Snow Drops

DropsCanon 7D, Canon 28-105 f/3.5-4.5 lens, 1/40th second at f/4.5, ISO 100

It’s been snowing all day long … my friend Rich pointed out some cool looking drops on his sunroof so we both took some photos. This is the first time in five years I’ve lived someplace where it snows, and I felt like a little kid that saw snow for the first time. Yay, snow! :)

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Book Cover

"Agent Bishop"

A friend of mine recently pointed me to an image of mine in use … on a book! (Here’s the link to the book on Amazon.) I see my photos used all the time and most of them are found in use on the web some where (like in a blog or a news article) but it’s always a much bigger deal to see them in print.

So, I went to the local bookstore to buy a copy that I can add to my collection of “images in-use” (doubt that I will read it … lol). They did do some Photoshop work to the image on the shirt – here’s the original so you can take a look.

First Stock Shoot with my 7D

Seniors KissingCanon 7D, Canon 70-200 f/4L lens, 1/125th second at f/4.5, ISO 100

This past weekend I used my Canon 7D in a stock photo-shoot for the first time. I’m extremely happy with the results … the focusing and overall quality was excellent, and it’s also nice to have larger file-sizes to offer to customers on iStockphoto. I am also lucky to have a good friend with some pro Canon glass to use for the shoot, since I don’t have any Canon lenses of my own quite yet (thanks, Rich!).

The two models in the shoot were wonderful to work with, and it’s really inspiring to see elderly people with such energy and a sense of humor. Days like this make me so grateful that I get to do this for my job. :)

(Click here to view my portfolio on iStockphoto.com)


Old Greek Town SLC Photowalk Recap

Group Photo - Old Greek Town

This article is cross-posted at PhotowalkingUtah.com.

This past weekend we had a really great turnout at the Photowalking Utah “Old Greek Town” photowalk. More than 50 photographers showed up and, after a risky group photo (video here, thanks to Jeremy Hall!), we made our way through the streets of downtown Salt Lake during the beautiful “golden hour” of the evening.

I’m always surprised at how many new faces we see at each event! It really solidifies the fact that Utah has an amazing photographic community, and I’m very proud to be a part of it. For me the “photography” aspect of the get-together is just an excuse to hang out with a great group of people. ;) It’s also really neat to talk to the passers-by asking about the group and what we are doing … I guess that’s what happens when several dozen photographers go walking down a sidewalk together!

To see photos from the walk and view upcoming events go to the “Photowalking Utah” Flickr group. More information can also be found at http://www.photowalkingutah.com.

Sad Grooves

Tree
Canon 7D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens, 1/160th second at f/8

This is a close-up of a tree I found while roaming around Utah taking photos yesterday. The tree had lost all its bark, and actually looked kinda sad, considering it was surrounded by dozens of beautiful aspen trees that were slowly fading their leaves from green to orange.

I guess it’s just that time of year … when things change, hibernate and fade to let the cold season take over and push the color out of the world. But the coming spring wouldn’t be so beautiful if it didn’t have an ugly snow to melt so it can show its colors again.

My New Camera

Canon 7D, Lensbaby Composer, 1/60th at f/4, ISO 100, +4 Macro accessory

I recently bought a new camera … a Canon 7D. No big deal, right? Well, maybe not, unless you consider the fact that for the last 13 years I have been using all Nikon gear. Why did I make this choice? I have been in need of an upgrade to my Nikon D200 for quite some time, but I haven’t been able to find a camera that fits all of my needs. The majority of my photography is commercial stock imagery for iStockphoto. While I personally could care less how many megapixels I shoot, with microstock it’s a good thing to have a lot of them. Nikon does not currently have a high-megapixel camera (other than the über-expensive D3x) … so that was one thing pushing me towards Canon.

To make it simple, here is a list from my own personal experience, comparing some of the aspects that are important to me between Nikon & Canon:

Nikon
D700/D3
Canon
7D/5DMkII
Only 12.1 mp Higher Megapixels (18 and 21)
Low noise at high-ISO w/ D700 and D3 Still has low noise with some models, but not as
good as the D700/D3
Clunkier controls – zooming, scrolling through
images, etc.
Controls are much more intuitive; I especially
like the “wheel” on the back of the body.
Menu goes on and on … it’s easy to get lost. Menu shows only as much as will fit on the screen
(I just like how it looks)
Great focusing system for fast performance Focusing not as good as the Nikon, but I don’t
typically shoot fast-moving subjects
In-camera interval modes Needs a separate cable-release for intervals
No HD video in the D700 or D3 (yet) HD video capability in the 7D and 5DMkII

Please note that this is a very small list compared to all of the differences between the two systems; I mentioned only the few that are important to me.

So … am I switching to Canon? The answer is … maybe, probably … I don’t know. Economically it seems like the right thing to do, since I have perfectly good re-sell-able lenses sitting in a camera bag (including the “hard-to-find” 24-70 f/2.8) and a Nikon camera body that probably won’t see the light of day again for quite some time.

If I could do both systems, I probably would. It’s not easy to get rid of my Nikon gear, since I feel strangely connected to it. At first I was very much intent on sticking with both systems, possibly upgrading to a Nikon D700 (or whatever comes out next) and maybe I still will. If I had all the money in the world then this would be an easy decision … but glass aint cheap.

I’m making no promises to myself … I’d like to give it some time, live with my Canon for a while, and then decide if I want to take the full plunge.