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"Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph." – Matt Hardy


"I think a photography class should be a requirement in all educational programs because it makes you see the world rather than just look at it."  -  Author Unknown


"A man’s heart away from nature becomes hard; lack of respect for growing, living things soon leads to a lack of respect for humans too."  – Luther Standing Bear


"Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow."Imogen Cunningham


"Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter."  - Ansel Adams


"When you follow your bliss….doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors; and where there wouldn’t be a door for anyone else."  - Joseph Campbell


"You can outdistance that which is running after you, but not what is running inside you." – Rwandan Proverb


"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." – Ralph Waldo Emerson


"Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."  -  Pablo Picasso


"We have been taught to believe that negative equals realistic and positive equals unrealistic."  -  Susan Jeffers


"Always leave enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, satisfied, even joyous.  That has more of an effect on economic well-being than any other single factor."  -  Paul Hawken


"Satisfaction of one's curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life."  -  Linus Pauling


Savannah Weekend Workshop - Shot Stories

Counting down to our Savannah Weekend Workshop - here is one of our favorite Savannah photos, taken at Fort Pulaski - one of the many stops during our weekend. The key to this shot is making sure the shutter speed is fast enough to capture the sudden explosion from the barrel, but not so fast that it only shows a small portion of the fire within the smoke plume. The other very important thing is using a camera that can shoot multiple frames per second very quickly.....

Its a good thing we had the Olympus OMD EM5 with its 9 frames per second with us that day. Dialed in at 1/500 second, we got several images of the smoke plume alone, but only one captured the plume with the full fireball as well. With quickly moving subjects such as a cannon blast, the EM5 (and the entire OMD system) is well equipped to handle the task.....


The Mirrorless Question.....?

We get this all the time....."I have a Canon/Nikon system.  I think I would like a mirrorless system, but I want to be able to use my current lenses on it....should I wait for Nikon/Canon to come out with a mirrorless system?"

Obviously, there are many schools of thought on this subject, but the following is our opinion.  A mirrorless system is an entirely new approach to photography and photography gear.  The camera and the lenses have been completely redesigned to provide the kind of quality previously only available in large, bulky pro and semi-pro DSLR systems. Personally, we don't see a whole lot of sense in putting a

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The E-M5 Mark II - E-M1's little brother is growing up!!

Well, it looks like we have another Olympus camera in the family to LOVE!! Olympus announced the OMD E-M5 Mark II today and they will be available by the end of February. There have been a whole lot of new additions to the camera, and below are just a few reasons to give the Mark II a try......

  • 10 frames per second
  • Wireless upload and smart device shooting
  • New fully rotating flip screen
  • Timelapse shooting
  • Upgraded processor
  • HDR mode
  • Silent shooting mode

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Top Reasons we Love our OMD E-M1

So we often get a large number of people asking us why we like the Olympus OMD system (specifically the EM1) over any other full size standard DSLR. Here are our top reasons:

1) Touch screen focusing and shooting
2) Size - really small - it makes hiking bearable
3) Real time exposure display
4) In camera HDR
5) Size - it's tiny compared to our old 5DII/1DIII and pro "L" glass lenses

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Olympus and NCPW in 2014 - We were a great team!

2014 turned out to be a great year for Natural Connections Photo Workshops.  Jeff and I had a lot of fun meeting new students as well as welcoming back previous ones.  We love having 'repeaters' in our workshops and enjoy the ability to follow our students photographic development.  

We are sending a big shout-out to Olympus and Carlos Quilichini, Olympus Tech Rep Extraordinaire, who joined us on our Charleston and Smokies workshops.  He was a true resource for our students and a catalyst for some Olympus-converted participants.  Our students enjoyed the ability to

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