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01st January 2021

Stay Focused

Great photos are born in the camera

By now you know that Stay Focused is part the arnielee website.

We’re here because we love taking pictures.

You’ll find articles based on our 50+ years of experience in photography. We’re happy to share our know-how with you so in hopes that you’ll discover new ways to enjoy your picture taking even more.

We recently opened our Gallery Store for those interested in browsing our collection of fine art photographs.


Nikon Zf Mirrorless

15th January 2024

Nikon at CeS<br />

A Bright Orange Camera

 

If you read my previous post, you’ll know that I recently returned from attending the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Since the 1980’s Ive been attending CES which showcases many of the newest gadgets and products that are destined to be delivered to the marketplace.

At the Nikon booth a bright orange colored camera caught my attention. This was the Nikon Zf which was introduced last November (2023).


The Nikon Zf is a 24mp full frame mirrorless camera that shares some of the looks of older classic SLRs – the familiar pyramid viewfinder, a circular shutter dial, an independent ISO dial.

I was told that it’s able to capture 11fps stills and handle 4K video at 30fps. The autofocus tracking can recognize nine types of subjects. The image stabilization is linked to the AF point. The rear screen is fully articulated. The camera also features several dedicated black and white modes.

For the fashionable photographer the Zf is available in six different colors.

The price is about $2250 with 40mm f/2 lens.

After speaking to the Nikon rep who explained the camera’s features, he walked me over to their in-booth photo studio for a demonstration.

I registered my name and email address and found myself in line to have my picture taken. Here the photographer was using the Zf camera surrounded by a set of lightboxes.

After sitting for a series of six photos I walked over to the nearby monitor where the artist assistant showed me the resulting pictures.

Whatever the artist did, the portraits turned out better than my real life visage.


Later in the day, the images from the photoshoot arrived in my email box.

Here are a couple of the portraits taken with the Nikon Zf.

 




 

My thanks go to the people from Nikon for a new set of portraits and for showing me another one of their newest capable cameras.

 

 

Canon Portrait at CES

15th January 2024

Canon Portraits

Magically Making a 3D Image

 

I’ve attended the annual Consumer Electronics Show pretty regularly since the 1980s. Due to pandemic concerns, I skipped 2022 and 2023.

However this year I decided to go again and just returned from this year’s event.

Naturally my interest in photography sent me over to the Canon booth where one of their presenters prodded me to have my picture taken.



Eric showed me what appeared to be a normal digital camera. He told me that he was going to take my picture and turn it into a 3D image.

After taking my snapshot, Eric walked me over to Jay who asked me to locate my image on the large board beside him and click on my photo.

 

Seconds later I received an email on my cellphone.

It contained the following short mp4 video.

 


 

Eric told me that the photo is passed through software which renders the single image into a 3D mp4 file. I don’t know the exact details of how this happens but the result is pretty cool.

Thanks to the staff at Canon.

 

 

Animals in Yellowstone

10th September 2023

Visiting Yellowstone

Yellowstone Wildlife

 

I’m a frequent visitor to Yellowstone National Park with its abundance of unique thermal features – geysers, mud pots, steam vents, hot springs.

Yellowstone also is home to amazing wildlife.

While I took many more pictures than presented here, below are some of the ones that I liked best from my last visit this year. There isn’t much text here, just the visuals.


A pair of sand hill cranes in the Lamar Valley

a prairie dog near the Old Faithful Geyser

a dusky grouse near the northeast entrance

a bison in the field at the Midway Geyser Basin

a mule deer foraging near Lewis Lake

a pair of mountain goats in the Baronette Mtns – they were about 1/2 mile away

a bison calf with Mom crossing the road in the Lamar Valley

a black bear near Slough Creek

Yellowstone as with most of our national parks is one of those places where you can find scenes and wildlife to photograph and experience everywhere you go. Hoping that you get to have the experience of visiting a national park.


   

Written by: Arnie Lee
 
 

   
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