Workers hoist the flag to prepare for an event.

Marble Falls, Texas. 2016.
©2016 Kirk Tuck

One of the images I liked from my shoot on Monday was this one of three workers helping to suspend an enormous American flag between two bucket trucks. I was working with one of my Panasonic fz 1000 cameras. There was a delicious freedom, during all the unscripted moments at the event, to go from wide angle shots like this (shot at a 24mm equivalent) to a very tight, head and shoulders shot, at a 400mm equivalent focal length. All with one camera and one lens. That, and knowing that even at the longer setting the image stabilization would ensure a much higher degree of sharpness than I could have ever expected when previously handholding a camera and lens at such high magnifications.

I also wondered how the image would look as a black and white so I converted it in Snapseed, just to see:

Marble Falls, Texas. 
©2016 Kirk Tuck

I think the current crop of one inch sensor bridge cameras is a rich source of tools for journalist, whether they work for media or directly for clients. The cameras are fast and uncomplicated to use, highly flexible, not particularly limited when used to capture events and not cumbersome. The biggest benefits come when you've shot the things on your shot list and the clients also need some video footage for the local news. All in one small package. Minimalist photography. 

I keep an fz 1000 in the car. Just in case.

Below are a selection of online classes from Craftsy.com. Click the links to go and check them out.

One of the original Craftsy Photo Classes and 
still one of the best! 

I met Lance a couple of weeks ago in Denver
and found him to be really fun and knowledgeable 
this class reflects what he teaches in hands-on
workshops in Ireland and Iceland, as well as 
cool places around the U.S.

How to make what we shoot into a cohesive
train of visual thought.


Daniel Walker said...

Coop linemen are really cool guys. It is a really tuff job in sometimes impossible weather conditions.

Don Parsons said...

Looks like a book cover!