So I found this little guy at the Aquarium in Gatlinburg Tennessee. Normally when animals are the subject you chase them around all over…not this guy! He looked at me like – WTF are you looking at??? Well…you I thought…smile!
A few technical details –
Camera: Canon EOS 5D III
Exposure Time: 0.005s (1/200)
So I passed this place probably 19 times before I decided to shoot it – why you ask? I don’t really know…but I almost did not shoot it. It just did not call out to me and though I found it interesting and cool…I just did not feel like shooting it. Usually when I feel like that, I don’t shoot. I went through a few phases – first I shot EVERYTHING from every different angle that I possibly could…then I started shooting from just one angle and then just not shooting anything at all now I go between all of these. The first analogy is commonly called pray and spray in which you shoot many different angles of the same subject in hopes that something comes out of it. I now try to move around first looking at different angles but most of the time I have gotten to the point where I know what it will look like from a different angle…sorry for the tangent – here is today’s photo 🙂
Today’s Photo – Fall Back – Fall Colors
One of my absolute favorite times to shoot! I LOVE fall and the colors. Headed up to the mountains for a couple days to see if I can be in the right place at the right time – sometimes photography is about being in the right place at the right time and being able to capture that moment. I am hoping that this happens for me this weekend. Todays photo is something that is out of the normal for me – I usually take the photo, dump it to the computer and process it some time later. Today I literally took this this morning and even made a behind the scenes little hello from me to you. I might post that later when I have better internets. Until then, I hope that you are enjoying fall time and I hope that you enjoy this photo – I had tons of fun making it.
Sony steps up the pace with the first full frame mirrorless camera
So I think that this thing is about as sexy as it comes – and it brings quite a few specs that most are jumping on to the bandwagon – should I jump? Not sure yet….
You can read all about it here – Sony A7r Full Frame Mirrorless Camera Press Release. Now I could detail all the specs etc but you can see them on the page linked – I must say that it intrigues me and is a step in the right direction. Sony has been on a photo terror lately ripping out new cameras, phones with cameras etc – they are showing that they want to play in the Nikon/Canon dominated world. I look forward to seeing how things progress. If Sony wanted to send one out with all the lenses for me to test I would not turn it down 🙂
A few key things that I wanted that the NEX-7 did not have that are now present on the A7 and A7r
Now having said those – I have not seen or even touched one as they are not for sale until December until you are a big name photographer – so I will have to wait to form any opinion on the camera until I get one in my hands and play. I can read and read and read others opinions but this means nothing to me and shouldn’t you either. It is best to go out there and use it and see if it fits your needs. Sure experts can help guide you and every device has it’s pros/cons and that is where it is up to you to form your own opinions and judgement. Like I said – it is sexy looking and I like it – the looks of it – cant speak to function.
What is your favorite city?
I have been fortunate to get to travel to a lot of really cool places. Not as many as I would like but none the less very fortunate. There are some places that just feel right when I am there, Austin, Gatlinburg, Nashville, Charleston – just to name a few. I cant really pick a favorite – though every time that I think about one of these places I say – “That’s my favorite place!!”
What is your favorite place that you have been to? What feels like home? Has that ever changed for you?
Does anyone know where this place is? It is pretty popular and should be easily figured out. It is one of my favorite places to go and visit. And it just beautiful around fall time. I took this earlier this year and drug everyone around and stopped at 100 different places which included quite a few U turns and stop, back up moments. Hope you enjoy 🙂
Today’s Photo – The Fighter
Here is a photo of one of my friends and fellow fighters Rob. He has fought in local MMA shows as well as Bellator – we took this a while back when we were working out with another friend and inspiration Kionte Storey
I am posting this today as it is his birthday as well as his twin brother Steve who is also a fighter.
Today’s Photo – Lost Dog
So this is one of my absolute favorite places in the world. This little place is tucked in Folly beach and ALWAYS busy. Two things I love – being in the mountains and outdoors and at the beach – surfing. This Lost Dog is a restaurant filled with wondrous goodness of meals. And when I say meals – I mean MEALS. Thier portion size is crazy you will not walk away hungry. We have been going there for years and each and every time I say I should have brought my camera I really want a photo of this place. The walls are lined with photos from visitors and just because it says Lost Dog doesn’t limit it to that. There are photos of dogs of course, but cats, people, cars etc. It is just a great place run by great people that cook great food. So this year I actually brought my camera and took this shot. Now I am not the type (when photographing) that feels comfortable just getting in peoples way and setting up my tripod etc to take a shot in a place like this. It took me 20 minutes to decide to take the thing and everyone in the entire place looked at me like – WTF is this guy doing…it was great fun… 🙂
Today’s Photo – Moody Morning
So here is a photo that is one of those that I saw a vision but left it alone and did not process it for a while after I shot as I often do. When I took this I saw a very vibrant colored morning in the mountains. However processed it, it went in a completely different direction than I originally thought which does not happen that often. However the more I view this one the more I am liking it and thought that I would share it and maybe someone else will like it as well. Interesting side note – I do not typically crop to a certain constraint – for this one I went with a 16:9. I did keep the full version as well – maybe I will post that one later as a comparison.
Today’s Photo – Sea of Shells
As we walked along the beach, watching the kids play, watching the people from many different walks of life, enjoying a beautiful sunset I stopped and was taking a few photos. I sat down and was trying to get some low shots of different things – and I looked down and saw all of these shells. Normally it would be something that I would just look at, enjoy and move on and not shoot. However I found myself looking at different angles and the like. So I decided to shoot it. Beauty is out there in many different places, challenge yourself to look upon the scene with a different eye and through a different lens – viewing the beauty as it has been placed before you.