Category Archives: General

Anything that’s too general to be otherwise.

Nikon Z7 Hands-On and Opinion

I tried out Nikon’s first full-frame mirrorless camera, the Z7. With advanced cameras like this it’s always a challenge including even just a decent percentage of relevant features, but I gave it a go! I had the kit lens, 35mm f1.8s, and the FTZ adapter with a Nikon 50mm f1.4g to try the camera with. This is the more advanced and expensive Z camera with 45.7 megapixels. It has a … Continue reading

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I’ve been really working on my Youtube channel lately!

Hey, it’s been a while. I’ve been working intensely on my Photography Banzai Youtube channel since around August 2017. I’m trying to see if I can really make something special out of it. Partly because I haven’t had much contracted software development work lately (freeing up time), but also because it is one of those projects I’m passionate about improving on to see where it might go in the future. … Continue reading

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I attended Taiyou Con 2013

Edit: I finished processing my photos. Please check out the related gallery links articles below. Convention Report Technical Talk Convention Photos: Photography Banzai: Friday, Saturday, Maid Cafe, Masquerade, Sunday Facebook (tag-able): Friday, Saturday, Maid Cafe, Masquerade, Sunday For anyone who came to this website looking for Taiyou Con photos that I took… I won’t be able to process and upload them until I get back home on the 11th. It … Continue reading

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Anime Apocalypse 2012 Photos

Please check out my convention report on cvfta.blogspot.com for more information about the convention. Another convention done with more photos to show everyone! This time I was fully loaded with equipment. Two camera bodies, a number of lenses, and two flash units. I managed a pretty elaborate setup for 1 1/2 days, but eventually pared it down to less than half. I’ll get to the technical side of things after … Continue reading

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Getting started with Nikon, the D7000

Around September, I made the decision to switch to a system that supports full-frame imaging sensors. I currently have all of my previous gear on consignment, so I’ve only been able to get a few things to hold my photography over until it is liquidated. I was hoping that consignment would be quick and painless, but it looks like it will take a long time to get most things sold … Continue reading

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Wizard World Chicago Comic Con 2012

What is Chicago Comic Con? It is a large multi-day Comic/Science Fiction/pop-culture convention held at the Donald E. Stephens convention center in Rosemont, Illinois. It consists of an extremely large dealers room, a vast number of artists showing and selling their work, a large number of famous people, various scheduled events, and a lot more. This year I felt that they stepped things up to another level with a nice … Continue reading

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Abandoned Church Cosplay Photoshoot

A group of people I know from the convention scene went back to an abandoned church in Gary, Indiana recently. This was a great opportunity to try out some off-camera flash, so I went all the way and bought another Cactus V5 and a middle-weight tripod for a setup I was planning. Here are some highlight photos from the excursion: Here is the lighting setup: The strobist lighting setup consists … Continue reading

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Klehm Arboretum Model Shoot

Yesterday I took some photos at a local arboretum for the person in the photos. Overall the results turned out decent, but I was having some issues with judging the level of exposure. I’ll talk about that more after the photo break. Here are some example photo from the photo session: I again went with the combination I used for my event at the Botanic Garden in Chicago. As per … Continue reading

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