Long time no post…but I’m back! Crop vs. Full Frame

Hello everyone! I’m back in a brand new way. In case you haven’t checked out studiofinch.com that’s a good place to see what I’ve been up to lately. I wanted to let you know that I’m changing the direction of this blog from just personal updates to a more photography tip, tricks and cool stuff type of thing-a-ma-jig.

This first thing I’d like to illustrate is the difference between a full frame camera and a crop sensor. Now you can good this kind of thing, but I think that the best way to illustrate my point is to simple show you a photo as an example.

Canon 40D 125th 2.8 1000 ISO (Click to see full sized image)

Canon 5D Mark II 125th 2.8 1000 ISO (Click to see full sized image)


As you can see the “crop sensor” on the 40D crops out part of the picture. Nonetheless, the 5D Mark II is also a much higher quality camera as well, but this helps illustrate the crop vs. full frame point. The 5D also lets in more light and has less “noise” in the picture. Click the pictures and compare.

So I hope this is just the start of more camera blog posts to help you along the way. If you already knew this, don’t worry we will get more complex along the way. Cheers!


Two NEW Goals by Jason Broaddus

I have decided I have two new long term personal goals:

1. Run in a marathon – this is something I’ve always wanted to do and I think I’m going to follow a plan out of the Dean Karnazes book “50/50: Secrets I Learned Running 50 Marathons in 50 Days” among some other books. I know it will take time, I will struggle and in the end it will be worth it. Plus it will help me get into good shape for the wedding!!

2. Learn to speak Polish – this is because my fiancee is Polish and she often speaks Polish to her parents and I’d like to join in the conversation. Also, I’ve ALWAYS wanted to learn to speak another language. Since Ela speaks Polish I have the perfect person to practice speaking my Polish!
10.4.2010 The day Poland cried (Please read)

I’ll keep you updated! If you have any suggestions to help me in my pursuits please let me know!!!

I also wanted to share this photo I captured at the 2010 Chicago Marathon of Richard Whitehead – wow talk about some inspiration…

Richard Whitehead Chicago Marathon 10-10-10

Joggler Barry Goldmeier – You Amaze Me!

Below is a photo of Barry Goldmeier a shot I captured at the 2010 Chicago Marathon. He did the whole marathon juggling 5 balls in 6 hours and 15 minute. Truly amazing!! I had no idea “Joggling” even existed until last weekend.

Barry Goldmeier Joggler at the 2010 Chicago Marathon

2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

We will post more to follow, but wanted to get a few up for you to see! Also posted on my new studio website studiofinch.com/blog.

Sammy Wanjiru Chicago Marathon Winner 10-10-10

Sammy Wanjiru successfully defended his title today, winning the 2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2:06:24. The elite men were prepared for blazing times and temperatures at the start of the race (text from examiner.com).

Jason Hartman Top American in Chicago Marathon 10-10-10

Jason Hartman was the top American in Chicago, finishing in 2:11:06, good enough for eighth place. It was also a new PR for Hartman (text from examiner.com).

Liliya Shobukhova successfully defended her Chicago Marathon title 10-10-10

Liliya Shobukhova successfully defended her title, winning the 2010 Bank of Chicago Marathon in a commanding 2:20:25. She also clenched the 2009/2010 World Marathon Majors title, collecting an extra $500,000 on top of the $75,000 she earned for winning the race. It’s her first WMM title (text from examiner.com).

It Gets Better Project

Below is from the Put This On blog – I didn’t feel the need to reinvent the wheel, but wanted to help spread the word.

“One of my favorite public figures, Dan Savage, recently launched a video project called It Gets Better.  The premise is simple: GLBT grownups sharing encouraging words for GLBT teens and kids. Their message is simple: it gets better.  He and his husband Terry recorded a video of their own, and encouraged folks like my friend Dave Holmes (above) to do the same.

Every adolescent faces enormously high stakes as they try to find a place for themselves in the world.  Those stakes even higher for GLBT kids, or those questioning their sexual or gender identities.  The next time someone gives you the “sticks and stones” argument, just remind the arguer of the relative suicide rates among straight and gay teens.”

For the rest of his post please visit his website – putthison.com

Dan Savage and Terry from the “It Gets Better” project:


From Dan’s column about Billy Lucas:

“Billy Lucas was just 15 when he hanged himself in a barn on his grandmother’s property. He reportedly endured intense bullying at the hands of his classmates—classmates who called him a fag and told him to kill himself. His mother found his body…. I wish I could have talked to this kid for five minutes. I wish I could have told Billy that it gets better. I wish I could have told him that, however bad things were, however isolated and alone he was, it gets better.

But gay adults aren’t allowed to talk to these kids. Schools and churches don’t bring us in to talk to teenagers who are being bullied. Many of these kids have homophobic parents who believe that they can prevent their gay children from growing up to be gay—or from ever coming out—by depriving them of information, resources, and positive role models.

Why are we waiting for permission to talk to these kids? We have the ability to talk directly to them right now. We don’t have to wait for permission to let them know that it gets better. We can reach these kids.”

Read Dan’s entire column here:


The Times They are A-Changin’ – (only in a good way)

Had my first day of my internship today and I finally really feel what it might be like to be a social worker and really help people. Something I learned today was I need to develop a proper self-care plan, because being around so many older adults brought back some strong feelings about my Grandpa Bowers and Grandma Piccione and what they went through living in an assisted living/retirement home/nursing home until they passed.

What I enjoyed most was how my manager is truly people focused and puts the clients needs first. She’s been doing it for 20 years and I’m at day number one of my internship. I think I will be able to pair having an MBA and business sense and earning my MSW into something very powerful.

I think it’s the beginning of something substantial for me.

Yay – I got engaged!!

Here’s a picture from the special day when I asked her to marry me, she said yes and made me the happiest man alive. Thankfully Ela had her camera on her from our mini-vacation to Milwaukee to visit some small indie breweries and a coffee roastery :)

I can't stop looking at this picture. Hope you enjoy our joy!

From the calender after we got back -we got engaged on August 17, 2010.

I changed it, obviously ;)

Things I love: Put This On, Episodes 1-3 Denim, Shoes & Work

A video podcast I think every man should watch “Put This On” with Jesse Thorn. They’re brazilliant!!

You can check out their website at http://putthison.com.

Chatham Neighborhood Chicago Illinois Interview with Rep. Marlow H. Colvin

Recently I did a study on the Chatham neighborhood in Chicago Illinois for a class I am taking at Dominican University earning my MSW. Below is an interview I did with Representative Marlow H. Colvin about the neighborhoods history and what makes them unique.

“The Break Up” – Marketing in Today’s World

I just wanted to pass along this great video I saw recently regarding marketing and the relationship between advertising and consumers. See below.