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Alaska Blooms Peony Farm

This past Saturday I saw a FB event and saw that there was a Peony Farm Tour going on and was about an hour drive out.  So that morning I got up and packed my gear to go shoot some photos. the drive was nice and easy when I got there was super surprised by the amount of flowers they had!  Definitely a spot to go check out, and they are doing another tour on July 21st form 9-3pm if you guys are interested!

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Anyone who is interested in knowing what gear I currently have to do my work. Here is a link!

Its www.donchonphoto.com/gearpage it will be an on going list also I am working on some videos to give out tips on how to shoot with certain lenses and what to look for in compositions.  I will be collaborating with local photographers to give their insight on it too!

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Mini Cooper Car Meet Up

Hey Guys,

It's summer and that means lots of outdoor stuff.  I've been pretty busy with client work and finally got time to get some free time and went to this car meet up that my friend told me about.  Met some dope people, saw some really cool cars, and obviously saw my friends.  Any who, here is the video that I made from the meet up and hopefully you guys like it!

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Summer Solstice Weekend is here and it was a pretty hectic day for me.  Filmed for about 5-6 hours and on my feet the whole time filming dope looking cars.  Met some old friends I knew back in the day and got to meet some new people for possible future networking.  Either way it was a fun time filming all these cars and I had a lot of fun editing this video.  I love seeing different types of stuff and just making use of my noggin to make it match with the music and seeing how and what I could do to make the footage usable and so forth.  

This time I used my Zhiyun Crane V2 for the whole time and my Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 and I love it since I didn't have to adjust the F stop every time I would be closer in the shot to 16mm and then move my lens back to 11mm.  That constant 2.8 made it really nice.  Also one bad thing would be the Non-IS but with it being so wide, I can just use the warp stabilizer in Premier to make the footage useable enough.  

One qualm I would have about the Zhiyun Crane is when I was using it the whole time my arm would get tired fast! Mind you I'm using the 80D with 11-16mm lens and the Crane itself.  That is about 8-10lbs total for recording nice shots.  I could of used it handheld with my 18-135 with IS. But I needed more practice with using my crane and the small jitters were not too much of a problem when the camera was moving.  Main point of this is I need practice with using my gimbal and I'll try to make use of it as much as possible.  That way I can know it's limitations and my limitations on the gear I use. 

Anyways enough of this rant.  If you want to see the video from this weekend just check out the link HERE!

 

My First Wedding Video Shoot

So here I am with another blog and I'm actually surprised with myself on how I handled my first wedding shoot.  Mind you I didn't take photos for it but video.  It was a great learning experience and found out first hand that nothing goes as you plan.  But that is life and you have to be flexible with how the cards falls and learn how to pick it up.  My first fault was making assumptions which now I know not to do especially during events, always prepare for the worst.  I assumed that the groom would be in the same hotel getting ready and that did not happen at all.  So I drove over to the location where the event would be taking place and got some shots over there of the groom getting ready and drove back to the hotel and got the girls getting ready.  Then drove back to the event location and waited for both the bride and groom.  If it wasn't for my friend Cari who came to help me out and give me moral support I don't think I could of done it as well if she wasn't there.  I 100% owe her a nice dinner to say thank you! Any who I ended up being there for about 2:30pm? to about 10:30-11? so it was a full day of recording and being on my toes and getting enough b-roll to tell a nice story. I was shooting with my Canon 80D and also had my drone.  The lenses I used throughout the night was my 18-135mm Canon STM, 10-22mm USM, and 50mm f/1.4.  I think these did the job for me.  Only complaint on myself is getting faster lenses or just lenses that are fixed aperture so I didn't have to consistently change the F-Stop to adjust for me zooming in and out to get the right shots.  But you live and learn and go with the punches.  Make the gear work for you instead of you working for the gear.

Overall I was very happy with the end result and the clients were very happy which is 99.99% of what matters in this type of service.  

If you interested in watching the 1 min video I made for social media, Link is down below!

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