Technical Notes

A few more 180’s from the Nikkor 10.5mm Fisheye Lens

Beaver Tail Cactus

This Nikon 10.5mm fisheye lens is actually quite fun to use and certainly can produce some interesting photographs. I previously talked about my first reactions to this lens in Fisheye Views. Well, I haven’t used the lens a huge amount more up to this point but it sure is a blast to pull it out […]

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Fisheye views

Nikon 10.5mm fisheye - Joshua Trees

I mentioned a few posts ago that I had just purchased a Nikon 10.5mm fisheye lens. Well, I finally picked it up in Portland and had the opportunity to put the lens through its paces. My first impression was how small the lens was. I really hadn’t paid much attention to the specs but figured […]

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Kevin’s Digital Photography History

One of my first digital photographs - March 2000

I have been shooting digital since the prehistoric era, somewhere around March, 2000. This is when my first large compact flash card was 96mb and cost a whopping $500. I think my 2.1 MB camera (Nikon 950) was in the range of $2,000. I shot all of my photos as JPEG’s, in fact I don’t […]

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I was asked “what is your workflow?”

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I gave a talk at the University of Victoria this past weekend and of the many questions that were asked, one I always find very difficult to answer. Unfortunately it’s a very common question as well. Variations of this question are: “What do you do with all your photographs? or, How do you keep them organized? or, […]

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New toys on the way!

Nikkor 10.5mm Fisheye

There have always been a few lenses that I thought I would never buy. This was for a number of reasons but generally due to extreme cost (Nikkor 600mm f4 at a cool $9,699.95 US: I’m still looking for a benefactor here) or total impractibility in the case of extreme wide angles. It’s amzing what […]

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What’s in my bag?

This is a question that I’m asked often and it’s a hard one to answer. When I travel I tend to “travel light”, often only carrying one body and 2 lenses plus assorted other paraphernalia. When I have the luxury of travvelling by car or boat I tend to carry more, closer to what I […]

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And I bet you didn’t even notice!

Keen observers of this site will have seen a change in the way the galleries and keywords are handled. It’s very minor but makes for a far superior viewing experience. Doesn’t that sound good? Aren’t you glad that you know your experience is better? Well, even if you really haven’t noticed it has made the […]

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Gulls and the D300

Victoria Gull

I finally had a chance to use the new Nikon D300 with birds in flight while making the journey from Victoria, BC to Port Angeles in Washington on the Coho ferry. All I can say is WOW! The new focus system is amazing in tracking and locking onto an object. I also noticed that the […]

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Nikon 17-55mm f2.8

Maple Leaf with Frost

I recently picked up a used Nikon 17-55 f2.8 lens and finally had a chance to shoot something other than party photos. My first impression is that the Nijkon 17-55 lens is big. It sure looks big with the lens hood on anyways. Fortunately it balances very well with both the Nikon D2X and Nikon […]

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Digital cameras I have owned through the ages (8 years)

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I’m often asked what type of equipment I use or have used. Here we go with the digital era! I’ve been shooting digital for a number of years, in fact it seems like a long time in digital photography terms but in reality I think we are looking at 8 or 9 years. My first […]

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30 Minutes, 27 Seconds – Santa Ship

Santa Ship, Hope Bay, North Pender Island

The annual visit of the Bellingham Lions Santa Ship lasted all of 30 minutes and 27 seconds for me. I know this is an odd way to look at an event but it brought up an interesting discussion about the photography profession a few days ago. Many photography jobs are dictated by a particular length […]

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New server

Kevin Oke Photography is now sited on a brand new server. You should notice that the site is loading a lot quicker, especially when using the gallery functions and doing searches. As a side note, if you are an artist, musician or photographer looking for lots of space on a quality server at reasonable cost […]

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Ladysmith Festival of Lights

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The 20th annual Ladysmith Festival of Lights was held under clear and cold co0nditions on November 29th. This was a marked improvemnet over last years festival that I recall being snowed out. The Ladysmith Festival of Lights is a family affair with a craft fair, food, clowns, a parade and best of all, santa turning […]

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Nikon D300 – Wow!

Queen of Nanaimo at dusk

I’ve been waiting for the day when I could afford to have 2 good quality digital cameras again. About 4 months ago Nikon announced what appeared to be the perfect answer to my requirements. The D300 has the same resolution as my high end D2X, newer generation electronics and something I was really interested in, […]

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ProShow Gold

Rainbow over Plumper Sound, North Pender Island

With the release of Enchanted Isles I was in need os a high quality slide show program that could go beypond the basic fade-in fade-out routine. I took a look at the ULEAD DVD MovieFactory that came installed on my Toshiba notebook and while the software was capable of producing quite decent slide shows it […]

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Major Database Update

Fall Maple, Cowichan Valley

I spent today working on a major, behind the scenes update of Kevin Oke Photography. For those that have spent some time looking through the galleries you will immediatly see a difference in the look and feel of the interface. The galleries also feature a slide show if you want to browse through different images. […]

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4 minutes, 57 seconds

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Photography is about light. I’m always a little surprised when I see photographers rushing around trying to capture scenery, only to complain at a later date that none of their images have “magic” to them. Five minutes doesn’t seem like a lot of time to work with but as a photographer much can be accomplished […]

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Another new lens – Sigma 30mm f1.4

Sigma 30mm f1.4 - hosta

(Originally posted June 18th, 2007) I spent the past weekend in Portland, Oregon. As is usually the case I take advantage of the fact there is no sales tax and prices tend to be a little more reasonable than up here in the great white north of Canada. What did I bring home? Well, the […]

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What is HDR and why do we care?

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I’ve heard a lot about HDR photography in the past few months and decided to take a look at what it is and what it can do. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range photography. In real world terms what that means is taking several pictures of the scene and changing the exposure setting in your […]

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Sigma 50-150mm lens

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I just received my Sigma 50-150mm lens and took it out for a quick shoot during some wet and windy weather here at home. I’ll be taking this lens to Costa Rica next week and will put it through its paces. In the meantime I have set up a quick gallery at http://www.pbase.com/islaguy/sigma_50150. Overall I […]

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Sigma 10-20 mm lens – 8 month report

Swimming at Ko Lanta, Thailand

I purchased my Sigma 10-20 in January before flying to Asia. The lens has been used primarily on a D2X with the occasional use on my backup D100. After reading reports here and on other web sites I decided to give this lens a try knowing full well that there seem to be issues with […]

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Cameras

All of the photographs on this site were shot with Nikon cameras starting with the D100 in 2003 and recently with the D2X purchased in 2005. Many have asked how I feel about modern digital quality compared to film. My impression is cameras like the 6.1 mp D100 (and more recently the D70 and D80) […]

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Review – The 123 of Digital Imaging

The 123 of digital imaging interactive learning suite was first developed in 2001 by Vincent Bockaert to bring up to date photography information to both amateur and professional photographers in an interactive format. Here we are almost a decade later and the 123 of digital imaging is as up to date as ever, something not […]

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