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Steve Ghayouri
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Photo nerds:  This is a great behind-the-scenes video!  It's basically a professional how-to guide for producing those incredible time lapse landscape shots you've seen around the web.  Spoiler alert: It's a LOT of work.  But it's well worth it once you see the final product.
#timelapse   #timelapsevideo   #timelapsephotography  

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Astonishing side-by-side shot of the Sony A7R and Olympus OM-D E-M5. Remember, the Olympus has a 2X crop factor, which means the Sony sensor is 4X as big.
One of these cameras has a sensor four times bigger than the other

I've been playing with the new Sony Alpha A7 and A7r today and thought it would be fun to take a photo of it next to the Olympus OMD EM5 with a roughly similar lens. So on the left you have a full-frame camera with a 35mm f2.8 lens and on the right you have a M4/3 camera with a 17mm f1.8 lens, equivalent to 34mm in coverage and f3.6 in depth of field. So even though the combo on the left is 'only' f2.8, the depth of field is actually shallower, if that's the sort of thing which turns you on. But in terms of exposure the combo on the right when wide open will allow you to use lower ISOs or faster shutter speeds under the same conditions. BUT the combo on the left has a sensor four times bigger, so its higher ISO should be much cleaner. But the combo on the right doesn't need to work so hard to deliver a sharp image into the corners. But the one on the left has over twice the total Megapixels! 

Phew, there's loads to weigh up, but there's no denying the new Alpha A7 and A7r are impressively compact. I just hope the lenses deliver the goods in practice. I'll be updating my preview with first impressions soon, but in the meantime the core details are ready for you at:

cc +Sony 

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Sony_Alpha_A7/
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Exciting news in the camera world today. Sony announced their new full frame mirrorless system, and it looks like they might have a big hit on their hands. The cheaper A7 body is actually the same price I paid for my Canon 7D back in the day, and that was a cropped sensor! That being said, the lack of in-body stabilization bums me out. I guess nobody's perfect  I'll be sticking with my E-M5 for the time being.
#sonya7   #sonya7r   #mirrorless   #photography  

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A really nice breakdown of the top photo storage/hosting solutions out there.

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The newest addition to my 500px portfolio!  Taken at Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge, California during the Spring cherry blossom festival.

#500px   #photography   #descansogardens   #flowers   #flowerphotography  

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Getting nostalgic for some of my old pictures.  Took this photo back in '08.  You can tell by the background that it isn't your average motorsports venue.  The event was held in the middle of the shipyard in the Port of Los Angeles!  So cool!  Unfortunately, however, they never held the event there again.

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People ask me all the time about what kind of camera gear I walk around with when we travel. Here it is. I've had an Olympus OM-D E-M5 for about a year now and it has exceeded all of my expectations! As for lenses, I have (from left-to-right) an Olympus 40-150mm, Leica 25mm f/1.4, Panasonic 7-14mm f/4, and Olympus 45mm f/1.8. I added an SD card in there for scale. And for those nerdy enough to be interested in full-frame equivalency, the camera has a 2x crop factor. So, for example, my 25mm lens is effectively a 50mm full-frame equivalent.

I finally sold my Canon 7D, as I had used it only once in the past year. I don't really miss it at all. Having a smaller camera has been an absolute pleasure and I find myself grabbing my OM-D on my way out the door way more than I ever did with the Canon. Anyway, I can wax poetic about it forever. I'll spare you.

Feel free, however, to ask me anything regarding anything photographic. I can blabber on for days ;) 
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Very impressive-looking new camera from Panasonic. It looks like it checks off all the boxes you would want out of a modern mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera. Tiltable viewfinder and screen, in-body image stabilization, 1080p 60p video, touch screen, WiFi, NFC, 1/8000 shutter speed, fast focusing, and cool retro styling (subjective). 

But that price! $999 for the body alone. I'm guessing it'll probably drop a bit within a few months. But, in the mean time, if you have the cash burning a hole in your pocket, it looks like a damn good camera.
#panasonicgx7   #gx7   #photography   #cameras   #lumixgx7  

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Went through a website redesign yesterday. I think the new layout looks really nice, especially on mobile browsers. I sometimes wonder why I even have a photography website anymore, but it still serves as a nice central repository for viewing and printing photos for myself and my family. It's kind of weird when you realize that a decade of your life can more-or-less be summed up on one web page.

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Smugmug announced a huge overhaul of their entire site engine today. Pretty exciting, though I'm debating the value of it considering what Flickr has done for free. Still, nobody out there even comes close to Smugmug's customization and printing options.
#smugmug   #flickr   #photography   #digitalphotography  
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