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Viva Las Vegas!


Back in early December we took a family trip to Las Vegas. It was my in-laws’ 40th wedding anniversary and we commemorated the milestone by spending a few days in the wild metropolis of Las Vegas. It was an awesome trip!

Photographically it was the first chance I had to really concentrate on the X-Pro2. It never left my side and I shot it all day everyday. I brought the 18-55 “kit” lens (which, despite my lack of liking zooms, is a really versatile travel lens) and the 35mm. That’s it. Everything fit in a pocket. I didn’t carry around my bag at all. Couple of extra batteries and away you go. I really didn’t miss a full frame camera for other than a few instances in the dark where perhaps it would have been advantageous. I love that people don’t take you seriously when you shoot the X-Pro2. I shot photos inside the casinos and nobody once questioned me or harassed me because it didn’t look like a giant “professional” DSLR.  That’s sweet. You can shoot incognito all day long.  Also on this trip I concentrated on shooting street photography – a genre I have zero experience with as we don’t really have “street” in the small town I live in. It was a metric tonne of fun looking for light, colour and gesture on the streets.

Also, we took a day trip to the Grand Canyon which was really exciting. Most notably, my youngest sister in law got engaged at the Hoover Dam! It really made the trip 17% better! 😉

The kit lens was on the camera pretty much the whole time at the Grand Canyon giving the versatility of pretty wide to modest telephoto. I was very happy with the results of the photos when I got home and had the chance to look at them on the big screen. Of the 1554 shots I took, here’s around 70.  Cheers!



We went for a little adventure today that was close to home. Newborns have a way of halting any and all progress in life. heheheeh… 😉 So we grabbed the GPS and went to do a little geocaching. If you’ve never heard of geocaching before, its a high tech treasure hunt using satellites and the internet to locate caches hidden by other people. It’s a super fun, low-cost family activity. We found five caches today and got to see some pretty cool places up in the Moose Mountains and around Kenosee lake. The majority of the caches we found were at old one-room schools. It was neat to drive into the middle of nowhere and bam, there’s a school were oodles of kids went years ago. They’ve become the haunts of birds and coyotes now (and nerds with GPS units). 😎 The last site was in a beautiful open field where we had a picnic and nabbed some photos of the kids. I had a flash with me so we put it to good use in the middle of some dandelions. All in all a super fun day!

EDIT: Here’s the video we made from the day!

Travel Photography

I stumbled across an excellent podcast on iTunes yesterday that was talking all about travel photography. The gist of the topic is taking photos when you travel to different places. Well, duh. That kind of goes without saying. But the podcast had an excellent resource and idea to keep in mind. The idea was to have a list of various photos one should attempt to take to get a wide variety of photos. The concept being, if you have a whole different range of images, you can put together more exciting slideshows, more engaging photo books, etc. than if you have the same old, same old shots over and and over again. The same idea can be applied to any kind of photography too. Recently, my dad and I shot my grandparent’s 60th Wedding Anniversary. It was a family function that took place one night, in one location. I decided to put together a photo book of the event to give to Granny and Grandpa for Christmas. We had several hundred shots to work with while putting the book together and thankfully, we subconsciously put this list technique to work without knowing it. We had a wide range of portraits, action shots, “landscape” wide angle room shots, and I brought along my macro lens so we had some fun up close shots to give added interest. Putting the book together was far more fun with a wide range of different photos and made for a much nicer finished product.

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I thought I would post the list from the podcast here for future reference and to anyone who might like to give this “type-a” technique a whirl. Even if you’re not a list type person, this is a handy way of making sure you’ve got variety in your photography when travelling, on assignment or whenever.

Basic Shot List in a Notebook in your Camera Bag.
– views of a city (vantage points?)
– Landscapes – Wide to Macro
– Time of year
– Icons (in interesting ways — what an area is typically known for)
– Architecture (old & new)
– Economy of the region (how do people make $?)
– Transportation
– Education
– Sports
– Art & culture (artists, galleries, museums)
– History (different periods)
– Religion
– Food (eat and drink)
– People (young, old, poor, rich)
– Socialization
– Night time/sunset & Sunrise
– Signs
– Writing
— Combine as many elements into one shot as possible
— Do online research of these things prior to going to the location
— Use the list as a checklist at the end of the day to see which of the shots you got.
List taken from: The Photography Guild Podcast Episode 6 on Travel Photography 6/26/09