Title: Fancy Footwork.
I’m often asked “How do you get your photos so sharp!?!” and my answer is always “How I do.”
The truth is there is no sharpness button that I’m using, there is no secret lens, and last but not least my camera is a tool, there are a lot of people shooting with my exact set up who’s images do not appear as sharp as mine. If there was any secret I would have to say that understanding and knowing the camera is how I get sharp photos. So for today’s blog I thought I’d touch on 5 things you can do to achieve sharper photos.
1. Know Your Camera/Gear. I know I touched on this above but knowing your camera, how it functions, and understanding it’s ability is how you get sharper photos. If fact, this is how you get BETTER photos across the board. Don’t just glance the manual take your camera out for test runs and do it often. Know each and every button and setting… it might seem confusing at first but doing this only makes it easier. Also, this is why you hear photographers say “I just took the photo” - knowing your gear becomes second nature and allows photos to just happen.
2. Understanding Depth of Field. Be mindful of extreme DoF (f/1.2, 1.4, and 1.8) as it tends to give the appearance of a soft or out of focus image. The key is to use DoF in your favor will… my favorite f-stop for many of my photos tends to be f/2.0. This f-stop gives amazing DoF while keeping my focal area sharp and viewable.
3. Proper White Balance. This one is often overlooked but in my opinion is the “secret weapon of sharp photos.” When you nail white balance your photo just sets better and is digitally cleaner.
4. Stop Over Processing Your Digital Images. 9 times out of 10 this is the reason your images are not coming out sharp. The more you bend a file, the more pixels you pop or remove from the image. We have all been guilty of this… the key is knowing when to stop. I also suggest making your own presets and not relying ones from the internet. Ever camera combo is different and a preset is no universal across the board.
5. Natural Light and How to Use It. A properly lit photo shines. I also suggest shooting with a -1/3 EV value. Overexposing an image washes out sharpness and underexposing an image tends to not only give you a darker image, but a muddy image. Always be aware of the light around you and most times moving 1 step to the left or right when composing makes all the difference.
Shot in Red Hook/Brooklyn, NYC with a Canon EOS 6D and a EF 50mm f/1.2L lens.
March 7, 2014 by Fouad Egbaria
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Michigan takes on the Hoosiers at the Crisler Center on Senior Night this Saturday, hoping to tie a tidy bow on the present that was this Big Ten season.
Date: Saturday, March 8
Time: 6:00 ET
Place: Ann Arbor, Mich.--Crisler Center
Conditions are still a bit on the chilly side (although it's projected to be in the 40s here in the Chicagoland area this weekend!), but things are about to heat up with the regular season coming to a close.
Before Michigan heads to the Big Ten tourney and the Big Dance, however, they'll take on Indiana tomorrow at home, a game that doesn't really mean anything on paper save for hypothetical NCAA tournament seeding purposes.
Oh, also, it's senior night for one Jordan Morgan, the guy who came in with very little hype and leaves Ann Arbor with two Big Ten titles, a NCAA tournament final appearance, a sterling record against the in-state rival Michigan State Spartans and the utmost respect and admiration of Michigan fans everywhere.
Tell him this game doesn't mean anything.
Season So Far
Since the Hoosiers downed Michigan in Bloomington way back on Feb. 2--which feels like an eternity ago--they've gone 3-5, include a 3-game losing streak on the heels of that win.
However, Tom Crean's squad has won two of its last three. Naturally, the Big Ten being what it is, the Hoosiers knocked off ranked Iowa and Ohio State squads at home, then followed that with a 70-60 home loss against Nebraska on Wednesday.
The Hoosiers have obviously had a down season, of course, but especially on the road, where they are 2-6 during Big Ten play--their wins came at Illinois in an 83-80 OT thriller on Dec. 31 and at Northwestern on Feb. 22.
Needless to say, while anyone can beat anyone etc. etc., the Hoosiers lose quite a bit of oomph when playing away from the friendly confines of Assembly Hall. Even so, the Wolverines can't afford another sluggish start if they hope to avoid another grind-it-out win (or worse, a loss).
By now you should be fairly familiar with the rosters around the Big Ten, so I'll try to keep this brief. Point guard Yogi Ferrell obviously leads the way for the Hoosiers as the heart and soul of the squad. As you'll remember, Ferrell went off against the Wolverines in the first matchup, dropping 27 points while having an out-of-body experience from beyond the arc (7-for-8).
You would think Michigan would try to do something a little different defensively this time around--getting a hand up on his shots would be a nice start. However, you'd also think that another 7-for-8 mark from three for the sophomore guard is unlikely.
Star freshman F Noah Vonleh checks in at 11.6 ppg and 9.1 rpg. The bad news for IU fans is that he's been out for their last two games, and it's unclear (at least as I write this) whether or not he'll go on Saturday. While you never want to see any college player miss a game due to injury, his absence would be a relief for Michigan in this particular game, especially if Jordan Morgan is held out for precautionary reasons.
After that, Will Sheehey, who has had a somewhat disappointing season, has been on fire of late, averaging 16.2 ppg in IU's last five contests. This stretch included a brilliant 30-point effort in IU's high-scoring win against Iowa Feb. 27. He did score 13 in the loss against Nebraska, but managed just a 5-for-14 mark from the field (2-for-7 from three).
Troy Williams, Stanford Robinson, Evan Gordon and Jeremy Hollowell round out the major contributors (although like Matt Painter, Crean seems like playing with a pretty big rotation). Other than Ferrell, Gordon is the most effective three-point shooter on the roster (34 percent).
Williams averages just 6.9 ppg but is coming off of a nice 18-point effort in the loss against Nebraska, in which he shot 7-for-12 from the field and pulled down six boards, good for his best performance of the conference season.
- Run Ferrell off the line. Simply put, Michigan can probably live with Ferrell probing his way into two-point land (which he'll probably do with some success anyway). However, the Wolverines can't afford to let him get comfortable from outside. Even if he does hit a few early outside shots, they need to be contested. Perhaps my memory is hazy, but I remember some of those makes in the first matchup going up with nothing more than a token contest.
- Stauskas vs. Ferrell. If I remember correctly, this matchup the first time around ushered in the "Stauskas can't figure out what to do against smaller guards" meme into our collective fan-mind. After continued struggles after that game, it appeared figured out against MSU's Keith Appling that he can just over the top of a smaller guard. Even when he does miss, a three over a much shorter point guard is generally good to be a good shot for Michigan's Mississaugan.
- Don't take the exit to Cliche City. With the Big Ten title and the conference tournament 1-seed wrapped up, Michigan doesn't have much to play for except upping its stock for a 2-seed in the Big Dance. Nonetheless, if Michigan's lone senior doesn't play, the Wolverines will need to find a way to fill in that void of general grit and hustle that Morgan's absence would create. In short, it would be nice to avoid The Letdown.
Over the last year or so I have been a part of launching the Antioch Movement, a church planting movement in Ypsilanti, MI. It has been an amazing experience. One that I can’t really put into words. It’s been full of joy, pain, excitement, and anguish. I keep learning everyday about the depth of my own sin and the boundlessness of God’s overwhelming grace.
There is one thing that I seem to be more acutely aware of than ever before and that is the reality that the people of God are family. In the institutional church we experienced tastes of this through small groups or through relationships with certain people with whom we had an affinity. It’s different now.
The life of my natural family is completely and utterly intertwined with the life of my spiritual family. Our worlds are coming closer and closer together. We babysit for one another, we go out of our way to help one another, the rhythms of our lives are more naturally in tune because we are living together in community. Our kids have similar schedules. We frequent the same places. Our outside of the family friends crossover.
There have been many times in the last number of months that I have looked people who used to be my friends with a new realization that we are now family. We are brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, we are a family that God is knitting together for his glory.
The realization that we are family changes everything about how we interact. It allows us to fight and have disagreements because we’re not worried whether someone will leave. We know that we’re committed to one another as family. There is a bond that is more than a commitment to an institution. It’s a bond that comes from our commitment to mission together. We are family.
March 7, 2014 by Joshua Henschke
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The FRR updates you on the very latest regarding Michigan football recruiting. Find out which four committed Texas recruits discussed their interest in Michigan. Is there a potentially big visitor coming to campus soon? That and more.
Committed Texas Talent Talk U-M Interest
Eric Rutter and Jacob Nye from Scout.com recently posted an update ($) on four 2015 committed recruits in the state of Texas that hold some interest in the Wolverines. Safety Justin Dunning, defensive tackle Daylon Mack, athlete Blake Lynch and safety Jamile Johnson.
Four-star Dunning, a Texas A&M commit, considers TAMU the perfect school for him and holds a fairly firm pledge to the Aggies. However, in order to get Dunning's attention and interest, Michigan will need to offer him first.
"I would probably want to take a visit (if the Wolverines offered)," he said. "A couple of my coaches like some of the northern schools, so it's a possibility to go see them. Distance really wasn't a factor when I made my decision [to commit to A&M]."
Mack, a five-star and Texas A&M commit, currently does not have an offer but the coaching staff has shown some interest in the past. However, according to Mack, he is only focused on three schools: TAMU, Ohio State and Auburn.
Four-star Lynch, a Baylor commit, references Denard Robinson for the reason that he is interested in the Wolverines.
"I just remember him and how effective (Robinson) was there," said Lynch. "If I felt like Michigan was the place for me in Ann Arbor and I fit in their system... and if they gave me an offer and I liked it on an official I wouldn't have a problem going there."
Three-star Johnson, an Oklahoma commit, is not shutting down his recruitment process completely after committing to the Sooners. In order for Michigan to get a visit from him, he must get an offer from them.
"I would love to go to Michigan," said Johnson. "They are great and are a Big Ten team. I love the Big Ten, but it would take an offer for me to visit. They were close to offering me this spring, but they just need to look over my film some more."
Save for Mack, the general consensus is that Michigan would need to offer before their interest in Michigan increases, which is understandable. However, it will be very difficult to pull talent out of the state of Texas. With TAMU surging and Texas looking to rebound, they will be picking their state clean.
Steve Lorenz from 247Sports recently teased a big visitor on his latest Inside Michigan Recruiting ($) piece. It has already been confirmed that 2015 four-star corner back Garett Taylor will be visiting next week. But, according to Lorenz, this potential visitor is a pretty big deal.
"I want to get this out there in case we aren't the first to confirm it when it happens, but a rock solid source at Michigan has informed me that there is a potential "huge" visitor coming next weekend. I wasn't given a name yet because the player has not confirmed for sure yet, but it is a possibility... My belief is that it's an offensive player, and could be a quarterback of some kind. That's pure speculation at this point though."
As far as guesses go, I am not really sure. Fans will have to wait this one out until something more concrete emerges.
Also mentioned in the post is that five-star defensive end Terry Beckner Jr. will visit Michigan sometime this spring.
In the mean time, below is a highlight tape from Taylor.
General Odds and Ends
Syracuse.com has a great article (FREE) on top Michigan target and legacy Tyrone Wheatley Jr. Wheatley's coach discusses Michigan interest briefly.
Most recruiting analysts believe Michigan is the team to beat, given the ties the family has to the school. Wheatley's father was a standout running back in Ann Arbor in the '90s before a long stint in the NFL with the New York Giants and Oakland Raiders. Naturally, there's an attraction to following such a legacy, Hopkins said.
"Growing up in that household," he said, "you really can't not be a fan of Michigan."
247Sports' Clint Brewster listed some early favorites ($) for Michigan which features at least three Michigan targets with Crystal Ball predictions at 100% to Michigan.
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Terrific Bridge article by Chris Andrews on the importance of being welcoming. Highly recommended! Its entitled “Are Michigan’s restrictions on gay and abortion rights holding state back?”
Andrews writes: ”A number of experts on economic and community development say Michigan policies on gay rights and women’s access to abortion are creating barriers to growth and prosperity. While states like Minnesota and Illinois reach out to gay individuals and families, proponents of stronger protections for gays and women say the same-sex marriage ban and a new law that will require women to purchase an insurance rider to cover abortions send a different message.”
That certainly is our point of view. The asset that maters most to future prosperity of states and regions is human capital. The knowledge, creativity, and entrepreneurship of its citizens. In a word talent. As Governor Snyder wrote: “Today, talent has surpassed other resources as the driver of economic growth.”
The bottom line is straight forward: The places with the greatest concentration of talent from anyplace on the planet win! A core characteristic of prosperous places in a flattening world is they are welcoming to all. Talent is both diverse and mobile. If a place is not welcoming, it cannot retain and attract talent. People will not live and work in a community that isn’t welcoming.
As the Bridge article makes clear state policy matters. Welcoming is an area where Michigan has not been a leader. Governor Snyder’s leadership on immigration is an important step forward. His opposition to domestic partner benefits is not.
Minnesota provides a model. Its polices across the board are more welcoming than here. Gays can marry, there is no ban on affirmative action at their public universities and they have a Dream Act which allows undocumented students who graduated from state high schools to obtain in-state tuition.
As we have explored previously Minnesota is, by far, the Great Lakes leader in both employment and personal income. It has the economic outcomes all of us want for the region and state. It gets those results in large part from its talent concentration. Also the best in the Great Lakes. It is almost certain that their ability to retain and attract talent is helped by its welcoming policies.
March 6, 2014 by Joshua Henschke
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Mark Messner, Rob Lytle and Jumbo Elliott saw their names listed on the 2014 College Football Hall of Fame Ballot.
The National Football Foundation announced the list of candidates for the College Football Hall of Fame on Thursday. Three former Michigan football players saw their names featured on the ballot.
Former defense end Mark Messner, running back Rob Lytle and former offensive lineman Jumbo Elliott are featured in a list with the likes of "Rocket" Ismail, Keyshawn Johnson and Randall Cunningham.
Messner, a two-time All-American at Michigan was a dominant defensive end from 1985-1988. He earned All-Big Ten honors in each of his four seasons playing. He and Steve Hutchinson are the only two Michigan players to do so in their careers. Messner also currently holds the Michigan record for tackles for loss (376) and sacks (36) in a career.
Messner was inducted into the Michigan hall of honor earlier this year.
Lytle, who is making an appearance on the ballot for the third consecutive year, was a consensus All-American his senior year at Michigan in 1976. He also finished third in the Heisman balloting that year behind Tony Dorsett and Ricky Bell. At one time, Lytle held the Michigan record for most rushing yards in a career with 3,307 yards -- which was broken five years later by Butch Woolfolk -- and now currently sits seventh on the all-time rushing leader list.
Also having a lengthy career with the Denver Broncos, he holds the honor of being the first player to score a touchdown in the Rose Bowl and the Super Bowl. Lytle passed away in 2010.
Elliott, who is also appearing on the ballot for the third consecutive year, is known for more than a dramatic touchdown -- his only reception of his career -- in a Monday Night Football game during his professional days.
A two-time All-American and a finalist for the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award, he was a pivotal member of the offensive line that lead the way for former running back Jamie Morris to set the Michigan rushing record that went on to stand for 14 years. The 1986 Michigan offense was explosive, putting up school records in yardage in a single season (5,396) and first downs in a single season (286.) Elliott was also a two-time All-Big Ten honoree.
He left Michigan as the school record holder for consecutive starts for an offensive lineman.
Often regarded as the first franchise player in New York Giants history, Elliott had a career which included 13 seasons in New York and eventually becoming a Super Bowl Champion in 1990.
To be eligible for the College Football Hall of Fame, players must be at least 10 years removed from their final collegiate game and earned at least one First Team All-American honor by a major NCAA-recognized outlet. The player cannot be playing professional football currently.
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Title: Sitting Pretty.
I’m going to say something that might get some people upset… but here I go. I strongly feel that not all portraits need to show facial features. Body language at times is a stronger way to show a portrait. Does it always work out? NO, but when it does… magic!
Shot in Brooklyn, NYC with a Canon EOS 6D and a EF 50mm f/1.2L lens.
March 6, 2014 by Zach Travis
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Not a major shift, but handy if you forget mid-game what Michigan's mascot is.
If we are slotting this announcement in the hierarchy of Grievous Affronts to Good Taste and Tradition, these probably don't make it past (dis)Honorable Mention.
This is rebranding for rebranding's sake. A subtle switch that allows Adidas to sell more merchandise after making an announcement across its social media platforms to create buzz.
On the bright side, the uni's don't have sleeves.
Relationships are funny things. They come and they go. They are filled with joy and pain. Relationships can be acquaintances, friends, or lovers. We have family that we would rather not talk about and we have friends we wish were family. Relationships are definitely funny things.
When someone becomes a follower of Jesus they become part of a family. In a previous post we explored the importance of covenant theology in our emerging generations. This covenantal experience is not purely an abstract reality of God keeping his promises, it is also the very real experience of us keeping our promises. We do this primarily through relationships.
Throughout the Scriptures we see the twin ideas of covenant and kingdom which play out as relationship and authority 1. God interacts with us in relationship through his covenant. His promises are kept and they hold true. Through his covenant we are drawn into relationship with him.
We model this as followers of Jesus. We are in relationship with one another and covenantally so. What does this mean? This means that when we commit ourselves to being a follower of Jesus we are also committing ourselves to being a part of his body. Whether we like it or not we are now in a family relationship with people who also call themselves Christian.
To be in community with people we need to realize that conflict is inherent in relationship. If there is no conflict then we cannot move deeper into relationship with one another. Conflict forces us to make a decision: “Do I withdraw and stay where I am?” or “Do I engage and go deeper?” Covenantal relationships require the latter. To be the church demands that we enter in covenantally with our family, the Church, and go deeper. We can be confident in doing this because we are bound through the promise of covenant.
Does this mean that we might get hurt? Yes. Because none of us live this our perfectly. However, if we are following Jesus then we must follow him into relationship with those he calls his own and who are our brothers and sisters.
Relationships are indeed funny things.
- I am indebted to the work of Mike Breen and 3DM for their help in developing my thoughts here. Check out his book, Covenant and Kingdom. ↩