake Chabot in Castro Valley, Calif., Saturday morning, December 31, 2016.

I think I accomplished my goal.  What do you think?

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X-Rite sale 12-27-16 http://www.kwongphotography.com/blog/2016/12/x-rite-sale-12-27-16 B&H Photo is having a sale on X-Rite monitor calibration products.
 

X-Rite i1Display Pro, regularly $249.00, now $159.00.

X-Rite ColorMunki Display, regularly $169.95, now $89.95.

A properly calibrated monitor is critical for getting accurate colors when viewing and processing digital images.  I've personally used X-Rite products for the last ten years and have always gotten great results. 

I'm currently using the i1Display Pro with my Windows 7 desktop PC, as it integrates with the Dell calibration solution my Ultrasharp monitor uses and the ColorMunki Photo solution for my MacIntosh laptop computers.

 

 

 

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kwongphotography@hotmail.com (Kenneth Wong Photography) ColorMunki Display X-Rite calibration colormunki i1Display Pro monitor calibration sale http://www.kwongphotography.com/blog/2016/12/x-rite-sale-12-27-16 Wed, 28 Dec 2016 00:02:15 GMT