All posts by Thomas Stirr

Thomas Stirr is an author, executive coach, and photographer/videographer based in Grimsby Ontario Canada. He specializes in industrial photography, safety and corporate videos. His work also includes landscape and nature photography, and experimentation with photo art. Nikon Canada has featured Tom's work numerous times on Facebook and Twitter. To follow Thomas, please visit his website and his YouTube channel

Using DxO ClearView to Help Correct “Cage Haze”

If you’re like me one of the most frustrating things that can happen when at a zoo or similar type of facility is to get a faint ‘cage haze’ on parts of our images. This is often caused when we can’t get quite close enough to the mesh on the cage to be able to shoot past it and it forms some ghosting on our photograph. Continue reading Using DxO ClearView to Help Correct “Cage Haze”

Using DxO Smart Lighting

After writing my recent article Birds-in-Flight Images with Nikon 1 V3, it occurred to me how helpful using DxO OpticsPro 10 was in processing the RAW files for the article, and specifically the DxO Smart Lighting function. The DxO Smart Lighting function is designed to adjust the dynamic range in an image. This brief article shows a quick example of the impact of using DxO Smart Lighting. Continue reading Using DxO Smart Lighting

Birds-in-Flight Images with Nikon 1 V3

I’ve been continuing my field work for my hands-on review of the Nikon 1 V3 and spent some time capturing images of birds-in-flight at Grimsby Harbour. This has been a particularly severe winter and some of the Great Lakes have frozen over completely. This is only the fourth time in the past 40 years that this has happened. As you can see from the image below, Grimsby Harbour is frozen solid out past the lighthouse. This made for some interesting captures of birds-in-flight. Continue reading Birds-in-Flight Images with Nikon 1 V3

Nikon 1 V3 Initial Impressions and Sample Images

This short article has a selection of sample images taken hand-held with the Nikon 1 V3 and Nikon 1 CX 70-300 lens at Bird Kingdom in Niagara Falls Canada. While I was intending on doing a full review of the Nikon 1 V3 a number of time sensitive client video projects have recently emerged. Unfortunately that means I will not be able to proceed with my planned full review any time soon. Instead I’ll provide a few initial impressions of this camera along with some sample images. Continue reading Nikon 1 V3 Initial Impressions and Sample Images

Shooting Hand-Held with the Sigma 150-600 Sport

The super zoom market has really heated up over the past year or so with the launch of the Tamron 150-600 VC, the Nikon 1 CX 70-300, a new 100-400 from Canon, and two new lenses from Sigma, including the Sigma 150-600 Sport. I thought readers may like to see a few sample images along with some initial thoughts about shooting with this lens hand-held. Continue reading Shooting Hand-Held with the Sigma 150-600 Sport