Madison County, Ohio
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A very brief note-
Beware Ohio nature adventurers, ticks are out and about and looking for you. Yesterday I pulled a dog tick off my neck while driving home on I-71, and earlier in the week Megan saw one swirl down our shower. As long as we have warblers along with the ticks, I can't complain.
|A field sparrow|
|And the red-winged blackbird.|
I love creating things, and my new camera has allowed me an entirely new creative outlet- film making. I'm able to shoot HD video with my 7d using my macro lenses, and it is really awesome. Learning to think like a film maker is entirely new experience. While photography is about capturing just one moment, filmaking is about stringing dozens of moments together and interweaving them to tell a story. If you haven't tried it, I found that it's been a good way to exercise my creative muscles. I hope you enjoy my ant video, shot right in our front yard.
|A free-flowing Cuyahoga where the Munroe Falls Dam once stood.|
I recently upgraded camera bodies, going from the Canon Digital Rebel XTi to the 7d. Here are some of the things that I really like about my new camera.
Shooting with the rebel XTi was like looking through a paper towel tube. The large, bright viewfinder of the 7d allows me to see a larger and brighter image of what I'm photographing.
It's just faster, especially in dark light. My XTi had difficulties locking in focus of my kids in our dark family room, even with my fast 50mm 1.8 II lens. Put the same lens on the 7d, and I have no problem locking on my little rascals' faces.
High ISO's look great-
I can consistently get really good looking images at ISO 1600, while the same ISO on the XTi was barely usable, creating images that often had a noticeable banding pattern.
Full HD Video:
Shooting footage of my kids and showing it our new HDTV us a blast- Weston thinks he's the star of a hit TV show.
8 frames per second shooting:
Although I haven't tried it out on birds in flight, 8 fps shooting is really cool. There's nothing like capturing your kid going down a slide at 1/8000 shutter speed and 8fps.
Next up: things that bug me about the 7d.
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Did I spell that right?
Pardon the dip away from all things nature and into photography for photography's sake.
Today I learned that our super cool camera store here in Columbus, Midwest Photo Exchange, is holding a a new event called "Camerama." Normally I'd love to attend this type of thing, an event that attracts world class photographers. But I don't go, because events like these are often held in places like Las Vegas, or Orlando, or Seattle, or NYC...
So imagine my excitement when I found out that both Harry Benson AND Jay Maisel would be speaking in my little town of Worthington, Ohio, at the Holiday Inn, which is, yes, a three minute walk from my house. Wow. Very cool.
Harry Benson was part of the Beatles invasion (not an attack of an invasive insect), assigned to photograph the group's first visit to the U.S. He has since gone on to photograph all the U.S. presidents since Dwight Eisenhower. He'll be speaking on Good Friday, April 29, from 6-8.
I first became familiar with Jay Maisel's work from his interview on the Candid Frame podcast. His photographic eye is amazing and he's know for his quirky "home" in lower Manhattan dubbed "maybe the greatest real-estate coup of all time." Maisel will give his talk Saturday, April 30, from 6-8.
I'll be there- at least for the two talks (20 bucks each night), will you?