New Camera, More Birds

We picked up a Canon 5D MK IV in the Black Friday sales last week and I took it for a spin. Particularly, I’d been curious about the upgraded autofocus that’s been lauded across many blogs for the past few months. After using the camera on birds, handheld, at the telephoto end of the lens – I am sold. This thing focuses considerably better than the Mk III. The center focus point of the 61 total points just surely locks on – with greatly reduced misses. When shooting small birds, it’s rather tricky to get them in focus – they love moving, they hop around and flit from branch to branch. I often have just tenths of seconds to get my shot – if the bird even faces me for the tiny fraction of the time it’s checking its surroundings. I came out with at least double the number of usable shots I could have expected from the Mk III. I can’t imagine what this is going to help me do for fast-paced wedding shots. Also- the live view autofocus is utterly stellar and I’m really enjoying composing my shots in the back panel for low to the ground or up-high vantage points. Overall, a winner! I can’t wait to take it on my next adventure.

Here’s a few bird shots from today


Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! This year has been a whirlwind of events for us and looking back, I am just so thankful. This year we have been blessed by buying a new home, which has cut my commute down from 60-75minutes to just 15 minutes one-way and made the commute for Jeremy much less frustrating. He gets to work in about 30 minutes. It has changed our day-to-day lives.

Jeremy turned 33 this year and we had a birthday/housewarming party and filled our home with friends from 6months old to 65 years old. We love our wide range of friends and are grateful for them. My family has come and filled our home too. It was just filled my heart to watch the kids play in our backyard and everyone have a good time together. We wanted this home to be a hub for friends and family to drop in for good food, good conversations, and plenty of places to lounge around. :) Truly this home has been a huge blessing to us already in the 2 months we’ve had the privilege of living here.

This year, We’ve made a couple of new friends along the way and spent loads of time with the good people we seem to find in every corner of our lives. We are so thankful for the many people who invest in us and our relationship with them. We also think of those without many of the blessings we have that we were simply given and as the holiday season is now in full swing, we hope to invest more time and love back into our local community – a task made easier with our new location and space.

If you’re reading this, I hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving too – with time to mull over your own blessings ( maybe over loads of food ).

Art, Photography, Travel

Graffiti at Bell Mountain

Up on Bell Mountain, you can bring a can of graffiti and leave your mark on the rocks. A lot of people on the internet seem very against the idea – but there is an official sign welcoming the graffiti and I honestly think it gives the place a unique feature for travelers to interact with. It certainly didn’t get in the way of me personally enjoying the exquisite views from the top. Nobody was expressing any negativity at the actual site and we saw a couple of people tagging while we were there. I’ll share the views from the top in another post, but for now enjoy the collective graffiti of many visitors across a fair amount of time. I really did enjoy this large collaborative mountain art piece!

Graffiti is allowed on Bell Mountain - and attracts lots of visitors with spray cans

Life, Travel

Things Happened

So, Jeremy and I have been busy this year – and we have another thing to add to our list: We’ve moved! We found what we felt was the perfect house for us this July and we moved in September… and then immediately went to France. Suffice to say for now that I am in love with this house as I was the day I stepped into it for the first time 3 months ago… and I’ll have much more to share about it soon. As I look forward to this week – and a trip to Boston to see some clients – I thought about how little I write anything down anymore. Partially this is the fault of trying to blog like early-twenties me: someone with a lot of time, a lot to say, and eight million photos processed each week to share. I am just not in that place any longer so I am going to share what I can, when I can. I’m such a go big or go home kind of person for certain things in my life that it’s been hard to stop wanting to go big when I write … but the truth is that now the result is that I don’t go at all! So here’s to hopefully some more frequent posting, with more concentrated content future me ( and hopefully today you ) will enjoy.

So I’ll start with a simple photo of the drop dead gorgeous Eiffel tower the last night of our trip to Paris. Can’t believe this was just one week ago!