As I grew into the m43 (micro four-thirds) camera gear, like any photographer, I started getting many different lenses. Most were based on reviews I had read and also based on my personal needs and desires for focal lengths.
As my experience grew, I soon found I had collected five different lenses. Most were made by Panasonic with exception to one which was made by Olympus. Part of the reason I went with Panasonic for most is the built-in O.I.S. (optical image stabilization) and two of the lenses are also water-resistant which works great in rainy or wet conditions with a sealed camera like the Panasonic GH3, GH4, and GH5.
I’ve had a growing interest in video production for a long time and always appreciated the art and technical aspects involved to make it happen. So recently, an opportunity popped up for a chance to attend the Atlanta Film Festival as one of several event photographers and I thought to myself “Great! I can meet some interesting creative people, maybe see some cool things and enjoy one of my favorite hobbies at the same time, photography.”
Must admit that I am a bit excited for the event– first time attending and still not sure of all the details on what I will be covering but so far, it appears to be karaōke one evening. That event should provide some great candids as well as some laughs.
It is a good possibility that I will be covering some more events on the weekend it wraps up. Hopefully, I will have some nice photos to share. Considering the event and location I may even have some celeb photos. I’ve never been much into the whole fan/idol idea about celebs but I must admit, there are a few like Sam Elliot, that will be in some of the films, I would love to photograph or meet.
It has been said the camera is and should be an extension of the photographer’s eye, capturing the light and beauty as the photographer sees it. Well, that is why I am upgrading my camera eye. It has become time.
A few years ago, I took a giant leap of faith and gave up DSLR’s for mirrorless when I upgraded from an aging Nikon D200 to a Panasonic Lumix GH3. The smaller sensor was hard to justify but I wanted smaller, lighter camera for hiking and travel. The lower cost of the camera and lenses was also an attractive quality.
That leap was an adjustment in mindset which told me I needed to either shoot Canon or Nikon to get best results. After a year, I had learned that this camera even with the smaller sensor was shooting better photos than my D200 and it made it easier and more enjoyable. It was fun showing up to fashion workshops with models and having all the Nikon and Canon shooters look at me strangely. It was all redeemed when I posted my images, however.
So, after a few years with lots of use and travel, my GH3 was starting to show signs of wear. I had broken the label on the exposure dial while hiking and it was starting to occasionally do some odd things electronically. I figured it was about time for an upgrade.
I was invited to join family in the US Virgin Islands for the first week of 2016. It was my first time visiting any Caribbean island so couldn’t pass up the opportunity especially knowing I would have nice weather and lots of new photo opportunities.
We arrived December 30th of 2015 which gave us some time to get settled in just as the new year hit for 2016. We didn’t take the time to scope out local new celebrations before hand so we celebrated at our beach side home.
Knowing where the sun comes up, I made sure to arise for sunrise most of the days while on the island. They can be quite nice with a view comparable to postcards. Getting up this early is unusual for myself but I was often rewarded with views such as this video clip.
It is not unusual to find me on a hike in northern Georgia or neighboring states. Love the outdoors and all the friends it has opened up since becoming a part of one of the southeast’s largest and most active hiking groups, Georgia Adventurers Group. I also use my outdoor time to find the photo opportunities which sometimes comes as the dedicated photographer for some group events.
About four months ago, I had planned to join my hiking friends for a long weekend in Dahlonega, Georgia at a hiker hostel. Having done this in the past, I knew it would likely be a good time with new and old friends. Little did I know 6 weeks later I would be contacted by one of the old friends and asked if I could do photos of her wedding ceremony on top of a nearby mountain that weekend.
Saturday morning came and it was a rare weekend day when I have nothing planned. I immediately remember seeing a Reddit post about the Red Bull soapbox races happening today, October 24th2015, and I decide to make it a plan for a day of entertainment and photo opportunities.
After grabbing a quick shower, I check the location of the races a again on Google Maps. I decide it would be wise to take the Marta train south and just walk North Street to avoid traffic and parking problems. This proves to be a wise choice later.
Next I grab my bag of camera gear that was sitting on my kitchen table. It was already packed with everything I would need and so I rushed out the door to drive to the North Point train station in Dunwoody. It was about fifteen minutes after 10am at this point and figured I would make it to the races just as the pits opened at 11am, so I could get a close view of the cars and teams.
Recently, I had planned to visit Providence Canyon for an overnight backpacking trip by myself. It didn’t happen. I learned a friend was headed up to Cades Cove in Tennessee about the same time as my trip and was asked to join. I had never been there so figured it would be a worthy adventure.
The plan was three day visit and we would camp out for two nights in their campground area. We would be able to bring as much gear as needed since we would be parking next to our tent area which can make it easier when choosing what to bring.