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Sony a6000 Black Friday Deal

One of my favorite mirrorless cameras from +Sony, the a6000 is currently on a crazy sale for Black Friday. I have used this camera all over the world and it hasn't let me down. Here you can see it in use in Iceland, capturing the gorgeous icebergs of Jokulsarlon. It has a 24mp sensor, 179 AF system and can shoot 11fps.

If you have been thinking about trying a mirrorless camera or wanting to pick up a great second body, the a6000 is a great choice, especially at $448.

http://bit.ly/Sonya6000BlackFriday #SonyAlpha  
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Reaching Out

Aisha, a young 9-month old baby orangutan at the +San Diego Zoo  experienced rain yesterday. This may have been her first experience with rain falling from the sky as she reached out her hand to feel the wet drops. She has to be one of the cutest living things on this planet!
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Here's the amazing ceiling at the Paris opera.  To get this one, I just put my camera on the floor with a 10 second timer then walked out of the shot! :)
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yummy, hold on there.... lol
 
These photos of knitted food looks almost as good as the real thing: http://on.mash.to/1iz484E
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Bay Bridge - out-of-camera with Panasonic Lumix GH4

Shortly after arriving in San Francisco two nights ago I met up with my good friend +Doug Kaye who generously drove me out to Treasure Island to photograph the Bay Bridge (he even more generously drove me back too!). It was a perfect opportunity to really start testing the Panasonic Lumix GH4 under some demanding low light conditions. So along with a variety of movie samples, I captured stills across the full sensitivity range. The one you see here was at the base of 200 ISO, but over at cameralabs.com you can find the same image all the way up to 25600 ISO. These images join my initial gallery photographed around Brighton before leaving the UK. I'll be adding many more images to my review-in-progress along with loads of sample movies over the next few days, so keep your eyes open for frequent updates! In the meantime, my initial selection, including those of the Bay Bridge, can be found at:

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Panasonic_Lumix_GH4/ 
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Off to do some DJIl Quadcopter flying and horse photography. Have a great weekend everyone :-)
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Help Find Our STOLEN +Geek Beat Trailer!
Sometime between 9pm last night and 8am this morning the brand new Geek Beat trailer was stolen from our parking lot at +The Geek House

The trailer is VERY distinctive because it was custom made for us, so it should be extremely easy to spot.  Features include:

* It's a 12' long x 7' wide Cargo Craft Elite V nose
* It had custom smooth sidewalls (no visible rivets)
* Tandem axle (two sets of wheels)
* Two tone with black on top and silver on bottom
* Custom wheels
* So new we don't even have the permanent license plates for it yet!
* The top front was absolutely COVERED with dead bugs from the long drive to and from New York.

It was purchased from R&J Trailers in Seagoville, TX, and most of the stickers were already peeled off with the exception of PART of the R&J Trailers sticker on the front side of the trailer.  It currently only says something like "railers.com"

If you spot the trailer, please immediately call 911 and report it as stolen.  Also, it would be awesome if you could help try and find it by spreading this post and encouraging others to join the hunt.  Also, help keep an eye out on Craig's List or eBay for the trailer. 

The worst news of all is that I'm hearing there is probably a problem with our insurance which might mean a total loss for this theft.  As in no reimbursement.

Crime sucks. Help us find our trailer. And make the bastards who stole it pay.
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+Harley-Davidson will be unveiling its first electric motorcycle next week: http://on.mash.to/1pMDXM7
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Arrr, Treasure! (Island), OOC JPEG with Lumix GH4

I think there's a number of locations many of us tour on our social streams that we'd like to visit and shoot in person. San Francisco's Bay Bridge from Treasure Island was definitely one of them for me, having seen several fantastic shots by the likes of +Toby Harriman , +Thomas Hawk and +Alexis Coram  . I finally paid a visit a couple of weeks ago with +Doug Kaye , but the conditions were not particularly favourable: for starters it was steadily drizzling, secondly I was using an unfamiliar camera I'd only recently received for testing, and third, I'd only landed in town a couple of hours earlier and was more than a little tired from jetlag. As someone who tests different cameras all the time, I can normally get a handle on a new camera pretty quickly, but when I'm really tired, I often make mistakes or can't adapt or compensate as quickly as normal.

So here it is, my Treasure Island Bay Bridge shot, taken with the Lumix GH4. I knew I wanted a fairly flattened perspective, so tried various lenses before settling on the Olympus 45mm f1.8 for a 90mm equivalent field of view. I closed the lens to f3.5, within its optimal aperture range, and set the GH4's sensitivity to the base of 200 ISO. In Aperture Priority mode, the camera metered 0.6 seconds, so that's what you're looking at here. I tried some longer exposures and shorter ones too, which all had an impact on the length of the headlamp trails. I liked this one most as there's some blurring for the impression of motion, but not so much you can't see individual vehicles. As always for me, it's an out-of-camera JPEG.

I also experimented with the bridge positioned off-center, but sadly the weather meant SF skyline icons like the Transamerica Pyramid were essentially rendered invisible. So I went for a bold central position. It certainly doesn't scream-out San Francsico as much as I'd like, but again considering the conditions I'm okay with this first attempt. I shall return to try and capture this with some colour in the sky - and if I'm feeling brave, maybe even as a multi-frame panorama!

PS - my full review of the Lumix GH4 - one of my most detailed to date - is ready at:

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Panasonic_Lumix_GH4/
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A real hummer! With the Lumix GH4

During my recent trip to the US, I enjoyed a fabulous afternoon with a bunch of local photographer friends in The Arboretum at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Wow, what a cool place! As a former member of Kew Gardens in London I was initially expecting something grander or tidier, but within moments I'd spotted flowers I'd never seen before along with countless hummingbirds darting around bushes. To quote Top Gun, this was a Target Rich Environment - no wonder +Barry Blanchard spends so much time here!

Several of us (including my good friend +Cynthia Pyun ) decided to go for the hummingbirds and started loitering around likely bushes, much to the dismay of more professional-looking birding photographers. Every time one of the little - ahem - fellas dived into view, we'd swing our cameras around wildly, rattling-off countless frames in our respective continuous shooting modes. Or at least that was my approach. I was constantly reminded of Joe Pesci's quote in Home Alone "Y'know Marv, you're not one of the great cat burglars"! And yet such was the proximity and frequency of the birds that we all managed to get some pretty respectable shots of them, considering we'd not prepared for this type of photography.

This is one of my best shots from the day, taken with the Lumix GH4 using the 14-140mm kit zoom at 140mm (280mm equivalent), and fixed focus to allow the full 12fps continuous shooting speed. I shot it at 800 ISO f5.6, with a shutter of 1/1600. The modest aperture on the lens meant the depth of field was greater than I'd like, with a background that's not exactly melted away into creamy bokeh, but it was the longest lens I had at my disposal and the image you see here is still cropped a bit. It really was pure luck, just trying to point the camera at the tiny birds and simply spraying and praying. If you want to see a much better shot, check out Barry Blanchard's stream. 

Amazingly I also managed to get one of them on a 96fps movie clip with the GH4, slowing down the action by four times. You can find the slow motion video I filmed along with a bunch of other sample movies and stills over at my review in progress, which very soon will transform, Phoenix like, into my in-depth review. I'm putting the finishing touches to it now, so not much longer to wait!

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Panasonic_Lumix_GH4/
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Teach us Lord, to number our days.

Vilonia, Arkansas.  April 28, 2014
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