The folks over at nikonrumors.com have updated with the latest info on the new Df. I might have to have a go at this baby -- the same sensor and processing engine as the D4 at a price that's actually affordable. And, it'll let me use my old Nikkor AI lenses...
© 2013 Don Risi All Rights Reserved I just posted a new gallery on the website of Monarch butterflies photographed at OKC's Lake Hefner. What makes this group of photos a little different was the equipment I used to shoot them. Most people don't think to s...
I found a recent article about The Beatles by Penn Jillette (of Penn & Teller fame) interesting for several reasons, but mostly because
according to Mr. Jillette, it was through The Beatles that he, as a youngster,
first discovered that artists actually wor...
© 2013 Don Risi All Rights Reserved Saw this on another photographer's page: "Do you know the difference between photographer's light and tourist's light?" I never could find where he answered that question, so here's my answer to it: A photographer's light...
- Oklahoma City UniversityInstructor, 1991 - present
- Oklahoma City PhilharmonicProduction Manager, 1990 - 2007
Although my training is in theatrical lighting design, photography is my passion. There are few things I enjoy as much as spending my life looking through a viewfinder.
I shoot portraits – both corporate and personal – as well as architectural, events, and extreme sports. But I also shoot landscapes and wildlife, both in Oklahoma and across the western US. I prefer to capture nature as it exists, using very little manipulation in producing the final images.
My first exposure to photography as the photographer came in the 5th grade when my mom allowed me to take her pride and joy – a Kodak Brownie camera -- on a school field trip. When the 3x5 prints came back from the drugstore a week later, it was like magic. They weren't great photos by any means, but that one adventure began a life-long love of photography, but they were photos I had taken, images that I had created, were captured forever on those beautiful little prints.
The first 35mm camera I owned was a Single-Lens Reflex from Sears, Roebuck, & Co. Not only was the lens a fixed focal length, it was a fixed mount – it wasn't interchangeable. But I was a 15 year old high school kid. What did I know? From there, I graduated to a Miranda Sensorex, which did have interchangeable lenses. I wanted a Nikon, but I was still in high school, and there weren't too many high school kids who could afford one.
In 1979, I finally got my hands on my first Nikon camera – an FM – and a couple of Nikkor lenses. And for the last 33 years, I have been a dedicated, if not rabid, Nikon shooter. I simply don’t think they can be beat.
The 2 FM bodies I eventually owned, with their matching motor drives, served me well into 2004, when I went digital with the purchase of a Nikon D2h pro DSLR body. After a short time, I added a second D2h body to my collection, and have been happily blasting away ever since.
The majority of my lenses are old Ai-S lenses – either the ones I acquired over time when I was still shooting with my FMs, or more recent acquisitions, such as my 400mm f/3.5 and 600mm f/4, which I use primarily for wildlife, kiteboarding, and other sports photos (although I've been known to shoot a landscape or two with the 400!). I find that the glass is incredible, and the lenses are a dream to shoot with. The long lenses are especially sharp, and easy to focus.
In addition, I have fallen in love with the concept of using shoe-mount strobes as if they were big studio strobes. David Tejada calls it “Small Strobes, Big Results.” You can learn more about it by visiting his website, as well as the websites of Dan Coogan, Dave Black, or Joe McNally or Strobist. These guys are masters of the art. They are also teachers. They all conduct workshops, but they also dispense knowledge and wisdom freely to anyone willing to take the time to soak it up.
Enjoy the photos.
If you have questions, or just want to chat about photography in general, you can contact me at email@example.com.
- East Central UniversityTechnical Theatre, 1975 - 1977
- University of OklahomaTechnical Theatre, 1968 - 1971