Images From Tanzania – 2013

Posted December 2nd, 2013 by   |  Travel, Wildlife, Workshops  |  Permalink

Our November 2013 photo safari to Tanzania was an incredible success. The wildlife was stunning and the landscapes were equally compelling. I can’t wait to go back again next year. Here are a bunch of images from this year’s adventure. More stories to come!

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New Orlando and San Diego Nikonians Academy Workshops

Posted October 3rd, 2013 by   |  Photography, Workshops  |  Permalink

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Check out our new Nikonians Academy workshops in Orlando/Kissimmee, Florida, scheduled for January 9th – 12th, 2014. Also, I have upcoming workshops in San Diego, California this December 12 – 15, 2013 that still have seats available. Our workshops are some of the best in the business and I guarantee that you’ll learn more than you expected to. These classes are known for their hands-on learning style and small class size. Check them out. Hope to see you there.

Orlando/Kissimme Schedule:

Jan 9 – Master the D800/D4 In Depth 1
Jan 10 – Master the D600/D7000/D7100 In Depth 1
Jan 11 – Master Adobe Lightroom In Depth 1
Jan 12 – Master Adobe Lightroom In Depth 2

San Diego Schedule:

Dec 12 – Master the Nikon D600, D7000 & D7100 In Depth 1
Dec 13 – Master Nikon iTTL Wireless Flash, CLS
Dec 14 – Master Adobe Lightroom In Depth 1
Dec 15 – Master Adobe Lightroom In Depth 2

Sign Up Now Here:

www.nikoniansacademy.com





Photos from Iceland Photo Adventure

Posted August 7th, 2013 by   |  Photography, Travel  |  Permalink

Our group of 10 travelers has just returned from an amazing journey to Iceland. This trip was in conjunction with the Nikonians Academy and Tim Vollmer Photography. Here are a bunch of pics from our adventure.

Reflections on the water.

Reflections on the water.

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Puffin with fish.

Puffin with fish.

Puffins with fish.

Puffins with fish.

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New Mike Hagen Workshops Added

Posted April 13th, 2013 by   |  Photography, Workshops  |  Permalink

We’ve just posted new Nikonians Academy workshops for Seattle and San Diego this September and December as well as a brand-new trip to Tanzania scheduled for November 4 – 11, 2014. Our classroom topics in Seattle and San Diego will include Mastering the Nikon D600/D7100/D7000, Mastering Lightroom 4, and Masering the Nikon iTTL Wireless Flash, CLS.

For the existing trips in 2013, we have two seats remaining for our July 2013 photo adventure to Iceland, and four seats remaining for our November 2013 photo safari to Tanzania.

Be sure to check back soon as we’ll be adding 2014 excursions to Iceland and Galapagos in the coming weeks.

Follow this link to sign up: www.nikoniansacademy.com.

Mike Hagen Nikonians Academy Workshops

 

 





Happy Photography Workshop Customer

Posted December 14th, 2012 by   |  Photography, Wildlife, Workshops  |  Permalink

Every once in a while I have to share some kudos from people who’ve attended our workshops. This last week I was in San Diego running four days of Nikonians Academy classes. Two of the days were on Mastering the Nikon D800 and Nikon D4 cameras. Charlie Silver attended both classes, then went out to a wildlife sanctuary near by to photograph some bids. Here’s a copy of an email he sent with pics from his experience.

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Egret. © Charlie Silver.

Hi Mike,

I took the 2 D800 workshops with you last week in San Diego. While the sessions were amazingly informative and it was a challenge to process so much important information, I appreciated your patience with the group and your ability to move us along while dealing with MANY individual concerns. Not an easy task. My camera was fairly new to me and I had not yet established any custom profiles nor explored its many features. It had felt somewhat intimidating to get “off” the automated options and shoot in a more precise manner.

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Heron. © Charlie Silver.

I felt encouraged by my experience in the classroom and had scheduled a day of shooting on Saturday before flying home. Karen (classmate) recommended that I explore the Bolsa Chica Estuary in Huntington Beach as I was driving north to meet friends in Irvine. I got there about 1 pm, an admittedly crappy time to shoot as the light was quite harsh. Nonetheless, as the birds were in the water at a fair distance, I hauled out my 70-200 f2.8 (having stupidly left my 200-400 f4 at home) bundled it with a 1.7 teleconverter and, using the one custom profile we established in class, quickly switched to DX format to gain the 1.5 crop factor. Rear focussing was seamless and the 21 point focussing really worked. Of the several hundred shots I took, only a few were slightly out of focus, either because the bird’s eye was so small in the viewfinder that I missed a little, or when some birds took flight unexpectedly and I, not the camera, couldn’t catch up with them. Basically, the focus tracking worked amazingly well. The exposures were relatively good, but the bright white of the egrets did require some compensation in Aperture. I felt much more comfortable with the camera and could really concentrate on observing and composing. Amazingly, my wife almost seemed to appreciate my slideshow, although she’s gotten pretty good at faking it over the years.

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Duck. © Charlie Silver

You really have wet my appetite for enthusiastic shooting. Thanks so much. I hope that I get to travel and learn from you in Africa, if not next November, then sometime soon thereafter.

Charlie Silver

 





Four New Nikon D800 Features I Like

Posted April 6th, 2012 by   |  Photography  |  Permalink

Here’s a quick video showing off four new Nikon D800 features that I like. Enjoy!

Four New Nikon D800 Features I Like from Mike Hagen on Vimeo.





Nikon 1 V1 Images from Tanzania

Posted November 29th, 2011 by   |  Photography, Travel  |  Permalink

I was fortunate enough to be able to take a Nikon 1 V1 camera with me to Tanzania this November to test out. B&H Photo and Video provided the test camera that included the Nikon 1 V1, 10mm f2.8, 10-30mm zoom and 30-110mm zoom. I’m currently writing an in-depth summary of my experience with the camera that should be published within the next week or so. In the mean time, I thought I’d post a few pics from this ingenious new camera system. Enjoy!

Cape Buffalo in Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Nikon 1 V1, 30-110mm.

Cape Buffalo in Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Nikon 1 V1, 30-110mm.

Young male lion on kjope. Serengeti, Tanzania. Nikon 1 V1 30-110mm.

Young male lion on kjope. Serengeti, Tanzania. Nikon 1 V1 30-110mm.

Nogorongoro Crater at sunset. Nikon 1 V1 10-30mm.

Nogorongoro Crater at sunset. Nikon 1 V1 10-30mm.

Superb Starling, Tarangire NP, Tanzania. Nikon 1 V1, 30-110mm.

Superb Starling, Tarangire NP, Tanzania. Nikon 1 V1, 30-110mm.

Red Headed Agama lizard, Serengeti, Tanzania. Nikon 1 V1, 30-110mm.

Red Headed Agama lizard, Serengeti, Tanzania. Nikon 1 V1, 30-110mm.

Rainbow at sunset in Lake Manyara NP. Nikon 1 V1, 30-110mm.

Rainbow at sunset in Lake Manyara NP. Nikon 1 V1, 30-110mm.

Two male lions in Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Nikon 1 V1, 30-110mm.

Two male lions in Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Nikon 1 V1, 30-110mm.

Dusk landscape in Tarangire NP, Tanzania. Nikon 1 V1, 30-110mm.

Dusk landscape in Tarangire NP, Tanzania. Nikon 1 V1, 30-110mm.

Young zebra legs, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Nikon 1 V1, 30-110mm.

Young zebra legs, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Nikon 1 V1, 30-110mm.

Masai boy, Northern Tanzania. Nikon 1 V1, 10-30mm.

Masai boy, Northern Tanzania. Nikon 1 V1, 10-30mm.

Aloe plant, Serengeti NP, Tanzania. Nikon 1 V1, 30-110mm.

Aloe plant, Serengeti NP, Tanzania. Nikon 1 V1, 30-110mm.





November in Tanzania

Posted November 22nd, 2011 by   |  Photography, Travel, Uncategorized  |  Permalink

Just back from a few weeks in Tanzania with the Nikonians Academy. Our 11 intrepid explorers had an incredible journey through Northern Tanzania. We took lots of great images of the usual suspects (lion, hyena, cheetah, etc.), but I wanted to show a bit of a different side of Tanzania with this post. Tanzania has an amazing diversity of landscapes and animals so it is always my goal to shoot images I’ve never captured before. Here are a few:

Kingfisher in Lake Manyara NP.

Kingfisher in Lake Manyara NP.

Moonrise over the Serengeti.

Moonrise over the Serengeti.

Zebra on the Serengeti.

Zebra on the Serengeti.

Sunset over Lake Manyara.

Sunset over Lake Manyara.

Owl in Tarangire NP. This little guy is only about 4" long.

Owl in Tarangire NP. This little guy is only about 4" long.





Under Tanzanian Skies

Posted April 11th, 2011 by   |  Photography, Software, Travel  |  Permalink

I love the sky in Tanzania.  The daily afternoon thunderstorms almost alway guarantee some type of dynamic light that begs to be captured by your camera. It is easy to point your camera towards the heavens, but the challenge is to find a way to juxtapose wildlife or an austere landscape underneath those dramatic skies. This combination of amazing sky and wildlife/landscape is one of my reoccurring photo goals each time I travel to Tanzania.

Here are some attempts from our last photo safari with the Nikonians Academy.

Zebra in Tarangire. Nikon D700, 24-70mm f2.8. Processed in Photoshop using Nik Silver Efex Pro 3.0 and Nik HDR Efex Pro.

Zebra in Tarangire. Nikon D700, 24-70mm f2.8. Processed in Photoshop CS5 using Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.0 and Nik HDR Efex Pro.

Elephants and crepescular rays. Nikon D700, 24-70mm f2.8. Processed with Nik HDR Efex Pro and Nik Silver Efex Pro 3.0.

Elephants and crepescular rays. Nikon D700, 24-70mm f2.8. Processed in Photoshop CS5 with Nik HDR Efex Pro and Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.0.

Elephant dwarfed by baobab tree. Tarangire NP. Nikon D700, 24-70mm f2.8. Processed in Photoshop using Nik Silver Efex Pro 3.0.

Elephant dwarfed by baobab tree. Tarangire NP. Nikon D700, 24-70mm f2.8. Processed in Photoshop CS5 using Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.0.

Approaching storm and young male lion in Ngorongoro Crater. Nikon D90, 24-70mm f2.8. Processed in Photoshop CS5 using Nik Silver Efex Pro 3.0.

Approaching storm and young male lion in Ngorongoro Crater. Nikon D90, 24-70mm f2.8. Processed in Photoshop CS5 using Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.0.

Acacia tree, rain storm and crepescular rays. Nikon D700, 24-70mm f2.8. Processed in Photoshop CS5 with Nik HDR Efex Pro and Nik Silver Efex Pro 3.0.

Acacia tree, rain storm and crepescular rays. Nikon D700, 24-70mm f2.8. Processed in Photoshop CS5 with Nik HDR Efex Pro and Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.0.

Dead tree on the Serengeti. Nikon D300s, Nikon 24-70mm f2.8. Processed in Photoshop CS5 with Nik Silver Efex Pro 3.0.

Dead tree on the Serengeti. Nikon D300s, Nikon 24-70mm f2.8. Processed in Photoshop CS5 with Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.0.





The Nikonian eZine #49

Posted March 31st, 2011 by   |  Photography  |  Permalink

Nikonians just published eZine #49. We included a few of my images to illustrate our Nikoknians Academy trips, adventures and workshops around the world.

http://www.niknians.org/ezine/eZine49.pdf

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