Ryan Vince Photo: Blog https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog en-us (C) Ryan Vince Photo ryan.vince@live.com (Ryan Vince Photo) Sun, 23 Jan 2022 15:52:00 GMT Sun, 23 Jan 2022 15:52:00 GMT https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/img/s/v-12/u935309119-o969144719-50.jpg Ryan Vince Photo: Blog https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog 120 120 Syrp Genie Review https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2014/1/syrp-genie-review Last summer I had the opportunity to get my hands on the most exciting new tool in the realm of Time-Lapse Photography. The Genie made by New Zealand's Syrp is a camera controlling motor, when programmed it can pivot on a ballhead or pull itself along a slider. All of this while triggering your camera at set intervals. My favourite part of the Genie is the fact that it can easily fit into your bag/case without much effort (Size L: 102mm W: 102mm H: 102mm). The incredible part of the Genie is the fact that it was made to work with literally any piece of equipment whether it be a tripod, slider, ballhead, crane, cable cam or homemade skateboard rig.



I have been using the Genie now for 6-7 months and I think it's an indispensable addition to my bag. The learning curve is quite simple once you get the hang of the menu system. The genie will take the math out of your time-lapses by calculating all your times and moves for you, if you want a 30 second time-lapse with a 3 foot move the Genie will calculate how many photos and how quickly it needs to take them. I have personally tried the Genie on all sorts of rigs now including sliders, expensive ballheads, Joby Gorillapods etc and without a hitch it works every time.


Front Porch Timelapse



In this video you can see that the Genie can easily operate on something as simple as a Joby Gorillapod. As long as you can get some sort of stable ground the time-lapse will turn out flawlessly. In the case of this setup I find the Genie reliable enough to just walk away and let it do its thing. The Genie not only works for time-lapses but also has a video mode that allows to do all sorts of different moves set at your own speed.


Timelapse of a Timelapse





ryan.vince@live.com (Ryan Vince Photo) gear genie review ryan vince photography syrp syrp genie timelapse https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2014/1/syrp-genie-review Fri, 17 Jan 2014 17:49:45 GMT
Recent Publications to check out! https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2013/10/recent-publications-to-check-out-1 Hey,

I Just wanted to give everyone a quick update as to what's been going on lately. I have recently been featured in several publications that you can get at any local outdoors shop or chapters/indigo. I am working on a ton of projects right now as well as really diving into some serious video stuff. I look forward to releasing a ton of new stuff in the next little while.

Make sure to keep checking my Facebook Fan Page as well as here for updates on what sort of stuff I'm getting into. We are on the verge of fall Turkey season and Deer has begun today so there will be tons of new material in the works. Lastly, I have just begun an exciting new project with PHOTONews Magazine so stay tuned for that.







ryan.vince@live.com (Ryan Vince Photo) big game canada fur fish game ontario ontario out of doors photography publications ryan vince western sportsman wildlife https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2013/10/recent-publications-to-check-out-1 Thu, 03 Oct 2013 00:19:49 GMT
Gorillapods, GoPro's & Hunting https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2013/6/gorillapods-gopros-hunting  

There’s nothing quite like the thrill of taking down your first turkey or possibly even a moose. Whatever it may be a lot of hunters are moving towards the idea of filming their own hunts to show friends, family and even YouTube. With the simple addition of one of Joby's various "Gorillapods" you can easily do that.

gorillapod and gopro



My turkey setup consists of a Gorillapod Focus X with a GoPro Hero 3 mounted to the front of my blind that I remotely start via the GoPro remote or my iPhone. Some days I'll take a lower profile pod such as the original and put it right in next to my decoys for some close-up action. So if you’re out on your own and you want to film your own hunt there are endless options with these nifty tripods.



I have successfully mounted cameras to my blind, trees over water etc for a variety of angles. One of my favourite features of the pods is how they easily flatten down and pack away, the tripod section of my bag holds 2-3 with ball heads which is enough for any outing. With the Focus X series (high end) the ballhead includes a rugged plate that you can leave attached to your GoPro, Contour Cam etc for easy and quick setup in the dark.

Here is a quick timelapse created with the setup described above as well.


Turkey Field Sunrise


ryan.vince@live.com (Ryan Vince Photo) bts gopro gorillapod hunting joby review setup tripod video wildlife https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2013/6/gorillapods-gopros-hunting Fri, 21 Jun 2013 14:00:00 GMT
Algonquin Park Spring Visit https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2013/6/algonquin-park-spring-visit This year I had the pleasure of spending 2.5 days with my lovely girlfriend in Algonquin Provincial Park. It seems like every time I venture through those gates it’s either winter or raining. None the less we managed to see 16 Moose with a mix of cows, bulls and calf’s. A beautiful pair of Red Fox's and their Kits. Also a variety of birds and White Tailed Deer.

The worst part of the park however was the relentless mosquitos and black flies, that’s spring in northern Ontario for you. With all my clothing, bug spray and bug net I still managed to receive about 30 bites in total over the time we were there. All in all the park is well worth a visit no matter the season, I try to go at least 3-4 times a year to really get to see all the sights.

In the last year I’ve managed to see a variety of moose, deer, wolves, fox’s, owls, eagles, martens and birds. One of my favourite things about the park is that you never know what each bend will hold. So take the time whether it’s a week or a weekend and head down to Algonquin one of Ontario’s most beautiful provincial parks.



deerWhite Tailed Deer

foxRed Fox

foxRed Fox

calfMoose Calf

mooseCow Moose & Black Flies

bull mooseBull Moose- Early Season


ryan.vince@live.com (Ryan Vince Photo) 2013 algonquin canada flies mosquitos nature ontario park provincial rain spring visit wildlife https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2013/6/algonquin-park-spring-visit Tue, 18 Jun 2013 14:00:00 GMT
Fathers Day Special- 20% Discount! https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2013/6/fathers-day-special--20-discount I am currently offering up a 20% Fathers Day discount on any and all prints! Email me now to order your image of choice!


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New Gallery - Reptile/Amphibian Book https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2013/4/new-gallery---reptile/amphibian-book  Hey

Well I am finally done college now which means I will be putting out a lot more material then I have been. Right now I am in the middle of shooting a series of images for a book highlighting the colours, textures and shapes of Reptiles & Amphibians in a studio environment. This is something that I have wanted to do for a very long time, considering what got me using a camera in the first place was my love of Reptiles. I have just released a new gallery with a selection of images as a preview of what's to come.

I am also posting a piece of work that was made for me by Nadilyn Beato, a fantastic wildlife illustrator. I encourage you to check out her website and Facebook. So head on over to my gallery and please share it with your friends/family and the reptile lovers in your life.

"Scales Book"


Nadilyn Beato Illustration


ryan.vince@live.com (Ryan Vince Photo) book drawing nadilyn beato scales tegu https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2013/4/new-gallery---reptile/amphibian-book Sat, 20 Apr 2013 17:12:55 GMT
International Fly Fishing Film Festival https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2013/3/international-fly-fishing-film-festival


The culture and lifestyle of fly-fishing is something that's known worldwide. The IF4 consists of short and feature length films produced by amateur and professional film makers on water bodies of all types. With screenings all over the world be sure to try and get out and see your local showing. I cant even begin to describe how inspiring it is to see the lengths these filmmakers have gone, to produce these visually stunning films. The IF4 trailer itself leaves you instantly wanting more. Be sure to head on over to the website and support these great filmmakers.


IF4 Schedule



ryan.vince@live.com (Ryan Vince Photo) IF4 feature film inspired video https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2013/3/international-fly-fishing-film-festival Sat, 30 Mar 2013 04:02:52 GMT
Reptile Photo Project https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2013/3/reptile-project   When I first started photographing wildlife as a kid it always ended up being the reptiles I had as pets, over the years my interests shifted and I began shooting more and more Canadian wildlife and I still do today. However the last 6 months my interest in reptiles was sparked again by the purchase of a Crested Gecko who has now been featured in many of my photos. At this point I have quite a large project in the works and I just wanted to share some of the progress which is all I can do for now! It looks like over the next year its going to take me to some interesting places and allow me to meet more of the great people in the Reptile Industry.


For any interest in this project feel free to contact me through the Contact page on my site.

bts, behind the scenes

false water cobra© Ryan Vince Photography

monkey tail skink© Ryan Vince Photography

Indian Star Tortoise© Ryan Vince Photography

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First Blog of 2013 https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2013/2/recent-feature--fur-fish-game Hey

   I just wanted to update everyone with whats going on for me right now, this year has started off great with a recent publication in Fur-Fish-Game magazine which you can purchase online, its a great magazine for those interested in fishing/hunting. Over the next little while I will be releasing information on an interesting upcoming project, so keep checking back!


FUR-FISH-GAME 2013 Issue




ryan.vince@live.com (Ryan Vince Photo) fish fur game magazine wildlife https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2013/2/recent-feature--fur-fish-game Mon, 18 Feb 2013 02:58:10 GMT
Instagram https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2013/1/instagram     I recently upgraded my aging iphone 3GS to the iPhone 5 and have begun taking photos again with my phone. I have taken a liking to the use of Instagram to compliment my photography (after listening to people talk about it all the time). I do this in the hopes that it gives my viewers a little look behind the scenes of what I'm doing, as well as its very convenient.

 Be sure to check out my Instagram page and follow me! Ryan Vince Photo Instagram












































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Peak Design Ltd https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/12/peak-design-ltd Peak Design LTD



    Ive recently been researching a solution to manage two camera bodies more efficiently, my shooting style consists of having a telephoto around my shoulder for quick access but at the same time I like to have a medium focal length or super wide close by.

I stumbled upon Peak Design Ltd and was immediately enthralled with their Capture Camera Clip system. This system offers me the ability to basically securely harness my camera to any sort of strap whether it be a backpack, or belt it will be secure. One of my favourite aspects of this system already is the locking pin so the camera cant come loose even if the release is pushed. I have now teamed up with them to put it to good use and ill be posting some BTS shots of it in use in no time! Ive only managed to get out with it once so far and I couldn't be more impressed. Be sure to follow along with there product release on Twitter & Facebook.


Peak Design GearPeak Design LTD


Lastly heres a few recent shots from my last outing with my new system!


Snowy Owl





ryan.vince@live.com (Ryan Vince Photo) design gear ltd peak review https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/12/peak-design-ltd Wed, 12 Dec 2012 01:34:03 GMT
Canon- Inspired https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/11/canon--inspired Check out the new Canon- Inspired commercial, one of my favourites yet.







ryan.vince@live.com (Ryan Vince Photo) canon commercial fun video youtube https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/11/canon--inspired Fri, 23 Nov 2012 18:40:10 GMT
Short Moose Edit- Must get Mic! https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/11/short-moose-edit--must-get-mic Here's a quick edit I did of a Moose I was shooting a few weeks back, this video redefines for me just how badly I'm in need of a proper Microphone. Any ideas on what to get?


ryan.vince@live.com (Ryan Vince Photo) microphone moose video wildlife https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/11/short-moose-edit--must-get-mic Thu, 22 Nov 2012 05:23:31 GMT
The Art of Flight- Inspiration https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/11/the-art-of-flight--inspiration  

   I'm sure some of you get into a shooting slump just like me, whether you like snowboarding or even winter I found this to be a seriously inspiring documentary. Some of the best cameras and action sport shooters in the industry have come together to produce this mind blowing documentary.







Make sure to check out Brain Farm Cinema




ryan.vince@live.com (Ryan Vince Photo) art flight inspiration of video https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/11/the-art-of-flight--inspiration Wed, 21 Nov 2012 02:13:43 GMT
GoPro Hero 3 https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/10/gopro-hero-3 For those of you who haven't had a look at the new GoPro Hero 3, take sometime to sit down and watch some footage shot exclusively with this new extremely powerful camera. Check out the specs below, I cannot wait to get my hands on this camera! GoPro is the industry standard in POV cameras.


  • HERO3: Black Edition Camera
  • 197’/ 60m Waterproof Housing*
  • Wi-Fi Remote + Key Ring
  • Remote Charging Cable
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • QR Buckle
  • J-Hook Buckle
  • 3-Way Pivot
  • 1 Curved Adhesive Mount
  • 1 Flat Adhesive Mount
  • Assorted Mounts and Hardware
  • USB Charging Cable



ryan.vince@live.com (Ryan Vince Photo) 3 gear gopro hero https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/10/gopro-hero-3 Thu, 18 Oct 2012 00:29:41 GMT
Poor Man's Deer Feeder https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/10/poor-mans-deer-feeder Ive been thinking for a while a cheap and effective way to attract Whitetail's and Turkey to the area that I shoot. I came up with this simple idea and all you need to make a turkey size and deer size is.

1- 10' Length of 4" PVC 

1- 45 degree coupler

2-  4" Caps

1- 6' Length of 2" PVC

1- 90 Coupler

2- 2" Caps

1- 10' All round

2- Spray Paint

1- 10 Screws

1- Bag of game feed.


Everything laid out.Deer Feeder Deer Feeder

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ryan.vince@live.com (Ryan Vince Photo) deer diy feeder wildlife https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/10/poor-mans-deer-feeder Wed, 17 Oct 2012 00:55:14 GMT
Not Everyday can be Successful https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/10/not-everyday-can-be-successful Spent the day in Algonquin Park yesterday looking for Moose & Owls, we managed to get out of the house around 4A.M and didn't get back home till 9PM. After a day in the rain and no animals in sight I was glad to get home, I managed to get a few shots despite getting soaked everytime I left the car.


Check em out!



ryan.vince@live.com (Ryan Vince Photo) algonquin rain tough weather wildlife wind https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/10/not-everyday-can-be-successful Tue, 16 Oct 2012 21:55:03 GMT
Joby Package https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/10/joby-package Look forward to trying out some of my new Joby gear, Ill post up some shots using the gear soon, in the meantime head on over to Joby.com and place an order!


Gary Fong

Lastly check out a quick shot of my Gorillapod Focus with Ballhead X recently featured on the Joby Fan Page.





ryan.vince@live.com (Ryan Vince Photo) joby review tripods versatile https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/10/joby-package Wed, 10 Oct 2012 21:41:19 GMT
Ontario Elk Restoration Video https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/10/ontario-elk-restoration-video Short video of the results of the Elk Restoration project here in Ontario, Canada.


ryan.vince@live.com (Ryan Vince Photo) elk mnr resullts video https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/10/ontario-elk-restoration-video Mon, 08 Oct 2012 03:50:10 GMT
Gary Fong Collapsible Pro Kit for Wildlife https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/9/gary-fong-collapsible-pro-kit-for-wildlife I couldn't have been more excited to receive my Collapsible Pro Kit from Gary Fong. I didn't have the same thing in mind as most people do with the lightspheres, I wanted to use mine for wildlife photography. I immediately took a liking to to the Powersnoot and put it to use.

Gary Fong

Heres a small sample of the images I shot of a variety of gecko species using a Canon 580EX with the powersnoot mounted to it, all triggered using cactus triggers. Check back often for new updates!


Gary Fong

Gary Fong

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Fenix TK70 Flashlight for Wildlife Photographers https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/9/fenix-tk70-flashlight


Being a wildlife photographer a lot of my time spent in the field involves scouting new locations and potential areas for the certain species I'm looking for. One of the best times to do this happens to be in the dark, which unfortunately has not been easy to do up until now. I was recently approached by Fenix Lights to demo some of their products for wildlife photographers.




I immediately inquired about the 2200 lumen TK70 thinking that it would be the most useful for someone in my position, and was I ever right. This light absolutely blows any flashlight I have ever used out of the water. Not only was it able to cut my time walking around in the dark in half but it also has offered me the ability to actually shoot at night which has given me the opportunity to add a very different look to some of my images.



My first impressions of the TK70 after putting it together is the impeccable attention to detail, everything from the ergonomics/balance, down to the quality of the o-rings. Pictures do not do it justice, you need to feel it in your hand to truly understand how well built this light is. The first night I had a chance to take the light out I inserted the 4 D-Cell batteries required and ran out to the backyard just to check out the throw, I was immediately blown away with just how bright this thing actually is. With a throw distance of over 700 meters you will not be disappointed. The 3 Cree XM-L Led's offer a perfect beam not wasting any light with a perfectly polished reflector. The TK70 offers 4 different levels of brightness as well as an SOS and strobe mode controllable with a dual switch system that offers extremely easy operation.


For those users who want something that is durable the TK70 is made of a aircraft grade aluminum, sealed with O-rings, toughened ultra clear glass lens as well as waterproof to 2 meters. From a wildlife photographers standpoint this is a tool I wouldn't want to be without after getting the chance to use it. I would highly recommend purchasing rechargeable batteries as this thing on full blast is a bit of a power hog. I keep the light in the back of my backpack now whenever I go out shooting or exploring at night now, I can easily focus on my subject now with this light illuminating the darkness.


Night Deer


The last few nights i have been tracking a herd of Whitetail Deer and being able to observe them in the dark has made it very easy to track their movements. Here are a few shots of the deer illuminated with the flashlight. You can easily track and photograph without a tripod in the dark with this light, these were shot with a Canon 200 2.8L. Make sure to head on over to Fenix's page and make an order!


Night Deer Night Deer Night Deer Night Deer

ryan.vince@live.com (Ryan Vince Photo) TK70 deer fenix flashlight night product wildlife https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/9/fenix-tk70-flashlight Tue, 25 Sep 2012 19:32:25 GMT
Buff Headwear & Ryan Vince Photography https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/9/the-original-multifunction-headwear-buff  

Buff and Rv    I am pleased to announce my partnership with Buff Canada, I was happy to come home last week to a box of new Buff gear which I cant wait to try out over winter. Whether I'm using my Mossy Oak Buffs when I'm out stalking wildlife, or my Fly Nation Buffs when I'm on the boat I'm happy and my skin is protected. Make sure to check out the Buff Canada site for new and upcoming designs as well as take a look at their online catalogues to make an order. Have a quick look at the photo below to see all the different ways just one Buff can be worn. Keep checking back to look for new photos of all the places I take my Buff Headwear with me.




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Wacom Tablet Pro Preferences https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/9/wacom-tablet-pro-preferences Check out these awesome pre-made settings for your Wacom Tablet by some of the industries leading artists. Check them out and modify them to suit your style.


Wacom Settings- Scott Kelby, Joel Grimes etc.

ryan.vince@live.com (Ryan Vince Photo) Wacom editing pro tablet https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/9/wacom-tablet-pro-preferences Sat, 15 Sep 2012 18:44:33 GMT
Plano Case Put to the Test! https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/9/plano-case-put-to-the-test

After spending 7 days shooting/fishing the Ogoki Reservoir in northern Canada I immediately realized how much of a worthwhile investment the Plano AW Pistol Case was, my first day out on the reservoir I felt absolutely comfortable with all my gear safely packed away. For the first half of the morning I was slopping walleye and pike into the boat, getting water and slime all over the case with not a worry in mind. Halfway through the morning while shooting a family of loons on the reservoir I looked up to see the darkest blueish/green clouds rolling over me. I immediately packed away my gear into the case and began the 10 minute boat ride back to my cabin, halfway through the ride the rain absolutely poured down on me I don’t think the boat could have been more soaked. When I finally got the case up to the cabin I dried it off and opened it up to find a completely dry kit. I dont think I could have asked for a better product.


Thanks Plano




ryan.vince@live.com (Ryan Vince Photo) case equipment plano storage waterproof https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/9/plano-case-put-to-the-test Tue, 11 Sep 2012 19:49:51 GMT
Plano Pistol Case turned Camera Case https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/8/plano-pistol-case-turned-camera-case Next week I'm off to Ogoki Reservoir with Mattice Lake Outfitters to do some serious shooting as well as fishing, I wanted something that I could throw all my camera gear other then tripods etc in and not worry about. I was at S.A.I.L yesterday and found this perfect AW Extra Large Pistol Case made by Plano and it fits my gear absolutely perfectly and its water proof. Here's a quick link to all the specs on the product Plano Products. I have managed to fit in a 1D Mark IV, 7D, 100-400, 200 2.8, 17-40, 100 2.8, 2XTC, 580EX Flash, Memory Cards as well as 4 Cactus Transceivers. The pluck foam offers a snug fit and ample protection so whether its in the plane or boat I wont have to worry.



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ryan.vince@live.com (Ryan Vince Photo) camera case foam gun plano tough travel trip waterproof https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/8/plano-pistol-case-turned-camera-case Thu, 16 Aug 2012 18:37:34 GMT
Dropbox https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/8/dropbox Over the last few years a huge increase in terms of "the cloud" or online storage has flooded the market, I never thought much about it until I started my school career back up last fall. The ability to quickly drag my files into a folder and access them on the go is incredibly valuable whether I'm on my home PC, school macs, iPhone etc everything I need is right there. Dropbox has been my go to program from the first minute I tried it, whether its the way it seamlessly integrates between devices or the fact that they are continuously offering incentives to upgrade the already allotted 2GB to a total of 18GB just by referrals. I currently use Dropbox to keep portfolio photos available to me at all times as well as a place to backup my documents such as pricing, referrals, model releases etc. Its simple, effective and free I would highly recommend anyone who uses a computer for a better part of their business to give Dropbox a chance. They currently offer much larger competitively prices plans as well for heavy users.


ryan.vince@live.com (Ryan Vince Photo) Dropbox backup cloud iphone mac pc storage https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/8/dropbox Thu, 02 Aug 2012 18:10:31 GMT
Rainy Days https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/8/rainy-days Being stuck shooting in the rain twice in the last week has made me want to share a quick few ways with everyone to keep their gear safe and dry, some nicer then others but they all work. The first and most simple way is to tuck away a few garbage bags in your camera bag, they are big enough to cover everything from tripods, camera bags to your whole setup and are quite waterproof and inexpensive. Generally for me the garbage bag is a last resort because you cant really shoot with this setup Another quick and inexpensive must have that I recently was without is a quick disposable poncho or two. They are small enough to fit into any part of your camera bag or backpack. Canadian tire or any outfitter that sells camping or outdoor supplies will carry them, the disposable type isn't usually more then 2$. Trust me being without one and wanting to continue shooting is anything but enjoyable.


Lastly and one of my favourite items in my camera bag is my Camo C80 All in One Camera and Lens Cover made by Wildlife Watching Supplies, there's nothing easier then quickly sliding it over the camera and securing the ends with the elastic ring and to just continue shooting. I shot for the good part of two hours in the pouring rain with this setup only to come home to a bone dry camera, its nice to have that added sense of security when your out.

Make sure to head on over to Wildlife Watching Supplies to check out their wide range of gear! Don't forget to tell them I sent you.

ryan.vince@live.com (Ryan Vince Photo) camera cheap cover rain safety wildlife https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/8/rainy-days Wed, 01 Aug 2012 14:59:51 GMT
Mackenzie Marsh https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/7/mackenzie-marsh Just wanted to post this short video of a Green Heron hunting at the Mckenzie Marsh in rural Aurora. You can easily tell that its a busy neighbourhood by the sounds of the cars. Check out my Wild Ontario gallery for more photos from the marsh.







ryan.vince@live.com (Ryan Vince Photo) bird birding green heron telephoto video https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/7/mackenzie-marsh Tue, 31 Jul 2012 00:14:06 GMT
Wimberley Head Version II https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/7/wimberley-head-version-ii I am happy to announce my partnership with the people at Wimberley Professional Photo Gear. If your looking for the best quality Gimbal Heads in the industry at a competitive price look no further. When I first started shooting wildlife in 2005 I remember hearing how coveted the Wimberley name was whether it was on photography sites or forums, I never dreamed I would get a chance to work with such an amazing company.

My first impressions of the WH-200 was the size, it seemed more compact then the original version and when weighed it was actually 1LB less which is significant when hiking with a heavy load of camera gear. When it came to setup I quickly mounted the head onto my Manfrotto tripod with the 3/8”-16 mounting thread, if your tripod has a ¼”-20 mounting stud, you can purchase the 3/8”-1/4” brass reducer bushing. To thread the head onto the tripod make sure the bottom friction knob is locked. After the initial setup I started playing with the adjustments knobs which are extremely ergonomic, they are soft touch knobs coated with an extremely comfortable rubberized grip. As simple as it sounds this is one of my favourite parts of the head.

The next step is to take the lens plate which vary depending on your lens and attach it to your lens foot with the supplied alan key, make sure that its snug. Tighten up all the knobs on the head and slide the lens onto the grip plate, while holding the lens tighten the clamp fully because that's the only thing holding your camera on. The next and one of the most important things with a gimbal head is to level the lens out so there's an even balance between the camera and the lens. I know there are many ballheads out there that can easily take the weight of the most heavy lens, but nothing is as effortless as a gimbal head. The Wimberley group has made a long line of accessories that can include everything from flash brackets, sidemount conversion kits and other customizable accessories. This head is lighter, fluid, quick to setup, safe to use, what more could a photographer want. I personally have this setup on a dedicated tripod now so its always ready to go.

Personally I have customized some of my kit to make it work best for me, below are a few examples. Make sure to contact Wimberley if you have any questions about making an order and mention my site!



Sample Shots taken using this setup.


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ryan.vince@live.com (Ryan Vince Photo) birding gimbal telephoto tripod wimberley https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/7/wimberley-head-version-ii Sat, 14 Jul 2012 03:49:09 GMT
The Big Year https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/7/the-big-year For anyone out there that's a nature lover, here's a great movie. I wasn't expecting much from it to begin with but turned out to be an awesome film, I personally think that even those who aren't "birders" will enjoy it. A quick Google search will provide you with tons of information on people doing big years, some even in your local area.


ryan.vince@live.com (Ryan Vince Photo) big big year birding movie year https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/7/the-big-year Fri, 13 Jul 2012 23:31:16 GMT
Peregrine Falcons over Niagara Falls https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/7/peregrine-falcons-over-niagara-falls This past weekend was spent photographing the family of Peregrine Falcons that call Niagara Falls home. The 4 fledglings and parents made many flybys throughout the weekend offering several photo opportunities. Make sure to check out the Canadian Peregrine Foundation. Feel free to checkout my Wild Ontario gallery for more photos. All photos were shot using the Wimberley Head Version II (WH-200). Please check out there extensive line of gear and stay tuned for in depth reviews on their products.




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ryan.vince@live.com (Ryan Vince Photo) bird birding falcon falls niagara peregrine prey https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/7/peregrine-falcons-over-niagara-falls Mon, 09 Jul 2012 20:04:17 GMT
GorillaTorch Blade https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/7/gorillatorch-blade I’m sure we’ve all been in the same spot, fumbling around trying to do something with not enough light? Joby has answered our calls; the recently introduced Gorillatorch Blade sports a 130 lumen flashlight with its own set of rubberized grip legs. My initial reaction when opening the package was just how durable this thing felt right off the bat. I mean it’s solid from the flashlight right down to its rubberized grip legs.



The Blades 130 lumen Cree LED has a variable throw size with a twist of the flashlight which makes it useful in many situations whether it’s a distance object your trying to focus on or just a dark pathway.  One thing that really sets this pod away from some of the others I’ve used is the magnetic feet, which really comes in handy all around the house, I mean fixing your car, power outages and my personal favourite is BBQ’ing in the dark. With an average battery life of 6.5 hours on the low settings and 2.5 hours on the high settings it’s more than enough for the average user. With a simple plug into a wall outlet or any USB port it will be charged up and ready in no time for its next use.



Lastly one of the more innovative things about this light is that the flashlight is actually removable so if you just need to take it off the legs for a quick moment without wanting to detach them from wherever you may have it setup, it’s very simple. With a quick squeeze of the clip the flashlight slides right out. In the end this is an irreplaceable tool in anyone’s bag whether it’s for photography, hiking, camping or just as a handy tool.


Here is a sample image of a Green Tree Frog light with just the light from a flashlight, no external flash etc. Shows what can be done with such a simple device.



ryan.vince@live.com (Ryan Vince Photo) blade flashlight gorillapod joby pod torch tripod https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/7/gorillatorch-blade Mon, 09 Jul 2012 15:43:43 GMT
Gorillapod Focus + Ballhead X https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/6/gorillapod-focus-ballhead-x  

I want to start this off by saying I have never experienced customer service quite like I did from the folks at Joby. I inquired about using some of their gear for a few upcoming shoots and before I knew it an order was placed and I had the gear within a week, talk about quick customer service. What started off as a flexible, fun tripod for point and shoots has turned into a booming business with a variety of "pods". With everything from point and shoots/iPhones to DSLRS and flashlights, Gorillapod has it all for a reasonable price. The Gorillapod Focus and Ballhead X are meant for heavier cameras and lenses, supporting up to 11.1lbs. For the pair you’re looking at 150$ which for the quality is a steal, however this does not replace a full sized tripod by any means. This is a much larger Gorillapod then the ones you typically see around your average camera store and would benefit from a backpack or camera bag to tote it around in, this is not something that would fit in your pocket easily. The first day I wasn’t able to get out and shoot but quickly put the "pod" to use using it as a macro flash stand.





I figured I would finally put it to the test, weighing in at 6.1lbs I threw on the robust Canon 1D Mark IV and the fully extended Canon 100-400. It withstood the weight of such a heavy rig without any complaint, whether I had it wrapped around a tree or tilting to the side it held up just fine. I expected to have an uneasy feeling while watching 7,000$ worth of camera equipment hang from a tree but I had no doubts, it takes a fair bit of force to bend the legs on the Focus which is comforting when it is your cameras lifeline. After hours of endless use I realized that this thing is truly built like a tank and I don't see it breaking down anytime in the near future. I became comfortable enough with the unit that at one point I had my Canon 7D and 17-40 suspended over a pond on a windy day shooting video. Not only did it hold on tight for the entire shoot but the video had little to no camera shake at all.


My only little quirp about this almost perfect rig is the fact that it doesn't have a quick release, I know that most people wanting a quick release are going for a full blown tripod setup anyways, but I just think for shooting on the run it would be incredibly beneficial. It may not affect you depending on what your shooting but having to adjust the two screws for every shot was a bit redundant for me. It does however contain a very solidly built lense plate that has an easy screw mechanism unlike some others I have tested.



Whether you’re looking to setup a quick POV shot or do some behind the scenes footage, the Gorillapod Focus X is a worthy addition to any pro or amateur’s camera bag! Make sure to stop by Joby's online store and pickup one for yourself. Be on the lookout for a review of the Gorillatorch Blade as well as the Mobile 4/4S.

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ryan.vince@live.com (Ryan Vince Photo) focus gorillapod grip joby pod pov tripod x https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/6/gorillapod-focus-ballhead-x Mon, 25 Jun 2012 19:53:16 GMT
Gorillapod Review https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/6/gorillapod-review I recently received a set of some of Joby's newest gear to try out, the Gorillapod Focus with Ballhead X, Torch and the Mobile. I look forward to getting a chance to get it all out in the field in the next 2 weeks.



ryan.vince@live.com (Ryan Vince Photo) gorillapod joby review tripod https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/6/gorillapod-review Tue, 19 Jun 2012 21:27:25 GMT
Star Trails from International Space Station https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/6/space-photos-from-international-space-station Expedition 31's long exposure images from the International Space Station, by photographer Don Petit




ryan.vince@live.com (Ryan Vince Photo) iss nasa space stars https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/6/space-photos-from-international-space-station Tue, 19 Jun 2012 20:26:43 GMT
Koi Pond Video https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/6/koi-pond-video Just testing out the video features on the 1d Mark IV.


ryan.vince@live.com (Ryan Vince Photo) 1d equipment koi pond video https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/6/koi-pond-video Fri, 15 Jun 2012 19:20:43 GMT
New Addition https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/6/new-addition New addition to the camera family, Canon 1D Mark IV. Looking forward to putting it through the paces.


ryan.vince@live.com (Ryan Vince Photo) 1D Mark IV camera canon https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/6/new-addition Fri, 15 Jun 2012 17:04:59 GMT
Snowy Owls https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/6/snowy-owls I spent many hours over the last winter searching field after field for the snowy owls that have migrated to my area in epic proportions this year. Lots of time spent laying in the snow so enjoy the photos.! What a perfect time for birders and wildlife photographers alike.


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ryan.vince@live.com (Ryan Vince Photo) bird ontario owl snowy winter https://www.ryanvince-photo.com/blog/2012/6/snowy-owls Fri, 15 Jun 2012 14:02:54 GMT