photography

The Octogenarian Grandma and the Unethical Pawnshop Owner

An octogenarian grandmother was cleaning out her home and in the clutter was a dusty old watch. She had no recollection of the watch’s history beyond the fact that her husband wore it on a few occasions with outfits he felt went well with the timepiece. She thought nothing of it and placed it in the box to take to the pawnshop.

A7Rii - Review

A7Rii - Review

It’s been a couple of months that I’ve been using the highly praised A7Rii, and it is about time I give my review on Sony’s latest flagship device.

It was herald as one of greatest cameras on the market. With 42 megapixels, squeezing out low-light performance like a Canon 6D, fantastic dynamic range, in-body image stabilization, and, to top it off, super-fast autofocus that is supposed to rival DSLRs… even with Canon built lenses!

Exploring the New With a Little Old

If you follow me on this site, Facebook, 500px, instagram, or one of many social media networks, you know that I am more known for my work with the photos of my two boys. They’re what really inspired me to get deep into photography. Especially my oldest son (but that’s another story). During that time I’ve developed my way into this niché in photography. I thoroughly enjoy it and will continue with it for as long as my children will let me. However, I have always had a fascination with landscapes and scenic images that can tell a story all on their own. I even vaguely explored other types of photography once or twice. Including a shot nearly identical to the image featured here.

Now that I’ve been able to become efficient at portrait photography, I’ve decided to venture into some other aspects of the art that have eluded me for the last year. That is why I went back to the home that really gave me an itch to do this. I wanted to stretch the legs of my new camera, while at the same time, recreate some of the magic of that I found when I took the original shot. I am hoping to explore new places and develop an even greater love for photography. It offers so much potential that I feel like I should not limit myself to a single niché. 

I’m excited for this new venture. I almost feel like I’m making photography new again. The recently late Leonard Nimoy mentioned that when some people become well known for their particular type of art, they are welcomed with support but there can also be some resistance. I realize that I’m followed because everyone expects to see my adorable sons, though I rebranded myself last month for a reason. Because I plan on exploring several different avenues of not just photography, but artistic creation in general. I’m still cooking something else up that I’ll hopefully be releasing in the Fall that you might just appreciate.

The New Camera - Sony A7R

To predicate this post I’d like to remind everyone that it isn’t the tools that make the art. Sometimes we get so caught up in gear that we forget that cameras are simply our paintbrushes and we are the ones that choose the final image through selection of light and composition. However, I receive many questions about cameras and lenses so I’m offering my opinion about my own gear here.