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Oh No. Not Another Photography Site!

The web doesn’t need another photography site.

Yet here I go. I’m not a professional. And I doubtless have anything glorious to write about concerning cameras, lenses and all the various paraphernalia that is required to get the shot or video.

I’ve owned a Pentax K1000 handed down to me from my dad who had little interest in photography. I too used it very little. Digital photography seemed cool so I bought a Kodak DC4800 point and shoot back when my second daughter was born. We shot tons of photos with it though I never once learned anything about photography.

I upgraded a few years later with an original Rebel Digital. I upgraded that to a Canon T1i. Neither of these early entry digital Canon shooters were more than a fancy point and shoot in my hands. A few years later I bought a used T4i from a pro. It was then I actually tried to have fun and understand photography.

I started learning that I was pretty decent at composing photos when I tried. And try I did. Taking the camera on numerous trips to the Georgia Mountains, Disneyworld, Bolivia, South Carolina coast and many other places helped me greatly in figuring out how to get a nice shot in good light.

Lightroom post processing is something that I continue to learn. My camera is hardly ever off a RAW setting so I can get the most of my editing.

I don’t always get the shutter speed, aperture or ISO correct. Sometimes I just twist the dial to P and have at it.

One of my best times shooting was screwing a ND filter 10-stop on my Canon 17-85mm and shooting the waves crashing against the breakers on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Had no idea what I was doing but I figured something out and a few of those photos turned out real good, particularly as the sun was setting.

I don’t always have the best lenses. The first really good lens I ever bought was the ever present Canon 50mm f/1.4 I bought used. I had no idea, at the time, why I was buying it but buy it I did and despite always wishing the angle was wider, it takes stellar photos. I’m happy walking around, up and back, to get the shot I want.

I don’t pixel peep. The people I show my photos to don’t care if the photo is not magazine quality. Nobody has ever commented about bokeh or lack thereof. I can only surmise they are looking at the story I am trying show in my photos and not the technical aspects. The only thing I ever really try to incorporate into my photos is the rule of thirds. I will never be a pro. But I have taken a good many shots that I like and some people have enjoyed seeing.

My interest in video sort of expanded and I realized I was being hampered somewhat by my T4i. It was capable but it was far better at taking photos than recording video.

Making the Move to Micro 4/3

I’m always reading reviews and looking at the next models and such that come out but I’m just not one to spend a ton of money on incremental changes. However, the Panasonic G7 went on heavy discounted sale during Christmas of ’16. $450 is a very nice price for a camera that was judged extremely capable a year prior and was now getting pushed aside by newer models.

The big question was if I was ready to put aside the Canon ecosystem for another. I was and did. It wasn’t like I had a ton of lenses and bodies that I would miss. I promptly got the G7 and bought a 25mm lens.

Some might argue that the T4i to G7 is a lateral move. Maybe. What I do know is that the photo quality looked the same and the video option is far, far better for what I want to do with it. Plus I got nifty wi-fi control and can do timelapse in camera without having to download the photos in Photoshop. Frankly the IQ of the G7 is far better than T4i.

Oh and the G7 has 4K which I never use because the file size is ridiculous and video rendering takes forever.

I loaned out the T4i to a family member and haven’t missed it preferring the 4/3 system far better now.

I saved my money and in the spring of ’18 I bought the Panasonic Lumix G9. This will likely be the last camera I purchase for quite sometime. As much as I loved the G7, and still do, the G9 is a wonderful camera. It’s not as compact as the G7 but man does it feel like a professional camera. A couple of fast lenses and I am pretty much set.

The micro 4/3 cameras get a lot of flack because they can’t keep up with full frame in low light. It’s true but, for me, that was no reason to discount the convenience of the 4/3 ecosystem.. Yes there are other cameras that have been released from Canon and Sony,  that have more capability, I guess, but again it’s incremental. Nobody normal that just looks at my photos on Flickr are going to know what kind of camera I used unless they check the meta data or I tell them.

Why should you read this blog?

I’m a normal guy with the universal interest in photography. Everybody is a photographer. On top of that, there are tons, absolute TONS, of talented shutter pushers who are plying their trade for Instagram glory, YouTube fame, online tutorial riches and professional satisfaction.

I have no such ambitions.

Sure, I would like for someone to say nice things about photos I post on Instagram. Everybody wants to be liked. But to think anything I post will be noticed on top of all the crap and truly stunning photos that get posted on a daily basis is ludicrous.

This site is built as a repository of my hobby of cameras that are no DSLRs. I love my micro 4/3 cameras. I use my GoPro action cameras a lot to create travel videos among other activities. And of course, like everyone else I have a very capable smartphone camera that I enjoy using.

I thought maybe I’d talk about them from time to time on this blog.

Professional photographers will likely get little from this website. Photography beginners, hobbyists and maybe some enthusiasts is the targeted audience.