News from Rod Barbee Photography
July 2006 Rod Barbee Photography Newsletter
Hope the summer is treating you well. Here in the Pacific Northwest we went from hot and sunny to wet and windy in just a day or so. But wet and windy is how we keep things green and beautiful around here so it's actually a good thing. Besides, Iím kind of a hot weather weenie, as some of you already know.

Iíve been having fun being a tourist in my own home town. A book project Iím working on requires me to visit some of the neatest places in the Seattle and Puget Sound areas. Not really being a city person myself, there is a lot Iíve just neglected to see. Thatís too bad, because Iíve missed out on some great photo opportunities (but I avoided the traffic)

September Triple "D" wildlife workshop--2 spaces left
There are only two spaces left for my fall workshop (Sept. 13-17) at Triple ďDĒ Game Farm. Call Jay at Triple ďDĒ 406-755-9653 to sign up if you're interested. There are also some great shoots happening before and after this workshop. Horse Roundup photo sessions are scheduled for the 11th and 12th, and there is a Birds of Prey shoot on the 18th. Iím not involved in either of these but Iíve done them before and theyíre a lot of fun. Theyíre also a great opportunity to capture some otherwise hard to get images.
Keeping it clean
As you may know, Iíve been using the Tokina 12- 24mm wide angle zoom lens. So far, itís a great lens for me. There is just one really big thing to look out for when using these ultra-wide lenses, and thatís the crap that gets on the front element of the lens or on any filter youíre using. At 15 mm and f/22, the hyperfocal point is around 2 feet. This means that if you focus there, everything from about 1 foot to infinity will be in focus. That one foot is measured from near the center of the lens. So really, anything thatís about 10 inches from the front of your lens to infinity will be in acceptably sharp focus.

At 12mm, things get even closer. By using hyperfocal focusing, everything from about 6 Ĺ inches from the front of your lens will be in focus. Thatís really cool when youíre photographing near to far landscapes. Whatís not so cool is that things even closer than this will also be sort of in focus. Maybe not sharp focus, but in focus enough for you to see. So if thereís anything at all on the front of your lens or filter, guess what? Itís going to show up in the final image. Just look at this picture to see what I mean. There are water drops from waterfall all over the filter and they show up in the picture. Iíve been bitten by this more than I care to admit. Anyway, this means I need to keep an eye on the front of my lens and the blower bulb handy.

Canadian Rockies and Vermont workshops sold out
Thanks to everybody who has signed up for these workshops; we are taking names for waiting lists. For the Canadian Rockies, contact me. For Vermont, contact Maida at CameraAction workshops.
Outdoor Photographer
Keep an eye out for the upcoming August issue of OP. It should be out in mid-July or so. I've got a short article on using your camera's histogram in the field that's supposed to be in this issue. Also, be sure to peek at the September issue as well.........
Back to Work
That's it for now. Hope any and all vacations are going well, hope any and all kids home from school are having fun (and you're keeping sane), Hope you're getting lots of good pictures.

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