If it isn’t graduate school…it’s another thing. It seems life just gets in the way for me to be able to make enough time for photography, my secondary (but still huge) passion next to music. When it comes down to it though, I have to make choices that satisfy my desire to perform first, and my work in much of undergraduate school and especially graduate school has led me to pursue performance opportunities in trombone.
Well…I have finally found my opportunity! Earlier this year I auditioned for the U.S. Navy music program, and got the acceptance call only a few weeks later! I am currently in basic training in Great Lakes, IL (writing this post beforehand to schedule!) and will not have access to a camera (or even my horn) until at least mid-/late-August. The MU program should have tons of performance gigs for me regardless of what fleet band I eventually get placed in later this year, but what also excites me almost as much as the playing is that I may get stationed just about anywhere in the world! Of course I would like Hawaii, Italy, Japan, for the chance to experience other cultures and play in such unique settings. But even in other parts of the U.S. where I may get placed, I’ll also have access to a whole different view of America for my photography pursuits.
Here’s to hoping that I can still continue my photography in freelance later this year, or at the very least, as a serious hobby I never plan to give up! I will make sure to respond to all comments and emails once I have access to a computer again. Thank you to all my readers for sticking with me and for your patience as I go through a huge transition over the next couple months!
Nikon 105mm, ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/200
One of my last photos before shipping out!
Nikon 400mm, ISO 1600, f/2.8, 1/1250
It’s a Christmas miracle! No, I’m not dead after all. However, the firm grip of graduate school has my schedule tied up in all sorts of knots. To make a long story short, I have found it nearly impossible to take time to pursue any photography endeavors lately, even paid opportunities. When you’re in five school music ensembles, preparing auditions for military bands, and still squeezing in a couple academic classes on top, any free time quickly gets assigned to eating and sleeping.
Sob story out of the way, I never know when I may get more free time. It may even be as soon as this coming semester, and I may also have more paid opportunities to persuade me to make more time for my secondary passion for photography. Regardless, I am so close to catching up with all my previous work. After this post, I just have to put together the last quarter of my grossly-overdue 2014 Project 52 (which may end up being posted in early 2015, whoops!), and I’m all set! Continue Reading
Under the Veil
Nikon 50mm, ISO 800, f/1.8, 1/160
Still in the pursuit of my goal of catching up with posting past work—before I get into current projects (provided I have time!)—just a month ago I was the main photographer for the wedding of Chelsea and Jonathan Durbin in Louisville, KY. With mostly the same equipment as I used in my previous wedding, and the addition of the Rokinon 16mm f/2, I had my ducks in a row as far as gear preparation goes. In stark contrast to the rustic, small-scale wedding I shot prior, this catholic wedding with a large bridal party forced me to change techniques and styles around to keep up with the proceedings. Thankfully, I enlisted the help of Lisa Britton—another freelancer in the Cincinnati area—to help as backup and lighting assistant (Nikon d7000 with Tamron 24-70mm). As a larger wedding with more events to cover, this post contains significantly more photographs than my previous photo story, so make sure you have the time to peruse through the following. With that, let’s get to some shots! Continue Reading
Nikon 85mm, ISO 100, f/11, 1/80
As much as I do not want to admit it, I am very quickly running out of time to devote to photography, be it for personal engagement or even pay. Graduate work in music performance, my main passion in addition to photography, is surprisingly much more involving than my undergraduate work in music education (what was a very time-consuming major to pursue).
Stubbornly dedicated to a fault, however, I will update this site for as long as I make photographs—no matter how busy other obligations get.
In an effort to catch up, then, a couple months ago I took a brief trip with family to the Daytona Beach, FL area. Only today have I managed to find a bit of time to sort through my photographs, made with my usual Zeiss 32mm and Nikon 85/200mm trinity of lenses on the Sony NEX-7. In stark contrast to my brief trip to Nashville, IN, I kicked back for a good part of my stay, photographing only when I felt up to it, as I knew with the then-late summer heat, humidity, and harsh direct light, photographing during the day would mostly be a pain. Continue Reading
Just like last week’s installment of my 2014 Project 52, I am working one bit at a time towards getting this past summer’s photographs organized and uploaded. On one weekend in-between a three-week sports camp photography gig, my family and I traveled only a few hours north to the small town of Nashville, IN just for the sake of going.
Nestled in the southern portion of Indiana, downtown Nashville is full of dozens upon dozens of artisan shops, stores, and eateries. Surrounded by trees and gardens, each block of the town looks something akin to this:
Shoppes and Stores
Zeiss 32mm, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/200
To continue on with my yearlong project of topic-driven photography, weeks 27-39 threw even more creative challenges my way that unfortunately forced me to do some photographs outside their original time slot. Turns out, it is pretty difficult to manage personal photography pursuits on top of freelance assignments that have to come first. However, in these past couple weeks, I began to catch up in editing photographs for website posts here. To kick things off, let’s get up to speed on the third quarter of my 52 photographs:
Hiding in Plain Sight
Nikon 400mm, ISO 400, f/2.8, 1/400
Adolescent rabbits are very fun animals to play around with. Depending on their age and fear of humans, you can walk right up to one and almost pick it up before it scurries off. This little guy didn’t know that even when hiding in tall grass with his ears back, a photographer can still see him! Continue Reading
In the world of fast primes, not often are the specs of “200mm” and “f/2″ combined in the description of a single lens. Inherently large and heavy, the ultra-fast design of a 200mm f/2 has long enabled photographers to effectively shoot telephoto in very low light as well as create stunning subject separation simply not possible with a 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom. Though the available light advantage afforded by the f/2 aperture is somewhat offset by the high-ISO abilities of modern digital sensors, the extra depth-of-field control still has its place in creative photography. Additionally, when used on an APS-C sensor camera like the NEX-7, a 200mm f/2 helpfully acts as a 300mm f/2.8 would on a full-frame camera.
Though it should come as no surprise, telephoto primes such as the Nikon 200mm f/2 are somewhat bulky and cumbersome even used with a suitable DSLR like a d300 with its vertical grip. When a lens of this caliber is mounted onto a comparatively tiny mirrorless camera such as the Sony NEX-7, the combination looks outright comical. That said, it is far more important to see how the lens performs in front of an unforgiving 24-megapixel APS-C sensor in making photographs rather than how the kit may turn heads at an event. Read on to find out how the 200mm f/2 stacks up as the professional fast telephoto it aims to be. As always, if you are unfamiliar with my lens review style, please read up on this post first! Continue Reading