American Farm Bureau Convention

photo by Michael LoBiondo

Delegates session

I just recently came back from Atlanta where I shot the American Farm Bureau Convention.   They invite me back every year to do the usual photography at a convention.  It reminds me of where our food comes from.  Farms run and owned by regular folks, hard working, dawn to dusk, not much profit, dependent on the weather, folks.  I remember to appreciate every bite I take (I’ve taken my fair share).
 
Every year, I look for different or unusual images to highlight the trip.  On sunday morning, they invite a preacher/minister and a choir to start the day.  These folks were awesome.  The choir director was singing so hard I thought his face was going to fall off!!
Photo by Michael LoBiondo

Choir Director

Photo by Michael LoBiondo

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Choir

At the end of the convention, Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs spoke about how there isn’t anything wrong with hard work.  Farmers do it 365/24/7.  Great speaker.
Photo by Michael LoBiondo

Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs

So lastly, the AFBF folks are really great to work with.  One of the other photographers, Ken, wore a pedometer for the first 2 days and recorded over 20000 steps.  Our dogs were hurten’.  Here’s Ken and Mike and of course, Mary.

photo by Michael LoBiondo

Ken and Mike: Did you get it?

photo by Michael LoBiondo

Mary: Take it already!!

We dug out of Atlanta so more later.
ML

Sit by the pool this winter

Photo by Michael LoBiondo

Pool scene for Annual Report

It got really cold this weekend in Charlotte and we were doing some Annual Report photos in town of apartment complexes.  Nothing like being around the pool in 35 degree weather with a cross wind.  Luckily the sun came out and warmed us to at least 37 degrees.   The AD didn’t want to show the typical building shots for the annual which was good because we had lost almost all the leaves on the trees.  Se we wanted to set a different tone/mood for the photography.  Who knows what the final client will actually use for their annual.  That’s the way the ball bounces sometimes.  Ultimately, you have to shoot what makes everyone happy including yourself.  It’s always a dance.

It will warm up again and I will get out my beach blanket and lounge chair…and hot chocolate.  More soon.

ML

Shooting with a 50mm standard lens

Photo by Michael LoBiondo

Bank Annual Report

We did a recent annual report and decided to use the 50mm lens for whatever shots we could.  I really loved the thin depth of field (1.8) and in this shot it worked very well.  I got used to using zooms and I think there’s something about using prime lenses that allows you to see differently.  Check out more on www.mlobiondo.com