About

Photography is both old and new to me. Growing up, I watched my dad take pictures of everything - and then taking 2-3 more just to be safe. As my wife Suzanne and I began to make memories of our own, I followed in my family footsteps to take copious photos as an important part of memory making. Several years ago, we began to embrace adventure sports in the mountains. I began to study the art and technique of photography to capture these transcendent moments we experience as a family far from daily midwest lives. I am still new in the field, but am excited to share our images. 

 

 

 

Images copyright Jordan Chapell. All rights reserved.

 

Gear

I'm deep in the Sony system. As a serial second-hand upgrader via Craigslist/Ebay, I've worked through virtually the entire NEX system (Nex3, Nex5, Nex5n, Nex5r, Nex6), and then the incredible Alpha A6000. I think the A6000 is probably the perfect crop sensor camera if you are into mirrorless, and I've taken thousands of shots on that trusty camera. WIth the advent of the A6300 and A6500, I still think the a6000 is a sweet spot of price and image quality. I'm now shooting with the full frame Sony Alpha series. Throughout these cameras, I've shot with a wide assortment of native E and FE lenses, as well as adapted Minolta, Zeiss, Voigtlander, Canon, and Rokinon lenses from the 1950's - modern times. Some of our favorite images were made with <$25 (or free!) manual lenses that are paired with today's top digital sensors. 

For the last few years we have also kept a second-hand Sony RX100 (or one of the following generations) on hand for adventures that require something more compact. I am blown away by the images that can be made by this pocketable camera's 1" sensor. If I could only have one camera/lens, this would be it. 

The iPhone - the omnipresent camera. I think the onboard camera came into its own with the iPhone 5, and we take tons of photos and video with it - even when we have a "real camera" on hand. With good light, or in certain conditions, it's hard to beat.