Behind-the-Camera of Photojournalist Nic Coury in Monterey County, California.

January 19, 2010


I've also built a logo for my site.

~ nic

January 18, 2010

New Website, Email, etc.

Nikon F100, 35mm, Kodak Ektachrome 100 VS.

So after a long while, I've finally updated my website:

Also, I've built an email into it, so send me messages at:

~ n

January 15, 2010

Sports: Basketball and Remote Cameras

Nikon D300, 14mm, f/2.8, ISO 2500, 1/400 sec.

I did it. I mounted my first backboard remote camera (see above photo for the result).

I shot the California Sea Kings massive domination over the Modesto Explosion 121-82. The last 30 seconds of the game was just a blur of Sea King steals and quick dunks.

For my remote camera, I arrived two hours prior to the game and with the assistance of a janitor, I used a ladder to mount my Nikon D300 using a super clamp, which are damn near indestructible for camera support (see below photo). I I shot a 14mm f/2.8 on the glass camera, which is a 21mm on the 1.5 crop sensor cameras and shot a vertical image. I kept about 40 photos, from an original pool of nearly 800.

Next game, I'm going to try a horizontal backboard remote on the other basket.

Nikon D300, 14mm, f/2.8, ISO 2500, 1/400 sec.

Nikon D700, 70-200 f/2.8 @ f/2.8, ISO 3200.

Nikon D700, 17-35 f/2.8 @ f/3.5, ISO 2000.

Nikon D700, 70-200 f/2.8 @ f/2.8, ISO 3200.

Nikon D700, 70-200 f/2.8 @ f/2.8, ISO 3200.

Nikon D700, 17-35 f/2.8 @ f/3.5, ISO 2000.

~ nic

January 3, 2010

Travel: Los Angeles and SLO

Friends' apartment in west Los Angeles.

I went to Los Angeles for New Year's Eve and hung out with my sister and brother-in-law.

On the way back I stopped in San Luis Obispo at Linnea's Cafe, which I frequented, oh, every day when I was in college.

Nikon D300, 17-35 f/2.8 or 10.5 fisheye.

Double soy capp.

~ nic

January 2, 2010

A Numbers Game.

My worn and weathered Nikon D2H...

When shooting, I often get the comment, "Wow, you much shoot a lot of photos."

The answer is yes, I do shoot A LOT of photos. I did some calculations via the crazy applications available in digital photography.

I have three camera bodies, the above photo was my first professional camera body: full-body, extremely built well and felt like a camera should feel. It's now slated purely for remote use. I bought it with a replaced shutter and I shot all the photos on it.

My main body is a Nikon D700 and my second body is a Nikon D300. The D300 performs nearly as good as my main body, though not as great in low light. I bought it used, but it had only about 2,000 photos on it.

So here are the numbers.

D700 (bought Dec. 2008) - 80,433
D300 (bought Aug. 2009) - 11,458
D2H (bought Jan 2008) - 57,742

I didn't use my D2H much this past year, but probably put 3,000 on it so here's my estimate.

Total Photo Estimate in 2009: 92,000

The D300/D700 shutters are rated for 150,000, while the full pro cameras are rated for 300,000. I just read about someone's D3 exceeding 600,000 before it died. Let's see how mine do...

I also shoot pretty conservatively and will continue to lower my photo count, so we'll see how I do by the end of next year.

~ nic