More from the Canon 7D mkII


Northern Flicker, Pacific Northwest

Here’s another 7DmkII image shot yesterday of a Northern Flicker in the Pacific Northwest. I shot this in very low light handholding the 70-200mm 2.8L IS II with the 2X III teleconverter. I used the 10fps frame rate of the 7DmkII to fire a burst increasing my odds of getting  a sharp image that wasn’t affected by the movement of my hands and the slow shutter speed. I pushed the ISO to 3200 and processed in Lightroom without adding any additional noise reduction beyond the default color noise reduction.

Canon 7D mkII  70-200mm 2.8L IS II, 2X III teleconverter  f5.6  1/180  ISO3200

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Canon 7D mkII Review

Canon 7D mkII Review

Canon Cameras

Now that I’ve had a couple weeks to do some shooting with Canon’s newest APS-C sensor camera, I thought I would finally weigh in on some of its pros and cons and why I’m excited about this new addition in Canon’s lineup. I’m not going to cover everything in this camera, but just some of the highlights that I feel are important to most photographers. I took a series of shots yesterday to highlight the different ISO, lens & teleconverter combos.

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Adobe Lightroom 5.7 Update

Lightroom Updates

Well it’s finally here! Adobe has updated Lightroom to version 5.7, which includes a few tweaks, bug fixes and most importantly some updates to camera and lens support, including Canon’s 7D mkII.

Lightroom 5.7 now available

Lightroom 5.7 is now available as a final release on and through the update mechanism in Lightroom 5.  The goal of this release is to provide support for additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom.

Release Notes


Updates to Synced Collections:

  • Synced collections now show a more prominent share button at the top of the Toolbar.  This allows you to quickly share your synced collection with friends, family, and clients using Lightroom web (
  • Comments and likes left on Lightroom web now sync to the Lightroom desktop catalog.  Comments and Likes will be shown in the “Comment” panel for synced collections.
  • Images with comments and likes will display a badge indicating that there are comments and a colored badge to indicate that there are unread comments.

Integrated a utility to import images from Apple Aperture and Apple iPhoto libraries into Lightroom:

  • Previously available as a separate and downloadable plug-in, this utility has now been integrated into Lightroom 5.7

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Canon’s 7D mkII

Canon 7D mkII

White-tailed Fawn, Montana

I was out testing Canon’s new 7D mkII this evening. I also happened to find the culprit who’s been raiding all of our bird feeders:)

Stay tuned as I’ll be posting a full review of my thoughts on Canon’s new APS-C sensor and it’s top of the line auto focus system.

Canon 7D mkII  500mm f4L IS II  f5.6  1/2000  ISO800

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Holiday Print Sale!

Holiday Print Sale

Excited to announce our Holiday Print Sale starting today! All prints including both limited & open edition prints are 25% off Nov 13-Dec 21, 2014. Please visit our print galleries and use coupon code: holiday25

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Columbia River Gorge Workshop

Oregon Photography Workshop

Portland Japanese Garden

Just returned from a great trip out to the west coast doing some more scouting for an upcoming workshop in the Columbia River Gorge I will be doing this next spring. A wet day in Portland made for some great photography at the Portland Japanese Gardens working with some beautiful fall colors and Japanese maple trees. The Garden offers a special annual photographer’s membership that is definitely worth getting if you are going to be visiting on multiple occasions and want to take advantage of photographers only hours each morning. There are many other benefits that come with it as well.

Afterwards, I made my way to the Gorge for some waterfall photography and exploring the surrounding areas. I bundled up my cameras and gear in their rain jackets and photographed some great end of fall locations and classic gorge scenes.

Columbia River Gorge Workshop

Latourell Falls, Columbia River Gorge

The Columbia River Gorge is not only spectacular in itself, but offers a ton of locations not too far away giving the area a lot of options to explore for photographers, including the pacific albus tree farms located east of the gorge.
Oregon Photography Workshop

Pacific Albus, Oregon

I’m so looking forward to my west coast workshops this next year including both the Columbia River Gorge in April and Olympic National Park in May, for more info and to reserve your spot, please visit the workshops page.

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Geese and Fog

Birds in flight

Canada Geese and fog, Montana.

You never know when an image is going to happen, that’s one of the great things I love about photography, the unexpected. Yesterday morning after dropping my son off at school I spotted some patchy fog nearby and decided to investigate. Turns out some geese were getting ready to head out against some great backlight. I usually try to travel with a body and 100-400mm on my seat, just for these sort of occasions and glad I had it with me this time!

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Barns and Fences

Montana Barn Photography

Barn and Fence, Montana

During my search for more fall colors yesterday, I stumbled across this great barn and white fence just after sunrise. I really liked the way the fence was able to add a prominent foreground element, but also add some very strong lines and contrast to the image.

Canon 1DX 24-70mm 2.8L  II  f16 1/20  ISO100

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Montana’s Bitterroot Valley

Bitterroot Valley Photography

Fall colors Bitterroot Valley, Montana

On my way home tonight through Montana’s Bitterroot Valley.

Canon 5D markIII 100-400 4.5-5.6L IS  f8  1/500  ISO400

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Mission Mountains

Montana Fall Photography

Snow-capped Peaks of the Mission Mountains, Montana

I’m still traveling in western Montana this week, chasing elk, bison and fall colors before winter arrives. Peaks are now snow-capped and it’s looking spectacular out here! Here’s one from last night as the last light of day was touching the massive peaks of the Mission Mountains near St. Ignatius. Rising abruptly from the valley floor, the Missions make an impressive backdrop with McDonald Peak, the highest peak in the range, topping out at almost 10,000 feet.

Canon 5D markIII 100-400mm 4.5-5.6L IS  f8  1/750  ISO800

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