Eze, France

Eze Wall

Yes, I’m still posting photos from they honeymoon and I probably will for the next 6 months or so. I have a TON of photos to edit.

This photo is from the ancient French town of Eze. The area around Eze was populated as early as 2000 B.C. You can read more about it here if history is your thing. I can’t remember the details of the photo…I think I was drawn to the textures of the wall and faded colors of the shutters.

I read about all of the places we were going to visit on our honeymoon beforehand and I was really excited to check out Eze. The town is literally built into the top of a mountain for protection from would be attackers. It sounded awesome! Sadly, I was a little let down when we arrived. The area felt like a tourist attraction…like you were going to Williamsburg, VA or Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts. Very few people actually LIVE here; they say around two thousand, but it felt more like fifty. The views were absolutely amazing and I’m glad we went…but I probably would not pick this town over the surrounding areas. If you are every lucky enough to be stuck in the south of France and your not in the mood for a history lesson, skip Eze and hit one of the surrounding towns.


More From the Tracks

Hi all,

I’m back again with some more photos from the tracks. Honestly, I don’t like these as much as the first two that I posted, but these have a different feel to them. Both of these shots where taken with my 5D and 70-200mm f/4 IS.


Abandoned Tracks

Other News

– I’m stilling waiting to pickup a new tripod…I’ll probably wait until after Christmas to grab one. Once I get a new tripod I hope to get some good night shooting done in the city.

– I picked up a Canon S95. Yes, ANOTHER toy. I’m going to compare this to the GF-1 to see if it can keep up. I love the GF-1 but it’s not pocketable which means it stays at home more than I’d like. I should have a review up of the S95 soon.

Autum on the Tracks

Here is another photo from the tracks. Surprisingly, there is still a decent amount of leaves left on the trees and around the tracks. I really liked the contrast of the bright leaves and the dark stone and metal.

Autum on the Tracks

End of the Line

Wow, it’s been a while since posting to the blog…it’s tough to shoot when it gets dark at 5pm. A decent tripod is the next item on my list. Get ready for some night photography!

Anyway, I was able to get out for an hour or so this weekend so I took a quick walk to the center of town to see what I could find. I had noticed some old railroad cars while driving through town one day, so I decided to go take a look. These cars ended up being on private property…bummer. No worries, I simply busted out the 70-200mm and took shots from where I could. I wouldn’t want people in my yard without asking, so I take the same approach when taking photographs.

I ended up with a few shots that I liked but the one below is probably my favorite of the bunch. I should have a few more shots up throughout the week so be sure to check back.

End of the Line

Checking In…

For those of you who have asked…yes, I’m still around I just haven’t had a chance to get out and shoot lately. My weekends have been a little crazy lately and this cold weather & lack of sunlight makes things even more challenging. I haven’t been able to shoot at night as I am in desperate need of a new tripod…I hope to get a new one soon. Hopefully I’ll get be able to post something this week…I need to get back into the swing of things.

One cool thing to mention…

I contacted Lowepro regarding the custom setup I use for the Versapack 200 AW and they were very receptive to my suggestions. I spoke with a customer service rep (Maury) over email for a few days providing details on my setup which he said he would pass on to his product team. Who knows, maybe you will see a Lowepro Versapack Mike P. edition! 😉

Panasonic News…

If you follow your tech/photography news, you would know that last week Panasonic released their successor to the GF-1 (one of my favorite cameras), the GF-2 (very creative name). I’ve read/watched several reviews and I have to say I’m a bit disappointed. In a world of P&S and Micro 4/3rd camera’s, the GF-1 was really the pro/enthusiast’s pocket/travel camera. Panasonic gave photographers a small, lightweight package that could produce great images. Unfortunately, with the GF-2, Panasonic got a little soft. They removed the top dial from the body and moved most functions to the touch screen LCD on the back. They also put an AI button (that glows blue…tacky) on the top of the camera to give novices easy access to point and shoot control. Why would I want to change settings on a touch screen? Especially one that is barely visible on a sunny day! Also, how is this supposed to work with the electronic view finder?

Listen Panasonic, don’t take away quick access to the controls photographers need, that is why I purchased the GF-1 over Olympus’ PEN series…I wanted more control over the camera and quick access to it’s features. What you should have done was created a new line of M4/3rd cameras and this could have been the flagship of that new line. The new line could be more user friendly and cheaper to capture people moving up from point and shoot cameras (i.e. the Olympus EPL-1). Keep the GF-1 series for photographers that want a small DSLR replacement/compliment, don’t soften it up for people that are too lazy to learn how to use the $800 camera they just purchased. OK, that’s my rant for the day.

Villefranche Laundry

If you’ve checked my flickr photostream in the past few days this will not be new to you but at least you’ll get some background on the photo.

As you can probably guess from the title, this was taken in Villefranche, France. One thing I noticed while in Europe is EVERYONE hangs their laundry outside to dry. I would probably do the same thing if I lived in the south of France. I had a hard time choosing between the color and B&W version of this photo but I feel like the colors didn’t really add anything…so I took them away.

If you’re even in the south of France, I would say skip Nice and head over to Villefranche. It’s a nice little town and much quieter/cleaner than Nice with far fewer tourists.

Villefranche Laundry


Recently, I feel like I’ve been shooting the same thing all of the time so I decided to mix it up a bit. One thing that I’ve tried a few times in the past was panning. This seems like an easy thing…but it’s really not as easy as it looks.

Before I get going I wanted to state that these shots where taken with the GF-1 on our last trip overseas. I think if I had my 5D or something with a little less shutter lag and more FPS it would have made things a little easier. So if you have a DSLR and a decent zoom lens, I would try panning with that combo over a P&S or a DSLR with a prime…just my thoughts.

Anyway, while in Europe I was really amazed at the amount of motorcycles and scooters we saw. Bad for pedestrians, good for a photographer looking for panning subjects. So I busted out the GF-1, set it to shutter priority (around 1/30th of a sec) and went to town. It took me quite a few tries to really get it down, but the results really do portray a feeling of movement.

Below were my two favorites from the day. Nothing overly interesting or life changing…just some memories of the crazy traffic in Barcelona.

Panning #1

Panning #2