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2015 Worldwide Photo Walk

October 4, 2015  |  GPS Logs

I was honored to host the Tyler, Texas walk of the 8th Annual Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk. We had a pretty good turn out and a lot of that success should be credited to my new friends at the East Texas Photography Meetup Group. If you didn’t join a local walk as part of the event this year, I encourage you to sign up next year. And, as always, I encourage you to find a local photography group to join and get out to make new friends and shoot photos!

As I do on occasion, here’s the GPS log for the walk:

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Las Vegas Geotracks

December 25, 2014  |  GPS Logs

We just got back from our annual trip to Las Vegas and I thought I’d share a few geotracks from my photowalks.

1. This first one is from Spring Mountain Ranch State Park on the outskirts of the Las Vegas Valley near Red Rock Canyon.

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2. The next two are from my early-morning photo-gathering wanderings from our home base of Paris Las Vegas, one meandering north along the Strip and the other South.

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In Which I Buy and Test More Gear…

August 23, 2014  |  Cameras GPS Logs

As you may or may not know, I’ve been getting into the Micro Four-Thirds mirrorless camera format for the last year or so. It started right after I lugged around a giant gripped dSLR, a 24-105mm lens and a 100-400mm lens all over the Alaskan Panhandle. Upon returning to 75Central HQ in Dallas, I swore I’d never do that again. Impressed by mirrorless cameras, especially the work (and influence) of Giulio Sciorio over at Small Camera, Big Picture, I picked up a Lumix G6 and a couple of lenses. The G6 appealed to me in that it felt like a dSLR, but tiny…it fit my hands and my shooting style. Since then, I’ve taken it to such places as San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Chicago. Below are some of the great shots I’ve gotten with this little camera.

 

So, as you can see, it’s a pretty capable camera and system. Lately, however, I’d been wanting a decent wide prime lens and so had been perusing the forums at mu-43.com and came across the well-regarded Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 “pancake” lens. Impressed with the sample images that users had posted to the forum, I found a used one in “Ex+” condition at KEH.com, the well-regarded purveyors of used photo gear. Having never bought from them before, I took a chance and bought it. I got it yesterday, so I needed to thoroughly test it out, which is where the second outlay of money comes in this story.

I’ve been wanting a second camera body for a while…another micro four-thirds camera to carry around so I wouldn’t have to switch lenses as often as well as something that my lovely wife, Laura, could take with her on occasion as she travels. Having read several excellent reviews, I decided I wanted to take a good look at the tiny Panasonic GM1.

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Unfortunately, the only camera store in the entire Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex that’s worth going to is the excellent Arlington Camera. The unfortunate part of that statement comes from the fact that I live in Addison, on the north side of Dallas, so the drive to the camera store is roughly 40 minutes. (This actually might be a good thing, as it prevents me from casually dropping in to spend money). So, I decided I’d drive out to Arlington this morning, see if they had a GM1 I could look at, then go to the University of Texas at Arlington campus to walk around a bit to test out the new lens I bought.

So I got to Arlington Camera, held this incredibly-small interchangeable lens camera in my hand and immediately laid down my credit card to make it mine (seriously, that photo above doesn’t do it justice in illustrating its smallness). Much to my chagrin, however, was that the battery was nearly dead, so I wouldn’t be able to test it out properly until I got home, leaving the Lumix G6 to do the testing of the new lens.

As for that lens testing, it went extremely well and I’m very pleased with my purchase from KEH (and would do it again if they’d get a Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 II in). I’ll be slowly posting a few photos from the test photowalk over on the photoblog.

Bonus: The GPS track from today’s quick test walk:

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SMU Photo Walk

April 6, 2014  |  GPS Logs Video

In keeping with last week’s post, here’s the GPS log from yesterday’s photowalk with our Meetup.Com group Dallas Photo Walk. We had a fairly-short walk on the SMU campus in Dallas. Unfortunately, SMU’s campus is the most architecturally-homogenous university campus I’ve ever been on. Every single building looks the same. And not in a photogenic, interesting way! That, combined with cold, overcast weather, meant that I didn’t come away with too many photos that I’d call “great”, but I will, of course, post some on the photoblog as I get to them (today’s photo is from this walk!).

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I still plan on doing a post on how I use GPS logging software to tag locations to my photos, but I’ve been sick and lazy and haven’t gotten around to it!

The highlight, for me, of this photo walk was watching Santiago Calatrava’s sculpture “Wave” undulate in front of the Meadows Art Museum. Here’s a short video I shot with my iPhone:


Downtown Plano Photo Walk

March 29, 2014  |  GPS Logs Technique

Our Meetup.Com group, Dallas Photo Walk (a great photography group and if you’re in the Dallas area, we’d love to have you join), had a scavenger hunt photo walk in Downtown Plano, Texas, this morning. For the last couple of years, I’ve been trying to log my photo explorations on my iPhone so that I can geotag my photos after importing to Lightroom. I plan on writing about this process in the next few days, but in the meantime, I thought I’d share a map of today’s walk. Perhaps in the coming weeks, I’ll share some from other adventures I’ve had in the past.

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