I’ve been spending time with a CCAC photo class and exploring the city to go and take photos one evening a week. Been a great chance to see some cool new spots and run the tilt/shift lens a lot more. Here’s a couple of my favorites so far - shoot me a note if you’d be interested in a print or could use similar shots for your business!
One of the most popular reasons to use a tilt/shift lens is to change your perspective to match the lines of architecture. Here’s a few recent examples from around Pittsburgh - notice how all the lines that should be straight and parallel… are straight and parallel!
Last year I spent a week at the OTOA (Ohio Tactical Officers Association) annual training conference in northern Ohio providing photo coverage of their speakers, vendor show, range day and training classes spread out over the whole top of the state. It was a very busy week, but I had a blast and ran into some old friends.
I’ll be returning next week and will have a booth at the vendor show (#95 in the main room). Below is a slideshow of my shots from last year that you’ll see scrolling through on the TVs and screens during the event.
I rented a Nikon DSLR with its IR filter removed from in front of its filter, which allows it to capture a much wider frequency band of light. In this case, I put a visible-light-blocking filter on the front of the lens so I was only capturing light above 720nm. This allowed the infrared pointer and illuminator from the MAWL-C1+ to appear brightly and allowed for a direct comparison of the three different range modes. Thought it might be interesting to visualize for people that have just seen the charts B.E. Meyers puts out but not seen them in person through anything other than narrow NVG tubes. Target was about 40yd from the rifle on the tripod and camera lens was 17mm equiv.
I find myself leaving the unit in the mid range setting 80% of the time for the wide splash around the area along with the nice bright spotlight around the target. This is mostly because the shooting I do is at gun ranges or outdoors at friends properties. When indoors the short range setting is fantastic for filling a room and lighting up everything within my NVG's view, without blooming super close targets. I still have yet to hit another shoothouse class and make use of the C1+ but would imagine I'd be flipping between short and mid quite a bit there. The long range setting does a great job when used in conjunction with a clip-on unit like the PVS-30 and its very clean beam pattern really seems to stretch further than restricted units that have noisy, blotchy laser projections. While I didn't understand the long range lockout function on the range selector at first, it works great for me to be able to easily switch between my most used settings very quickly without having to find the middle position. Long range becomes relegated to when I put it on a DM or bolt gun and don't want the mid range flood to splash off grass and other obstructions.
Recently a discussion came up in the Primary & Secondary Discord chat server regarding recommended pistol sights for defensive use. The two non-red dot suggestions that seemed the most popular were Tritium-based "night sights" (either front-only or all around) and a fiber-optic front sight with blacked-out rear.
Having a handful of different sight setups on a few of my Glocks, I figured it'd be handy to compare them side-by-side in various lighting conditions in a consistent manner. While I had my own feelings going into it, I found it interesting how similar the tritium and fiber options were with blacked out rears. Granted that was just when the tritium front sight came with a day-glo orange ring around it for extra highlighting, but I had expected the narrow fiber sight to have a clear advantage in all situations other than completely dark (which may be difficult to come up with a justifiable circumstance for).Read More