Sunday, January 8, 2017

Winterland - Inside and Out

Winterland II
Yesterday I took my new camera, the Canon 5D Mark IV, out a to a couple of places to see how it would perform. I went for a very cold hike at the Gorge in the afternoon and in the evening to a opening at 22 High Street Gallery. It does seem to have greater dynamic range than my 6D and more low-light capability. I still need some more experience with it before I make final a judgement on the image quality. Its definitely not the instantly noticeable jump that I saw when I went from the 7D to the 6D - that was pretty big.
The main thing I've been enjoying so far is the usability of the camera. The ergonomics and button placement as well as the amazing auto-focus systems. I say systems because not only is it incredible through the view finder but also in live view mode or when shooting videos. Also - the camera is built like a tank - it almost makes the 6D feel like the my old Rebels(maybe that is a slight exaggeration).
Anyways - as much as dSLR's have just become tools to me this one is exciting to use. I can't wait to try it out at an event.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Show 7 - 5D Mark IV

I didn't put out a show over the holidays but I did get a couple of other videos up. In this week's show I talk about my new camera - the Canon 5D Mark IV. I didn't plan on buying a new camera but some problems with my 6D forced the issue. Buying cameras for me hasn't been an emotional decision for a while - it is a tool I need to do my job. That being said this is an upgrade that excites me - as you can see in the video I just love holding this thing. Image quality aside - this camera is going to be so much more of a joy to use.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

First Night Akron

I shot Akron's First Night - a family friendly New Year's Eve event organized by Downtown Akron Partnership - on Saturday night. This was the 21rst year for First Night but the first time I had ever been there. I had an itinerary of different performances and activities to cover at multiple venues throughout the night. Most of the action was centered on High Street but Lock 3 and The Civic Theatre on Main Street were part of the night too. It was fun and challenging to get around to so many different things. I could definitely see returning to First Night in the future.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Missile Toe at the Museum

Missile Toe
I went and saw Missile Toe at the Akron Art Museum for the third year in a row. Missile Toe is great everywhere but I really like the juxtaposition of loud rock and roll and the Museum lobby.
If you've never had the pleasure of seeing them(and trust me, it is a blast) make it our to the Empire Concert Club tonight or the Matinee on Christmas night.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Liz Walters Swearing In

Earlier today I attended the swearing ceremony of my friend Liz Walters to the Summit County Council. I wasn't there in an official capacity but I still wanted to capture the moment as a proud friend. Summit County and Akron can use some fresh(younger) blood in government and I can't think of a better person to fulfill that than Liz.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016


I attempted to shoot a time-lapse video with my GoPro on the Rubber City Ratz annual Christmas ride. The camera did shut down on me once. I'm going to buy another memory card and see if that fixes the problem.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Deck the Hall

Deck the Hall
Going to see Stan Hywet dressed up for the holidays has become one of my family's traditions. The evening that worked for all of schedules this year happened to turn out to be a very cold night - which definitely limited my photo-taking. It was still a pretty night and fun to get everyone together...

Monday, December 19, 2016

FitzPhoto Show Episode 6

Some computer troubles over the weekend delayed this episode - but it is posted at last.
As I have said before - the idea of me bringing back the weekly show(and other videos) isn't as much that I think I'm some great on air personality with amazing pearls of wisdom to give to the universe - but more about me improving my video shooting and production skills. With that said - I do hope to improve the content too - this episode is a little dry.

Friday, December 16, 2016

ArtsNow Meet & Greet

Summit County Art's organization, ArtsNow, hosted a a meet and greet with the new Summit County Executive, Ilene Shapiro, and members of the art community in the county at the Mustard Seed Market in Montrose. There were brief remarks, food, drinks, local art hanging on the walls, and mingling.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

2016 Year in Photos

Springfield Bog
So 2016? It was another interesting year. As far as my business goes it was my best year yet - making a living as a commercial photographer is a dream come true. I learned new skills, shot more things, and traveled for work more than ever.
Personally the year started on a high note and is ending on one as well. Anyone who knows me knows the middle was a little rough - but hey - that is how it goes. You can't enjoy the good times if you don't know what the bad times feel like.
So here it is - my 2016 year in photos - two of my favorite photos from each month of the year. I think I've been doing this for something like 8 years now - how the time flies... 
Click HERE to see it.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

GoPro Hero 5

In Episode 5 of the show I attempt to shoot a GoPro right out of the box. I tried to get it to work right for a few days but didn't succeed. I like everything about the little camera except that it kept shutting down on me - kind of a big flaw!
Check it out!
Hopefully I get this thing working right...

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Black Friday in Cleveland

Brick and Barrel My family has no tradition of shopping for retail items on Black Friday but we do like to help the local economy - by drinking beer. I'm not sure how many years ago we started heading up to Cleveland - but I remember my Florida cousins wanting to see the West Side Market and get a Christmas Ale at the source(Great Lakes). This year my cousins weren't in town and the nieces and nephews didn't come the trip turned into an impromptu brewery tour.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Lock 4 Lights

The Ohio and Erie Canalway and Knight Foundation held a Harvest Festival to celebrate the lighting of Lock 4 Park and the Towpath Bridge over State Route 59. Groundswell Design Group designed the urban park with plenty of color changing LED lights. The projects is one of many that are planned with the Reimaging the Civic Commons grant of 5 million dollars. The weather was perfect for the evening - and even though I couldn't get there until later - there were still lots of people hanging out.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Akron Auto Club HQ

Last Saturday I covered the grand opening of the beautiful new Akron Auto Club HQ in downtown Akron. It really is a great looking facility - inside and out. I was also impressed to learn that i in 5 Summit County residents is a member of Triple AAA. I should sign up myself - considering the age of the cars I drive!
Here are a few photos from Saturday morning.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

UpCycle Art Project

ReWorks sponsored an art project that involved 15 local artists making a piece out of only reused items. The point was to turn items destined for the landfill into art and raise awareness in the process. I followed the project from Goodwill Industries of Akron's Outlet Store(where the artists could pick up items), to the third floor of the Summit ArtSpace where the artists constructed their works, to the opening night at the Transition Gallery on the first floor of the ArtSpace during the November Art Walk.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Coffee Tasters

On Saturday night I went to Akron Coffee Roasters for the 'Flight of Fancy' coffee tasting contest. There were four kinds of beans that needed to be matched to corresponding cards. I tasted the coffees but would have had an easier time matching the hops to the beer I was drinking. It was interesting to watch the experts in the room discuss the flavors and possible origins - even though it was mostly over my head. The educated guesses are submitted and the winners announced on November 18th and various prizes awarded.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Akron Spirit

Akron Canton Airport threw a party/press conference to welcome Spirit Airlines. Spirit will be flying to four non-stop destinations right off the bat with more added shortly. They are an ultra-low cost carrier - I found round trips to Florida for under 100 bucks($80 to be exact(now I just need to figure out how to work a trip into my schedule)). CAK went all out in welcoming Spirit - beach volleyball, a lifetime free flying contest, a water canon salute to the first plane and more. 
I've said it before - my job gets me into some cool places.