red rocks

Red Rocks of Sedona, Arizona

I am incredibly fortunate to live in a picturesque area filled with red rocks, blue skies, and bounteous wildlife. I carry a camera with me wherever I go. I used to try to do this in the past but found myself parking my camera when I wasn’t officially working because the weight was uncomfortable. As a Panasonic Lumix Ambassador, I find that I have a camera with me at all times because the gear is lightweight and gives me the quality I need.

bell rock sedona arizona photoPath down to Bell Rock in Sedona made with FZ2500

My quest for lighter weight gear was prompted by my wife Holly who pointed out that I was hauling thirty-five pounds of photo gear with me on personal trips. When I said, “What’s your problem? You aren’t carrying it.” She replied, “Neither are you as you often leave the gear in the room because it is so uncomfortably heavy. My wife is a brilliant woman who knows how to pierce my sometimes thick skull.

courthouse butte sedona arizona imageCourthouse Butte – Images processed with Adobe Photoshop and Skylum’s Luminar 2018 **

Today I’m featuring the Lumix FZ2500 which is a prosumer camera. It can do almost everything as it is an all-in-one with a zoom range of 25-480mm and tons of features. The FZ2500 is a little under 2 1/2 pounds. The beauty is that it can focus in macro mode almost as close as you can get the camera to the subject. With the built-in f2.8-4.0 power zoom lens, it has a reach of 480mm optical. That’s a long way!

closeup courthouse butte sedona arizona photoDetail of Courthouse Butte

One more thought is that many times a crop of the photo can be much stronger image and tell the story in a better fashion. Here’s square crop of the top photo in the post.

bell rock sedona arizonaA stronger rendition of the top photo with a square crop.

Yours in Creative Photography,    Bob

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red rocks — 2 Comments

  1. Very nice shots. I hike the mountains a lot and usually carry my Gh4 and two lenses, a 14-140 and 100-300. I’ve toyed with that FZ2500 for hiking. But that G9 is also seducing me. Maybe I’ll get the FZ for the wife and borrow it for hiking and get the G9 for me (oh that nasty budget might get in the way). Haha. I still have some old Nikon and Canon gear but rarely use it as the M4/3 gear is just so much fun to use. I enjoy your blog.

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