Part 2 | How I Shot The 2017 Great American Eclipse

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Back in part 1 of how I shot the 2017 Great American Eclipse, I walked you through how to choose a target location to shoot or view tan eclipse. Well now that we know how to find out where to shoot a total solar eclipse, the next little conundrum that we need to figure out is what camera to use as well as lenses, intervalometers, solar filters, material for solar filters, yada yada yada. Horcrux #2: How do I choose the equipment I use?!? Camera choices! The first equipment that you really need to settle on is the camera that …

Part 1 | How I Shot The 2017 Great American Eclipse

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“The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men often get laid asunder.” ~ Robert Burns Full disclosure: I didn’t know that a total solar eclipse was going to happen. WHOOPS. I kinda feel pretty silly admitting that, but alas ’tis true. My friend Howard made a passing comment about “the eclipse next year”, to which I thought to myself “What the what?” And thus my adventure began. You see, up until late 2016 I mainly tracked tornadoes and Milky Way visibilities to shoot, along with humans in candid mode in my international travels. But an eclipse? I thought you needed …

Dull Photography or Compelling Photography?

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Every photographer has their own photography philosophy, and just as long as your photography philosophy lines up with your photography style then I think you’re good. This post kinda touches on my photography philosophy, which is best summarized as: Don’t fear taking risks. When I’m out shooting candid photographs of folks in their daily lives and I hear someone attempt to pressure me with “You should ask for permission before photographing people”, I see that suggestion the same way that I see “Half-Caff” coffee: Dull and uninspiring. And that’s a personal choice—to photograph safely or to photograph with risk, you …

Call The Photographer

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Photo Credit: Kawika Singson | Instagram: @kveekshawaii Being a photographer isn’t an easy passion to have burning inside of you, and it requires much more grace than non-photographers will ever realize. The reason being is that in the moment of snapping photos you are the annoying person to others who simply won’t stop taking photos. Your passion of capturing life around you is momentarily being flogged, put under a heat lamp, and ridiculed. The heart that you are wearing on your sleeve is being stomped on. “In whatever you do, don’t let selfishness or pride be your guide. Be humble, and …

Making The Leap—DSLR to Mirrorless Camera

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It’s been a year in the making, saving my hard-earned pennies, but as of today I’ve graduated from intro DSLRs to professional DSLRs with my first full frame mirrorless camera. Why this one specifically? For years now I’ve been wanting to enhance my astrophotography for when I photograph the milky way galaxy, moon, stars, and any shots at night. I have done very in-depth research over the last year as well into the offerings out there and the Sony a7S II has been getting across the board rave reviews for how amazing it shoots in low light. It was a …