In late August 2019, I departed Southern California to embark on a cross-country tour to interview people for a video documentary series & podcast about resilience and hope.
I adopted #VanLife as a way to conserve resources as well as the freedom it provided me to go where I wanted without a firm itinerary. I became familiar with boondocking and how amazing the experience of dispersed camping could be.
A week into my trip, I was the sole resident at a boondocking site in Utah and woke to an amazing Utah sunrise.
Sony Alpha a7iii
In the spring of 2019, I began planning a cross country trip in which I would interview people for a video documentary series (and podcast) about resilience & hope.
At the time, I had a Canon EOS 5D Mark II, a Canon EOS M3, and had recently purchased a Canon EOS M6. What I would soon discover was that even all together, none of them would provide me with the features I needed to do what I wanted to do. And I couldn’t really afford a Canon camera that could.
For years, I’d had my eye on what other manufacturers were doing to innovate in the photography world while growing increasingly disappointed with Canon’s offerings. The giant was sleeping.
I considered all of my options. And that’s when I realized, that if I sold all of my Canon gear, I could actually afford a modern and technically advances Sony mirrorless camera that did everything I was seeking.
So, after 25 years with Canon, I did just that. I sold all my Canon cameras and all of the Canon gear I’d collected over the years and bought a Sony Alpha a7iii and a couple of lenses.
The first lens I purchases was a Sony 85mm 1.8 — known for being sharp. I then posted a casting in which I would do a shoot with just that lens.
That’s how I met Blanca. We met on an overcast day at Torrey Pines State Park and proceeded to shoot on the beach trails.
That’s when I realized I don’t like being limited by an 85mm (although it’s good practice), but I really do love working with Sony cameras — with their crazy user interfaces and all.
Sony Alpha a7iii