David Whitney French Photography | Have Camera, will travel

Have Camera, will travel

January 04, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Sweetwater Preserve in DecemberSweetwater Preserve in December

So the other day, I was out mountain biking with my wife and a few of her friends at Sweetwater Preserve on the west side of Tucson. Sweetwater is 880 acres and has upwards of 16 trails that comprise nearly 12 miles of single-track for the avid mountain biker and hiker. I used the ride as an opportunity to test out the portability of the Olympus OMD-EM5II, a micro-4/3’s camera that I recently purchased.

The camera was outfitted with a 14mm Panasonic f 2.5 lens and a grip. I had an extra strap on the camera as well and was able to comfortably ride and shoot at the same time. Fortunately, there were no major drops and we stay cleared of the rockier sections.

The trail system as some great view as you can see from the photographs. Saguaro forests seem to pop up out of nowhere, along with some flatter areas that made for easier shooting.

Sweetwater Preserve in DecemberSweetwater Preserve in December

Many of these shots were taken with shutter priority set at 1/400 to 1/500th of a second in order to cut down on camera shake while riding. I used the lowest native ISO, (200) of the camera as well, and let the f-stop just happen based on the camera’s meter and lighting conditions.

Overall, I was impressed with the camera and the results with the small lens. Both of which will fit into a small fanny back, and also stay out of the way when riding.

Sweetwater Preserve is located at 4001 N Tortolita Road.

Sweetwater Preserve in DecemeberSweetwater Preserve in Decemeber


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I have been taking pictures since I was about 6 years old.  I started with a Kodak Instamatic.  Just holding that Kodak was fun back then. Today, the camera badge may say "Nikon", but the fun of taking someone's photograph is still there. 


Times have changed regarding photography over the past 20 years.  My first business was in in Corpus Chirsti, Texas back in 1992.  I went under the same name, my name, David Whitney French Photography.  One of my favorite photo gigs was doing weddings.  Why?  Well, besides being a challenge at times, with the stress of getting the right shot in the age of film, everyone was happy!  It was a happy time for the groom, bride, attendants, everyone.  What more could I ask for?  Hanging out, with a camera for a few hours or more with a bunch of happy people.


Oh, and I like riding my bike!