Capturing a Memory: A Day at Home

I was surprised at how much I liked this…

I got this “Day at Home” idea from Cody Wanner when he did his own home/first person POV video.

When I tried the whole concept, I just went with a GoPro and was not really pleased with the initial footage. The quality was grainy, shots were kind of wobbly, the colors weren’t my normal quality…the list goes on.

But when I decided “I’m going to capture this memory!” and just threw the footage in the final cut pro x, found a wistful song that I liked, and started editing…it was like magic. After about 5-10 minutes of editing I already knew that this was going to be one of my favorite videos I’ve made to date.

Even if it doesn’t get any views on YouTube…I am SO HAPPY I made this video.

The nostalgia I already feel when I rewatch this is powerful and I know that nostalgia will only grow in the years to come.

I can’t encourage you enough to try and really capture memories of your family. Memory is a fickle thing and little treasures like this are worth the effort.

Fujifilm X-100: The BEST Point and Shoot Camera on the Market

The perfect blend of old school styling and the newest technology…all in one unassuming package.

I bought the X-100F back when I first was downsizing my camera gear and wanted one super high-quality camera for my then budding family. There is a newer model now…the X-100V, that steps up the video shooting game of this amazing camera.

I sold my X-100 about 18 months ago and I really regret it.

When it comes to portrait shooting I think it is unbeatable for the colors it gives you and the slight softening of skin tones while keeping the crisp details that make your subjects pop.

Honestly, if I can ever convince my wife to let me buy this camera again I will.

I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Best Camera Bag: Lowepro ProTactic 450

Such a fan of this backpack…

I bought this backpack after reading a million reviews, watching way too many YouTube videos, and even buying and returning a few.

And it was WORTH IT.

@Patogonia_Dad Instagram

Not only does it work well as a camera bag, but the versatility really shines through when you travel with it. I normally only recommend things that I own…and I am so happy to own this.

Giving Away Free How-To Photography Booklet to Families and Colleg Students

Seeing these kinds of Good Samaritan actions warms my heart…

Jared Polin is a photographer I follow on YouTube. He is giving away (for free) a photography booklet to (first) those whose kids’ schools closed for a few weeks and (second) college students whose college closed.

Please share with anyone you think might be interested. (he’s a really good photographer)

Level up Your DSLR

Photography is fun…

I love my Canon 80D. You can get them for a great deal right now.

For vlogging the autofocus is practically flawless and the flip out screen makes so many things easy. But I would love to get my hands on the Canon 90D…it’s basically the 80D…but WAY better.

Breaking the Seal on Vlogging Cameras

Broke away from my old camera not meant for video, to a legend in the vlogging world…

This is when I broke the seal on vlogging cameras and bought my Canon 80d. It’s a fantastic camera for the non-pro type like myself and I can see why it’s considered a legendary vlog camera. So solid.

Links of the Week (9/23/2019)

Some photography and travel links for you this week. Always fun reads.

The addition of any new lens is a pretty big deal. You might remember my excitement when we gained the “telephoto” 51mm lens with the iPhone 7 Plus, and today I’m just as thrilled to be putting an entirely new Ultra Wide lens in my pocket. It gives us another format to tell the story, another perspective to visualize, and a better rounded tool for doing our best creative work.

​Ok, one last iPhone link…this professional photographer captured some amazing pictures with the new 11 pro.

iPhone 11 Pro Camera Review — Austin Mann

But with untold millions of miles of roadways tracing the globe, it can be hard to pick the best route. Here are 10 of the world’s best road trips.

​Some of the “roads” have some amazing views…but also some serious pucker factor. 😳

Here are 10 of the world’s most spectacular road trips

Wherever you choose to go before the busy holiday months, you’ll find that a trip to somewhere new or to an old favorite destination is the ideal transition between summer’s end and the winter season ahead.

​If you’re looking for a last trip before winter, this article shares some cool places from Nashville to Egypt.

The Best Places to Travel in October

We asked the experts the best ways to cure, or at least, semi-indulge your wanderlust when you really can’t travel.

Bonus: You don’t have to brave TSA.

​I fall in to this category.

12 Ways to Cure Wanderlust When You Really Can’t Travel

Over the last year Ten Sleep Canyon in Wyoming has seen heightening tensions between climbers with differing perceptions of what constitutes good route development ethics. Although bolting routes in this area has always involved some degree of rock manipulation, many in the community feel that many routes that have gone up in the last few years violate reasonable ethical standards—specifically routes with holds that are manufactured, sometimes a significant number of them, including drilled pockets. This tension recently came to a head when a group of 18 anonymous climbers chopped the bolts from about 30 climbs within the canyon. In a statement on Reddit, they explained that they could not chop the bolts from every heavily manufactured climb due to their abundancy. In an effort to inform others as to which routes those were, they placed padlocks, painted red to be more attention grabbing, on the first bolt of around 30 more climbs.

​Climbing community drama always bums me out a little bit. We have such a passionate community and I tend to fall on the side of preserving the rock over manufacturing climbs in “unclimbable” spots.

The Ten Sleep Route Manufacturing Controversy Explained

Links of the Week (9/02/2019)

Another week of some quality links…

  • Beautiful photos and very thoughtful concept. It made me think…

In each portrait, electronic devices have been “edited out” (removed before the photo was taken, from people who’d been using them

Photographer removes our smartphones to show our strange and lonely new world

  • If you like be in the know on the new trends in tech then this quick read will let you be the one to explain to your parents what “WiFi 6” means when they’re buying a new phone or laptop.

It’s Wi-Fi for a world crowded with mobile gadgets, IoT devices, and connected equipment.

Wi-Fi 6 Will Be Here Soon. What Is It?

  • I’ll be buying this book. You surprised?

Unless you have at least a modest understanding of and appreciation for technical rock and mountain climbing, you will likely be some combination of bored and confused by half of the stories in Some Stories, a new anthology of the writing of Yvon Chouinard, best known as the founder of outdoor gear and apparel company Patagonia.

Some Stories is Patagonia Founder Yvon Chouinard’s Guide to Life | The Manual

  • I’m keeping this one to reference. Great few pieces of advice here.

Most creatives don’t understand one, simple truth:

Turning what you love into a business involves being good at business.

4 ways to get high-paying writing work — don’t self-publish.

I was surprised at how close to home some of these hit. I bet you will be too.

But as I began thinking about all the things I’d like to say, a realization hit me: I’d have to get my message tight because the odds are high that no matter how strong my conviction my younger self wouldn’t listen to a word I’d say.

Below are four pieces of advice I would roll the dice on anyway —

The Only 4 Pieces of Advice I’d Tell My Younger Self