It's rare for me to take photos for my own enjoyment anymore, as most of my photo work done now is for hire, be it portraits, real estate, weddings, etc. I recently had a family portrait session over in Sunriver, and managed to actually get out and do some hiking! I brought along my "Hubble" lens and take a series of photos that all had a similar theme. See if you can spot it/them
I also got to stop at some waterfalls and actually use some of my lesser used gear and techniques for the water.
I hope to get out on more hiking adventures like this before winter pulls the leaves off the trees again.
In 2021, I had over 225 locations for my work, the vast majority being real estate photo projects (something around 165 properties), but also multiple weddings, surprise proposals, family portraits, corporate facility tours and headshots, The Angolan ambassador's photo op, aerial property inspections, birthday parties, ceremonies of life, pet portraits, and vacations photos (one of the vacations was even my own!). I even started giving some lessons and tutoring others on taking better photos, which combines two of my passions of teaching and photography.
So I have been steadily growing my camera gear collection over the past 4 years, primarily focusing on the areas of photography that I am hired most for and that pay the bills (Real Estate, Weddings, Family Portraits, etc.). This requires some pretty specific gear to get the best results for these types of photo sessions. For my own enjoyment of photography as a hobby though, I've been wanting to get a lens that will allow me to get some better telephoto images for nature and wildlife. So....
I've had it for about 3 weeks now, and have gotten to take it on a few small outings: a trip to the coast for real estate, walking around the neighborhood in the evening, or visiting a small pond after a family portrait session. When I use it with my Nikon Z7ii 45MP camera body, I can crop in even further and still have great clarity in the image. I'm hoping that once sporting events start up again, I'll be able to use this at some games and competitions as well.
Below are some examples of the images I've taken so far with it. If you see an image and would like a print made of it (or you need a new coffee mug with a fancy photo, etc.), feel free to visit my online printing shop for options.
Ever wonder what a wary-yet-sleepy duck looks like when startled?