The Full Frame adventure begins 5D Mark III

I picked up a slightly used 5D Mark III on 5-30-2017 and sold it on 9-5-2017, but we had fun while it lasted. Great Camera.

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Wow! I have been bad about blogging, but I have been out shooting pics!

I have a lot to share about the last year and will be putting up some more posts very soon about what I learned and what I captured. I was also captured by friends and a selfie to start with at the beach at sunrise in the first pic on Bulls Island, Magnolia Gardens,  Bear … Continue reading Wow! I have been bad about blogging, but I have been out shooting pics!

Q&A: Why should I shoot in RAW + JPEG

  Why should I consider shooting RAW + JPEG even if I'm a beginner?  Well that depends on you?  Do you plan to print and sell your work?  Are you delivering images to someone that hired you?  Do you plan on getting serious about photography in the future?  Are you starting to use Photoshop along … Continue reading Q&A: Why should I shoot in RAW + JPEG

Built in Camera settings on the Canon 7D Mark II with Sunflowers

When using a Canon Camera, it has a few built in JPEG or JPG image processing options, that can be set to tell the camera how to process the RAW image file at the time of capture.  It uses these settings in combination with the White Balance selected,  and saves the file as a JPEG, … Continue reading Built in Camera settings on the Canon 7D Mark II with Sunflowers

2016 – Folly Beach Wahine Classic photography

I used to love the time out on my long-board and just sitting there waiting to catch a wave. I was never that good and my family doesn't let me forget it, but I had fun and it was good exercise, which was what mattered.  I sold my three surf boards to cover some of the … Continue reading 2016 – Folly Beach Wahine Classic photography

Photo tour with Doug Gardner on Lake Marion

Took a few pics at Lake Marion with Doug Gardner and a few friends one a photography tour.  We had a great time. Also I included a few other photos from the same weekend at Magnolia Gardens.  See if you can tell which are which.

Perfect Light, Interrupted

As as a photographer, you might have noticed that I practice a lot. Always in the hopes of great light and cool subject coming together and capturing something that I want to look at over and over again. Maybe someone else too, but that is really not important.   Primarily I shoot handheld or on … Continue reading Perfect Light, Interrupted

Hypnotic Peacock Photo by Cary McDonald — National Geographic Your Shot

I wanted a certain smooth background for a peacock photo, and needed to get as close a possible with the smallest DOF I could at 300mm and f 2.8, so I knew I had to get between 18 and 20 feet to have about a 1 inch sharp DOF. I needed the shade to get … Continue reading Hypnotic Peacock Photo by Cary McDonald — National Geographic Your Shot

2016 – Photography goals

Since 2011, and getting back seriously into my hobby, I've been focusing on taking lots of images and attempting to master capturing the image that I envision of the subject in the camera.  After over 200,000 images and many hours taking photos of various subjects in various light conditions, my goals have started to change. … Continue reading 2016 – Photography goals

Q&A: How does DOF impacts image overall sharpness relative to the focus points used?

My favorite website for DOF is DOFmaster.com.  When looking at DOF it is all about the math.  at 420 mm, F/8, and 30 feet the DOF is about 6 inches from the focus point the camera used at the time of the shot. A great blue heron (GBH) is almost 6 feet tall and about … Continue reading Q&A: How does DOF impacts image overall sharpness relative to the focus points used?