Posted on April 21, 2014
This iconic landmark was built in tribute to President Abraham Lincoln, who fought to preserve our nation during the Civil War, from 1861-1865. The memorial sits on the National Mall in Washington DC and has been the site of many famous speeches and events since its dedication in 1922… most notably Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I Have A Dream” speech in 1963. It was modeled in the style of a Greek temple; its 36 columns symbolize the states of the Union at Lincoln’s death. Even without its annual 5 million visitors, the Lincoln Memorial is a familiar site as it is pictured on the US penny and the back of the US five dollar bill. But nothing beats sitting by its reflective pool and taking in the memorial’s size and beauty on a quiet morning.
Posted on March 6, 2014
Those who played with Nicklas Lidstrom still say he’s the best defensemen they ever played with. Those who played against him say he’s the best defensemen they ever played against. The Red Wings never missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Lidstrom’s 20 seasons. He won four Stanley Cups wearing the red sweater. He won the Norris Trophy seven times. On and off the ice, he was a true gentleman every time I met him. Tonight, Lidstrom’s No. 5 jersey will be retired in a ceremony before the Wings host the Colorado Avalanche.
Click here to see just a few of my favorite images I’ve made of Lids while shooting the Wings through the years:
Posted on February 27, 2014
A candid moment I captured in San Gimignano, Italy. (July 2011)
Upon getting married, this couple walked down the aisle, out of the cathedral and over to a wall where they sat and chatted for a while – just the two of them enjoying each other’s company. I snapped this photo from a distance and I always wished I could have a stronger command of the Italian language to call the duomo and get this photo to the couple.
Posted on February 1, 2014
I get this question more than any other. It’s a difficult thing to answer without knowing a person’s needs: What will they shoot? How often? What’s their budget? hobby or pro? The most important thing to remember is that the best camera you can have is the one you’ll take with you and use. My expensive DSLR camera sits on the shelf most days while I do 90% of my shooting with my iPhone 5s (which has an excellent compact camera, by the way). Before you make any decisions, make sure you weigh what’s important to you. Then figure out your budget – and leave some money for lenses and accessories. That will help you narrow down the type of camera that you want. The most important part is using the camera OFTEN to build your photography skills. If you just want a few camera recommendations, just scroll to the bottom of the page. But first I’d like to explain the two types of cameras you will want to consider: DSLR (digital single lens reflex) and Mirrorless ILC (interchangeable lens compact)…
Do you want to buy a DSLR? It’s not the most practical camera but they take truly amazing photographs. If quality is paramount to everything else, you want a DSLR. If you’re thinking of “going pro” someday, you want a DSLR. They offer so much control and customization that you have practically no limits on what you can accomplish. Of course, there’s a big learning curve and also a pretty big price jump. The DSLR is for professionals… and hobbyists who want great images and have the money to spend. Here’s what to expect with a DSLR:
Bottom Line: I recommend that you choose a DSLR from the Canon or Nikon family and choose the best one you can afford (while bearing in mind that a cheaper one might suffice). Make sure you leave room in your budget for one or two additional lenses because you will want more range with your new camera! Or consider which brand your friends shoot with and buy the same so you can borrow or “try out” their gear until you build your own collection. I make some personal camera recommendations at the bottom of this page.
If you want something a little less intimidating and smaller in size, then maybe you want to investigate my next recommendation which is a Mirrorless camera.
A Mirrorless camera (also sometimes referred to as a 4/3rd camera or an ILC for interchangeable lens compact) is the latest type of camera that exists between a point & shoot and a DSLR. Much like a DSLR, these cameras have larger sensors, support interchangeable lenses, and provide better manual controls. But like a point & shoot or an iPhone, they’re often easy to use and aim to be as compact and portable as possible. Some people feel these cameras are the best of both worlds because they provide superior image quality in a very portable size.
You are not saving THAT much money by choosing a Mirrorless camera instead of a DSLR. But as more manufacturers create these compact, mirrorless cameras, I expect prices will go down.
Bottom line: Buy what you can afford. Stick with any brand name and the quality of camera is usually great in the DSLR or Mirrorless ILC categories. Point & Shoot pocket cameras vary GREATLY and I couldn’t begin to recommend camera models.
Here’s a few excellent cameras I can highly recommend at this time (February 2014):
To see what’s in my camera bag, click here: http://buzzclickphotography.com/bag/
Posted on January 29, 2014
The Grand Haven Lighthouse built in 1905 and the original fog signal & outer light building built in 1875 mark the entrance to the Grand River on Michigan’s West Coast. The wind chill on January 25, 2014 was -24 degrees, allowing me to walk out on the frozen lake to capture this image… and then seek warm shelter fast!