Wander: Northern Virginia with my Canon R7
My Best Shots of 2022
On my way to an evening concert up in the Washington DC area, I made it more of a day trip by stopping by a few parks between here and there. Two (Neabsco Creek Boardwalk and Huntley Meadows Park) I’d visited before and really enjoyed, and the third (Scott’s Run Preserve) was a new one […]
Gear Up: Vintage Manual Lenses on Mirrorless Digital Cameras
At the end of each year, I really enjoy going through the year’s photos and whittling down my keepers to an even 100 that I think represent my best for that year. It’s a great exercise in seeing what worked and what didn’t, how my shooting and editing style changed, and mentally revisiting some of the most magical places and moments of the year. Come along and see!
Wander: Peaks of Otter and the Sharp Top B-25 Crash Site
When I got my first dSLR, I started collecting vintage manual lenses to expand my lens collection. How do they hold up on today’s high-res mirrorless cameras?
Gear Up: Canon RF 100mm f/2.8L Macro and Focus Shift
With fall color still near peak, I headed back over to the Blue Ridge Parkway for a wander. The destination: The Peaks of Otter area, with an eye towards finding the site where a B-25 bomber crashed into Sharp Top Mountain in 1943. Come along and check it out!
Shutterbuggery: Shooting Summer Fireflies
In my Canon EF-mount kit, one of my favorite lenses was the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro. It was solid and sharp, with snappy autofocus and good stabilization. So when I moved to an RF-mount system, I definitely wanted to pick up the new RF version, which is an improvement in just about every way: […]
My 2021 In Photos
If you live in a place where they can be found, photographing summer fireflies is an interesting challenge. Like astrophotography, it takes a little more work and patience–but the results can be pretty awesome! Living in the Virginia piedmont region, we’ve got lots of fireflies this time of year. I’ve been practicing in my backyard […]
Wander: Richmond’s Forest Hill Park
I think it’s a good exercise to go through the year’s photos and flag the images that I think were my best. It’s a nice way to gauge progress over the year, and to see what worked best for me photographically. Also interesting to see my choice of gear and settings–of the 95 non-drone photos […]
Wander: Dutch Gap Conservation Area
I went on an afternoon wander around Richmond VA to check out Forest Hill Park–my first visit to an amazing place!–and get some evening drone views of the Richmond skyline, illuminated for the holiday season. Come along! I was extremely impressed by Forest Hill Park, and frankly a little disappointed I hadn’t checked it out […]
Gear Up: Canon EOS R6 First Thoughts
I’m launching a YouTube channel, so going forward posts here will mostly be companion posts to videos there. I hope you’ll subscribe and come along!
I’ve been using Canon dSLR cameras for about 15 years now–I started with a Rebel XT (350D), moved up to the 50D, and then to the 7D and then 7D Mark II. Over those 15 years I’ve put together a reasonably good collection of lenses as well, from modern Canon and third-party EF-mount lenses, to […]