Stay off the train tracks!

I see it all the time, photographers posting pictures of their clients on and around train tracks.

STOP IT!!

1) It is illegal – Photographing on active tracks is always illegal and photographing dormant tracks is almost always illegal.  The tracks and the area surrounding them are private property, so when you shoot on the tracks you are breaking the law (criminal trespassing). Even if you don’t see trains on the tracks, and there’s vegetation growing up in the railbed, it is still private property and those tracks can be active at any time.

If the tracks are dormant and non-functional they will be clearly marked, and even then your presence on them is still trespassing. Continue reading “Stay off the train tracks!”

Shooting a concert

So as you may or may not know.  I volunteer to cover media for a local Christian radio station.   I just finished shooting their largest concert, a 3 day event.    If you’ve attended a concert that they sponsored, you’ve see me.  I’ll be the guy loaded down like a pack mule with over 20# of camera gear, probably blocking your view (sorry, I need my shots).

This year it was HOT!!!!  I sweated so much that my ballcap was soaked in every inch and I never got in the lake or got wet.  I got sunburned good, not as bad as I have in years past… but with all the sweat I cannot put anything on my face as it would just run into my eyes anyway. Continue reading “Shooting a concert”

What kind of camera do I need (or other gear)

I often hear people make comments about how expensive my camera gear is.  They are actually right and wrong, if I were to add up the cost of all the photography gear I have bought over the years it would be a fortune.  But if you buy smart, you won’t have to break the bank and can get some good gear.

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The sun comes up how early? and you want to see it….?

Those who know me know one thing…. I am NOT a morning person.  I mean I can be if work makes me be there at 8:00, and I’m getting better too, I now have to be at work at 8:45 and I used to only take 11-8 shifts.

That being said I got it in my head that I was going to get a sunrise photo.  Now just to find the perfect location.  I am not one for scouting out my locations; I’d rather just slam on the brakes and park the van and take what I can find. This does not usually work with things that you cannot see at the time of setup….. like a sunrise.

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Don’t look into the sun, you’ll go blind!!!!

It was talked about for weeks on every newscast.  Worse than when they warned Ralphie that he’d shoot his eye out with the Red Rider BB gun… You’ll burn your eyeballs out if you look into the sun without the special glasses….”    Yes, we are talking about the freaking eclipse of 2017.

Droves and droves of people flocked to a 70-mile-wide strip of land that covered places in the USA that you would never think of ever visiting.  Motels filled up and gouged travelers who dared to get into the path of totality, all leading up to a 2 minute 40-second-long moment where the moon passed in front of the sun and blocked its light.

I’m a sucker too!  On August 21. 2017 mom and I drove down to Cincinnati, while not in the path of totality, it would be 90% coverage.  Not knowing what we would encounter as we headed out to Ault Park.  What we found at 10:30 am was a group of volunteers and sky watchers from the Cincinnati Observatory setting up a canopy and 2 telescopes.  We left to find food and came back at 12:00 with there only being a few more people.

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Ohhh thats a nice photo, where was that….

When you like to take photos when you travel, or maybe you even like to just go for a drive and photograph old buildings and barns and such; you need to know where things were.

Last spring I took a 4,000 mile road trip to the Grand Canyon and back, stopping along the way at many roadside places along the “Mother Road”, Historic Route 66.  I’m not sure if the Grand Canyon was the vacation, or if the Route was….

Needless to say, I shot a lot of photos in places I would not remember where.  This is where having your photos Geotagged comes in handy. Continue reading “Ohhh thats a nice photo, where was that….”