Category Archives: Photography

Setting the mood — black and white photography


Black and white photography is simply my favorite, and it should be no surprise that the first real post here is about black and white photography. Simply put, black and white allows you to help set the mood or emotion for a photo. After all, photography is story-telling. For example, this lioness wasn’t very excited about my presence. Please excuse Instagram’s embedded distortions. “Not enthused.” #cats #lioness #animals #wildlife #nature #natureza #catsofinstagram #mixxify #nikon #nikonphotography A post shared by Michael Finkle (@mixxify) on Dec 6, 2015 at 1:38pm PST I was able to help express what I felt as her […]

Save money. Buy a better tripod the first time.


One of the most important parts of any photographer’s gear should be a tripod but not just any tripod. You need a good-quality tripod. Both amateurs and pros need a tripod. There will be instances such as shooting in low light that will require the use of a tripod to avoid those dreaded blurred images. If you are using a DSLR camera and a good-sized telephoto lens, you need a tripod that will be able to hold your camera steady under various conditions such as wind and water. Simply put, a $100 or even $200 tripod is not the answer […]

The Arkansas Elk Herd


When one thinks of Arkansas, nature does not typically come to mind. However, have your camera gear ready when passing through Arkansas. While elk can be seen in a few other places in Arkansas, you can basically guarantee the best sighting of part of the near 450 elk herd is in the Boxley Valley. The added plus is that elk sightings are available all year. Simply grab an Arkansas map and hit the road toward the intersection of Arkansas highways 21 and 43 (GPS 35.978423, -93.401984) and arrive from sunrise to around 8 a.m. or in the evening from 5-6 until […]

A different type of nature


The Memphis Tennessee area is not well known for nature. There’s a lot of flat land and pretty much nothing to see except the cityscapes. However, I do often find peace in old graveyards. As morbid and taboo as that sounds for many, the dead are dead and there’s plenty of artistic value to see. Elmwood Cemetery in Memphis on a rainy boring day.     Equipment used: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED Zoom Lens Nikon D810 camera Adobe Lightroom CC