THE CHAT: Frederick Van Johnson and Gordon Laing talk Sony!

Last week, I was fortunate enough to be invited to a big Sony DI event in Nashville, Tennessee. Amidst a group of other ‘influencers’ as they called our conglomerate group of about 40 photographers, press, bloggers and journalists, we tested the new line of mirrorless cameras and video gear. I focused on the A7, A7r and RX10 for my purposes, that of writing a featured blog post for Trey Ratcliff’s famed travel/photography blog Stuck in Customs.

The other Big Thing I wanted to do was an episode of THE CHAT with the ever-awesome Frederick Van Johnson and Gordon Laing. My original vision: a rapid-fire round table, Chat-style conversation about OUR first impressions of these impressive Sony cameras, shot on one of the new cameras. It would be tight, informative and fun.

What I didn’t count on what NO time to prepare and almost no time to shoot! Nor that the only place to shoot would be an incredible echoey (albeit lovely) room, that the air sound from the big storm outside would factor into every bit of audio we recorded, with or without lavalier mics and that it wouldn’t work out to use one of the new cameras (thus, shot this on Fred’s NEX-5r). But I knew I was dealing with pros (I call them my Wingmen 😀 ), so I knew if we just sat down and started, something fun would happen. And it did! Sometimes you just have to let go and jump…

Oh and ummm… outtakes at the very end. Silly, silly outtakes.

Sony A7, A7r, RX10 First Impressions

Recently, I was invited by Sony to go to Nashville as part of a group of journalists, photographers, press and bloggers to try their brand new gear. The ones I was most interested in were the mirrorless cameras: the A7, A7r and RX10. I wrote a full “First Impressions” blog that is posted on Trey Ratcliff’s Stuck in Customs, along with about a dozen photos from all three cameras and several different lenses. Exciting – because it’s rare that he has ever asked anyone to guest blog on SIC. I’m honored!

I’d never been to Nashville before. It is AWESOME!! I want to come back, because the whirlwind array of places Sony took us to shoot and experience only whetted my appetite for more. We visited the amazing Clearview Horse Farm hiked Lookout Mountain, learned the history and tasted the wares of the Jack Daniels distillery, visited the famed Ryman Auditorium – home of the original Grand Old Opry – where we shot backstage and during a special concert by the awesome Ben Folds, drove off-road jeeps, hang glided, dressed up for Halloween and a bunch of other activities that left me inspired, breathless and remarkably short of sleep! This photo was taken on the A7r mirrorless at Rock City… a veritable magic kingdom, carved out of rock:

I'd never been to Rock City Before. Fall colors: sublime.Dose of magic: perfectionDesire to visit again: absolute.

I’m hoping to have the opportunity to further test these cameras… they are truly a taste of the future.