Tuesday, June 11, 2024

My Photography Arsenal

Embarking on a photography journey is akin to delving into an ever-expanding universe of gear possibilities. Each piece becomes not just a tool, but an extension of your creativity, allowing you to capture moments in ways previously unimaginable. In this post, I’m thrilled to unveil the ensemble of camera gear that accompanies me on my photographic adventures.

Nikon D80 DSLR:

Let’s begin with where it all started – the Nikon D80 DSLR. This venerable camera marked my initiation into the world of digital photography 16 years ago. With its 18mm to 135mm zoom lens, the D80 offers versatility, allowing me to capture a wide range of subjects with ease. From sweeping landscapes to intimate portraits, this trusty companion has been by my side through countless photographic expeditions, capturing memories with precision and clarity. I am including a link to a YouTube video by BoostLeekd Media that is very informative.

5 Reasons WHY the NIKON D80 is still a great camera in 2023!

GoPro Hero12 Black:

Enter the GoPro Hero12 Black – a powerhouse of action-packed photography. As a recent addition to my gear collection, the Hero12 has revolutionized the way I capture dynamic moments. As a senior citizen I no longer go mountain biking  or scuba diving but its compact size and rugged design make it the perfect companion for adrenaline-fueled adventures, from mountain biking escapades to underwater explorations. With stunning 4K video capabilities and advanced image stabilization, the Hero12 ensures that every thrill-seeking moment is immortalized in stunning detail.

Here's a YouTube video by Jordan Hetrick that is good starting spot for using the GoPro Hero12 Black.

GoPro HERO 12 BLACK | Beginner's Guide & BEST Settings

DJI Mini 3 Drone:

Taking my photography to new heights – quite literally – is the DJI Mini 3 Drone. This nimble aerial marvel provides a bird’s-eye perspective unlike any other. Whether soaring above majestic landscapes or weaving through urban skylines, the Mini 3 unlocks a realm of creative possibilities. Its intuitive controls and impressive stability make capturing breathtaking aerial shots a breeze, adding a whole new dimension to my photographic repertoire.

Here's a great video from the DJI website-

Meet the DJI Mini 3

iPhone 15 Pro:

Last but certainly not least, we have the iPhone 15 Pro – a pocket-sized powerhouse that is redefining the boundaries of mobile photography. With its advanced camera system and innovative Night mode capabilities, the iPhone 15 Pro has quickly risen to prominence as my go-to device for capturing stunning photographs, especially in low-light conditions. From spontaneous street scenes to captivating cityscapes, this pocket-sized marvel delivers unparalleled image quality and versatility, ensuring that no moment goes uncaptured.

Here's a link to a great video by AppleInsider on using the camera on the iPhone 15 Pro

How to master the camera on the iPhone 15 Pro

In the ever-evolving landscape of photography, having the right gear can make all the difference in bringing your creative vision to life. From the enduring reliability of the Nikon D80 DSLR to the cutting-edge innovation of the iPhone 15 Pro, each piece of gear in my arsenal plays a unique role in shaping my photographic journey. As I continue to explore new horizons and push the boundaries of creativity, I’m grateful for the tools that accompany me on this exhilarating adventure, capturing moments both big and small with clarity, precision, and boundless imagination.

Tuesday, June 04, 2024

More Night Photography

I love shooting photographs at night. There is something magical about finding an everyday object or location that becomes transformed by the nuances of lighting at nighttime. Light changes our very perception of everyday objects. Unfortunately, there's just too much light during the day, and scenes get washed out. Glaring light makes it difficult to capture details. So, here I am, posting photographs that I have shot at various times in my life, but always at night. Some are re-posts; some are not. I hope that you enjoy them.  I have always been fascinated by the way that light can change our perception of the world around us. At night, when the sun is down and the moon is up, the world takes on a different character. Shadows become more pronounced, and details that are not visible during the day come to life. I love being able to capture these fleeting moments with my camera.

Looking west, towards Birmingham, from Whitmire Street in Leeds

Trackside, just east of the Leeds Historic Depot

First Methodist Church - Leeds, Alabama

Bronze Nude - Hunter Museum of American Art - Chattanooga, TN

Riverfront Parkway - Chattanooga, Tennessee

Winding sidewalk; part of the Tennessee River Walk. This portion of the riverwalk comes down from the Hunter Museum to Ross's Landing.

Railroad crossing signal, looking west toward Birmingham. 

Friday, May 31, 2024

Ross's Landing - Chattanooga, Tennessee (2014)

I watched a YouTube video by Tim Childers about Ross's Landing. Tim is a retired educator living in Chattanooga, and he publishes a video every day chronicling his life. I love watching them, especially for the scenery of Chattanooga, where I lived for 18 years. Tim gives a brief history of Ross's Landing and explains where Chattanooga got its name. What surprised me is that Tim highlighted a fountain at the river that has been out of service for several years. This saddens me, but it reminded me that I have photos of a time when the fountain was working. I really hope that the city of Chattanooga restores the fountain back to working condition. I also hope that you'll check out the YouTube channels by Tim Childers. I'll leave links to them. Tim doesn't know me from Adam, but I find his videos about life, photography, and life after retirement interesting.

Life in Motion Diaries

So, without further ado, here are the pictures of the fountain at Ross's Landing from August 21, 2014.


Thursday, May 30, 2024

Our little corner of the universe

I've been spending a lot of time tending to the garden and doing yard work, but I still managed to find a little time to fly my DJI Mini 3 drone and take a few photos. I'm getting better at flying the drone, which makes it even more enjoyable to use. Today I just took a few shots of our little homestead, which we love. I really enjoy flying the drone because it gives me a different perspective of our little piece of heaven.

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Embracing Retirement: From Restlessness to a Passion for Photography

Retirement marks the beginning of a new chapter in life, filled with opportunities for exploration and self-discovery. Yet, for me, this transition also brought feelings of restlessness and uncertainty. After years of dedication to a career, the sudden abundance of free time left me searching for purpose and fulfillment. However, it's precisely during this period of adjustment that unexpected passions can emerge, leading to exciting new ventures.

Such was the case for me. After bidding farewell to the workforce and finding myself with ample time on my hands, I soon realized that idleness did not suit me well. While leisurely pursuits initially offered some enjoyment, I craved a deeper sense of purpose—a meaningful endeavor to channel my energy into.

It was during a casual ride around the streets of my hometown that inspiration struck. Photography had been an early interest of mine, relegated to the sidelines amid the hustle and bustle of daily life. I had always enjoyed framing shots of nature, but also had a deep fascination for nighttime shots with tricky lighting that pushed my skills as a rank amateur. It was time pick it back up and see where it leads me.

With the decision made, I embarked on a journey to hone my skills as an amateur photographer. Armed with little more than determination and a keen eye for composition, I delved into the world of photography with gusto. Every sunrise and sunset became an opportunity to capture the fleeting beauty of the world around me, while every outing presented a chance to refine my technique and expand my creative horizons. I have re-read the manual to my 16 year old DSLR and watched countless videos on photography in an attempt to re-learn a hobby that had been put to the wayside.

As my re-kindled love for photography grew, so too did the desire to share my newfound passion with others. Thus, the idea of starting a YouTube channel dedicated to amateur photography was born. It was a daunting prospect, to be sure—venturing into the realm of content creation as a retiree with little experience in the digital landscape. Yet, fueled by passion and a thirst for learning, I embrace the challenge wholeheartedly.

This is where things get a bit sketchy. I'm really not a very good photographer and even a less skilled video editor. I'm an old dog trying to learn new tricks and launching a YouTube channel as a content creator is a daunting task. 

Planning my YouTube channel proved to be a transformative experience. Creating narrative, shooting new material, and editing video into something worthy of your time and attention is proving quite difficult. It is out of that difficulty that an idea was born. What if I create a a photography channel that does not teach? Perhaps viewers could critique my work and offer constructive criticism.

The channel is moving slowly and may not go public for some time, if at all. but what began as a response to restlessness has blossomed into a fulfilling passion—one that continues to inspire and enrich my life in ways I never could have imagined. And to think, it all started with a simple click of the shutter and a leap of faith into the world of amateur photography.

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Night Stalker-Photo Ops


Night time along side the tracks waiting for this freight train to move on so that I could get a shot of the train in motion. I got tired and gave up, promising myself that I'll do this again another night.

This is the old Railway Depot in my hometown of Leeds, Alabama

Tuesday, July 04, 2023

Photo Friday: STAIR


I stumbled across Photo Friday today after a long absence. Several years ago I posted very often but these days it just seems harder and harder to find the time to get out and shoot good photos. This one, which was actually shot in January 2020,  looks like it fits the bill for the Photo Friday topic this week.

My Photography Arsenal

Embarking on a photography journey is akin to delving into an ever-expanding universe of gear possibilities. Each piece becomes not just a t...