Your Light in My Hand…
Site changes coming….
So I am still not liking the site feel and look – I don’t know if this is because I am searching for something that is not out there or if I just like the change…
I like the way that site functions but I want a whole new look, if this is something you have skill in please contact me and let’s collaborate to get this looking the way I want 🙂
A few surprises and things coming up
So that sounded way more fun than it really is. I have been on a journey over the past year that has me going in different directions than what I first thought I would be going. A friend of mine reminds me that it is about the skill not the gear (there is a gear head in ALL of us that shoot – we all want the gear even though we know that it is the person behind the gear and their skill that is more important). However with that said this year I am going to challenge myself (call it an early New Years resolution) to shoot more and more and also shoot things that I normally would not – people. Now I am NOT going to do the traditional “Sears” type shoots – that is NOT my gig at all. No offense to those that do that style it is just not for me. And with that I want to get some gear to go with it – strobes, backdrops etc. This is where the above reminder comes from – don’t over spend on the best gear, get what you NEED and learn that and don’t over spend – because we all know that times are tough especially for artist.
Secondly over the past year I have been more and more encouraged to share some of writings (in case you did not know – I am a writer also) So look for some of these to be released in limited availability. Those that encouraged me and spoke to me about doing this – you know who you are and I thank you for helping me step out of my comfort zone. We will talk more about that later 😉
Also I sold my first ever show and did ok so I might look to do a few more of these this year.
Today’s Photo – Your Light in My Hand…
So I took this Christmas Eve at Church this year. I am falling out of my normal pattern a bit with processing this and releasing it so soon, however I look for more of this to happen over the next year. Also I tend to shoot a lot of HDR shots – look for that not to show up as much either – and with that a Black and White that could not be more polar opposite of my normal 🙂
Today’s Photo – Snowy Stream
Well…normally in the spring time you find all kinds of gorgeous frames to shoot – budding trees, budding flowers, early blooms, critters of all kinds, spectacular sunrises (not that I actually get up and shoot those…I value my bed early in the morning…), sunsets (one of my favorite things in the world to shoot) and many many other things.
This is of course unless you are in the great state of Tennessee – because everyone says this – you like the weather today?? Stick around because it will be different tomorrow. I have experienced this first hand and this trip was no different – the day before it was sunny and chilly – next day – the below happened 🙂
She Remembers Love
So this is one that I think speaks to many as roses represent love and many other memories and emotions. Some people think that I travel around to exotic places snapping this and that – this I went a really really long way to get – my kitchen…yep thats right this was in my kitchen 🙂
Am I the only photographer that does not stay on the path to get the shot? I hiked way way down this steep rocky waterfall cliff – yes I did fall, banged up all my gear, but here is the resulting shot.
Fall is in the air
I took this just a few weeks back and it is really only 10 minutes from my house – not bad for an Ohio scene 🙂
I love fall – the crisp air, the leaves beautiful color, the sounds of leaves being walked through and blowing in the wind. Hope you enjoy this one as much as I do.
What are you looking at?
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 🙂
The scene is one of my favorites. I love the ocean and I LOVE the South. I hope that you enjoy this one and it hits you the same way it hits me. This not an HDR photo – it was taken hand held – single shot.
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.
The City Below
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
Better weather sealing
Better Auto-Bracketing – this one still has work to do to get to where I would like it to be
Netter Auto-Focusing system
Built-in WIFI and NFC
Better noise-reduction (kinda happens with the FF sensor)
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 🙂