RANDOM THOUGHTS (AND IMAGES) AT 6:55 AM

With so much pain, sorrow, and unfairness in this world it’s often hard to remember that there is also beauty all around us. Lately I’ve been running through life and honestly losing track of what matters most. It’s easy to do in this fast paced shit show. This morning the thought of tomorrow not being promised weighed heavy on my mind. I forced myself to put my stupid phone down and to go outside and listen to the birds and feel the breeze. I forced myself to look, listen, and breathe. Here are a few things that I found in the quiet corners. Thought I would share. For everyone out there going through hard times, I hope you know you’re not alone. Peace be with you.

SJ

SONY A7III FIRMWARE UPDATE (ANIMAL EYE AF!!!)

The long awaited firmware 3.0 for the Sony A7III is finally here and I have to say, it was well worth the wait! This update includes some cool upgrades such as…

REAL TIME AF…Which means through machine learning, Sony has created a system that can detect, and focus on, the human eye even if the subject is looking down, partially blocked in the frame, turning, or backlit. This feature is available in AF-C mode with a simple half-press of the shutter button. Improving on an already amazing auto focus system.

INTERVAL SHOOTING…This new software adds a built-in interval timer, enabling photographers to easily capture and create time-lapse movies. The new feature can be set for anywhere between 1 and 60 seconds, with a total number of shots from 1 to 9999. AE tracking sensitivity is available to be adjusted to “High”, “Mid” or “Low” in order to reduce changes in exposure.

But in my personal opinion as an animal owner and lover, THE coolest addition in this upgrade is the…

REAL TIME ANIMAL EYE AF…As with human eye recognition, Software Version 3.0 brings AI-driven animal eye detection to Sony cameras for the first time. Advanced subject recognition allows the α7 III and α7R III to detect and track animal eyes, and is the first step in a robust animal-tracking AF system. And I have to say, it works really really well! The development of Animal Eye AF performance will continue, increasing the range of animals recognized by the system as well the system’s ability to track their movement.

Here are a few shots of my pups and my buddy’s cats that I took after I downloaded the update. I would say I experienced a 95% hit rate for sharp eyes (and that’s with hyper active dogs)! Sony continues to impress me by pushing the envelope and listening to what photographers are asking for.

*ALL images shot with the Sony 50mm 1.8 lens.

CURRENT PLAYLIST

Since back in my darkroom days, music has long been a huge part of my creative process. The right album allows me to disappear into my work for hours upon hours. Anyone who knows me knows that my taste in music is as diverse as my subject matter. Here are a few artists that have been keeping me company these days…

  • MXMTOON

  • MYKA 9

  • SAMSA

  • THE GROUCH

  • OPEN MIKE EAGLE

  • TOBE NWIGWE

  • ANDERSON PAAK

  • CHET BAKER

  • THE CLICK

  • NOAM PIKELNY

  • SOULS OF MISCHIEF

  • KHAI DREAMS

Leave a comment below with any recommendations! Much appreciated!

SJ

MEET MY ASSISTANT...

Behind every good photographer there is usually a great assistant. In my case, this is very true! Laynie is not only a fantastic assistant, but a very talented photographer in her own right. Her duties range from lighting, styling, runner, and second shooter. Here are 10 random facts about Miss Laynie Simone…

  • Laynie is pursuing a career as a Zoologist and Photojournalist.

  • She is a multi-position soccer player.

  • She loves to bake.

  • She is taco truck connoisseur.

  • Laynie owns a Colombian Red Tailed Boa snake!

  • She is a self care guru.

  • She’s in F.F.A.

  • She HATES feet!

  • Laynie has four siblings.

  • She and I raise chickens.

Laynie Simone on location in Sacramento CA.

Laynie Simone on location in Sacramento CA.

WE ARE LIVE, FOLKS!

FINALLY! Thank you to every single person who has ever sat on the other side of my camera. You are all the reason this site even exists. Thank you to the big homie, Jason Leal (Damage) for all of your help over the years. Thank you to my family for putting up with me and all of my many shortcomings. Shout out to Laynie, my amazing photo assistant…I really appreciate your time and feedback. THANK YOU.

Well…I hope you enjoy looking at the work as much as I enjoy creating it.

My humble thanks,

Snap