Author Archives: Mike Piatek-Jimenez

Photo Friday

I’m going to try and post photos on this site more often.  To help me along on this goal, I’m starting a series called Photo Friday.  A Photo Friday post will just contain a photo and a short description about how it came to be.  So here goes…

Small sailboat on calm water.

I took this photo in Harbor Springs, Michigan a few weeks ago.  We headed up there to visit the Tunnel of Trees, which can be gorgeous in the autumn.  The reason I like this shot is because the lake and the sky disagree with each other: the sky being stormy and the lake completely calm.

Washington D.C.

Here are my photos taken in Washington D.C. in the spring of 2018.  Click any thumbnail to open into a full size slide show.


DC 1/ A few weeks ago, we took a trip to Washington D.C. ⠀

The first morning we went out to see the monuments. The Lincoln Memorial was first, but when we got there, I turned to see the Washington Monument rising into the fog. I almost waited until after visiting the Lincoln Memorial before taking a picture of this, but if I’ve learned anything over the years of landscape photography, I know that when the sky conditions are right you don’t wait. ⠀

I pulled my camera out of my backpack, and just when I was about to take a picture cropping out people in the foreground, I see these 4 women checking out the same view I was appreciating. I recomposed to include them in the frame and snapped this photo.

Oh, and when we finished with our visit to the Lincoln Memorial, the fog had lifted and this view was gone…

Photographing a Conference

Last month I photographed a conference down in Austin, TX.  In this video, I offer several tips for photographing conferences.

For this conference, I was using a 5D Mark IV, 70-200mm f2.8L IS II, 16-35mm f4L IS, and a 24-105mm f4L IS.  Because I was traveling, I didn’t bring a full-sized second camera as a backup.  Instead, I packed the very portable Canon SL1.  It stayed in my backpack for the whole trip, but it did its job of providing peace-of-mind.  On paid jobs, you always want to have extra gear in case something goes wrong with your primary camera.

Bummed I missed the photo challenge this week, hosted by @douglane. Here’s hoping I’ll catch the next one…

I don’t manage to find myself on too often (though that could now change that the Mac app is available).