MATTHEW NORDHAGEN :: BLOG

MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE IPHONE 11 PRO

October 14th, 2019

It's not often that I get the chance to take advantage of the latest and greatest iPhone. My iPhone is generally a cycle or two behind what's current and that's OK. This year, however, my two year cycle of replacing my existing phone coincided with the release of the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. I was in a fortunate position to be able to consider an upgrade to the latest and greatest and so I did. I traded my iPhone 8 for the iPhone 11 Pro and have been using it regularly for the past several weeks. The reviews are mostly spot-on. It's a great phone with a seriously impressive camera that could also use a little bit of improvement. Continue Reading.


REVIEW - SIRUI T-2204SK T-S CARBON FIBER TRAVEL TRIPOD

August 22nd, 2019

Travel tripods are a comprise. You can’t have everything so you are going to have to sacrifice something. Which is often stability in favor for portability. The idea is to find a system that considers those comprises and balances them accordingly. Which is where the Sirui T-2204SK T-S comes in. I’m confident in saying that, for the money, this tripod is about as close to perfecting that balance then any other current travel tripod on the market today. Continue Reading.


REVIEW - 2018 MAC MINI & LG 27UK650-W 4K MONITOR

May 31st, 2019

Anymore, computers outlast what is considered to be the average four years of use. I've been using a 2012 Mac Mini that was still going strong before it was time to consider an upgrade. Those four, or in my case, seven, years is an eternity in the computer world and any upgrade is going to be better in almost every way. Continue Reading.


REVIEW - ACRATECH NOMAD BALL HEAD

May 5th, 2019

Acratech Ballhead

The Benro ball head that I had been using regularly for the past few years started to develop a substantial drift when locked into place. I would have to compensate for the drift by aiming slightly above my composition and let the ball head settle into place. While the ball head is still functional that drift is only going to get worse with time so it was time to find a replacement. Continue Reading.


SUNRISE OVER SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK

April 22nd, 2019

Shenandoah National Park

Sunrise photography always take a little bit of planning to get right. While you can't necessarily control everything what you can control is how early you get up in the morning. Earlier is always better. Continue Reading.


A YEAR LATER

April 17th, 2019

It has been one year, and a couple days, since I started this website. Time flies. I have written 21 blog posts and featured 31 Recent Images. After countless attempts, this is the first website that I have started for myself where I have kept the content current. So what makes this attempt different from all of the others? Continue Reading.


TWO OF THE SAME, BUT DIFFERENT

April 3rd, 2019

National Gallery of Arts, Washington D.C.

The west-facing panoramic windows of the National Gallery of Arts East is a great location because it can offer opportunities for different variations on the same composition. Continue Reading.


NATIONAL GALLERY OF ARTS - EAST BUILDING

March 21st, 2019

Washington, D.C.

There is no other building in Washington D.C. that I have photographed more than the East Building of the National Gallery of Arts. Continue Reading.


YOU'RE (PROBABLY) BACKING UP TOO MUCH DATA: A SIMPLIFIED BACKUP STRATEGY FOR YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS

March 13th, 2019

The internet is spoiled with options for ways to backup your data. There's Backblaze, CrashPlane, Dropbox, Google Drive, iDrive, Amazon Prime, Carbonite, just to name a few. Most offer unlimited while some offer tiered ranges of limited data. The ideal backup solution is one that is painless, or as pain free as possible, and reliable without costing a fortune. Continue Reading.


QUICK TAKE: ADOBE UPDATE FIXES FUJI X-TRANS ISSUE

February 12th, 2019

With Adobe's most recent update to the Creative Cloud ecosystem, the long-standing issue of rendering Fuji X-Trans RAW files has been corrected via the new Enhance Image tool. For Fuji users, this will come as good news, especially for those whose workflow is reliant on Adobe products. Continue Reading.


FUJIFILM XT3: A NONTECHNICAL REVIEW

January 27th, 2019

A month ago, I traded all of my Nikon gear and bought the Fujifilm XT3. As a landscape photographer, the mirrorless camera system was always an attractive option and the near-unanimous praise of the XT3 made it a system difficult to ignore. With a month's worth of regular use, I thought I would offer a few of my thoughts on the camera for those who might be considering switching as well. Continue Reading.


UPDATE: BUILDING AN ONLINE PORTFOLIO FROM SCRATCH

January 8th, 2019

Since publishing last May, several sections of Building An Online Portfolio From Scratch have changed due to updates made to the workflow that I use to maintain this website. Continue Reading.