My name is Antonio "Tony" Vernon. My wikipedia and global wikimedia username is TonyTheTiger. I have been a Wikipedian for 8 and a half years. I am one of the world's most prolific contributors to the project. Although I mostly edit text, I wear many hats on Wikipedia. Among my contributions are many photo and an occasional video contribution. Currently, every image at 2014 McDonald's All-American Boys Game and every image and video at Jahlil Okafor serve as examples of the types of photographic contributions I can make. These examples have mostly been shot with a Canon EOS Rebel T4i, which is a 2012 camera working off of the DIGIC 5 operating system and that shoots 5 frames per second. I have also acquired a Canon 7D, which is a 2009 camera and uses the DIGIC 4 operating system and shoots 8 frames per second.
If you look through some of my contributions, you can see over the years I have gone from point-and-shoot cameras to Digital SLRs. The following is a recent history of cameras that have served as my main camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EOS Rebel T4i, Canon EOS Rebel T3i, Canon PowerShot TX1, Canon PowerShot A620, and the Nikon Coolpix 4500. I acquired my first DSLR in 2012. I am at a point in my development as a photographer where I could contribute better with more advanced cameras and lenses. I believe that I would be better able to contribute with a Canon 7D Mark II ($1,799), which is a 2014 camera that shoots 10 frames per second and uses the new DIGIC 6 operating system, a Canon EF 24–70mm f/2.8L II USM ($2,099) lens and a Canon EF 100–400mm f//4.5–5.6L IS II USM ($2,199) lens. With any discounts from the list price or overfunding I will buy additional equipment including items such as a 256GB SD card or 256GB compact flash card, a new camera bag, UV filters, lens hoods, remote shutter controls, etc. If funding is very generous, I might even acquire one of the two Canon Models that shoots 12 frames per second (the Canon EOS-1D X, which lists at $6,799, or the Canon EOS-1D C, which lists at $15,000) and pick up some additional lenses and accessories.
I anticipate that I would be able to better capture future events such as the 2015 McDonalds All-American game with better equipment. More frames per second means more likelihood of catching the peak of the action. The 24–70mm lens will come in handy on future sidelines shooting experiences. The 100–400mm will be useful for baseball and football outdoor events. These new lenses will improve the quality of the images that I present to the world through Wikipedia.
I am not attending any events as an official representative of Wikipedia or the Wikimedia Foundation and am unaffiliated with both entities. I am a private citizen with an intent to create content to donate to Wikipedia. Wikipedia has not endorsed, solicited, or sanctioned this project.
Risks and challenges
Even the greatest action photographers in the world blow a large percentage of their shots. The reason for requesting this funding is to lessen the number of shots that I blow. It is not uncommon for me to have a dunk lined up to the best of my ability but miss the shot because the ball, net or rim obstructs the shot at the instant the peak of the action is in the frame. In basketball, for example, the peak of the action is above the rim activity that is quite often slam dunk related. Most such activity lasts for a fraction of a second. By moving to a camera that is capable of shooting 10 frames per second, I am going to improve the likelihood that I capture a high quality image of the action.
It is also common to encounter ISO distortion and motion blur at very short aperture opening durations. By obtaining high quality lenses, I will enable myself to diminish these effects while shooting. For basketball, I will likely be able to shoot at 1/500th-1/800th of a second shutter speed with better lenses. For outdoor events in natural sunlight I will be able to shoot more effectively in the 1/2000th-1/8000th range. This will lessen motion blur. With higher quality lenses I will be able to do so with less ISO distortion.
Another big challenge for as an emerging photographer is economics. Although photographic skills are often more important than the equipment that one uses, the equipment can be limiting. I have had the experiences of a photographer who must rely on used or refurbished equipment and often generic accessories. Often half of my challenge is determining if my equipment is functioning properly. I have had several instances where my primary equipment that I took the majority of my photos with and where I have had to use a small sample of images from my backup camera for the day. To date, I have had two outings with my Canon 7D and if you look through my most recent images on wikimedia you might be underwhelmed at my results. My images with my Canon EOS T4i were probably better and more consistent. I am continuing to make microadjustments for this body. If I am funded, I will be able to acquire a few pieces of equipment that are very likely to function as designed. In short, I am asking you to enable me to be a better public servant by helping me acquire better equipment.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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