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Zack Arias Tackles The Question Of Full Frame vs Crop Sensors
As mentioned in previous posts, I’m a Zack Arias fan. I enjoy his teaching style, and his no bull**** attitude.
I found his latest video humorous as well as informative, as it seems this topic is always brought up in photography forums over the debate on crop APS-C versus full frame sensors.
Little bit of background on me…
When I first started shooting with a DSLR, I started with a Rebel XS 10 megapixel “crop” APS-C body. I loved it. I was happy with the image quality (coming from digital point and shoot cameras and film cameras). I slowly moved from one body to another, going from the Canon Rebel to a 40D, then a 50D, and finally to a 5D Mark II. It seemed like with each new body, the camera was getting bigger and bigger. The image quality the 5D II produced was amazing, I don’t doubt that. However, becoming a dad was, I wouldn’t say a difficult transition in a bad way, but it took some serious adjusting. No longer was I lugging my camera around everywhere. I was lugging around diaper bags, lunch bags, etc.
I did end up buying a Canon EOS M, and that I took everywhere with me. It was compact and produced terrific image quality. It literally replaced my 5D II (as crazy as that sounds), but I still kept it. I was still in that photographer mindset that full frame was king. As time went on, and my 5D II sat in its bag, I decided to jump ship, and go all in for Fuji after reading so many reviews and image samples. I still kept my EOS M as my wife likes it. Do I miss my “full frame” 5D II? Not at all. I’m having more fun with the Fuji X-T1 than I ever had with the 5D II. It’s compact (not as much as the EOS M, but definitely smaller than the 5D II), the image quality is outstanding.
Back on track…. Zack takes on this question from an interesting perspective, comparing many of the sensor sizes currently available, and why the question of Crop versus Full Frame is a waste of air. I know there would be many that would disagree and think it’s heresy to put APS-C and full frame sensors in the same league with each other.
What’s your take? Are you a happy APS-C user? Are you a no exceptions, Full frame, and “Crop” is what I have to wipe off my @ss before I flush kind of photographer? Or are you a medium or large format shooter that shakes your head at the constant bickering of the crop and full frame shooters with a bumper sticker that says “My camera would eat your camera whole”? 🙂
Read more on Zack’s dedpxl website.
By one “Hot” Daddy
According to eMedicineHeath.com:
When to Seek Medical Care
When to call or see the doctor
A fever has many possible causes. Most commonly, a fever is part of a viral infection that will go away on its own. However, there are some reasons to be concerned or worried about a fever; do not hesitate to call or see a doctor for any high fevers.
- Call the doctor if any of these conditions exists.
- If the temperature is 103 F (39.4 C) or greater
- If the fever lasts more than seven days
- If the fever symptoms get worse
You can probably imagine how my weekend went… (Actually midweek through the weekend). Brain exploding migraines, being able to cook off my forehead, and seeing the world like it’s constantly swaying back and forth like a ship. I felt like I was on the S.S. Minnow with Gilligan at the helm…only without the hotnesses of Mary Ann and Ginger to console me…When I took my temperature Wednesday afternoon (and several more times after seeing the results), I decided it might be time to see a doctor lol. I drove myself, and miraculously didn’t kill anyone (or me) in the process. The doctors ran tests, drew some blood, and came up empty handed….Awesome. Well, I figured, if I was going to go by way of a new virus, I’d have it named after me ;-).
Apparently I read some people get delusional, hysterical, lethargical, etc….a lot of “al” words. I’m pretty sure for the most part I was lucid and coherent….well, as much as I am on a normal basis anyway. My wife commented that whenever I get sick, I’m always quiet. I never whine or complain, so when I was grasping my skull with tears in my eyes from the monstrous migraines that fever was giving me….she could tell I was really hurting.
In any case, Saturday rolls around, and I don’t know if maybe it was the antibiotics the confused doctors threw at me, or perhaps the alternating of large doses of Tylenol and Motrin, or if the virus finally got a good look at my head and had second thoughts on further invasion plans….but my fever broke. It still hovered from 100-102, but compared to 104.7, It was like making a miraculous recovery in my book.
I hadn’t taken any artsy photos of my son in a while…and it was due to working, tiredness, laziness, and being….well, a dad. I was determined to get out and get some shots…even if it killed me lol. I figured fresh air would do me good.
I always wanted to do a shot with my son with a “Huckleberry” type theme. The image in my head (whether during a lucid moment during my head’s revolt with viral reinforcements, or a hallucination), I always wanted to do was a setting with him in overalls, standing on a wooden raft in a stream. Unfortunately with him just getting ready to turn 3 years old on the 3rd, that one got vetoed by myself AND my wife.
I instead settled on a country woods theme.
Setup shot below. I used two Yongnuo flashes inside of a 28″ softbox mounted with a Phottix Multi-boom.
The photos were taken with the Fuji X-T1 and 56mm lens with a two stop ND filter, shooting at f/1.2, ISO 200, 180/s shutter speed, in RAW.
The resulting shots. My son was a “willing” participant. It only took him 2 packs of gummy snacks, and a bag of Cheetos to “convince” him to play long. Of course during the shoot he was having a good ol’ time with the harmonica and was moving around to his tunes. I’m lucky I got the shots I did.
Disclaimer: No woodland animals were harmed in the making of these photographs…..but many….many…..MANY mosquitos met an untimely death. My son and I have the battle scars to prove it.
Update 7/11/14: Looks like Phottix Journal liked one of these enough to make it their Weekly Photo. 🙂
One from this series also won People’s Choice on Viewbug.com, and was selected out of 3,299 other submissions. Yay. The contests on Viewbug.com are voted on by members. The top voted images then become finalist. a Panel of judges then picks the “Grand Jury Winner”. The “People’s Choice” winner is the photograph that received the most votes by members.
“Upgrading” from a 21 megapixel Full-frame DSLR to a 16 megapixel APS-C mirrorless.
In my last post I mentioned I sold off my Canon DSLR gear and was left with only the Canon EOS M. I was freeing up funds, and diving head first into the Fuji X series platform. I’ve read review upon review of their system, and felt like it would be a better fit for me.
My favorite go-to combo was always the Canon 5D Mark II and the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 lens. At one time I did own several lenses, but slowly started selling them off because I got tired of hauling all of it around. It’s kind of like the picture I snagged off of the Fuji website…
I wasn’t necessarily the guy on the far left. I was more like the middle guy. Doesn’t seem like a whole lot, but when I’ve got a rambunctious 2 year old (well, almost 3 now), it does tend to weigh me down. The less I had to carry, the happier I was, (and the faster I was able to keep up with my son).
I’m not going into any reviews over the Fuji X-T1 or the lens, as you can find more in-depth reviews scattered across the internet. I’m merely documenting my switch, and my reasons for doing so on my blog.
As mentioned, I loved the small, unobtrusive size. The quiet shutter was a bonus as well. It’s like a finely built machine. I originally wanted the Fuji 35mm f/1.4 lens since the 35mm equivalent on a crop sensor ends up being about 53mm, so it would have been what I was used to with the Canon 50L. Anyway, I tried ordering it at the beginning of the month, only to have it STILL on backorder. I cancelled it and ordered the 23mm f/1.4 instead….and glad I did. For the last 3 years I’ve seen nothing but the 50mm focal length, and I felt like switching to a somewhat wider 35mm field of view would be a good change.
Since I only got the lens this past weekend, I don’t really have anything to post other than my test shot of some dandelions in my back yard taken at f/1.4. I think it’s safe to say this lens and camera body are both keepers….and I need to get off my ass and cut the grass…
I have a confession…
No sooner did I get this lens, did I find out that Zeiss had a sale going on. I packed up the Fuji 23mm lens, and bought the Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 lens, as well as the 12mm f/2.8 lens. The 12mm lens went up for sale immediately as I’m not a wide angle person (and coincidentally sold almost immediately). Now I hear that combo is sold out at Zeiss USA, so lucky me ;-). It seems to still show as available at Amazon
, but you’d better hurry. It doesn’t seem like U.S. retailers are going to get replenished.
Since I named this post “X-Rated”, it’s only fair I show you some Camera P0rn with the lovely (and talented), Fuji X-T1 with her Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 lens.
Considering one of the only downsides is the rather short battery life…
Duke Gardens Misadventures
It’s been forever since my last post.
So my family and I spent this past weekend with some friends in North Carolina. We went back to Duke Gardens because it’s beautiful, full of lush well-maintained landscapes, beautiful flowers, and neatly cut grass…in other words, the exact opposite of our yard back home.
This past week I literally sold off all of my Canon gear (well…the one Canon camera body, one Canon flash, and one lens I owned). If I was smart, I would have at least waited until after this past weekend to sell my gear so I would have everything I needed to take some portraits at the gardens.
Well I wasn’t (smart), so I didn’t have my fancy “full frame” camera and my Canon “L” lens with a 1.2 aperture. To be honest, I was tired of lugging it around. I was bored. I needed a change. You shouldn’t get bored with a hobby….then it’s no longer a hobby. It’s a chore. All I had was my Canon EOS M “pocket rebel”.
Anyway…back on track… My wife wanted some more family pictures. Unfortunately on this post there will not be any family pictures of us. My little EOS M didn’t have a remote shutter, so I was left setting a self timer and running back and forth from behind the camera to my wife and son to get in the picture. Needless to say I looked either like a blur, or out of breath from running back and forth. Those pictures have been doomed to the recycling bin.
To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect from the pocket rebel as far as portraits. Granted it uses the same sensor and tech as some of Canon’s other DSLR offerings, but I had mainly only used it for quick pics when a sh*tty cell phone pic won’t do. I was about to find out…
My setup for these shots was pretty simple; a single light source (apart from the getting hotter by the minute Sun), a light stand/boom, a 60″ umbrella, and a couple of flashes.
I had each Yongnuo YN560 flash set to 1/8 power, effectively giving me the equivalent of a single flash on 1/4 power, but with faster recycling times. The Sun was behind the subjects, so I didn’t have to worry about squinty eyes or harsh shadows. The pocket rebel had a 22mm lens (35mm equivalent) set to f/5.6, ISO 200, 1/160s shutter speed.
Meet the Growing Pearsons. One of my wife’s best friends, who’s husband is also a photo hobbyist like myself, and daughter whom my son is in love with lol.
The gardens were crowded, and I can’t blame anyone for wanting to be outside. It was a beautiful day. There were on-lookers standing around looking at what was going on. Some of which had big DSLRs with rather long lenses. Needless to say I heard some giggles and saw lots of smiles. I can only assume they were laughing at my choice of camera. Whatever.
Next up were the kiddies…
My son likes hamming it up for the camera…
And a big flirt…
That’s my boy. 😉
So we packed up all of our stuff and went onward looking for another spot for a photo op.
Finally we needed a break. Hauling everything around was laborious, not to mention two toddlers in tow in the sweltering heat.
My brush with the “Law”
I setup to take some shots there, but within minutes, a Duke Gardens Rent-a-Cop (or so I now call her) raced over to where we were shooting. I mean man…she must have been going a full 8 miles per hour in that golf cart. The only thing that would have been more impressive is if she would have pulled up in a Segway a la Paul Blart. She asked whether I had a permit to take pictures. I was polite and told her I was taking family pictures (of course as I’m saying this, I’m doing a one-legged balancing act off a flower pot so I could get a shot of my wife and son looking up at me. In any case, she explained to me there are portrait policies at the gardens. I could either get a 1 day pass for $100, or become a member photographer for the paltry sum of $450 for the year. 😮
After my stern talking to, she said she would overlook this “incident”. Two minutes later as I’m packing up, she comes whizzing back, eyeballing me as she’s driving by to make sure I’m packing up all my lighting gear.
I decided to employ another tactic…
A big umbrella and a light stand would just be a dead giveaway. However, people use flashes, and people use monopods. I decided to make a “flash on a stick”. I took my monopod, attached a single flash, and a 45 degree grid. I could carry and hold it in one hand while shooting with the other. Quick and easy.
We again wandered around until we found a semi-secluded path. The bright sun was in full force, but the trees were hampering its plans to wash out my shot. There were still people walking around admiring the foliage, but the paths didn’t look large enough to accommodate Robocop’s speed wagon.
Both shots taken with a single, gridded flash set to 1/2 power on a monopod.
I can’t blame Duke Gardens’ staff for scolding me. I should have done my research as to what is permitted in the gardens as far as photography is concerned. I didn’t think twice since we had already ventured out there once last year. I now know better (and better places to hide and boldly go where no golf cart has gone before).
Inevitably becomes cool again.
Does that mean I will eventually be cool again?
It’s interesting to see how, despite all of the advances in technology, people will still get the nostalgia bug and go back to, or try to at least simulate, the things of yesteryear. Once what was in fashion, what was “in”, became outdated. “Out of style.” “Old News.”
Then history repeats…and then it’s considered “vintage”….and cool again.
The same goes with photography. Just because it’s old doesn’t mean it’s not good anymore. (Just because the Canon 5D Mark III came out doesn’t mean all of a sudden my Canon 5D Mark II became crap or started taking crap pictures)…it’s always been that way 😀 j/k
With all of these advancements in noise control, auto-focus, camera presets, etc. There shouldn’t be any reason why anyone cannot produce a photo they should be proud to hang on their wall, no matter what camera they use. Yet, despite all of these advances in technology, many of us still cling to shooting with manual settings (I think it’s trust issues) :-). Some of us add noise to a digital photo to give it an analog film look. Some add light leaks, etc.
Why add these imperfections back that camera manufacturers have strived so hard to eliminate? For me, there’s more character. More color. More definition.
This past Sunday, my wife and I took my son to the Norfolk Zoo. I left my big burly DSLR at home, and opted to bring my Canon EOS M. I’m still working the 22mm EF-M lens, but I also brought along some old Canon FD lenses that are older than I am. Manual focus. Manual aperture. Built like a Tank. If you ever find yourself with an FD adapter for your particular camera brand, It’s worth checking out a few of these lenses. You can find them on eBay dirt cheap. It makes you slow down and really work on your focus and composition. No spray and pray here…
Black and white also seemed fitting for these old lenses I brought along. Of course pictures I took with the EF-M 22mm lens also got a black and white makeover.
This first one was with the 22mm EF-M. The bright outdoor sun illuminating the nearby window and door at the end of the hallway, giving a nice outline to the subjects.
My son wanted to get a better look at the giraffes. He thought he was big enough to use the spotting scope. Also taken with the 22mm EF-M lens.
Not. Quite. There. Yet. 🙂
One of the giraffes he was trying to see. We’ve come to this zoo probably 4 or 5 times in the last year alone. It’s a bit of a drive for us, taking about an hour and half with little to no traffic. We remember this little giraffe when it was barely walking, keeping close to mommy and daddy, with daddy keeping a very watchful eye.
Now baby seems to be big enough to wander around on his/her own, exploring its enclosure (that sounds a bit depressing). I guess in a way we’re all caged. 🙂
In any case, little giraffe here was stretching out, getting some of that midday sun warmth. This was taken with an old Canon FD 70-210 f/4 lens. Trying to keep a manual lens like this steady on the EOS M was a bit tricky, as well as trying to maintain some semblance of focus on the subject. This was taken at roughly the 150mm mark. This little gem of a lens I purchased off eBay for a paltry $20.
My son staring down the King of Beasts, while repeatedly saying “Hakuna Matata”.
And what did the Lion have to say?
These last two images were taken the the FD 50mm f/1.8 lens, the predecessor to the “Nifty Fifty”, “Plastic Fantastic”, EF 50mm f/1.8 autofocus lens.
Last but not least…I thought it was only fitting, seeing as how I was in a black and white mood, to include a shot of “Pros” to this genre.
Once again taken with the FD 70-210 f/4 lens. This one was shot at roughly 180mm. I luckily had a fence post I could somewhat sturdy myself with.
I absolutely love looking at the black and white photos taken from times long forgotten. Something the newer generations, myself included, don’t remember or never experienced. No “soft” shadows there. Hard light was where it was at. Sharp, dark, piercing shadows. Awesomeness…
All general post processing was done in LightRoom 5. For my black and white conversion, I used Silver Efex 2. I have a preset I created that I aptly named “gritty B&W” that was applied to each of these shots.
Out from behind the lens
#9. 30,000 family photos neatly categorized in Lightroom. Zero photos of you.
That’s pretty much sums it up. I have thousands of family photographs. Parents, siblings, nieces, nephews, my wife, my son, you name it….and nada of yours truly. Aside from some family portraits we had done at JC Penny’s over a year and a half ago (it’s rather cute how they never touch the camera or light settings there…everything is already pre-programmed. All they have to do is press the shutter), there hasn’t really been any family photographs where I was in the picture. This troubled my wife. She said something along the lines of looking like a single parent because it was always just her and my son. I was always behind the camera….She was right….(sshhhhh!).
So while we went to North Carolina to visit some friends (back from my Shooting from the hip post), we also went to Duke Gardens. My wife was adamant that we were going to get some family pictures. It was an ultimatum of sorts. Well… I puffed out my chest, looked her straight in the eye and said:
One thing I realized….Duke Gardens is quite a walk. The temperature was also nice and toasty (it was noon). I had my camera bag and my bag with light stands and modifiers. By the time we found a nice place to take a couple snapshots, I was hot and sweaty. Needless to say, I could have used a mule…but I was the only jackass around. 🙂
So as I mentioned earlier, it was noon…bright, blistering heat shining down on us. I may be half Asian, but I didn’t want our family pictures to be squinty-eyed from the bright sun. We found a shaded area near a pond, and I started setting everything up.
I used 2 yongnuo flashes, paired up with my Phottix multi-boom on a light stand. I had the flashes set to 1/2 power each, mounted to a 60″ shoot-through umbrella. Triggered with Pocket Wizard Plus X units.
I had a wireless shutter system plugged into my camera, with the remote in my hand. I had pre-focused, and then turned off automatic focusing. Granted if we moved a lot, we wouldn’t be in focus…
My camera was on a tripod (I hate tripods…) that had one leg sitting in the pond.
By the way….whenever you go into a department store and see those free umbrella bags at the entrance, grab a few. They work great as tripod leg covers when you need to use your tripod in and around water! 🙂
So here we are….me and my better half. I should have worn better jeans….Notice the sweat stain on my shirt from the aforementioned heat.
And of course one with our son, Liem, getting a surprise sneak kiss/squish attack!
Ooh La La!
It’s nice to feel like a winner sometimes.
Part book review, part rant on winning a prize.
For those of you unfamiliar with the name, Christa Meola is an internationally recognized (and gorgeous) portrait photographer specializing in boudoir photography. I highly recommend checking out her site when you have the time. I copied the following short bio from her CreativeLive Bio page that can better explain her personality than I can. 🙂
I’m Christa Meola and I’m an international pro photographer based in NYC, specializing in photographing women. I’m a self-declared Sensualist and have been infatuated with visual storytelling since I was a kid. I received my first film camera as a Christmas gift at eight years old and it was love at first sight. Although I’ve shot for champion athletes, celebrities, and models, I have a penchant for working with the everyday woman next door. I believe that imagery is powerful, and that honoring our bodies, emotions, choices and impulses through photography is sublimely empowering. And profoundly sexy. My style and approach is simple, classic, emotional, joyful and genuine. I love challenges, finding solutions, keeping it simple and making it work. Empowering women to adore themselves and their bodies is the best job on earth – join me!
She is also the author of the book:The Art of Boudoir Photography: How to Create Stunning Photographs of Women.
It is an informative, and easy read into the world of boudoir photography. She lays it out on how to get your clients to be their best. The book is filled with Christa’s photography, showing the Do’s and Don’ts, how to pose, creating flattering light, helping clients deal with their insecurities, tips if you are a male photographer, etc. She also takes you through one of her boudoir sessions with a client from start to finish so you can really conceptualize everything you read in the book.
In any case, yesterday she hosted a launch party for her new boudoir workshop. One day I would love to be able to attend, but it’s not in the cards right now (credit cards or debit cards lol). The launch party had over 700 attendees from all over the world, as well as past “graduates” of her online boudoir workshops sharing their thoughts and experiences with how the workshop has helped them succeed.
You can watch the recorded replay stream of the launch party here.
During the launch party, she had plenty of giveaways for attendees chosen at random. The most coveted prize to be won was a free seat to her online boudoir workshop ($895 value). No…I didn’t win the seat lol (I wish!). What I did win was a copy of Totally Rad! Pro Retouch 2, a $99 value. Not too shabby! 😉 If you watch the recorded replay of the launch party, at 25 minutes in is where yours truly gets named the winner. 🙂
Street photography outing with the Canon EOS M
Shooting a weapon while holding it really low, at hipline, as the name suggests. Usually done by only highly skilled marksmen, since aiming like that is very difficult.
I do love the EOS M. Its image quality, size, versatility, and inconspicuousness.
This past weekend my family and I took a trip to North Carolina to visit some friends. Everytime we go down there we end up shopping…or to be more precise, my wife and her best friend end up shopping while us dads are left to baby duty (and doodie).
Since I knew of the inevitable, I figured it would be a great time to hit the streets with the EOS M.
While trying to remain inconspicuous, and getting candids of people in various places, I literally shot from the hip as the definition above suggests, and my weapon is a Canon. 😉
Shooting from the hip isn’t easy. I ended up with a lot of photos out of focus. I’m carrying my camera by the strap on my shoulder. The camera falls to about waist level. My right hand is resting on top of it, with my thumb on the shutter. When I see something interesting I want a shot of, I turn my body, so my right side is facing my intended “target”, half press the shutter to focus, and fully press to take a shot…all the while I’m looking off in another direction.
(Click any of the photos to be taken to my flickr gallery)
I will say shooting from the hip provides some interesting perspectives and framing.
It’s kind of like me playing darts by trying to throw them at the dart board while looking in the opposite direction….I’m going to end up hitting something, but may not be my intended target. 🙂
People tend to tense up or look/feel awkward when they notice a camera pointing at them. Catching candids is like watching wildlife in their natural habitat, undisturbed.
The quiet shutter on the EOS M doesn’t make much of a sound that might otherwise alert someone that their picture was just taken.
And one of my son misbehaving at a restaurant, doing his Captain Morgan impression with a mouth-full of food…
and my favorite shot of the day….
This is our normal routine. The wives shop, and the dads are left to tend to the kids. Now, if I wasn’t standing up taking this shot, I would have been sitting down right next to them doing the exact same thing. Two dads, two kids, and no clue what’s going on….THAT would have made for a funny candid.
“Look Sharp, Be Sharp, Go Army!”
That was the Army slogan when my dad started his military career back in 1962. He is my stepfather, and I only first met him when I was about 9 or 10 (I forget…), but for all intents and purposes, he is my father…and not just a father, but a dad as well.
He wanted a portrait made of him dressed up with his medals. He said it would be his “last” portrait. He turns 74 next month, but looking at him you wouldn’t know it. He is full of energy and life. He has seen it all and done it all.
So I went over to my parents’ house. He had a banquet to attend later that evening, so I was hoping I could persuade him to go on base (Fort Lee, VA) early, and maybe I could get some shots of him at the Quartermaster museum where his photo and biography now reside, or perhaps at the banquet itself.
He didn’t want to do anything that extravagant, and just wanted a simple picture taken at the house.
Now my parents have a full house. Full of furniture, awards and photos on the walls, etc. The only area of the house where I would remotely be able to setup was their upstairs living room.
Now this upstairs living room as a large window covered only by sliding blinds. Light was leaking through each blind. I did not want to shoot his portrait with blinds in the background…
I didn’t have any backgrounds with me (I don’t own any :-))….But I did have my large reflector. I took the outer shell off and duct taped it to the blinds.
I had to move quite a bit of furniture around to have that cleared off area you can see in this shot. It wasn’t much, but it was enough.
I used two Yongnuo 560 speedlites, each set to 1/2 power. I could have used a single speedlite on full power, but this way I was able to minimize recycle times.
The flashes were mounted together using my Phottix Multi-boom (I love that thing), and were paired with a 60″ reversible umbrella. Yes, the umbrella was collapsed like that during the shoot. It provided more direction and control, and faster light fall off than an open umbrella could provide. As Zack Arias calls it, it’s a “poor man’s softbox”.
I used my Canon 5D II and 50L (what else). For a tight 1/2 length portrait shot with the 50L, I had to get in close. My reflector backing wasn’t wide enough for me to step back and take the shot since the 50L’s field of view was too wide. I didn’t want to get the blinds in the shot and have to get rid of them in post production. I like only having to tweak my photos, not turn them into full blown projects. Get it right in camera (or at least as much as you possibly can).
1/200 Shutter speed
flashes triggered with Pocket Wizard Plus X units.
The resulting shot. I wasn’t a fan of the wrinkled background, but I had to make do with what I had, and it was certainly better than the alternative. As my wife said, it gives the background a little texture so he doesn’t fade away into it. Sometimes….just sometimes she can be right. 😉
For those of you interested in military careers, read on. 🙂
Colonel Clint Hodder is recognized as one of the Quartermaster Corps first officers of his time to dedicate over half of his thirty year military career in research, development, standardization, acquisition, and international interoperability of weapon systems and equipment that enhanced the U.S. Army and its NATO allies during the Cold War era. He improved our Army’s operational capabilities and saved millions of dollars in R+D. For this and much more, Colonel Hodder was made a charter member of the Army acquisitions Corps in 1990.
Born in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania on 14 October 1939. As a distinguished military graduate of ROTC, he was commissioned a Regular Army Officer in the Quartermaster Corps in 1962. His first two years of service were as a Tank Platoon Leader in the 3rd Medium Tank Battalion, 33rd Armor, at Fort Knox Kentucky. Since 1964 he has served in numerous logistical, project management, and research and development assignments throughout his career.
From July 1964 to June 1966 he served as the Assistant Post Quartermaster in Kassel, Germany. In July 1966, he activated and assumed command of Headquarters Company, 26th General Support Group at Fort Lewis, Washington, and subsequently deployed the unit to Tuy Hoa, Republic of Vietnam, in December 1966. During his second tour of Vietnam from June 1970 to June 1971, he served as the Assistant Division Supply Officer, 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile). During his two tours of duty in Vietnam, he participated in four battle campaigns against the North Vietnamese Army.
He was an Assistant Professor of Military Science at the University of Pennsylvania from 1971 to 1973. From 1974 to 1978 he served in the Lance Missile Project Office, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. He was selected to be an exchange officer in the British Army from 1978 to 1980. From 4 September 1980 to 24 June 1983, he commanded the 197th Support Battalion, 197th Infantry Brigade (separate), Fort Benning, Georgia. From 1984 to 1987, he served as the Group Commander and Senior Standardization Representative, U.S. Army Research and Standardized Group, United Kingdom. He commanded the U.S. Army Natick Research Development, and Engineering Center from 22 October 1987 to 22 September 1989. From September 1989 until his retirement from active military service on 1 July 1992, Colonel Hodder was Dean, School of Acquisition Management, and the 15th Commandant, U.S. Army Logistics Management College, Fort Lee, Virginia.
Colonel Hodder has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Dayton, Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of Alabama, and is a graduate of the Naval War College, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Defense Systems Management College, the U.S. Army Quartermaster Officer Advance Course, and the Armor Officer Basic Course.
His military decorations include the Legion of Merit (two oak leaf clusters), the Bronze Star Medal (one oak leaf cluster), the Meritorious Service Medal (three oak leaf clusters), the Air Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (two oak leaf clusters), and the Vietnam Honor Medal First Class.
In addition to his military decorations, Colonel Hodder is a charter member of the Army Acquisition Corps, a distinguished member of the Quartermaster Regiment. He is also the recipient of the distinguished Order of St. Martins and a recipient of the General Hastings Award. He is also a 2013 inductee into the Army Quartermaster Hall of Fame.