Welcome back to our newsletter. We at Escape to Nature Photography Workshops and Photography by Vinny Colucci appreciate you being here.


              Our mission is summed up in three words... " Educate:Inspire:Entertain". 


We want to be here for you. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us with Questions.


 Annette & I will be teaching a Singh-Ray Filters Webinar June23rd at 7pm. It is free and details are coming soon on the Singh-Ray Filters Website. Go to Singh-Ray and sign up for our webinar, as well as the webinars other Singh-Ray ambassadors presentations. Typically, there is a free photography webinar every month, and they are not just about filters; Many webinars show photography techniques as well.  Go to and take a look. NOTE: use vc20 on any Singh-Ray order and receive 20% discount with my promo code.




Grandfather Mountain moved their Nature Photography Weekend date from June 3rd-5th to June 10th-12th.

Go to and check out their website. I will be presenting in their new building as well as running outside breakout sessions. I hope you join us there.




I have been shooting my Z9 for a month now. This is one amazing camera. Even though I switched to mirrorless in 2018 100% and embraced it, the best digital camera I had ever owned and shot was the D5 (SLR). I can't say that any longer; this is quickly becoming my favorite. The feel is there, the horsepower is there, the newest technology is there. 




For now I will be sharing some Z9 results with some settings. I will share my menu settings and techniques a little later. I just want a little more time on the camera.



Moon shot on Wimberley Gimbal head and Gitzo Tripod. Nikon Z 9 with 500mm f/5.6 PF at f/5.6. ISO 400. The detail in the craters is amazing.   




Image  1 above setup: Z9 with 500mm f/5.6 PF at f.7.1, 1/1000 sec. This was setup in dynamic autofocus. Image 2 above: Z9 with 500mm f/5.6 PF at f/7.1, 1/1000 sec. Autofocus was Wide-S with animal detection on.




The bobcat image was Nikon Z9 with 500mm f/5.6 @ f/5.6 1/500 sec. Manual metering, Dynamic Autofocus.




 So here is what it boils down to... I will be shooting the Nikon Z9 as my prime camera with my Nikon Z6 II as my second camera. I want to say the Nikon Z6 II is also a wonderful camera and at $2000, a great price point for high performance equipment.  As I expand on both of these cameras I will report in future issues of this newsletter. I am hoping to have tabs up on my website soon with setup menus for each camera. 

Some topics I'll cover in the future for Z6II and Z9:

1) Menu setup

2) Control setup

3) Birds in flight setup & techniques.

4) Flash setup and Wildlife & Birding setup and use.

5) WR-R10/WR-T10 remote and Flash remote.


 As far as the Z9 itself, I believe Nikon hit a home run and this camera will take me far into the future. To look at these and additional recent Z9 images go to my Gallery here.


Up and coming workshops to be added to the calendar as soon as I get the locations locked in.

1) October 2022   Fall Colors and Elk in the Smokies NC


2) February 2023   Orlando & Merritt Island Birding Workshop, Titusville FL.


 Please let me know if you want to be put on these lists and you will be the first to know the signup dates. Email me @  [email protected]


Please reach out to me if you need menu help with either the Z9, Z6 II, Z7 II.


For those interested in getting on the Z9 list for purchase, Alan at Hunt's Photo will take excellent care of you.

Alan Samiljan

Sales Consultant

Direct  781.462.2383  

My hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 9:00-5:00pm eastern


100 Main St 

Melrose, MA 02176



Next month: 

 I will be talking on the Gura Gear camera backpack system. You will see why this is one of the best ways to travel with camera gear. I never had to hand a bag off in any of my air flights with these bags, even when transporting pro camera bodies and a 600mm f/4 lens. Check out their website. Note: use the link below and VC 10 as my promo code to receive 10% off your order of Gura Gear Products.





                                  SEE YOU NEXT MONTH & HAPPY SHOOTING