When it works, it’s really cool, but it can certainly fail pretty miserably when the conditions aren’t quite right. Day to Dusk conversions now offered on real estate listing shoots. BTW, it’s all edited in-house – no outsourcing here.
As we gear up for the holidays, there is certainly a mixed bag of emotions coming to the table this year.
Wow, I actually had to pause and really think about what everybody must be going through. All the different situations we all, as Americans, are facing right now.
I have many things to be thankful for this year and every year and I think that sometimes I have to take a step back and really think – think about the things I might take for granted. Those are the things that I should be thankful for – the things that I rarely think about actually BEING thankful for. The things that aren’t always front of mind. The things that, if they were removed from my life, would make a serious impact, but I just never think of them so…no impact.
I live within walking distance of a major cultural center in my city and region. I never thought too much of it before I became involved professionally, but I did become involved and I’m pretty thankful I did. I’ve met some really awesome people and experienced some pretty awesome events and exhibits. I took it for granted and I’m guessing I’m not the only one who did.
Next Wednesday (11/25/2020) marks over 3 1/2 years since I produced the first video in a series to promote and begin the fund raising task to bring a brand new experience to the residents of this region – The Trails at The MSV. They open to the public a day before Thanksgiving. It’s an outdoor venue that anybody can enjoy at their own leisure. Yup, the’re FREE.
By the way, I just joined The MSV – no excuse for why it took me this long. You should, too. See you on the trails!
“National parks and reserves are an integral aspect of intelligent use of natural resources. It is the course of wisdom to set aside an ample portion of our natural resources as national parks and reserves, thus ensuring that future generations may know the majesty of the earth as we know it today.”President John F. Kennedy, 35th president of the United States
“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards.” – Leonardo Da Vinci
I was, without a doubt, a bit nervous before my flight today. It essentially went against all my protocols up to now. Got some pretty epic footage though. Be on the lookout for the marketing videos coming out from the airport soon.
Look around. I’m sure there’s plenty to see where YOU are.
Daggone it – just make time for the things you enjoy!
Don’t settle. Never settle. You can always improve, even if it’s only by just a little.
So it’s gotten to the point now where I’m shooting properties for a second time. Not a re-shoot, but a new/different sale of a property. I’m sure many real estate photogs have been in this position many times. As many creatives do, I look back on my previous work and just cringe, but it indicates how far I’ve come and potentially how much further I have to go. Anyway, when it dawns on me that I’ll be shooting the same property, I only look back on previous images to remind myself of the property – NOT to replicate the shots I did before. In my opinion, I’ve improved – and not only in quality of work, but in getting a sense of the property and what shots are important. By the way, thanks for reading this far. The first image was shot back in 2016 – back when I thought I knew everything and was on a roll (bahahahahahahaha…). The second image was shot just yesterday. I’m amazed at not only how far I’ve come, but at how some folks have a knack for home improvements. The space was completely different – the transformation was incredible. I can’t wait to look back on the new image in 3 years and think, “holy crap, what the heck was I thinking?!”
Sometimes you drive an hour for a shoot. Totally worth it.
“…conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”Abraham Lincoln. 11/19/1863
Well, just because.
Drones. Drones! DRONES!! Seems like they’re everywhere. And, of course, anybody can just walk right in to most big box retailers and get one. Everybody’s a “drone pilot” now then, right. NO!!! Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. I try to follow the rules and regulations. Why? Because it’s the law. I’m not trying to be a goody-goody. I just don’t have the money to pay any potential fines that could come with breaking any of the current laws. That’s why it just chaps my a** when others around me blatantly break the rules. Or when others around me disseminate inaccurate information.
The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival is a big deal in my town. When I first began shooting photography for the festival, I used a drone. Drone (UAS) regulations didn’t exist back then. People (certain specific people as part of a bigger group of people) got bent out of shape and actually posted disclaimers that they were not affiliated with me. I actually got reported and the police shut me down. I have a letter of investigation from the FAA! I should frame it. Just to be clear, this was before any drone regulations existed! I wasn’t endangering anybody and was being as safe as I could be. It was too new, people got freaked out. Oh no, there’s this flying thingy. It’s spying on me! It’s invading my privacy! IT WAS A PUBLIC VENUE DAMMIT!
Fast forward 4 years and now there ARE regulations in place, but it seems that most people just don’t care. Should I give them the benefit of the doubt? Perhaps. But there are channels to check if folks are legit. Most are not. Or at least major parts of their operations are not.
I was told this year that I would be too close to an airport to fly a drone during the Apple Blossom Festival. Nope. Incredibly inaccurate. I fly here all the time and have a working relationship with the airport. It’s class E airspace. We’re not too close to an airport to fly a drone. It’s one thing if a local city/town declares an area a drone-free zone. Localities do that and I would comply. I have before. Laguna Beach in CA has such a declaration so I wasn’t able to fly there. I get it. There is no declaration in Winchester at Apple Blossom. But I was instructed not to fly. Fine, I wasn’t going to fly anyway.
Then I see multiple images from drone flights over the festival. At night! Flights at night are NOT covered by the new Drone certification (license) – Part 107, which is technically CFR 14 Part 107 for folks who don’t know. Flights over people aren’t covered either. You have to get specific permission (a waiver) from the FAA to do those flights. There’s an application process where you have to justify the operations and explain how you’d mitigate the risks involved. The FAA has a website that lists all waivers granted. Guess what, no such waivers exist in this area (at least for the folks who shot the images I saw).
The exception here is if you’re flying for recreation. I never understood this and have never agreed with it. It’s the same airspace – all drones should follow the same rules. All cars follow the same traffic laws. How is this different?!?!?!
WHY DO I EVEN BOTHER?!?!?!?!?!
Rant over, as you were.
At some point throughout the day, stop and reflect on what is really being celebrated.
I’m simply tired/frustrated/ticked/disappointed (you get the idea, fill in the blank) at folks who discount the value of mobile cameras for shooting anything. Stills. Video. Doesn’t matter. This isn’t about how great the mobile devices are becoming nowadays – I’ve always felt this way. It’s never been about the equipment ! Get it right people. There are plenty of videos out there where pros take the challenge of unlimited gear vs. mobile phone. And the results? Well, judge for yourself. Here’s just one example I found. And if it’s good enough for Steven Soderbergh, then it’s good enough for me. I’m not saying that the mobile device should be your go-to camera – it’s simply another tool in the proverbial toolbox of gear. Chase Jarvis even wrote a book about it.
“It’s NEVER been about the equipment!”
So, quit comparing megapixels and L-Series or Art lenses. Stop the ridiculous talk about the sheer size of the camera/lens system. Or how much it weighs. Stop talking about how much everything costs. This is nonsense. It’s only ever been about the photographer and their eye. Give the most expensive gear to a noob – see what happens. Give a point-and-shoot to a pro – see what happens. Makes me wonder what brilliant things Ansel Adams would have done with an iPhone.
My little “corner of the world.” Stay safe everybody.
“Winter is here.”
- Snowblower successfully started
- Winter Blend coffee in the hopper
- Snow on the ground
- GoT in the DVD player
From the entire staff @ Cedarmeade Studios, Merry Christmas! 🎄
“And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.’ That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”
– Linus Van Pelt