A New Year, A New Season

2019. A new year, a new season of chasing the light, of creativity, of service to others. Keeping eyes open and cameras ready for those moments that express the emotions and energy of life. Intuition combined with anticipation and timing is everything.

In the current technological age of large multi megapixel sensors, fast focusing lenses, there’s much that could be said about keeping it simple. There are articles still in circulation engaged in the pixel debate. When it comes to selecting gear, “bigger, better, faster” depends on the needs of the photographer. 

My wife and I attended a photography expo recently here in ATL where I live. She is also a photographer and a member of the organization that hosted the show. We didn’t attend any classes, just browsed the products and services of the vendors. She got a sweet deal on a just a real sweet lens, and a speedlight. I took a chance and bought a shotgun mic from a company I’d never hear of. I plan to create more video content for business and personal ventures. Turns out, the reviews on the mic are quite good! I’ll do some testing and post it in the near future. 

My current photo gear setup is 2 bodies, 3 lenses, 3 speedlights, a few stands and other accessories.  My wife has a similar configuration with slightly different lenses…about 6 now. 

One thing that tugged at my heart from the expo is volunteering. There were two booths there seeking volunteers for their specific causes. Both were good, and worth looking into.

A new season also means a new mindset. It’s important to be diligent about improving skills, experimenting, thinking outside the box. There are so many creative possibilities inside that today’s DSLR’s. Combine that with an unlimited imagination, you’ve got a real winner.

Happy photographing, AC

And Then There’s Music

In addition to wearing a photography hat, I wear a musical one also, as keyboard player/lead vocalist of “The Weekend Getaway Band”. We performed at ‘Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival’ held in Kennesaw, Georgia. It’s always a challenge to get pictures in a double duty situation. I wasn’t the photographer for the event, so this was more about getting quick snapshots for posterity.

The Pigs & Peaches BBQ cook off is held every year. A winner is announced and receives special recognition. This was the first one I ever attended. I don’t know who won, but I sampled a lot of good BBQ!

There were three musical groups. When I arrived, a steel drum trio was performing. I was moving my gear and didn’t have my camera handy. So no pics of that. Weekend Getaway was second. The headliner was ‘A1A’, a Jimmy Buffet tribute band. They took the audience to the beach!

There were vendors galore, lots of BBQ of course, games for the kids, the usual outdoor festival stuff. Kennesaw Mayor Derek Easterling (blue shirt) introduced ‘Miss Big Shanty Ambassador 2018’. The Weekend Getaway Band is sitting at the round table in the green room, reflected in the mirror. The A1A Band is on the stage doing an extensive soundcheck getting the levels adjusted in their in-ear monitors. There are two photos of the WG Band, one with the attendees in the background. The woman is my good friend Lexxi. She’s not a regular member of the group but joined us for a few songs, specifically to pay tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who passed away a few days prior to this event. She rocked it, like she always does! The other photo is WG in action. I’m on keyboards and vocals. It was a great day!

He just posed, I pressed the shutter!

He was already posed, I pressed the shutter.

It all about that Q, ‘bout that Q

WG in a not so deep conversation. Ha!

Mayor & Miss Big Shanty

Side view of attendees under the tent

A1A at the beach in a Kennesaw parking lot

WG w/ Lexxi

Weekend Getaway doin’ it!


Life and…

The cemetery is a place of tranquility like nothing else in the world. There are only a handful of times I’ve ventured into one after dark. I won’t try to describe it….you’ll have to experience that yourself, if you’re up to it. 

The following photos were made from several visits. No need for a lot of text. This kind of thing speaks for itself. The viewer just needs to listen closely while perusing slowly. The message you may need to hear at this point in your life will make itself heard.

Take your time. Look at the dates on a couple of the head stones. Humbling. Life is short, and even shorter for others. Please, make sure you’re making the best of the time you’ve been given. All the best! AC

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