3-30-2013 Episode of The Joe Somebody Show in which I vlog about our terrible day at the mall of Georgia.

I Finally Bought the Sigma 30!

So, I've finally done it!  I just purchased the Sigma 30mm F/1.4 EX HSM from http://www.amazon.com!  I've been wanting this lens for quite some time.  I shoot with the Canon T3i and though I've been pleased with the Bokeh and vivid colors of my EF-50mm F/1.8, I don't like the overly zoomed in result you get from using it on a camera with a crop sensor.
 I decided to look for a 30mm to remedy this problem.  By far the highest rated lens in my price range was the Sigma 30mm.  Sigma actually has a new model of this lens that should start shipping sometime soon, but rather than pre-ordering the new model and risk not getting it before we leave for our cruise, I opted for the current model at a much cheaper price.  I'll test this lens thoroughly while on vacation, and upon returning I might do some sort of review.

Stay in focus!



3-30-2013 Episode of the Joe Somebody Show in which I talk about someone breaking into my mom's house, the odd circumstances of the break in, and gay marriage equality (my views and such).

Pork Fingers

3-17-2013 episode of The Joe Somebody Show in which I find a rubber ducky that doesn't squeak, make fun of our Carnival cruise ship, realize that my fingers smell like a pork product of some type, and generally act a fool for your entertainment.

Hurricane Shoals - Maysville, Georgia

 This set of photos was taken at Hurricane Shoals in Maysville, Georgia.  We decided to go walk around and look at the old buildings and the river.

(taken with a Canon T3i and EF-50/f1.8 or EFS-18-55)

Easter 2012

This set of photos was taken on Easter of 2012.  Some with my family and some with my wife's family.  Jaxon was just barely able to grasp the eggs!  There is an adorable video to go along with this set of photos on my youtube channel!

 (all shots taken with Canon T3i with EF-50/f1.8)

Panama City Beach - 2012

 This set of photos was taken at a beach house in Laguna Beach, Florida.  It was literally a stone though to Panama City Beach.  This was my son's first trip to a beach.  We had a great time, even though he didn't really like the ocean.  If he's anything like his parents, he'll grow up to love the beach!

(all shots taken with Canon T3i and EF-50/f1.8 or EFS-18-55 kit lens)

Super Simple Photoshop Tutorial with Alex Beadon

For a step by step and thorough linked guide check it all out here: http://www.alexbeadonphotography.com/blog/2012/01/19/learn-the-secrets-of-this-before-and-after-a-comprehensive-photoshop-tutorial-patch-tool-layer-masks-clone-stamp-contouring-liquify-and-photoshop-action-clourings/

Why I Stopped Using Flickr

Like most amateur photographers, I was looking for a place to upload my photos and share them with like-minded individuals.  I ran across Flickr and thought that it seemed like a great site, especially since it was free.  I signed up and started uploading all of my photos.

The first issue I had was that the free accounts are limited to only upload a certain amount of data each month.
 Well that's ok, I worked around it.  I really enjoyed the simplicity of the site.  All I had to do was upload the photos and add names, descriptions, and tags and before I knew it random people were finding them.  Not only were they finding them, they were actively commenting, favoriting, and adding them to groups!  It wasn't long before I bumped into another limit on free accounts.  I could only display around 200 photos at a time.  The other photos, though not deleted, were just lost in cyberspace...unavailable for public viewing.  Well, that defeated the whole purpose.  The only way around this limit was to upgrade to a Pro account.

I'm sorry Flickr, I dont want to pay you to hold my photos for me.  It's like they just wanted to get you hooked on their site, but limit you everywhere you turn so that eventually you would just upgrade to Pro purely out of frustration.  It was at that point that I decided to take matters into my own hands.  I created this blog just to upload my photos, show other peoples photos that I like, and share tips and tricks for your average everyday amateur photographers.  I know that blogging isn't quite the same as the community on Flickr...but this is just something I want to try.

Marlaina at Unicoi State Park (Helen, Georgia)

This set was taken at Unicoi State Park in Helen, Georgia.  This is actually a somewhat secluded wooden patio up on stilts above Unicoi Lake.  The gorgeous girl in the photos is my wife.  We were just riding around and stopped to look around.  The photos towards the bottom that I'm in, were taken with the camera sittin on the rail (eeek!) and a timed shutter release.  Beautiful girl, beautiful place, what a great day!  

(all photos taken with Canon T3i and EFS-18-55 kit lens)