Entries by Eric Marks (Author)

NEW ON1 Photo RAW 2017.5 Update And Better Fujifilm RAW Support

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ON1 Photo RAW 2017.5 If you want to get 20% off the new ON1 Photo RAW, use discount code: FMEON1 ON1 has been doing great things for photographers with the release of ON1 Photo, and They have quickly been adding features and fixing bugs along the way. They truly listen to their photographers and have […]

Fuji X-T2 RAW Files – Lightroom Vs On1 Photo RAW Vs Capture One Pro

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RAW Processor Showdown! It’s no secret that the three biggest RAW processors right now are Lightroom CC, On1 Photo RAW, and Capture One Pro. As with anything, each processor has it’s pros and cons, but the big deciding point for me lately has been how these processors handle Fujifilm RAW files. In my video below, […]

How To Prep Your Photos For Printing – Fuji X-T2 20×30 Print

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My Prepping Workflow… Printing my work is one of my absolute favorite ways to showcase my photographs. There is just something special about seeing my work as a physical object that I can hang in my office. I appreciate it in a different way, and I really hope this blog post inspires all of you to […]

Fujifilm X-T2 Full Review – One Camera To Rule Them All?

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The Opening… I have been a Nikon DSLR shooter since day one, and as a landscape and nature photographer, I have always been pleased with the image quality and dynamic range of the Nikon system. For the last three years, I have been testing almost every mirrorless camera on the market to see what all […]

Disney Day #3: Animal Kingdom And Swahili Soul

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Swahili Saxophone Player And A Huge Gorilla… If you follow my YouTube channel, you have heard me say millions times that the best time to take photos in Disney World is at night. Well, Animal Kingdom is an exception to that statement. Why? Most of Animal kingdom is covered with trees due to all of the […]

Disney Day #2: Epcot And Dinner At Tokyo Dining

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Good Food, Good Light, And Great Friends…   Today we spent the first half of the day in Epcot while our friends and their son traveled from Georgia to spend the week with us.  It’s always nice taking photos and being in Disney during the most uncrowded times of the year. THAT is where it’s […]

Disney Day #1: Animal Kingdom And Tornado Warnings

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Gale Force Winds… I am very thankful that we left for Disney on Saturday instead of Sunday since the storms were crazy all over Florida today! There were 40 to 50mph wind gusts, and the clouds were pretty crazy looking. Since it was our first day waking up here in Disney, we decided to head […]

Family Vacation: Desolation Of Disney & Packing My Fuji XT2 Kit

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Rain, Rain, Rain…Oh, And Severe Thunderstorms… Ok, so it’s the morning of our trip to Disney World with our good friends, and the weather is not behaving for us at all. It’s about a 7.5 hour drive to Disney from our house, but it’s looking like it might be a VERY long trip based on the […]

Digital Blending Your HDR Photography

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Blending Your Brackets WITHOUT HDR Software… HDR(High Dynamic Range)is one of those styles of photography that some people love, some people hate, and some people just don’t understand. This fun style of photography is nothing more than capturing multiple photos of a scene at different light values in order to blend the best part of […]

Kai Wong Says Goodbye To DigitalRev TV

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Kai Wong Says A Bittersweet Goodbye To DRTV… One of my favorite YouTube photography presenters, Kai Wong, announced that he is leaving DigitalRev and starting his own adventure on his personal channel. Kai has been the main presenter for DRTV since 2009 with Lok, his cameraman, copresenter, and “bro from another mo” as Kai describes […]

Best Black Friday/Holiday Camera Deals 2016!

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Camera Deals Or “SCAMERA” Deals? Ok, so I typically never get too excited about Black Friday camera deals since most of them are “SCAMERA” deals. However, this year, Nikon and B&H are doing some pretty killer camera bundles and discounts! If you’re a Nikon shooter or you’re thinking about switching to Nikon from another brand, now […]

Desoto State Park In Autumn

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 The Hunt For Autumn Colors… As an outdoor photographer, Autumn is one of the best times for adding great images to my portfolio for print sales and licensing. However, the past two years have been really dull and flat where I live in Georgia, so I typically have to drive out of state to find vibrant colors. […]

An Unexpected Journey To Maryville, Tennessee

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An Unexpected Journey To Maryville, Tennessee… My wife and I love visiting quaint little bed and breakfasts every Fall with her parents. We all love hiking and the outdoors, so it makes our trips super fun and filled with adventure. To make a very long story short, we all booked a B&B that we had never been to before, […]

The Historic/Haunted Oakland Cemetery

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Taking Photos In A Graveyard… I’m not sure how many of you have had the privilege of visiting Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta, but it is one of the coolest, creepiest, and most historic locations I have ever photographed. Being that I am obsessed with history, what intrigued me the most about Oakland Cemetery is the fact […]

My View From Panama City Beach

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Any Of My Viewers Live In PCB, Florida? Let’s Shoot Together!  I arrived in Panama City Beach yesterday where I will be spending the next week with my wife, daughter, and parents. It’s my daughter’s first vacation and first time to the beach, so this week will be a blast just taking photos of her! […]

Firestorm

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Resist The Cliché Sunsets Sunsets over large bodies of water can often be hard to photograph since it’s so cliché to have that “perfect” sunset photo that we have all seen a million times with the over saturated purple clouds, the orange sun reflecting on the sand, and the perfect silhouette of a seagull flying off into […]

Photokina 2016 New Cameras

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It’s Been Interesting So Far… Ok, so this year’s Photokina has been great for Fuji with the new Medium format Mirrorless GFX, great for Panasonic with the new GH5, great for GoPro with their Hero 5 and Karma drone, decent for olympus with their new mirrorless “Pen” cameras, terrible for Sigma with their overpriced 500mm […]

Mill Of Middle Earth

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The Accidental Waterfall This location was simply a joy to explore and photograph. It’s actually a little frustrating to blog about because it’s so hard to explain the pure and zen atmosphere of this place. It was very much like being in Middle Earth, hence the name of this photo.  The cool history behind this […]

Ascending To The Heavens

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Quadcopter Photography I think this was one of the first really good sunsets I photographed with my quadcopter. I am still blown away by the technology and the ability to capture photos from hundreds of feet in the air with full control over ISO, shutter speed, and even HDR brackets! The Sunset I was on […]

Cagney Class Locomotive

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Tellus Science Museum: You all know I love photography and art, but most of you might not know that I love museums. It probably originated from the fact that my favorite subject in school was always history. I love reading books on ancient Egypt, lost treasures, The Freemasons, etc. I even followed in my great grandfather’s […]

The Daily Prophet

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Wizarding World Of Harry Potter This photo is quite simple but makes me want to be on an adventure in the wizarding world, nonetheless. My wife and I are huge Harry Potter nerds, and we love simply hanging out in the theme park all day just soaking up the “mood” even if we don’t get […]

Google Nik Software Collection Now FREE

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Some Of The best Plugins Ever! Ok, I am really excited about this post because Google actually did something really cool for the photography community yesterday! I will let you watch the video to get the full scoop, BUT……Google made their Nik Software Collection FREE for everyone! Merry Christmas in March! -Eric NEW VIDEO – […]

Desolation Comes Upon The Sky

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“We’re going to need a bigger umbrella” Those of you who have been shooting with me before know that I LOVE shooting in bad weather. Storms make some of the most interesting and dramatic photographs you could wish for. However, being at the top of a mountain which took 2.74 miles of vertical hiking to reach was […]

NEW Landscape Photography VLOG

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Landscape Photography Vlog #1 I have received quite a few requests over the past year to video document all of my photography hikes and adventures in order for all of you to see my process from start-to-finish. After researching the best way for me to vlog my adventures while delivering quality video production, I decided to finally […]

Inside The Hogwarts Express

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Wizarding World Of Harry Potter Ok, who doesn’t love Harry Potter? Let’s be honest… My wife and I are big kids, and we visit Disney World and Universal studios typically two or three times a year. That should explain why so much of my portfolio is filled with theme park photography 🙂 I took this […]

The Journey Home

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Sope Creek I have hiked Sope Creek three times now with my good friend and fellow photographer, Joseph Wood from Favortied.xyz, and it seems like we step into a different realm every time we’re there. The weather changed from sunny blue skies to tornado warnings in two seconds the last time we were there, and […]

You Shall Not Pass

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A Day Of Exploring… At any given time, I typically have a huge list of places and hikes that I want to go on for photo opportunities. However, sometimes it’s nice to leave the list behind, jump in the car with all my gear, and just explore random places. Well, that is exactly how I […]

Escape From GRINGOTTS

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Wizarding World Of Harry Potter Most of my followers know that I love photographing theme parks anytime I get the chance. This trip back in September of 2015 was the first time I was able to photograph the infamous, Wizarding World of Harry Potter inside of Universal Studios.   I grew up with the Harry […]

Symbol Of Hope

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Sweetwater Creek  I love going to Sweetwater Creek right after a few days of constant rain! As you can see in this photo, the water is moving crazy fast for a creek that is normally calm enough to walk across in sandals. I was there hiking and shooting with my good friend Joseph, and we found […]

The Silent Observer

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Creatures Of The Forest Out of all the woodland creatures, owls have always been the most mysterious to me… It’s always fascinated me that owls can rotate their heads and necks as much as 270 degrees due to their fourteen neck vertebrae compared to the seven that humans have. They are so beautiful, and looking into […]

Mulei The Woodcarver

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Mulei From Kenya, Africa While trying to avoid a big parade in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, I noticed this old man sitting behind a hut carving animal faces into small pieces of wood.  Now, I’ve been to Animal Kingdom probably a hundred times, and I have never seen people selling woodcarvings.  I was on the way to […]

The Grey Havens

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Lake Allatoona Sunsets will forever be in every photographer’s portfolio.  HOWEVER, due to the high volume of sunsets all over the web, I only like to capture the really unique ones.  In my opinion, the uniqueness of a sunset is all in the texture and shape of the clouds.  You may notice while browsing through my portfolio that […]

The Woodland Realm

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Anna Ruby Falls – Random Trail I typically don’t like to photograph “iconic” places that have been photographed a million times, but I decided to visit Anna Ruby Falls anyway since it was less than two miles from where I was camping with my grandfather.  Well, I was so glad that I decided to visit […]

Textures Of Morocco

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Capturing The Essence Of Morocco The streets of Morocco are filled with all sorts of interesting architecture.  As a photographer, I see the world differently from most people.  Most people view the “big picture” of a beautiful scene, but my eyes always notice the fine details.  In this case, textures!  I am oddly obsessed with studying […]

England – Portraits Around The World

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Epcot | York, England | Harry Here it is, folks!  I am super excited to release the second photo in my Portraits Around The World photo series!  The subject’s name was Harry, and he was a really cool and nerdy guy…which I loved of course.  We hit it off pretty quick once we discovered that we’re […]

Amicalola Falls Sunset

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Luck Of The Irish Any outdoor photographer will tell you that making the perfect photograph is around 90% skill and 10% luck.  The 10% aspect is all about what mother nature decides to unleash.  The right clouds, the right color tones in the sky, and most important, the light…Well, this particular moment in time was […]

The Secret Tree

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Living In A Lake Town I live in a quaint little “lake town” called Acworth, Georgia.  There is a great hidden park right on the lake that has these awesome looking trees like the one you see in the photo.  I was actually there shooting the sunset and saw that the sun was rim lighting the […]

A New Beginning

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Last Minute Photo It was the last day of our vacation in Panama City Beach, and I spotted this sailboat in the distance as we were all about to leave the condo.  I immediately unpacked my camera bag so I could capture this cool scene!   I love how simple this photo is.  It’s apparent […]

NEW PROJECT – Portraits Around The World

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Epcot’s World Showcase You’re probably wondering what my new project is all about!  Well, my wife and I just recently got back from spending a week in Disney World.  When I was driving us there, I had 7 hours to think of this interesting idea………  I always take photos while I’m in Disney, but 99% […]

Aztec Temple

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St. Angel Restaurant My wife and I ate at this gorgeous restaurant tonight called, St. Angel.  It’s Hidden inside of this cray cray Aztec Temple that you see in the photo.  Inside of the temple also resides an entire Mexican village with little shops, wood carvers, ceremonial masks, authentic Mexican clothing, and much more!  The […]

Portal To A Blue World

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Georgia Aquarium The Georgia Aquarium is one of the coolest places to visit in Atlanta!  It is a very challenging place to photograph because of all the reflective glass and people everywhere.  I was lucky enough to see this little cove during a sea otter show that was going on, so there were no people […]

Street Photography – Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival

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What is Street Photography? To me, street photography is like holding up a mirror to society.  it’s very often the art of creating a very dynamic image while being distanced from your subject.  On the other hand, it can be also be very personal and dramatic portraits of a subject that you might have made a special connection with […]

Fountain Of Temptation

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The Dallas Waterfall I used to photograph this waterfall all the time when I lived in Dallas, GA.  It’s in the middle of nowhere, there is an old graveyard on the trail leading to the waterfall, and I always get a little creeped out when I am there by myself.  If you’re a local around […]

Jekyll Nature Trail

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Jekyll Island I captured this photo on one of Jekyll Island’s nature trails.  Jekyll Island has such a beautiful resort with tons of trails, wildlife, oceanic views, and huge mossy trees that will blow your mind!  Enjoy! -Eric  NEW PHOTO – “Jekyll Nature Trail  

St. Andrews Swamp

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St. Andrews State Park While vacationing in Panama City Beach, one of my favorite places to photograph is St. Andrews State Park.  Inside, there are beautiful beaches, swamps, piers, and hiking trails.  Just keep an eye out for alligators!  I decided to risk it for 15 minutes and shoot right next to an “Alligator Warning” […]

Atlanta Panorama

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Trip To The ATL! I was on a day-trip to the Georgia Aquarium when I captured this image.  I was walking through the historic, Centennial Olympic Park when I saw this beautiful view of the Westin building to the left, ferris wheel in the middle, and CNN Center to the right.  I decided that the only way […]

NEW CAMERA And NEW PHOTO!

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NEW CAMERA! Ok, so I have considered ditching my big heavy DSLR camera system for about a year now in order to switch over to one of the new mirrorless camera systems that keep getting better and better.  Well, I FINALLY did it!  I am not going to give too much away right now because I am […]

Disney’s Japan

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Epcot World Showcase – Walt Disney World Disney World is easily one of my favorite places in the world to photograph.  I say this because Disney provides the opportunity for so many genres of photography.  Street photography of the people, architecture, landscape, wildlife, night scenes, etc.  Luckily, I travel to Disney quite often, so I have […]

Sacred Bamboo Forest

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A Day In Barnsley Gardens First, if you have never been to Barnsley Gardens, I highly recommend that you go!  It is a beautiful resort with two great restaurants, a golf course, horseback riding, great hiking trails, beautiful gardens, and tons of amazing little cottages you can rent. While I was hiking with my dad […]

Jekyll Waterway

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Jekyll Island & The Fisherman One of the most incredible things about Jekyll Island is the beautiful scenery everywhere you look.  I was in absolute awe over the serene land/seascapes, the amount of wildlife, and the crazy moss hanging from every tree! I found the scene in this image while hiking on one of the […]

Purchasing My Prints

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_________________________________________________________________________________________________________  COMING SOON! Ok, first things first….You guys ROCK!  I was not expecting the launch of my website to get this much traffic and attention in 3 days.  It’s ALL thanks to you!   Second, I have received a ton of inquiries asking where people can custom order and purchase prints of my photos.  I […]

Thunderhead

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Tornado Warning At Sunset Threatening clouds, 40mph winds, tornado warnings in several different counties, and where do I find myself?  Duh!  I followed the last bit of light to the shores of Lake Allatoona!  When severe storms start to turn the sky into a mixture of that unsettling greenish-orange color, one would/should typically find somewhere […]

Goonies Never Say Die

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The Fishing Hole I captured this one last fall, so I am glad I finally got to process it!  I have so many photos built up in my “unprocessed” folder on my computer that it makes it tough sometimes to edit photos as I shoot them. There is a great little fishing spot where I typically go […]

Gentle Solitude

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Sweet Water Creek And The Mockingjay I took this photo at Sweet Water Creek State Park in Lithia Springs, GA.  The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 was actually filmed at Sweet Water so I thought I would add in that little fun-fact. The reason this specific photo is so unique to me is because Sweet […]

WELCOME To The New Blog!!

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What Is Finding Middle Earth? Well, before I get into my new website/blog in detail, I will answer the headlining question for you. What is Finding Middle Earth?  The Finding Middle Earth blog will be a fun place for people to learn photography, download training videos,  get involved in great conversations, follow my personal photo […]

The Great Beyond

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The Story Behind The Stars This photo took me by surprise when I saw the preview on the back of my camera.  I captured this one at a great lake close to my house called Lake Allatoona.  I shoot there fairly often but very rarely try to shoot stars there due to the lake’s shore line […]

Dreams Of Tomorrow

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New Disney Photo! I took this one in Disney’s Epcot right after sunset.  What caught my eye about this scene was the cool blue colors from the water and the sky mixing with the orange and purple lighting from the architecture across the pond.  It’s a very calming scene in such a crazy and crowded place. […]

Aquatic Wasteland

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Cotton Candy Clouds Every winter, there are sections of Lake Allatoona that are completely drained for a few months out of the year.  I love visiting this little spot when the lake is drained because it has some of the coolest looking rock formations and/or trees that have been buried beneath the water for most of the year. […]

19th Century Village

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Life University There is a great college in Marietta, GA called Life University, and they have an extremely beautiful campus.  They have an old waterfall mill, huge fountains, and a 19th century style farming village.  I was lucky enough to be presented with the opportunity of shooting inside of one of the homes in the village.  I love the […]

Breath Before The Plunge

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 Callaway Gardens I shot this image in Callaway Gardens right before a huge ring of storms hit the area.  If you know me, you know that I love watching any kind of storm pass through.  It’s actually on my bucket list to go on a storm chaser tornado tour in hopes of bringing back some amazing […]