I’ve been away from blogging for awhile, but want to try to catch up and share with you some of my shots using the new Sony A9.
I’ve been shooting Disc Golf the past several days as my son competes in the United States Amateur Disc Golf Championships in Milford, Michigan. I shot the event for the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) and was using Instagram to share the photos throughout the event.
To capture the action, I used my Canon 400mm f4 DO IS II lens and the Sigma MC-11 adapter. It was an interesting pairing, as Sigma had indicated that their adaptor probably wouldn’t work with canon lenses and there were some initial problems with it being used on the A9. I love my 400DO, it’s light and I can handhold it with the mirrorless cameras. I’ve been using it extensively with my Sony a6500 and the MC-11 and getting fantastic results.
I did find some hiccups this time around. When using AF-C, the lens would lock on the subject for the first frame, but then in succeeding frames it was hit or miss whether it stayed locked on. I had been told this was a problem by my friend and Sony Artisan Patrick Murphy-Racey, but I was willing to take some chances with the combination. If I was at a 90degree shooting position to the action, I had no problem tracking the subject, but if the subject was coming towards me, I saw some missed tracking.
My Hoodman Steel SDXC UHS-II SD cards never let me down with the write speed more than ample for the Sony A9. I have never had a problem with Hoodman cards and I rely on them extensively for all my assignments.
The A9 is fantastic with the FPS count and tracking. Here is an example of shooting a tee shot where I shot on low FPS and was still able to get a nice sequence.
Shot this image in St. Louis, MO while covering the 2016 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in June. I was using the Sony RX10iii which is a great all in one camera with an incredible reach. Add to the ability to do video and this camera is a great one to carry everyday. it is big, but definitely durable. If I’m doing a lots of portraits back to back in a short period of time, this would be a great choice. #sonyalpha #sonyrx10iii
Great American Rail Adventure 2015
As I was in the last five hours of my adventure, I met one of the most unique people I had met on my three week trip. Iya Amibelle Olatunji was in my coach as we entered the Atlanta station. She asked me to help her and then began to tell me how she had been on this same train years ago when she was part of the Civil Rights movement and had integrated the Crescent. She mesmerized passengers with her stories during the stop at the Atlanta station and was almost preaching to the passengers. She stood in the aisle while we were moving telling stories from her life. She told me about her late husband who was the renowned African drummer Babatunde Olatunji. He had played drums with rock great Santana and helped produce a couple albums for Santana. A longtime civil rights activist, she was returning to New York after attending the 50th Remembrance March across the Selma bridge earlier that week.