Not only have I been very busy lately, but there are a lot of changes going on here.  Most notably, some photo partners have changed.

I recently started carrying and using Sirui (pronounced Sue-Ray) products.  I believe at this time they are a much better fit for me and my photography and that is why I decided to partner with them.  I'm excited to tell you about all of their products in the future and how I put them to use.

Here's a quick video I did about the Sirui P-204S monopod and L-20S Monopod Head.  I know, I know...who uses monopods?  I felt the same way...until I used this one.

Pilgrim Creek Sunrise Time-Lapse

What happens on a photography workshop?

We get up extremely early and do this.

On this workshop, I took a GoPro video camera and attached it to my tripod while shooting at sunrise and sunset.  I set the GoPro to take a still image every 5 seconds for the duration of sunrise and/or sunset, which was usually a few hours.

This is the time-lapse I made at Pilgrim Creek, the place yesterday's image was made.  I made it last about a minute long, so you've got a few hours worth of images in just over a minute.  It's pretty neat to have this as a memory and share with you as well.

At about the 20 second mark, those clouds start to light up pink and that sure made for something nice to watch and capture.  The sun just started to crest the horizon in the East at about the 40 second mark.  You can tell from this video how fast the light changes.  

Manually Focusing using Live View

So, for probably 90% of the type of photography I do, I am using manual focus.  There are several reasons for this, but mostly it allows me full control and consistency from shot to shot.

I manually focus for all of my Landscape shots, HDR shots, Macro shots...pretty much the only time I use auto focus is if I am hand holding and my subject is not much ;)

Often times people will ask about my method of manual focus and I tell them I always use Live View Mode on my camera.  Again, there are several reasons for this, but the biggest two are the ability to zoom in on a scene to dial in very fine focus detail and my failing eyesight.

Here is a video that is a segment of a longer video I am trying to put together and I thought I'd share it with you.  In this example, I am using the Sony A7R camera body, but I go through the exact same procedure with all of my Canon DSLR bodies, too.