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Behind The Shot: Artillery Mission

Behind The Shot

Behind The Shot is a recurring feature where we dig deeper and find the backstories that accompany amazing photos. Do you have an awesome photo or know of one that we might want to feature? Send us an email!

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Photographer: Sean Huolihan

Gear: Nikon D600Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G AF-S ED VR

Settings: 390 Images, 30 sec exposures, ISO 200, 24-85mm @ 24mm, f/10

Backstory: I took this during my deployment to Afghanistan. I had been waiting months for the right nighttime visibility and had never seen a star trail image with a HIMARS launcher and just thought it would make an awesome shot. The final image was composed of 390 stacked photos. I am currently a SGT serving in the WI National Guard and working on becoming a full-time photographer.

Read more about Sean in “Soldier focuses on documenting historic Guard artillery mission“.

Check out more of Sean’s work here.

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Behind The Shot: Triple Fogbow

Behind The Shot

Behind The Shot is a recurring feature where we dig deeper and find the backstories that accompany amazing photos. Do you have an awesome photo or know of one that we might want to feature? Send us an email!

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Photographer: Daisy Gilardini Gear: Nikon D800ENikkor 24-70mm f2.8Polarizer filter Settings: 1/100 @ f/11, ISO 100, 24mm

Backstory: Since 1996 I have been working on expedition ships to the Polar Region for documenting the climate changes that affect the end of our earth. In the summer of 2012 I was onboard the Akademik Ioffe with OneOcean Expeditions and while cruising through the ice we came across this breathtaking fogbow. During all these years I have seen many of them but never a triple formation. A fog bow is a similar phenomenon to a rainbow, however, as its name suggests, it appears as a bow in fog rather than rain. I was stunned and I waited until I had enough ice around it to  bring more dynamism to the image captured.

Check out more of Daisy’s work on her website.

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Behind The Shot: Tiger Shark Frenzy

Behind The Shot

Behind The Shot is a recurring feature where we dig deeper and find the backstories that accompany amazing photos. Do you have an awesome photo or know of one that we might want to feature? Send us an email!

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Photographer: Todd Bretl

Gear: Nikon D7000Tokina 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5, Nauticam housing, and Sea&Sea strobes

Settings: 1/160 @ F9, ISO 200, 14mm, Nikon D7000

Backstory: I captured this image in the Bahamas. A few of us were shooting tiger sharks down at about 100ft on a sandy clearing. We had lured them in with egg crates full of dead fish — keeping the fish in the egg crates attracted the sharks, but kept them from actually being able to get and eat the fish, and then get bored and leave. Unfortunately one rather large tiger shark was able to crack an egg crate open, spill the fish, and cause a complete frenzy. That frenzy stirred up a whole lot of sand and we needed to get out of there because the poor visibility created a dangerous situation. I took this image as I was back peddling out of that mess. You can see one of the tiger sharks in the background.

Check out more of Todd’s work on his website.

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Lenstag Releases “Text to Check” Feature to Combat Gear Theft

BL News

Lenstag is a new service that collects serial numbers from your lenses and cameras and keeps them in a registry to be flagged in the unfortunate event that they get stolen. It’s easy, it’s free, and is a great supplement to your existing insurance plan or personal security methods. By locking down a serial as belonging to its owner, the reselling and pawning of stolen gear becomes increasingly discouraged and it is now even easier to flag hot items. (more…)

Behind The Shot: Lightning Strike Near Lake Powell, UT

Behind The Shot

Behind The Shot is a recurring feature where we dig deeper and find the backstories that accompany amazing photos. Do you have an awesome photo or know of one that we might want to feature? Send us an email!

6a0105371bb32c970b019aff8ef803970c Photographer: David Rankin Gear: Canon 6D SLR Body, Canon 50mm f/1.8, NeoTrigger Settings: 6 seconds @ f/3.2, ISO 100 Backstory: After a long and very active monsoon season, the last summer storms blew by heading off to the east and zapping the ground as they wound down with the day’s heat dissipating. I was able to capture this shot under the light of a bright moon which nicely lit up the top part of the storm as a very powerful bolt lit up the rest. This was shot in Southern Utah close to Lake Powell. The plant in the background is the Navajo Generating Station – a coal fired eye sore that looks rather neat at night. Stars are also visible in the shot. A great composition that I was happy to have featured as an EPOD on October 14ht, 2013. I shot this picture using the new NeroTrigger from NeroTrigger.com. I am very satisfied with this trigger and how well it performs. It has 6 built in functions including sound, lightning, time lapse, HDR, laser, and DIY.

Check out more of David’s work on his website and Facebook page.

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Shoot the Blues Away: 10 Motivating Winter Photography Tips

Tips & Tricks

Photography often takes a hit during winter. Wedding gigs start to slow down and holiday obligations, bad weather, and shorter days give us plenty of reasons to procrastinate shooting. We have compiled 10 tips for staying motivated during these brumal months. Discover new ways to practice your craft and avoid a rusty start during spring’s heavy shooting season. (more…)

BL’s Orderly (and Massive) GoPro Order

Gear Talk

Someone’s going to have a lot of fun this weekend. We can’t say for sure what all of these will be used for on this order but it’s pretty safe to say it is bullet-time related. Enjoy the pictures, GoPro fans!

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Alex Enman had the task of checking and charging all of the GoPros.

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Lenstag: Discouraging Camera and Lens Theft One Registered Serial at a Time

Gear Talk

UPDATE: Lenstag, the service that collects serial numbers from your gear and keeps them in a registry to be flagged and indexed online if they get ever stolen, now has free apps for iOS and Android in multiple languages. Some features include: gear name auto-complete, picture-taking of your gear right from your phone, easy and immediate flagging, and more. Lenstag aims to curb theft by making it harder to resell stolen items.

Download it here:

• http://lens.tg/ios
• http://lens.tg/android


Lenstag is a new, free service that collects serial numbers from your lenses and cameras and keeps them in a registry to be flagged in the unfortunate event that they get stolen. By locking down a serial as belonging to its owner, the reselling and pawning of stolen gear becomes increasingly discouraged. The more people who register the gear, the more effective the registry system is. Stolen serials are indexed online, so checking up on a serial before purchasing in the resell market is easier than ever. We have already registered our gear and want to give a few pointers on finding your gears’ serials. There are a lot of numbers listed on cameras and lenses and not all of them are unique identifiers–be sure you have the correct number! (more…)