Monthly Archives: July 2012

First Person Excursion Videos on Youtube

I’ve started making “first person” style excursion videos. Basically what I do is take a camera and lens combo with me as I explore a place and also get some much needed exercise. I record as normal with the camera such that you see what I see instead of the camera facing me. I try to add some commentary to the videos, which often is my opinion or comments on … Continue reading

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SoyCon 5 photos (2012)

What is SoyCon? (taken from their website): SoyCon is a 2-day annual cosplay gathering event full of food, photos, and fun. This event is the best way for everyone to come out and socialize with fans alike. There’s also events for attendees to participate in. Events such as roleplay battles, costume contest, and a variety acts show. Come on down to SoyCon: The Largest Cosplay Gathering of The Midwest! Photos … Continue reading

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Anderson Japanese Garden Excursion (with cosplay)

A friend of mine set up a meetup at a local garden. We had initially intended to have this meetup focus on cosplay photography, but as things work out often in Rockford, only one cosplayer was able to make it. The largest issue being that most people in the convention scene live in the Chicago area. I’ll admit it is difficult sometimes making the 90 mile trip to the Chicago … Continue reading

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Quick Pentax Lens Test: Parfocal or Varifocal?

I did a quick test on three lenses that I have to see if they are Parfocal or Varifocal. If you are unfamiliar with those terms, Parfocal is a type of zoom lens that does not have focus shift when the lens is zoomed throughout the focal length range. This is a great feature for video work because the photographer can achieve focus and zoom without the need to refocus. … Continue reading

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Hands on with the Pentax K-30

I was able to have a brief hands on with the new Pentax K-30 camera body at Camera Craft Inc. in Rockford, Illinois. Here are a few photos of the camera: My overall impressions: – The camera feels a lot more solid than I expected it to be. Of course, the casing is all plastic, but it has a solid feel to it. From what I can recall from the … Continue reading

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Anime Midwest 2012 Photos

I went to Anime Midwest on Saturday to take photos and enjoy the convention. I was asked to take photos at the Pillowcases concert as well as the Masquerade, so that took some time from general hallway cosplay, but was a fun diversion. Overall, I’m pretty happy with the resulting photographs. Enjoy! I also have my photos exported to my Photography Banzai Facebook page if you want to tag yourself: … Continue reading

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