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I recently entered the world of full frame.  If I had known what I had been missing, I would have made the jump way before.  So far, there are a couple things that I wish were different shooting a mirrorless system, but the benefits way outweigh the cons.

You Gotta Be Kidding Me

Today’s Photo: The Boy

Between two girls and this boy, I haven’t had the time I used to have.  However, there is never a time that you can predict what he will do, say, or the look he will give you.  So, I couldn’t resist adding another photo of The Boy… Click Here to see…

Snowday Portraits

Today’s Photo: Snowday Portraits

We have had two snow storms that have shut everything down for about a week each over the past month.  Fortunately, I have been able to spend a little time with my children out in the snow.  This was a quick shot I got just before we went inside one day.

The Weight of the World

Today’s Photo: The Weight of the World

Candid shots are by far my favorite in the portraiture realm.  People’s expressions and body language are not prepared and people do not try to act the way they want other people to see them.  Often times, that is completely different from how they really appear when their guard is down.  I took this candid while my youngest was wading through the “Tennessee” river that flows in front of the Tennessee Aquarium.  She is my thinker and often times, I catch her pondering what I can only believe she thinks are the woes of the world.

Through the Eyes of a Child

Today’s Photo: Through the Eyes of a Child

I am astounded with the creativity that I see in my children.  The best part of them is getting to see them experiencing things for the first time.  I took my old HP digital camera and let the children have it.  I did not keep track of them taking photos and did not encourage them to use it.  I just gave it to them.  Several weeks later, I silently reacquired it and took a look at the photos.  Unfortunately, if you took the photos of the television and put them into a movie, the Motion Picture Association of America would be knocking on the door.  Then I ran across this photo.  So, not only do they suggest shots and poses for me to take, they know their way around with a camera too.

– Photo credits to my oldest…


Today’s Photo: Intensity

This weekend, I decided to practice some studio photography.  Back in July, I purchased a set of wireless hot shoe flash triggers.  I already have a Nikon Speedlight and a Versalight studio light.  However, getting them to sync with the speedlight on the camera and as the trigger for the Versalight was near impossible.  Now with the flash triggers, they work perfectly.  This shot was just with the speedlight.  I did get to practice some product photography also.  Those are for a future time though.

Old Timers Day

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Today’s Photo: Old Timers Day

We were surprised when we went through Cades Cove.  Only two times a year, they have the grist mill operating and once a year, they have Old Timers Day.  Old Timers Day is when many of the Coves’ families return for the day.  They also have musicians playing all the old traditional instruments.  I was impressed with their abilities.  It did not look like many of them had played together before, but they did quite well.  I snapped this shot while enjoying the music.

Still Motion

Today’s Photo: Still Motion

This past winter, we had no snow.  That normal lack of snow in the south hasn’t stopped the folks over at the Cherokee Valley Ranch from going sledding.  They came up with an ingenious use of carpet and inner tubes.  Although the run is short, the fun is everlasting.  I decided I needed to capture the speed that these things were flying down the hill.  I slowed the shutter down just a little and panned.  Works like a charm every time.

A Proud Father

Today’s Photo: A Proud Father

I am a person who is not caught up on “things”.  That makes it very difficult when it comes to birthdays, Christmas, Fathers Day, Etc.  When asked what I want, my reply is almost always, “nothing”.  It drives my wife nuts and we have spoke of it in the past.  My response is that I would rather make memories than have stuff.  Hence this site.

So, for Fathers Day this year, I asked to take the kids on a photo shoot.  We went to Berry College, probably one of the most beautiful college campus’ in the world.  And of course, my wife made me get in a couple of the photos too.

Happy Fathers Day to all the fathers out there too!

The Young and The Old

Today’s Photo: The Young and The Old

Family pets are members of the family.  They are no different than children and have their place.  Some have even been around longer than the kids have.  That is the case here.  My dad actually found this dog wandering along the side of the road when he could not have been more than a few weeks old.  Now, years later, he is still a part of the family.  I know he will not be around too much longer, so I know these times are very precious.

Light Play

Today’s Photo: Light Play

I have been trying out several different techniques for limiting and directing the amount of light that is captured by the camera.  Basic for most, but, none the less, important techniques to learn.  For this one, I got my models (hehehe), to lie in front of an open window.  I used no flash, closed the aperture to 7.1 and upped the shutter speed to 1/500.  It gave a good highlight to the feet and left out the background.

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