Sunday, March 13, 2011

Family Economics Conference 2011 and Shooting With the Canon EOS 5D Mk II

OK, time to make some progress with this post and stop putting it off.
Last Friday and Saturday, my family and I, including my grandparents, went to the Family Economics Conference 2011 in Raleigh, NC.  There were quite a few good speakers, including Kevin Swanson and Doug Phillips.  As I said in a previous post, my grandparents have been visiting from the LA area, and they'll be leaving tomorrow.  My grandfather brought most of his camera gear, and I've been happily using it.  There's his Canon EOS 5D Mk II, the 24-105 f/4L kit lens, 70-200 f/4L, 50 f/1.4, Speedlite 430EX II, a sturdy monopod with a ball head, and more.  I used both the 70-200 f/4L and the 24-105 f/4L at the conference, although I had to use a high ISO setting (usually 3200, something that isn't possible on my XS, and even if it was it wouldn't be usable since ISO 1600 produces very noisy images) because of the less-than-bright lighting indoors couple with the f/4 lenses.  It also doesn't help that I have non-steady hands.  Another photographer who was there with a Mk II (there seemed to be quite a few of them, actually), Jonathan Hendrick turned out some great photos - you can see his here:  

The speakers at the conference gave talks on various on various subjects which were obviously centered around the theme of a family economy (having a family business and more).  These talks included subjects such as debt, entrepreneurial ideas, and much more.
Here are some photos from the conference:

Jonathan Hendrick (and Stephen Beck, one of the speakers, next to him)
Kevin Swanson, the very mobile speaker

I'll get around to editing and uploading more photos from the conference later.

Various other photos:
Under Dark and Cloudy Skies


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Elizabeth said...

That second photo seems somewhat eerie, and the third is really beautiful :). Haha, I'm sure you had fun playing with that camera... is your grandfather a photographer?

Maximillian said...

Ah, yes; that's the atmosphere I was aiming for - dark and forbidding, like a haunted house. Thanks. :)

My grandfather has multiple 35mm SLRs from years ago, but only decided to get started into digital photography recently. He's an amateur photographer, kind of like me, I guess.