Camera Naming

I’m big on naming things.  I find it difficult to have something without a name.  And with the recent acquisition of the Sony a6300, the naming process has begun.  I’ll keep you posted.


Mini Photo Shoot

Over the weekend, Jess and I had a few minutes before we headed out for the day.  I said, ‘hey, I want to get a few photos up here (in Hadley’s room), the light is great right now.  Don’t move!’ And I ran downstairs, put my camera together and ran back upstairs.  I took some photos and ended up with a few really good ones.  See below:

I’ve been digging my new Sony a6300 out a lot more and I must say, I totally love shooting with it.  Years ago I was looking for a nice hybrid body that would shoot both digital cinema footage and killer stills.  I have long been a Nikon guy and picked up a D3100, hoping that was going to be the silver bullet.  Nope.  I was just a little ahead of the technology curve for where my budget was at.  And now, with the a6300, I think we’re there.  I am VERY happy with the footage I’m shooting (I just set it up with saved profiles for 24p and 120p and I’m very excited to shoot a project where I can mix frame rates) and I’m more than happy with the quality of the stills.  What I’m not really in love with is my trusty old manual Nikon 50mm f1.4.  We have captured so many things together and after shooting Hadley, realized that having a fast autofocus lens is going to be a must.  I’m pretty good at following her, but am just no match for one of the fastest autofocus cameras on the market.  Sony makes an absolutely gorgeous 50mm f1.8 that I would like to pick up.  The speed difference from 1.4 to 1.8 isn’t going to be THAT much for what I’m going to be using it for, plus, it’s not like I’m going to get rid of my 1.4 so I’ll still have that when I need it.

I’m looking forward to producing content.  I think this is the beginning of my creative spark coming back to life.

Ice Storm

A couple weeks ago we had an ice storm and everything was shut down.  My wife and I were home from work for the day and early afternoon I defied the news saying ‘stay off the streets’ and went and took a few photos downtown.  I must give the City of Sioux City credit, the roads were in fantastic shape!  I didn’t slip or slide at all.  And these are a few resulting images.

Following that ice storm, we had a snow storm a handful of days following.  That’s when I snapped that one of the truck.

Going For A Walk

Last night, my wife, our three-month old Hadley, our Golden Retriever Calie and myself went for a little walk when I got home.  We just did a simple five or six block loop around our neighborhood, but I tell you what, it was good for all of us.  Calie doesn’t get nearly the time outside that she should.  Jess doesn’t get the exercise that she should.  I clearly need to get more exercise.  And Hadley has taken to looking up and watching the trees go by.  When we go for a ride in Jess’ VW Tiguan, Hadley sits in the back seat and just stares up through the glass roof at everything passing over her.  And on our walk she was doing the exact same thing while being pushed along in her stroller.  Always looking up and smiling. I have to tell you, I was so proud just watching her enjoy this simple thing so very much and it got me thinking about where we are today.  With the current state of the country, here is this perfect little girl, not knowing or giving a shit at all about what it happening.  She just looks up and smiles, bringing so much joy and love to her mom and I. Continually throughout the day, whenever I think about her, I feel better.

Obviously I cannot shield her from the evils of the world for ever, but I can, and will, do everything in my power to teach her, and talk with her, as she continues to grow and spread love and positivity, about what the world is and how she can impact it.  I know I have a tendency to get bummed out with were we all stand, and I want better for her.

Needless to say, walks are going to be something we do more often and as she gets older, walks and talks are going to be something we do together.

Indianapolis 500 Part 2


I won’t rehash the specs of the gear used, please just look at my previous post.  But here is another photo that I grabbed out wandering around the speedway.  I got a chance to shake hands with Mario Andretti just moments after this photo was taken.  Granted our exchange of pleasantries was abridged, however he did seem like a very genuine man.  People knew him obviously and people were pulling him in all directions.  But, he is there to do a job, he’s working.  So the fact that in walking between places he takes the time to pose with folks for photos and shake people’s hands and say ‘hello’, says a lot about his character.

Indianapolis 500


A couple weeks ago over Memorial Day Weekend, my wife and I traveled with her folks and one of their friends and a my sister-in-law.  Since my wife and I have been together, I’ve gone every year and this one marked my 6th.  I must say that this race is something people should witness in their lifetime.  There, that’s it, I won’t preach to you or tell you have to do this.  I’ll just suggest it.  You will have a great time and you’ll probably want to do it again.  Anyway…

So this year I took my camera along.  Full disclosure; it’s actually my wife’s camera that I have taken as my own.  Anyway, I borrowed a buddy of mine’s 150mm-500mm Tokina lens thinking I would throw that baby on the D3000 and get some great images.  Backing up a second.  This is a full manual lens.  I have a love for manual lenses and that’s what I like to shoot.  It’s my preference, so we’ll just leave that at that.  Anyway, I took that lens and my 50mm, again, manual.  This is the first time that I have used my buddy’s lens.  I discovered quickly that I really don’t like it.  It’s big and bulky and I knew that going into it, so I stuck it atop my monopod and started shooting.  Not a fan.  I found it just too heavy and bulky for my liking.  I did shoot some stuff with it, and I will share a few, but I think I’m going to just invest it a 100mm manual.  This event was an exception, but for what I like to shoot, I think the 100mm is going to be a better fit for my bag.

So this photo, I thought it was kind of interesting to see this guy standing and watching everything on the not-to-distant pit lane, drinking a beer, shirtless and tattooed.  This takes dedication and love to for not only the sport, but for just this track.  My sister-in-law has a similar tattoo, not that large or in that placement.  If I can find a picture, I’ll put that up here.  But for now, this one.  When I saw this image unfold, I just liked it because in a matter of feet from each other, you see a cross-cut of people that are attending this event, all with one common thread; racing.


The 500


This week my wife, Jessica, and I will be heading to Indianapolis for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.  I’ve written before about how my wife and her family kind of got me into the Indycar series and they have gone to the race every year for quite some time.  This year will be my 6th and I’m going to be doing something a little different this year, I’ll be taking some gear with me.  I’m going to be taking along my (actually it’s my wife’s) trusty Nikon D3000 and a couple old, trusty prime lenses.  I’ll be making the D3000, an old Nikon 50mm 1.4 and another old Tokina 500mm 3.4.  I’ve decided to shoot with just those two and see what I get.  I’ve been wanting to do a series of 50mm shots and I think this will give me just the right opportunity.  Who knows, I may end up with some really great stuff and have a great series from each lens which would give me a really stellar series from the week.  I’ll be posting those babies as soon as we get back and I’ll start putting them up slowly but surely from there.  So be on the lookout for some new images.