Category Archives: Canon cameras

Thankful | Grateful | Blessed

I’m honored and grateful that Fading Notes (below) was selected as one of ten finalists in the “Time” category of Canon and Ron Howard Project Imagin8ion. Just knowing that one of my images was considered in this wonderful creative project involving community provided content is a huge thrill. Fading Notes is a photograph captured during a quite and cold day in January 2010 in the upper floor repair room of the Hauer Music store in Dayton, Ohio. The old wood and textures of the subjects – aged musical instruments – were ideal for the softness of the winter window light made even more haunting and subtle due to a snowstorm going on outside. It was one of those moments and places where the photographer loses him or herself in the scene and the light.

Congratulations to fellow photographer Brooke Shaden and her winning image, Running from the Wind. When I first viewed her image, as one of other finalists in the Time category, I knew it would be a tough one to beat as it is exquisite. What’s very interesting is to listen to Ron Howard explain why he chose this image. Fascinating, and gives some insight into the creative mind and artistic style of one the best known film directors.

Travel Photography | Have Fun by Keeping it Simple

Last week was a spring break trip to Florida with my daughters, ages nine and 11. From Busch Gardens in Tampa to the Universal Parks in Orlando to an historic hotel in St. Petersburg, we had a very busy – but quite fun- week together. Because my time with my girls is limited and I like to make the best of it, I try (emphasis on try) to take a break from photography. Sure, there are lots of pics of them at the places we visit taken with my ever-present iPhone, but I don’t haul along all my usual gear such as DSLR camera bodies, lenses, tripod, etc. that are the mainstay when I’m out on photo excursions by myself. Too much. Gets in the way.

But still I can’t help seeing so many beautiful subjects in wonderful light that call for a camera with capabilities beyond the cell phone. This is where a good digital “point-n-shoot” comes in handy. My choice is the Canon PowerShot SX1. Here I have a portable, lightweight camera with a powerful zoom lens, macro setting, raw file format and the capability to shoot in manual or aperture priority modes with both evaluative and spot metering, not to mention impressive HD video. All in a package that is small, compact and easy to carry just about anywhere. Enough features and capabilities to keep the ever-present photographic artist within me happy while not getting in the way from sharing experiences and having a great time with my daughters.










































Shutterfinger: What Your Choice of Camera Says About You

Shutterfinger: What Your Choice of Camera Says About You.

Funny – and insightful – article by Photographer Gordon Lewis. I’ve been involved with photography and around many other photographers so long now that I can spot the “gear heads” a mile away. That’s great that they are passionate and enthusiastic about photography, but to place SO MUCH emphasis on equipment and gear is a mistake.

I’m paraphrasing another photographer out there somewhere, but “if a particular camera and lens were so great then it would go out there and capture images on its own.”

I’m not trying to offend these photographers. Really, I’m not, because many of them take my workshops. The point I’m trying to make (emphasized by the humor in this article) is that many aspiring photographers become so occupied with a particular camera brand or model, or lens, or whatever, that they fail to concentrate their photographic efforts where it matters the most – developing, enhancing and growing their “internal” camera, as in artistic vision.

Honestly, I can’t think of one time I’ve not been out shooting and I’m approached by someone (almost always a guy, usually older) with the “hey, that’s a Canon 5D (they immediately start “running” $$$’s). I bet you get good pictures with that camera. Hey, that’s some lens you got there ( . . . . start “running” $$$’s). I bet you get good pictures with that lens.”

What is it about camera gear that brings out the “geek” in so many people ? Why is it that camera gear is viewed as an arena of competition ?

Have we become so much of a consumer-drive society that the brand of product we carry trumps individuality and creativity ?

Really ?

Seriously ?

Yes, I’ve got good gear. Yes, it’s a significant investment. But what’s even better, and much more of an investment, are my skills as a photographer and vision as artist, not to mention a lifelong student of the nature of life and light within and on the subjects that I pursue with my passion for the craft and art of photography.

The most important gear in my toolbox is 10+ years old. Some of the things I use that make the most difference are the least expensive items found in my camera bag. Much of it was purchased used. I’ve learned what works best to serve my needs as a photographer. I don’t serve the gear, and the subsequent debt that inevitably follows the prioritization of equipment over process. Granted an entire industry – from manufacturers to retailers – has thrived on hobbyist obsession with the “latest and greatest.”

Just don’t ask me about preferred computer hardware. I guess when it comes down to it there’s a bit of “geek” in all of us. It’s just a matter of not letting him or her dominate who we really are, and the artist each of us was meant to be.