The main purpose of my blog is to show the sights and scenery from the groves more or less has they happen. There are some exceptions, such as major weather events in the past that have been post-dated as they were published. Most of the time, however, the photos here have to be taken on the run while for another job. This is why I use a high-quality compact camera much of the time. (It was Chase Jarvis who once said, the Best Camera is the One That’s With You.)

Many photos here are shot with my iPhone 5, because it’s not always practical to carry my Nikon gear in grove conditions. Often, lighting in Florida citrus groves is not the best. There are a lot of shiny highlights and dark shadows. Couple this with the fact that citrus groves are difficult subjects to photograph in the first place, and you give yourself a truly challenging assignment. But, you have to get the grove shot when you can and this means shooting when you are there, usually in less than ideal conditions. The list below contains the photography gear that I use.

When I’m shooting portfolio images or going on an actual shoot, I use my Nikon D600 or D800. (I shoot fashion, landscapes and panoramas, which you can see in my photography portfolioPanotracks.) My camera gear is listed below.


Compact Cameras

  • Apple iPhone
  • Leica V-Lux 20
  • Panosonic DMX-LX5
  • Panosonic DMX-LX7

Camera Bodies

  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D800
  • Nikon D600
  • Nikon D300

Lenses

  • 16mm f/1.4
  • 12-24mm f/4
  • 24-70mm f/2.8
  • 17-55mm f.2.8
  • 70-200 f/2.8 VR
  • 18-200mm VR f/3.5 – f/5.6
  • 50mm f/1.4
  • 1.4 Teleconverter
  • Nikon Micro 105mm VR f/2.8 G ED-IF AF-S

Camera Support

  • Gitzo GT3540 Tripod Series 3 Mountaineer
  • Gitzo Traveler Tripod
  • Really Right Stuff BH-40 Ballhead

Flash

  • Nikon SB-600 Flash (1)
  • Nikon SB-800 Flash (3)
  • SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander
  • Nikon SB-900 Flash Units (1)

Digital Film

  • 6 Sandisk Extreme IV

Camera Bags

  • 1 Think Tank Airport International Rolling Bag
  • 1 Think Tank Airport Security Rolling Bag

Printers

  • Epson Stylus Photo R2880
  • Epson Stylus Pro 4880

Accessories

  • ExpoDisc White Balance filter
  • ExpoDisc Warm White Balance
  • Westcott Illuminator Collapsable Background 5×6′ (White/Black)
  • Really Right Stuff “L” Brackets
  • Epson P-5000 Multimedia Storage Unit
  • Singh-Ray Vari-ND Variable Neutral Density Filter
  • Wacom Intuos4 Medium Graphics Tablet
  • Noiseware Professional (Plug-in for Photoshop)
  • 33″ Lastolite Trigrip 1-stop Diffuser
  • NikSoftware Silver EFX Pro
  • 3″ Hoodman Professional