In the House of Blues, Chicago, they have what is called The Foundation Room. It’s a place where you have to pay a membership fee for the privileged of going for a drink, eating, and so on.
They make it a super relaxing environment with side rooms that might be found in anyone’s house, except that it it isn’t. It’s the House of Blues. Everything is just cooler here.
And home is what Thanksgiving is all about, isn’t it? Where ever you are, I hope you are “home”. Pray for those that need a home today, too. (The House of Blues Foundation Room is also a very spiritual place, too.)
Something awesome happened for me this month. I got a new full frame camera! This was actually quite unexpected but, I plan to make full use of this unexpected boost to my photography.
Since, I already have the Sony NEX-7 and I have been a fan of mirrorless technology. Also, since I have never shot with a DSLR, I am staying mirrorless. The NEX-7 is an APSC sensor camera, which means it uses smaller lenses but also collects less light. Since I really wanted a full frame camera there was only one game in town to shoot mirrorless and to go full frame. That was the Sony A7 series of cameras.
I purchased the Sony A7II from Sony’s refurbish store, Secondipity. Let me tell you, this camera so far feels 100% NEW. I have no problems with it at all. It was a 25% savings over new retail.
This camera has in body stabilization that is making steady shots at longer shutter speeds possible. My ability to shoot at night, hand held has gone up by about 4 – 6 stops of light when you combine the larger sensor with the steadiness of the camera. What does this mean? 4 stops means a shot that would ordinarily take 1/400th of a second, I can use a cleaner ISO and shoot as slow as 1/25th of a second.
I also purchased my first super wide lens! I was aching for a super wide lens ever since I rented a wide angle lens for a national park vacation in 2014.
I hope you like this month’s selections. I know that last month I had a large amount of pictures. This month I’m keeping it down to 12 images. I hope to keep a similar limit from here on out.
The beginning of October saw the Scott Kelby World Wide Photowalk led by Teresa Peek and then the next weekend was the Open House Chicago 2015 extravaganza.
I have to get around to writing some posts about the people I’ve met over the last few months. It’s been very gratifying to meet so many skilled photographers and wonderful people.
House of Blues Stage Frame
On the way to the Foundation Room at the House of Blues, you go through the top balcony where you see this. I was immediately taken with it. I actually used my 50mm prime because it was a faster lens than my 20mm, but that also meant that I had to do this as panorama. You don’t want to know how many frames I took!
They have a theme that is obvious to tell at the HOB. Leave your prejudices at the door because this is a place of unity and love.