Canon 70D announcement


The new Canon 70d has just been announced, and it looks to be pretty good value.  The reception has been very positive for those who have managed to get their hands on early copies.  See below:

A question of Quick Release Plates….


If you use both Arca Swiss type QR plates and Manfrotto Bogen RC2 QR plates, you are in luck. There are hybrid plates available that suit both needs. If you skip to the bottom of my post, you will see what I recommend. For those interested in a bit of background, read on…..

Paul C. Buff Einsteins For High Speed Flash Applications


One of the really wonderful aspects about Einsteins is their flexibility. They have two modes: Action and Color. For most situations, the difference between these two modes is negligible; however it becomes significant in high speed flash applications.

Introduction To The Paul C. Buff Einstein 640WS Flash


I am writing this series of posts about the Paul C. Buff Einstein 640 WS flash units (Einsteins) which have proven themselves to be such an asset to my photography that frankly, I don’t know what I would do without them. I use them in my studio, on location, on remote location and even for […]

Dr JB Feeder Update


Hi All, I know – an age since any updates, but I vow to do one at least every couple of weeks for the foreseeable future. I have finished school, returned from a phenomenal trekking trip to Nepal, and am now getting back into the thick of it with my photography. One of my last […]

An Excellent New Feeder in Town….The Dr. JB Feeder


It is such a pleasant surprise to learn of a company that produces bird feeders that is genuinely concerned about the welfare of the birds! Needless to say, this isn’t an article about Perky Pets….

Hummingbird Photography the easy way…..


In my post yesterday, I mentioned the prototype sensor I have been field testing for Cognisys Inc. I have used it for mammals, rodents, birds, and as shown in this post, hummingbirds. I have spent thousands of hours behind a camera photographing hummingbirds, and I have even pulled off a few good images. In the […]

A Recent Visitor….


I have been field testing a new sensor for Cognisys Inc. It is a game-changer for us wildlife photographers, and it has an ease-of-use factor that is beyond imagination. I won’t go into details until it’s impending product release (stay tuned), but if you have ever done any sort of beam trigger photography at all, […]

Over 10 gallons a week…..


  The people at Costco think I must have a really sweet tooth – I buy several 5lb bags of sugar a week! Right now, the hummingbird population around the property must be over 150. My hummingbird photography workshops are in full swing, and we are getting some great images. I am producing well over […]

Welcome to my new website!

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Hi All, Welcome to the new and improved Quickblink website, with a much more contemporary structure and improved navigation. It is still undergoing some structural development, and will become more robust in time. I will be filling the galleries and archives with some of my better images, and will be producing a lot of posts […]

Fotronix StopLights

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Roy used to run a company on the East Coast – Fotronix Inc., which was responsible for producing a range of HSF units known as StopLights. The principal product was the StopLight SL-80, which was sold internationally to many photographers, most of whom are still using the system today with great results.

A few tips for hummingbird photography….

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To those interested in pursuing the challenge of obtaining great hummer shots, I offer a few tips.  There are literally tens of thousands of images of hummingbirds on the Internet, however only a few percent of them are beyond a small blurry spot in a large frame. I have also seen images for sale (for […]

Shooting Recluses….

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The Brown Recluse spider goes by a number of other names: Fiddleback Spider, Violin Spider and so on. It is of the family Sicariidae  and is usually of the species Loxosceles reclusa. This family of spiders has six eyes, and the genus Loxosceles is known for the pattern of the violin on the dorsal side […]

Hints for using the Canon MT-24EX Macro TwinLite

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One thing to know about the Canon MT-24EX flash – the lighting it produces is very harsh. Even though the size of the reflectors is relatively large when shooting high magnifications, they still produce hotspots and specular highlights that are not very aesthetic. I diffuse mine whenever I am using it, with a custom modification […]

Attracting Hummers

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It is not difficult to attract hummingbirds to your house or garden, assuming you live in an area where they exist, even transiently. Just a feeder or two, and/or some flowers that hummers are partial to, will see them becoming regular visitors. It might take an hour, or several months, but once they find your […]

EG&G Microflash

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The EG&G Microflash was manufactured (I believe) from the early 60′s through to the early 80′s. Designed by Harold “Doc” Edgerton and his team, it was the original commercially available high speed flash unit. It cost thousands of dollars new, and boasted a 0.5 microsecond flash duration. In fact, the flash was an air-gap spark, […]

Macro? It’s so easy now…..

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This image of the pedipalps (sex organs) of a male Latrodectus hesperus (Black Widow Spider) was taken in just a couple of  minutes with a Canon MP-E 65mm Macro 1-5X zoom lens, and a Canon Macro Twinlite MT-24EX. The quality and convenience of the MP-E 1-5X zoom macro lens, when coupled with the Canon Macro Twinlite MT-24EX cannot […]