Cleveland – Stuck in Customs

Construction in Cleveland

New eBook at Flatbooks – Dream Plan Go

We just published a new eBook over at Flatbooks called Dream Plan Goby Piper Mackay.This book will help you start planning and preparing for an expedition. You will learn how to find the right guide and interview them. You will learn how to do your research, get organized, and stay organized so you do not miss those opportunities where you have only one chance to get it right. You will learn how to discover inspiration from other genres of photography to create fresh, unique images. The book shares insights on traveling in distant lands, tips on gear, back-up strategies, lessons learned, practical advice, and valuable information to succeed.

Hanging from a Lamppost

Lester (see below) sent me this photo of me hanging up high on the campus of Kent State. I showed it to my wife, and she started to laugh. I didn’t know how to take that! hehe….
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Daily Photo – Construction in Cleveland

I went out with my host during the Kent State speech, Lester Lefton, and this is the first place he brought me! I don’t think other guests get to do things like this… you know… go to dangerous construction sites and stuff… But, if you could not tell, it turns out to be an awesome place for a little photography adventure! 🙂

This was actually the FIRST photo I ever took with a D800, and it was using Lester’s camera. I put in my memory card, which felt a little weird. But then when I looked through the viewfinder and snapped away, it felt like my own! Anyway, we had a great time together.

Construction in Cleveland

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2012-03-29 09:23:29
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/90
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length14.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramShutter speed priority AE
  • Exposure Bias


Nikon D800 – First Photo

Why I’m Getting the Nikon D800

But Colby and Bill and Jarvie have the D800 — they show it off in the hangout video below!

So, I wrote this controversial article at about DSLRs being a dying breed… something that I still believe… In the article I said that DSLRs are on their way out and Mirrorless cameras will take over in the next few years. I didn’t see myself spending more money on DSLR equipment, but that is before the D800 came out, which is half the price and better for my situation than the D3X! So…. this is my loophole… hehe… and well… you can see more in the video.

Thanks Kent State!

Thanks again for the great day and evening.  I enjoyed the talk and meeting you very much.  Here’s some photos from the event.

Daily Photo – Severance Hall

I shared this photo in the beginning of my talk.  I shot it earlier in the morning with the Nikon D800 (that I borrowed from Lester) when I went to visit the amazing Severance Hall.

I’m going to start up my Nikon D800 Review page and fill it up over the next few weeks with my thoughts and samples from the camera.  I won’t really get the thing “done” for a while, but at least you’ll get some ideas of my thoughts and feedback on the camera.

So, Severance Hall was a beautiful venue.  It’s the home of the Cleveland Orchestra, and it’s one of the most beautiful conference halls in the world.  If you visit Cleveland, this is on the must-see list!  I got a lot more shots, and I can talk more about this amazing place in the future… for now… it’s been a long day and I’m awfully tired… enjoy. 🙂