About the Author

E.J. was born in 1960 in Augsburg, Germany and moved to Ohio in 1969. He attended Purdue University and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering and completed graduate studies in Microelectronics and Semiconductor Physics. After working for the Intel Corporation for 27 years, he is now retired from the electronics industry and is a professional freelance photographer. E.J. and has formally studied photography at the University of New Mexico and completed courses from The Rocky Mountain School of Photography. E.J. has two sons, and has lived in Chandler, Arizona since 1994. A photographic specialty is artistic images of ducks and E.J. has published the book Ducks of North America - The Photographer's Guide. E.J. is also prolific in landscape photography, his first photographic love. E.J.'s photographs have been published worldwide in books, advertising, magazines, billboards, murals and more. Some of his publishers and clients include The National Geographic Society, World Wildlife Fund, The United States National Parks Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, the United States Navy, State Parks Arizona, Barrons, and Dorling Kindersley. New Zealand Post honored E.J. by making one of his penguin images the primary image for their 2014 Commemorative Antarctica Ross Dependency Stamp set. He has also been named one of the top 100 Wildlife Photographers in the world by Eastern Europe's Digital Photographer Magazine. Visit his website at: www.ejphoto.com.

Photoshop CS5 – E.J.’s Perspective
by E.J. Peiker | July 23, 2010

© E.J. PeikerThe much anticipated release of Photoshop CS5 is here! I have been using both the Mac and the Windows version for a couple of months now. It is a great update in several ways and falls short of expectations in others. While the features that have been updated or changed significantly are numerou...

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ThinkTank Urban Disguise 50 Review
by E.J. Peiker | November 23, 2009

Urban Disguise 50 bagThe NatureScapes Store recently provided me with a ThinkTank Urban Disguise 50 to test out and put through its paces. After unpacking it, my first impression was that the bag was too small to be useful as a small carry-on for traveling by plane – it didn’t look like it would be able...

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Digital Sensor Cleaning
by E.J. Peiker | May 29, 2008

NatureScapesAs we enter the adolescence of the digital camera age after spending the last 10 years in childhood, one of the biggest weaknesses of digital imaging with DSLRs is finally starting to be addressed by the camera manufacturers. This weakness is sensor contamination, which results in undesired spot...

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E.J. Peiker
by E.J. Peiker | April 1, 2008

© E.J. PeikerE.J. Peiker was born in 1960 in Augsburg, Germany in the German state of Bavaria near the Alps. His family moved to Mansfield, Ohio, in 1969 right before his ninth birthday where in 1975, he became a U.S. citizen. E.J. resided in Ohio until 1979, when he began attending Purdue University in West...

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Review: The EKI Head
by E.J. Peiker | December 1, 2007

© E.J. PeikerFor years I have been wishing for someone to build a quality gimbal head made out of a strong but lightweight material. The original Wimberley Head 1, made out of aluminum, weighed in at 4.2 lb. While this doesn’t seem like much, after a full day of working with a sturdy tripod, Wimberley...

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My Dream SLR
by E.J. Peiker | September 30, 2007

NatureScapesIt has now been 4 years since my initial article and challenge to DSLR manufacturers to build a better digital camera. Fortunately, many of the items have come to fruition, but there is still work to be done. My initial wish list, and the one-year follow up, as well as the NatureScapes.Net lette...

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Star Trail Photography
by E.J. Peiker | November 1, 2006

© E.J. PeikerWould you like to take some interesting photos that will wow your viewers, and you get to enjoy some time in solitude? Why not try some star trail photography!?

As our planet Earth rotates around its axis every 24 hours, the star field that we see in our night sky rotates around the polar axis...

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The Economics of Digital Photo Sensors
by E.J. Peiker | September 1, 2006

© E.J. PeikerQuite frequently, I see written on NatureScapes.net and many other photography sites that Canon is ripping off the public with their full sensor cameras since they cost approximately double what a cropped sensor camera costs. Having worked in the semiconductor industry for over 23 years, over ha...

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New Camera and Lens Support Products
by E.J. Peiker | March 1, 2006

NatureScapesAs you may have surmised from my earlier article, “Lighter and Better Equipment for the Hiking Photographer” (November 2005), I am always on the lookout for new things that make photography easier, more convenient, and less physically demanding. In this article, I review three new pr...

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Recovering Lost Images from Digital Media
by E.J. Peiker | September 1, 2004

NatureScapesSeveral times a week I receive panic emails from digital photographers stating that the photos they took are not readable on their flash card. Either they accidentally formatted a card before downloading pictures from it, removed the card before the camera was done writing, the flash card encoun...

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