I was on a recent assignment for World magazine. They asked me to Photograph Atlas Ministry in Greensboro, GA. The ministry works with families that are committed on setting their lives on a healthy and productive path. Atlas stands for Attaining Truth, Love and Self Control. Shown above is a staff portrait I did while standing on a chair in the parking spot located in the street in front of their building. I used a Nikon SB800 flash backed off for fill.
Nikon D700, Nikon AFS 17-35 f/2.8 lens, ISO 400, 17mm, f/8 @ 250 sec with Nikon SB800 flash for fill
Volunteer Leader / Development, Rebecca Epps, shares a moment of laughter while conversing with Kalen Chooun.
Nikon 24- 120 AFS VR 4 lens, ISO 5600, 105mm, f/4 @ 1/160 sec.
Kalen tosses a Frisbee while chatting with Rebecca Epps.
Nikon 24- 120 AFS VR 4 lens, ISO 2200, 30mm, f/4 @ 1/160 sec.
For the last several years I have photographed graduation for the Galloway School here in Atlanta. Yesterday I photographed the graduation for the class of 2011. Shown above is a shot of Michael Groome playing his guitar during the student performance portion of the program.
Nikons D-700, Nikon AFS 80-200 lens, 120mm, ISO 3600, 1/320 sec @ f / f2.8
Yesterday I trekked up to Minnehaha Falls in northern Georgia. I had visited there in the fall but was looking to see what it was like in the spring. Before I continue, I should say that no self-respecting nature photographer would do what I was about to do, but the curious part of me decided to give it a try. Most all nature photography always involves small apertures for maximum depth of field and that nearly almost always obligates you to select a slow shutter speed on the camera. The only realistic way to accomplish this is to use a sturdy tripod. Of course the key word being "realistic." I decided not to be "realistic" and try hand holding my camera to the slowest possible shutter speed without causing any loss of sharpness in the "non-moving" portions of the frame. To do this I chose to use my Nikon 24-120 AFS VR4 lens. The lens is unique in that the Vibration Reduction technology actually enables the user to hand hold the camera below conventionally acceptable slow shutter speeds. Other camera manufactures have similar technology built into their lenses. Canon calls this "Image Stabilization."
Knowing that the desired effect of blurring the water could only be achieved with a slow shutter speed, I made my adjustments and hoped for the best. This shot was taken while I was in a crouched position. I held my breath as I squeezed off an impossibly low shutter speed shot. I glanced at my camera's LCD after the shot but knew that the only way to confirm sharpness would be on my large monitor when it came time to edit. To my surprise, I was able to get several sharp shots during my experiment. This one was taken at 1/5 sec. at f/14. In the end, while I don't advocate this type of technique for nature photography, it does go to show you just how effective Vibration Reduction technology can be in extending the slow shutter speed boundaries of a lens.
Nikon 24-120 AFS VR4 lens, 31mm, ISO 400, 1/5 sec. @ f/14, exposure compensation -.03
The early morning fog was still burning off the lake water's surface when my son Joel and I went fishing this morning. Unseasonably cool temperatures made for very comfortable fishing weather. Joel and I headed out early and I took a few shots of him fishing off a friend's dock before we paddled off in the boat. We had a blast and managed to catch quite a few fish including the big one Joel caught (see below). I decided to take my Canon G-10 with me to record the action. It turned out to be the best choice for the occasion.
Joel proudly displays his large catch to the camera. We guessed the weight to be somewhere in the 6 pound range. Joel caught the fish after proclaiming "this is my last cast." Of course neither of us wanted to stop fishing after he landed this one. The fish was released back into the water to be caught by someone else on another day.