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The Colors of Autumn

Summer is here, and it has been hot and humid!  It was about this time last year when I said I can’t wait for Fall, and I’m going to say it again – I can’t wait for Fall!

Bishop Creek, Fall Color

There’s just something about Fall.  While it can still be hot from time to time, temps are on the way down.  I love the crisp late afternoon and early evening air.  And then there are the trees!  This quote from Albert Camus sums it up for me – “Autumn is a second Spring when every leaf is a flower”.

Since I’m not a poet and can’t truly express in words how I feel when I’m standing among the red, orange, and golden trees of the Eastern Sierra, I put together a little slideshow.  These are images from a few years past, but should give you a good idea of what you could see and experience yourself.

Here’s the direct link to the video on Vimeo in case you’d rather watch it there –
The Colors of Autumn

The photos in the video were taken using my Canon 300D (the original Digital Rebel), and 18-55mm Canon EFS kit lens.  I really liked that camera.  It was simple to operate, and produced some very pleasing results.  The only limitations it had at the time were due to my mistakes.  It may be obsolete and out of date now, but back then it was more than enough camera for me.  No need for touch screens, wifi, or geo-tagging.  Just a good reliable camera that didn’t get in the way of making images.

Here are a few of my favorite images from the video:

Bishop Creek

Colorful Aspen Leaves

Colorful Bishop Creek

I hope you enjoyed the video, but more importantly, I hope you are inspired enough to get out there and capture your own Fall Color memories.  If you are in California, you don’t need to go to the New England states, you have plenty of color right here.  And if you’re in the New England states, than there’s really no excuse, get busy!

That’s it for this post.  I need to start getting my camera gear ready for my own trip back to the Eastern Sierra (just a couple of weeks away).  Until next time – Happy Shooting!

Something different, again.

Ok, this time it about video.  I know, it’s not photography but it interesting, and fun.  You’re never to to old to learn, and as much as I have to learn about photography, I also have a lot to learn about video using a DSLR.

As it turns out, I have to cameras capable of shooting HD video.  First, my little Sony NEX3.  Technically the NEX3 isn’t a DSLR, but rather a an ILC (interchangeable-lens compact).  It may be small, but it still packs the same sensor as my DSLRs.  The Sony is small and light, easy to use and shoots 720p HD video.

The second camera is a DSLR (digital single lens reflex), the Canon 60D.  Although I’ve only had this guys a short time, I’ve become very impressed with its capabilities.  The Digic 4 processor gives me images that are so clean at ISO’s I wouldn’t have even tried with my old DSLR.  It also packs a 3″ vari-angle screen, and 1080p HD video.  I could go on and on, but you can get much more detail by reading the official reviews on sites like

During our last trip up to the central coast of California I had a chance to try out video on both cameras.  My 1st impressions are that the Sony is easy to use and the quality is very good, good enough for anything I need to do for the short term.  The Canon offers higher quality HD video, but is a little more complex.  Looks like I’ll have some work to do with this one to get it right.

In the meantime, here’s a short video I put together using the Sony NEX3, and edited with iMove on little Mac.

Or you can see it here:

More to follow on this as I have time to experiment.  Until then, go out and get some (photos and video that is)!