Take a Camera Everywhere You Go

Posted June 29th, 2010 by   |  Photography  |  Permalink

You’ve heard this from me many times before … always bring a camera with you. Always!

Taking a camera with you everywhere you go keeps your mind sharp and always thinking about photography. It keeps you actively engaged in the visual world. More importantly, it keeps you alert to the possibility of creating a great image.

I work hard to make sure I always have a camera with me, whether its a full-frame SLR or a small point and shoot. There are all kinds of opportunities that crop up in life that can only be captured when you have a camera. Sometimes just a pretty photo presents itself. Other times, a business opportunity will crop up. Other times, you can take a simple photo as a favor for other people.

Take a look at the photo examples below. These images weren’t planned and they all happened when I was just “out and about.”

Halo around the sun. Nikon D700, 14-24mm.

Halo around the sun. Nikon D700, 14-24mm.

This image of the halo around the sun was taken earlier this year during a family trip to the Washington Coast. We were on our way home when my wife, kids and I noticed this beautiful halo. I stopped the minivan, grabbed my Nikon D700 and 14-24mm lens, then snapped a couple pics.

Old time motorcycle. Canon G9. Converted in Nik Silver Efex Pro.

Old time motorcycle. Canon G9. Converted in Nik Silver Efex Pro.

Last week I went to lunch with another local nature photographer up in Paulsbo, Washington. I didn’t have any photo plans, but I decided to take along my Canon G9 point and shoot camera. I found this great motorcycle down by the docks and snapped a pic. Back at my office, I converted the photo to black and white in Photoshop using the Nik Silver Efex Pro plug-in.

Panama short term mission group from Harbor Covenant Church. Canon G9.

Panama short term mission group from Harbor Covenant Church. Canon G9.

Two days ago, the high school youth group was preparing to leave for a mission trip to Panama. The team wanted an official send off photo, so I volunteered to snap a few pics for the group. All I had was a point and shoot, but the photo came out great. I shared the photo with everyone and now they have an image that will last forever as a memento of their incredible journey.

Bring you camera with you everywhere you go and you’ll always be ready to capture great image of life.





Underwater Photos with Canon G9 Housing

Posted November 24th, 2009 by   |  Photography, Travel  |  Permalink

I’ve been having a blast shooting under water photographs here in Hawaii. Before I left for this trip, I purchased an UW housing for my Canon G9 point and shoot camera. So far, I’ve been extremely impressed with the robustness and the operation of the housing. Each day after shooting, I spend about 20 minutes washing the housing by cleaning out the sand and rinsing it with fresh water. After that, I lubricate the rubber o-ring with silicone grease, and put the whole contraption back together.

Here are a few photos from today’s excursion.

Sea turtle, Maui, Hawaii. Canon G9 in under water housing.

Sea turtle, Maui, Hawaii. Canon G9 in under water housing.

Butterfly fish. Maui, Hawaii. Canon G9, underwater housing.

Butterfly fish. Maui, Hawaii. Canon G9, underwater housing.

Sea turtle, Maui, Hawaii. Canon G9 in under water housing.

Sea turtle, Maui, Hawaii. Canon G9 in under water housing.





HoodLoupe 3.0 on Canon G9 or G10

Posted July 6th, 2009 by   |  Photography  |  Permalink

I just had a question from a reader of this month’s Out There Images newsletter about using the Hoodman HoodLoupe 3.0 on their Canon G10 as a viewfinder.

Hoodman HoodLoupe 3.0 mounted to a Canon G9/G10 with the Cinema Strap.

Hoodman HoodLoupe 3.0 mounted to a Canon G9/G10 with the Cinema Strap.

Hoodman HoodLoupe 3.0 attached to a Canon G9/G10 as a viewfinder.

Hoodman HoodLoupe 3.0 attached to a Canon G9/G10 as a viewfinder.

Here’s his question:

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Mike,

In the past you’ve been kind enough to provide your advice on my Nikon-based questions. This one is regarding the use of the Hoodman Loupe you just reviewed in your newsletter and a Canon G10. I really like my G10 as a carry-around quality camera when I don’t want to drag around my Nikon D200. However, I really don’t like using the LCD to compose a shot. I much prefer the steadier method of  using the viewfinder. However, the viewfinder on the G10 is pretty useless. Seeing you use the Hoodman Loupe as an extended viewfinder on your D90 made me think that it might work on my G10 as well…make the excellent LCD into a kind of EVF. I, too, wear glasses, so I was wondering if you could share your experience of using the Hoodman Loupe while wearing your glasses. Could you see the entire LCD clearly? Would this be feasible ( I noted that you have a G9, so you may be able to extrapolate from there). On another subject, I too, purchased your Flash book and am using it side-by-side with my copy of Joe McNally’s Hot-Shoe Diaries…they make a great supplement to each other.

Thanks again,

Craig

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Craig –

My experience is that the HoodLoupe 3.0 works very well on the Canon G9 and G10 cameras. I like the added stability I get when I place the loupe against my eye since it feels more like a full sized camera. Of course, the added bonus is that the screen looks absolutely giant when viewed through the HoodLoupe. All the controls are available from the back/top of the camera and the Loupe doesn’t seem to impede on any of the camera operations.

Also, it works very well with or without my glasses since the HoodLoupe 3.0 has a +/- 3 diopter adjustment built right into the unit. I find that I just keep my glasses on when using the loupe to compose the photograph.

Thanks for the great question Craig!

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