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Jay McCabe Mar 15, 2013 Published: Feb 01, 2013 1 comments
Bill Pekala, head of Nikon Professional Services, came to the US Open at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York, last August to run the NPS operation at the matches. Sports events can be the ultimate proving ground for camera gear, and one of NPS’s primary roles is providing their member professional photographers with the assurance of dedicated on-site support.
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Jay McCabe Aug 24, 2011 2 comments

About six months ago I was talking with natural history photographer Rod Planck, and he said something extraordinary: "I just took the best photo I've ever taken." Pro shooters never say that. They tell you their best photo is the one they'll make tomorrow.

Of course I had to see the picture, and I had to know why it was his best.

Rod shot the photo of layers of snow and ice formed by snowfall, snow melt, rain and alternate days of freeze and thaw on a January morning at a stream on his property.

Why does he consider it his best? "Because it's all about vision," Rod says, "not about gear or technology. I could have used any camera, any lens. This was discovery, contemplation, seeing creatively and taking time. This photo exemplifies my career—it's what I've strived to do no matter what I photograph."

To see what else Rod photographs, check his website, www.rodplanck.com.

Pro Techniques
Jay McCabe Oct 01, 2010 0 comments

I’ve shamelessly borrowed the title of E.B. White’s classic 1949 essay, and I’ve done it because my first views of Lindsay Silverman’s High Dynamic Range (HDR) photos of New York made me think of White, wandering the city, constantly re-examining its continuing spectacle in the hope that he could put it on paper.


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Jay McCabe May 01, 2006 0 comments

He figured he'd be one of the last of the holdouts. "When the whole digital revolution started, I thought I'd be the last guy to be shooting digital," David Alan Harvey says. Then along came an offer he didn't want to refuse. "Nikon was working on an ad campaign for their D100, and they asked me if I'd go down to Mexico and shoot with the...

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Jay McCabe Jan 01, 2007 0 comments

"How do you get a handle on telling the story of life on earth in images? It took tons of research to master the material."

For his most recent book, Life: A Journey Through Time, Frans Lanting traveled, researched, and photographed for over six years, but when you consider that his goal was to document the story of life on earth, it seems a reasonable amount...

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Jay McCabe Sep 01, 2006 0 comments

"None of my sample albums have family formal shots. I intentionally leave them out because they're not what I specialize in."

"A lot of it comes down to your client's expectations before the wedding," Mike Colon says of his relationship to the bride and groom. "You have to talk about what they're really expecting, what...

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Jay McCabe Mar 01, 2006 0 comments

The personal project always finds you. It's never the other way around. We can't remember a pro shooter ever saying anything along the lines of, "I went looking for a labor of love." Maybe it's a subject you've been doing for years and suddenly realize how much you enjoy doing it. Or maybe you decide it's time to bring it to a wider...

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Jay McCabe Mar 01, 2007 0 comments

"I built my name and reputation on safety and doing things legally, with permission."

Location is everything, and Peter B. Kaplan built his career on getting to places others couldn't...or wouldn't. Although there are images taken from blimps, balloons, and helicopters, the majority of his photographs are taken from rooftops, scaffolds, antenna...

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Jay McCabe Jan 01, 2005 0 comments

"Another photographer will say, `I don't know anything about figure skating,' and I'll tell him, `Well, here's what's going to happen; here's what to watch for.'"

Funny how things work out sometimes.

Dave Black majored in commercial graphics design and studio drawing at Southern Illinois...

Jay McCabe Jan 01, 2006 1 comments

"With the alternative processes, you can see someone's hand at work. It's a very personal way of creating a photograph."

Most of us are finding more of everything thanks to digital imaging technology, but for some photographers, the essentials are getting scarce. Jill Enfield, for example, for whom it's not a question of cameras--she uses...