Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Ever wonder why I shoot Pentax?

This is one of the perfect examples. This gear is tough and as a wedding shooter, that can be really important. Why? Dirt, sand, rain and not treating the gear particularly well. The article below about Steve Kroeger taking his Pentax to the top of mountains is a great example of this. A lot of cameras would have serious problems in weather this cold and challenging.

Back to my choice in gear is weddings and some of the challenges. Last season I did eleven weddings in July, if you were here, you would know that it rained nearly all month. Couples really want at least some of their formal shots done outside for the album. So when it rains, it can be tough on gear and lenses. But since the Pentax system offers a solution, I'm set for anything.

One particular outdoor wedding this year is a good example where the forecast called for possible showers. Now here in PEI everyone golfs. So the guests had big umbrellas at the ready. The bride's car arrived and at that very moment, the heavens opened up. All the umbrellas popped up. I was the only one who couldn't hold one. The wedding went off without a hitch, the pictures were great and I was completely soaked.

I know a number of wedding shooters that just can't do this. Their gear will be ruined in bad conditions. In fact one shooter commented to me, that he never goes to the beach (even on a sunny day) with the couple and his "good gear" because the blowing sand will ruin his equipment. Sad for the couple that they are not getting his best stuff.

So this is a translated site with a few odd errors but you'll get the point. Pentax is tough and can take on the most difficult jobs without issue and provide top notch images.
Steve Kroeger climbs mountains with a Pentax K-7.

Cheers and good shooting - Peter Zack

Friday, March 12, 2010

Shooting as a volunteer

I decided that due to a limited budget, I couldn't donate as much as I'd like to a good charity. The United Way makes sense to me. So, as well as some donations, I've decided to volunteer and I think it's worth a lot more to them than the small donations.

They get a full time Pro photographer for anything they want and I get the satisfaction that they are saving a lot of money which can now go to worth while projects. 

I did the first couple of sessions these last 2 weeks. A couple of samples below with volunteers working with people in the community. Teaching the blind how to perform various tasks and others how to better manage their lives. It's an eye opener as well. Sometimes you don't realize how lucky you are. Like just the ability to read a book. Of course as a photographer, if I didn't have sight, then this wonderful occupation and hobby would be lost to me.

Funny, it's web site stuff they need. Me knee deep, no, waist deep in learning CSS and I'm doing web site shots for the United Way. Somehow ironic.

If you're ever looking for a good cause to donate to, I think the United Way makes sense. It primarily helps those right at home just to integrate into society. 

 Cheers and good shooting -Peter Zack