October color along Paint Creek Falls in Montgomery, West Virginia, captured on the commute back to Charleston with friends after a day of shooting at the Bridge Day BASE Jump event in Fayetteville. A tranquil and welcome change of scenery to help wind down a bit from an exciting day of madness at the Gorge. Read more
Huge thanks to my friend, Mary Lu Saylor of GrowGreatCompanies.com for a recent conversation on using social media to aid in locating a market and acquiring traction in business.
A 30-year veteran of the television industry, Mary Lu is a two-time Emmy-award winning journalist and social media specialist with a knack for sharing valuable information, and fostering strong relationships within the community.
Check out her Blog at socialmediamarylu.wordpress.com.
I love bringing new ideas to share with you about social media through some very special connections. Mark Morrow is a very talented photographer that I daresay I was stalking a bit…ha ha on Instagram. I saw some of his pictures which evolved into me engaging him in a bit of conversation. His beautiful photographs of our city and the surrounding mountains are breathtaking. He reached out to me via Facebook where we were able to continue conversations in a little more depth.
I would encourage you to check out Mark’s work. Use this blog as a tool to share with others who would be interested in photography.
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Over the winter break a few years back, the kids and I were looking for a fun project to tackle indoors together on the colder days.
After tossing around various possible sets, scenes and scenarios collected over the years, we decided to enlist a few Lego Airport characters and begin work on a small stop-motion video project to see what could be learned. Several days and several hundred + frames later, we found ourselves with a few humble minutes of final footage.
Especially in these times of mandatory lock-down and quarantine, taking on challenging personal projects – such as stop-motion and time lapse composition – are both rewarding practices to stretch and develop new and useful skills that we might never acquire in the normal routine. Read more
Nothing kicks-off the spring season like an afternoon jaunt around the mile-and-a-half Roaring Run loop trail with the family. Located in the rugged climbs of Eagle Rock, Virginia, the entire area provides a wealth of natural beauty and opportunity for landscape and waterfall photography. Read more
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Photographers face many challenges when first starting out and can have a tough time breaking into the local market. While it can certainly be said that photography is well-saturated in the cyber world, when we stop and take a short look around we see another story. New businesses and outreach efforts of all kinds are formed almost daily with a similar need of exposure.
One of the best and most rewarding ways to build a portfolio is to consider working with a local charity or non-profit organization. Read more
Every real estate listing agent and mortgage broker needs a good local photographer they can work with and trust with their client’s needs. Taking on a few real estate projects can be an excellent way for a new photographer to get established in the local market, build a portfolio and start adding to the revenue stream in a practical way. Read more
This article was originally posted on Photofocus.com.
One of the biggest challenges for those who enjoy making landscape and architectural photographs is to locate and acquire the ideal wide-angle lens for the job. While no amount of gear is a replacement for experience and skill, we invariably learn as we go that certain projects will call for a solution beyond our existing means. Fortunately for photo-kind, powerful in-roads for testing and using specialized gear have surfaced to level the playing field, allowing photographers of all stripes full-access to the best tools and equipment available.
Leica 18mm f/3.8 Super-Elmar M
If the idea of shedding pounds from your bag in exchange for a ton of quality resolution is appealing, the Leica 18mm f/3.8 Super-Elmar M aspherical wide-angle prime is in a league of it’s own, especially when attached to the Sony Alpha A7R full-frame mirrorless body.
Here’s a quick look at the overview from the experts at LensRentals.com:
“The Leica 18mm f/3.8 Super-Elmar-M is a relatively compact lens that features one aspherical element, offering high resolving power with wonderful image quality. While the f/3.8 aperture doesn’t allow for extreme low-light shooting, it does provide simple focusing due to its large depth of field. Despite being an 18mm, it has very little optical distortion, making it a great option for architectural and landscape photography. The retrofocus design allows for great corner sharpness at all apertures, as well as a limited amount of color shift. It does have Leica’s 6-bit coding that allows the M9 to correct for vignetting.
Please Note: To best make use of this lens, we suggest the use of an external viewfinder to aid in composing.”
Late afternoon view of Hotel Roanoke as reflected in the downtown Skywalk Bridge, Roanoke VA.
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Sanctuary and altar view of historic St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, Roanoke VA.