Julie L. Brown Photography
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Lee Vining, California
After shooting the sunrise on the lake, I looked directly behind me to see the tufa structures illuminated with a warm gold light. It often pays to turn around and look in the opposite direction from a sunrise or sunset. I have posted Mono Lake images before (mostly iPhone) , but this was my first trip where I had been there for the best light. That is why I do workshops-to be with a group and a very organized and prepared leader who puts you in the right spot at the right time.
Now, more about the camera (see below): This camera has wifi which enables you to transfer images to another device. I like to email travel jpegs. There are also apps that allow you to control the shutter with a wave of your hand over the viewfinder or use your phone as a wireless remote. The most important advantage of this camera and the other Sony mirrorless bodies, in my opinion, is a feature called Focus Peaking. In manual focus, the edge areas in the scene are illuminated by red or yellow, so that you can clearly see what is in focus. This is extremely helpful in getting sharp images, especially in low light or at night.
My entry into the mirrorless camera world last August was with the amazing APS-C 24MP Sony a6000. I wanted a small camera that could fit in a pocket-one that would outperform my iPhone for hand held AF shots under challenging light. Additionally, I discovered that this camera produces outstanding image quality when used on a tripod with manual focus. Of course, a quality lens helps too (2 lenses made for crop sensors: Zeiss Touit 12mm and 32mm). Further discussion about the features of this camera to come as I post more images from my October 2015 Gary Hart Eastern Sierra landscape workshop.
Since I am now about two years behind in processing and posting images from my photobirding and landscape image-making trips, I have decided that in 2016 I was going to take a different approach. Many photographers periodically reflect on their work and at the end of 2015 I started to realize that it was time to get out of my rut. Instead of trying to post every image from an outing or trip, I am going to select images that I find most compelling, and talk about where, why, and how in my narratives. What I enjoy most about my immersion in photography is that every image represents a unique place in time for me, and there is a story to tell within and behind each subject and composition. Along with the motivation to take my craft up another level in the field, I have also spent some time trying to become faster and more proficient in my processing workflow, both in the programs that I use everyday (Lightroom and Photoshop), and in learning to use new ones (ON1 Photo 10 and Capture One Pro). Why do we make images? Is it a fascination with the gear-the technology, the process, or is it both a purposeful and serendipitous way of seeing and sharing our personal experiences? For me, it is all of that, and more. What is it for you?
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