In my last blog I stated that I was debating about continuing writing here.  After a lot of though I’ve decided to do so.  I still remain depressed and fearful as to the current political situation here in the US.  My feelings are not just as a citizen but also as a nature photographer.  This past week two National Monuments were opened for “development,” although I’m not quite sure that “development” is the correct way to say “mining” and “resource extraction.”  Being a nature/wildlife photographer is only possible when there is actual nature and wildlife to photograph.  Shrinking the size of natural areas, privatizing parks and recreation areas for profit, selling off public lands, and repealing clean air and clean water regulations directly effect all of us who photograph the natural world, no matter our personal political views.  I strongly urge readers to get involved in both local and national conservation efforts.


  1. Brad February 9, 2018 at 2:12 pm #

    I hope you continue your blog as a place for consistant positive inpspiration for the photography world.

  2. Robert February 10, 2018 at 12:38 am #

    With satisfaction and joy I read about your decision to continue your blog. I have all your printed books and like your style of photography very much. Your posts are exactly like I value highly: Not overly technical or nerdy, not too emotional about particular features of our working instruments, but practical and showing ways how to get the outcome wished for. Keep them coming and take care!

    • David Arkin February 15, 2018 at 4:37 pm #

      I am very glad to continue to read your comments on photography but more so on our country and what is happening to it. Today especially after the tragedy in Florida. staying involved and active in out community is very important. Please continue the fight. See you in the Pantenal in 2019.
      Thinking of getting a D-850 and try your observations.

  3. Lizz February 12, 2018 at 12:32 pm #

    Thanks, John! I always enjoy learning new things from you, even though they almost always cost me money.

  4. Kuryan Thomas February 12, 2018 at 4:36 pm #

    I’m really glad you have decided to continue writing here. We need more, not fewer, voices speaking up. Thank you.

  5. Michael Matthews February 12, 2018 at 5:51 pm #

    Let me join the chorus: your decision to keep at it is appreciated.

  6. David C. Lester February 14, 2018 at 9:54 am #

    John, I am delighted that you’ve decided to continue your blog. We’ve never met, but a feel that I’ve gotten to know you a bit from your blog. I share your shock and fear about what’s happened to our country over the past year. I’ve always had faith, though, that the system that our founding fathers put in place is strong enough to withstand a lot of pressure, and barring some worldwide catastrophe, am confident that our society will back away from the clown show that has dominated it of late. Also, thanks for the info on the D850. I just acquired one, and your instruction is very helpful.

    Take Care and Be Well,

    David C. Lester

    • David Arkin February 15, 2018 at 4:38 pm #

      Sorry the computer wrote David Lester.

      David Arkin

  7. Joe February 22, 2018 at 5:47 pm #

    I am delighted to read your blog again! Haven’t pick up a D850 yet since they are being back ordered.

  8. Jay G. February 26, 2018 at 12:50 pm #

    Thank you John for continuing with the blog. However, I feel that too many people have undue concerns with our country right now. Remember, ideas other than our own, are healthy and I urge folks to try to understand the other side of the political spectrum. I’m proud that I vote for both parties and consider myself a rare breed called moderate. These folks don’t speak up enough. In my father’s time, these people were called the silent majority. Respect and understanding of one another is what I get depressed about. I don’t see this happening in our country right now.