Using a wide angle in Sports.

I threw my 24mm Sigma lens on my second body for a basketball game last week and this is what I got!

Foogy morning drive.

Photography has been my escape for awhile now. I need a reason to get out of the house and just waste some time and relax, I grab my camera and hit the road. The road doesn’t have to be far away, it can simply be a back road near my town, gravel or pavement. It doesn’t matter much, I just want to shoot and so I drive until I see something interesting. Now there is one thing that makes it much easier to get images that please me, at least in the morning.

That one thing is fog or a mist from a windy rain. You know, moody shots some would say. Last week, Friday to be exact it wasn’ a morning drive to get out of the house, but a morning drive to work. I get to work around 7am every morning but don’t have to be there until 8. With that much room of time, on Friday’s I find myself more motivated to find photos to take on my drive. I drive a back road all the way to work that is surrounded by fields, cattle, horses and the occasional pond. The fog rolls off of the crops, over the fields and hover over the water ways and ponds. Leading up to this, there were 3 consecutive days of fog filling this pasture of cattle and the sun would hit them from the east and gave a really cool effect so Friday came and I set out to capture that image but some things changes that morning. The clouds were settled in and the sun wasn’t coming through like it had be but the fog was all there. Passing that cattle and the shot wasn’t there, they had moved to the back of the property away from the road, so I kept going.

Heading down the road, you cross over a couple creeks and they usually have a good amount of fog building up over them which creates a cool image in my head but stopping on the bridge to get the shot really isn’t smart, so I don’t stop but I do see a shot coming up of this big tree in a foggy field right past the creek crossing.

My foggy morning drive.

Above you can see the image I took. First I focused on the vegitation in front of the tree and the second I focused on the tree. I do this sometimes with photos because you never know when one of the other might come in handy or surprise you with a look you weren’t expecting. I really like how both of these came out. I shot these with the Canon 70-200mm f2.8.

Now I am back down the road looking for some more photos to take on my way to work. I know of a field with cattle and the cattle are very unique for the area. They’re long haired cattle and may still have their horns so a foggy photo would really be cool! Sadly, that cattle was on the back pasture that morning so the shot in my head wasn’t going to happen. If you’re curious, the cattle this field has are Long-haired Highland Cattle. Very cool for the area, which is SE Kansas, you don’t see that much or if at all! So, I keep driving and I see a shot. It’s a simple cow standing there in the fog eating some grass I get lucky and I can see both the road behind and ahead of me so I knew I had plenty of time to get a couple of shots off in time before anyone comes along.

This photo was shot a 200mm at f2.8. The fog and the pasture sitting slightly above the road really made this image in my opinion. Getting a lower vantage point I feel like made the image what it is. Now I am back on the road and I am almost to town but wasn’t ready to leave the back road and fog behind so I took a turn down another side road that is just on the outskirts of town and there is a field that has pine trees and often is occupied but 5-6 horses every time I pass it. As I am driving to that field, I see some deer just standing there, eating, moving around and they’re 30 ft from the road, perfect for a photo op. I stop hoping not to scare them and pull my camera up and just shoot as many photos as I can, before they run.

I would say, I got a decent shot from the mix of images I got off before they ran. I had some shots of them running but with it being early, my shutter was too slow for the run and jumping so those came out with some motion blur. I really love how this morning went as you can see. Within a 5 mile stretch of road I had captured the tree, the cow and these deer and now hoping to see the field with the horses in the fog.

The horse field is right off of a big creek bridge so the fog is usually pretty dense in this area so I had some high hopes. I pull up to turn so I can see the field and the horses were not out yet. I had never gone by in the morning. I usually see them at 5pm when I am heading home because my route home is different than my route to work, due to traffic. I had one image to take that really caught my eye though. The fog was setting in, the sun hasn’t came out yet and a tree sat alone, framed by two bigger trees just off of the road.

Now picture this. A horse or a couple horses mixed into this shot, with the mist and fog. Wow, I would have been pumped to get that image but this is the one that I got. I really like these images which is why I am writing a blog post for them! Fog alone makes many things look better or more appealing but back road driving with my camera in the passenger seat is the best way to start a day or just get away when you need a break.

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Shooting sports recently

Hey everyone,

Youth baseball has been my go to for the past couple of weeks. I miss sports and so the very little bit of baseball has me in a better place you can say.

I also recently realize that I miss having a sports dedicated camera. I used to have a d3s and it would do 9FPS(Frames Per Second) in burst mode and now with the 5d Mark iv I am only getting I think 6.. That three makes a huge difference!

So with that being said we’re onto another topic that has nothing to do with a sports camera body but something that can aid in sports photography and that is..


I rented a 1.4x TC to pair with my 70-200mm f2.8 and if you’re not familiar with what a TC can do for you, Ill break it down to the best of my ability. Putting a 1.4x TC onto a 70-200mm f2.8, you initially get a 98mm-280mm f4 lens. The quality will vary depending on the lens you have and how good the TC is. Some cheaper TC’s will just ruin the overall image quality but this was a newer 1.4x TC from Canon. I rented it through and I was very pleased with the results.

Check out this video here to see some of the sample images I took during a weekend of baseball in Kansas City.

I appreciate all of you and hope you’re all staying safe out there in this world.

See you next time!

Spring is here.

What a weird world we are in right now. Quarintine, isolation and social distancing has made 2020 a strange time to be living for sure. I have tried to get out for a couple drives here or there to just get out of my house but not stop anywhere, unless it’s for essentials.

While driving around or in the yard I have been able to capture some great in my opinion images. I wanted to share these with you simply to share and maybe give you something new to see besides the insides of your house or whatever it may be.

Dogwood and Mayapple I think is what we have here. The dogwood have these beautiful white flowers that bloom all over the tree. The mayapple has one flower that blooms under it’s canopy as you can see in the third image before the topside photo. They cover the whole forest floor in areas.

These images were all taken with the Canon 5d Mark Iv and the Canon 85mm f1.8. I shot most of these at 1.8 or f2.

Hope everyone is well and staying busy, as well as healthy and safe. I am working from home so thats the reality for the past couple weeks and it’s been good and they days fly by really. Being busy really helps and being able to be home with my wife and pets more throughtout the week has been a blessing.

Soon I will have a short film/documentary out that I can share with you all. My wife is a nurse on the Intensive Care Unit at a local hospital so that’s the premise, her job that is.

See you next time!