Posts Tagged ‘Bill Campbell Photography’

Wilderness Medicine- Trip planning- Navigation

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Have you ever started hiking into a new area and got to a fork in the trail, with no signs, and wondered “which way do I go from here?“. Most of us have and that’s what I want to help you with today in our Planning section on navigation. I will admit, I’ve been obsessed […]


Ready for Spring and Summer Adventures? Medicine for the Outdoors

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Most outdoor adventurers (photographers, climbers, paddlers, hikers, cyclists) start their preparation for an upcoming season of nice weather adventure by sorting, cleaning, organizing and buying new gear. Some forward thinking individuals also consider physical conditioning in preparation for increased physical demands from their outdoor activities. Also reading through guide books and magazines and making plans […]


Antarctic Chronicles- Clothing

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  Clothing Preparation: boots waterproof pants waterproof gloves liner gloves and mittens or outer gloves long underwear deck shoes for ship fleece or wool sweater wool boot socks and liners pants and shirts for wear on ship (very casual) workout gear if you are so inclined Balaclava or cover for neck and ears and head […]


Antarctica Chronicles: Camera Preparation

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Since I have started traveling with a Panasonic system (GH4), my camera equipment weight has been drastically reduced without reducing the quality of images that I capture! My system below (with Laptop and IPad) weighed in at 16.5 pounds because I was given the communication that the chartered flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia was […]


Antartica Interlude: Beach Ice

In between portions of my Antarctica Chronicles, I will be posting video and timelapse from the trip. Today’s interlude is from a “wet” landing surrounded by penguins. I hiked up the first pitch and decided to hang around the penguin rookery while Katrine and others hiked further up the mountainside. Back at the beach, I […]


Antarctic Cruise Chronicles Part 2

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In continuing my preparation notes for Antarctica Cruise, these are some tips for getting into the right frame of mind to visit the Place of Penguins and Ice.   Mental Preparation: Read, look at maps, watch Happy Feet and March of the Penguins on DVD. Watch Chasing Ice on DVD and go to Extreme Ice […]


Bill’s Antarctic Chronicles: Preparation – Administrative

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  My trip to the Antarctic Peninsula was one of my “Rocker List” items.. Not my bucket list because I don’t plan on kicking the bucket any time soon.. A “Rocker List” is a list of things to do and places to go before all travel is confined to sway of a rocker and adventures […]


OMG Smokies Fall Color

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What a difference 2 days has made! From Thursday until Saturday the colors in the Smokies have gone from ho hum to OMG. Everything above 3000 foot elevation is ablaze with color. For all who were looking for the post from a few days ago, my apologies. That problem has now been remedied! Unfortunately Clingmans […]


Nature Photgraphy Day 2014

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My images for this blog take you from Alaska to Florida to California and a secret ( well, not so much now) spot in between)! In 2006 NANPA established Nature Photography Day to be celebrated each June 15. This celebration day has caught on with more than just NANPA members, and many people who love […]


Ireland by iPhone 2014

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I took my new Panasonic GH4 system to Ireland and loved it. Much lighter to carry everything from 7.5mm Fisheye (all lenses double in length on GH4, so really 15mm) to the 100-300 (think handholdable 200-600)! Batteries lasted much better than I thought and the new SanDisk 32GB Extreme PRO SDHC UHS-II cards are a […]


Germany Made Tripod Collar for Panasonic 100-300 lens

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I love my new Panasonic GH4 camera. The lenses focus quickly and are small and light, even though they cover a range from 14 -600. My biggest complaints are that the 100-300 (200-600 in 35mm terms) doesn’t have a tripod collar. So not a big deal if you are shooting higher speeds, since it is […]


Exploring new worlds! the MFT story

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I have been listening to and talking about smaller camera systems with my friends Rob Sheppard and Dan Cox for some time. Rob always kidded me that since we first started teaching digital photography together that our systems seemed to diverge, with Rob migrating to the smaller systems (like the MFT systems) and I migrated […]


Great Smoky Mountains Scouting Report

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  So this report is based on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the Smokies. We spent most of our time around Greenbriar, but more area will come this week. The trees overall are further behind in blooming than I have seen them in a long time. The dogwoods are blooming up to about 1800 feet […]


Your own Vision

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  Had a great birthday yesterday.. Finally got around to processing images from our kayaking trip to GA, which included Cumberland Island. That day I took only my Nikon Coolpix 100 AW which is a waterproof UW point and shoot.. I was able to take some images to put together as a pan and they […]


Photo News Happenings and Equipment Update

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So the past couple of weeks have been a bit busy. Between starting training for SCUBA by completing classwork and pool work, working on Wilderness Medicine training opportunities in east TN, planning trips for the year and shooting, sleep has been a luxury.. To bring people up to date on things in the photography world, […]


Light Painting at Night

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All photography is really painting with light for without light, conventional photography is impossible. But light painting has come to mean using an artificial source of light to paint a subject into life out of darkness.. Kinda sounds like Dr. Frankenstein, doesn’t it. Well, it’s not as scary as what he was up to and […]


Water portraits. 7 tips to take to the field.

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Water is all around us and a frequent subject for nature photographers. Since much of my photography is close to home that means I’m usually taking pictures of water, as the Cumberland Plateau and the southern Appalachians have abundant provisions of the wet stuff. I get asked all the time how I get the look […]


Ireland: Sheep and Rock Walls

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No. Ireland is not all sheep and rock walls. But in our first day in Ireland, Rebecca and I saw so many sheep and so many rock walls ( the most common accident to cars in Ireland is get too close to a rock wall and taking off the passenger mirror. If you don’t believe […]


10 Tips for Cold Weather Photography

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Since we just experienced one “Polar Vortex“, I thought I would write about some tips for venturing out during the next cold snap to photograph. Extreme cold is great for water falls, snow, and icicles. Plus, most other people won’t venture out, so you will have a lot of solitude!   Dress warmly and in […]


Aerial Photography – Drone Style

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I become interested in aerial photography some time ago and have done some from small airplanes. When a friend of mine, Bill Fortney, did his book, America from 500 Feet, from an ultralight airplane, I was even more intrigued. After several of Bill’s close encounters, I wasn’t sure I wanted to go the ultralight route. […]


Time-lapse setup

Ok. Set up for Time-lapse On a tripod. Full Battery Check storage (enough space for required images 300 or so) Manual ISO (set as low as possible) Disable Autofocus and IS Disable Dynamic contrast adjustments (D Lighting on Nikon)  Manual exposure (or Aperture if light changing a lot) Aperture Wide open if possible Shutter Speed […]


Time Lapse and Flicker

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Table Rock Fire Click on Link to see the Time Lapse Video So some of you have seen my Time Lapse videos. My friend Gabby Salazar had some questions about Flicker and how to reduce it, so I thought I would share this info with you. Tomorrow I will put up a Setup checklist for shooting […]


Cumberland Plateau Fall Color

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Yesterday (Tuesday October 29) I headed to the Obed NSR just outside of Wartburg on the Cumberland Plateau. From Oak Ridge to Wartburg, the colors looked promising but the fog kept me from looking at the mountainsides. I headed to Lily Bluff Overlook, one of my favorite places in the park. Great color to be […]


Smokies Scouting from Monday October 28

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This will be a short report as I’m headed out again, this time to the Cumberland Plateau. Yesterday, Oct 28, I was in the Smokies.. Tremont area looked good in places, but lots of trees right on the river had lost their leaves. You could find some areas with good color. Weird thing is that […]