To Zoom or Not To Zoom



One of the best lenses I ever purchased remains the Nikon 24-120 constant  f/4.  I picked it up at B and H Photo Video in New York in an open box sale. The lens had been used as a shelf display model.    It pretty much lives on my Nikon D750 Camera.  I suppose you could say it is my walk around lens. Even so, it took me a while to take advantage of what it offers.    With landscapes, my practice was to frame up the wide shot, shoot it and move on.  Typical for old folks like me who are set in our ways.  This past weekend on the Bogue Banks of North Carolina I proved that even at 72, sometimes it pays to revisit old habits. The two shots above were taken a few seconds apart during  a rapidly changing sky after a storm.  The first was taken at 66mm, the second at 110mm. It really gave me two almost completely different shots. That in and off itself is probably not a tip.  If there is one, I suppose it is this, don’t be reticent to change up old habits, particularly in photography.    Thanks for the look and have a good week. See you next time.

Photo Of the Day: The Field

Sun Worship   Posted to Flickr July 20, 2012

When I left broadcast news and moved to the farm to concentrate on photography full time,  I started a photo essay I called, “The Field”.  Each photograph is taken from roughly the same spot during different seasons of each year.  The one constant through all of the shots is an ancient live oak at the crest of the field.  This one of  a lone Sunflower which has stretched to greet the sun each morning is entitled “Sun Worship”.  I’ve included many of the shots in the essay in a gallery on my website.  Click on “John Harding Art Prints” which is highlighted on the right then click on “The Field”.   Thanks for the visit and have a great evening.

Azalea Flash

We interrupt this blog to bring you a special News Flash!  The Azaleas have arrived.

This bloom has been joined by countless others,  all on the same plant.  It‘s a very old Formosa Azalea.  Probably upwards of 40 years old and quite large, It’s tucked in behind the Camellias on the farm which gives it a southern exposure, about twice the sun time the regular azalea beds receive every day.  It’ll be Mid April before the other azaleas begin to show color.  But the early azalea has plenty of company in the color department.  The 70 year old camellias are still going strong.

They’ve been onstage since mid October.  Quite a run I’d say.

Still Photography Reality Show.

I’m no fan of TV Reality Shows.  I’m probably one of the few people on the planet who has never seen “Survivor”, Or “Biggest Loser” or any of the Donald Trump Apprentice Shows.  Whatever floats your boat. They don’t float mine.  But….I may have to eat my words.  There’s news of a  new TV Reality Show focusing on Outdoor Still Photography.  It’s being produced by the Weather Channel which supplied the background info to yours truly  and asked for my help in promoting the show here.  I’m happy to oblige.

“From the Edge with Peter Lik” premiers March 31st at 8PM on the Weather Channel.  (As they say, Check your Cable listings for Channel number.)   It sounds a little like Art Wolfe’s incredibly well done series “Travels to the Edge with Art Wolfe” on many PBS Stations around the Country.

The Weather channel Show follows Peter Lik, An Australian Landscape Photorapher, as “he travels to places where weather continues to have a unique impact on the landscape.”    The series will run for 13 episodes and will cover landscapes in Hawaii, Alaska, Death Valley, Utah and other places not mapped.   You’ll see Lik’s photographs of course but The Weather Channel says he will also share the techniques he uses  to overcome weather related obstacles to find “The Pefect Shot”.

Some Particulars if you’re interested in learning more:

Premiere Date: March 31, 8pm, The Weather Channel, 13 episodes
Slideshow (embed code available):

See you soon on most of this same blog.