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

Photographing cormorants in flight with Nikon 1

As part of the field work for my review of the Nikon 1 V3 I took some images of birds in flight under rather harsh winter conditions earlier this year. While I did have some success with the Nikon 1 CX 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 zoom lens I wasn’t satisfied that I had given the lens a good test with this subject matter as my goal for the article was more to demonstrate the capability of the V3. I really wanted to try photographing some cormorants but by the time I purchased my copy of the Nikon 1 CX 70-300 in late 2014 most of the cormorants had already migrated south so I missed a good testing opportunity last year.

NOTE: Click on images to enlarge. Continue reading Photographing cormorants in flight with Nikon 1

Tips on photographing hand-held with large telephoto zoom lenses

With the introduction of lenses like the Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC more people than ever before are using long telephoto lenses. Sometimes they’re disappointed with their initial results when using these lenses hand-held, especially at slower shutter speeds. This short article provides some tips that can help improve results when photographing hand held.  Continue reading Tips on photographing hand-held with large telephoto zoom lenses

Nikon P900 Hands-On Review: It’s all about the zoom!

I’ve owned a couple of digital bridge cameras in the past and I enjoyed the flexibility and portability that this type of camera affords owners. The integrated zoom lenses on a bridge camera makes them an especially good choice for people looking for an all-in-one travel camera solution.

When I read that Nikon had launched a new CoolPix P900 with an equivalent field of view of 24mm to 2000mm I was intrigued to see what this camera could do. Continue reading Nikon P900 Hands-On Review: It’s all about the zoom!

Wheels of Yesteryear

If you’re a fan of American cars made from the 1940’s through the 1970’s, and you find yourself in the Myrtle Beach (South Carolina) area, you may want to visit Wheels of Yesteryear. This is a private automobile collection of Paul and Carol Cummings which has been on display in Myrtle Beach since the fall of 2009. Continue reading Wheels of Yesteryear

Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC Hands-On Review

This hands-on review provides some initial impressions on shooting with the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC. I always try to take a practical, hands-on approach with my gear reviews, so you won’t find any formal sharpness testing and other technical assessments. If readers are looking for that kind of information there are plenty of other photography sites that take that approach with their reviews. As many readers of my blog know I always prefer to shoot images hand-held so this article has quite a bit of emphasis on using this lens in that manner. Continue reading Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC Hands-On Review