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This past Saturday, I got to film a beautiful wedding at Bluemont Vineyard.  At this certain wedding, I had another helping hand and so I thought it would be a good use to bring along my Kessler Crane.

Kessler makes a great product that provides the smoothest of shots, and although it can be somewhat of a task to haul it around, it’s results rarely disappoint.  Adding just the slightest of movements to shots can really be beneficial and can deliver a great result.

What you see in the quick shot above was taken from Jessy and Creigh’s last dance of the night and I absolutely love it.  I can’t wait to piece together the footage from their special day and create their wedding video.


Sam and Lauren

I can’t believe that two years ago I shot this wedding. Sam had been one of my good friends for a long while through my time Flagler College. I had only met Lauren a few times before this day, but I knew that she was the woman of Sam’s dreams.

When they asked me to film their wedding, I was thrilled.

It’s fun to look back at my old wedding videos and see how much I’ve progressed – but I know that there is still so much more I want to do.

Happy two years to Sam and Lauren!

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On Saturday, April 19, I was lucky enough to film a wedding at Bluemont Vineyard in Northern Virginia. The weather was great – not too hot, not too cold. The day was absolutely perfect and I can’t wait to start working on this wedding video.

Here is a little sneak-peak of how Jessy, the bride, looked:

Taken by Peter von Kahle

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I hope everyone had a great and fantastic Easter Sunday.

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Lenses Aren't Made to Fall Down Stairs

About two years ago, I made a spur of the moment decision to buy the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II.  It was was cheap, I knew it had great reviews, and I needed a 50mm lens at the time.

I fell in love with it that weekend and  it became a quick go-to lens for many scenarios.

Close up detail shots, portraits, low light situations, etc. – What I thought was going to be a lens I used every now and then, I ended up using all the time.

Well, due to user error involving a staircase, the lens is officially in two pieces (as pictured above).  The focus ring is completely dismantled, the gears are off, and it’s nearly impossible to use.  Note: Nearly.

This morning, the Washington D.C. area got hit with (hopefully) the last snow storm of the year and I wanted to see if I could make anything out of this broken lens.  So I basically taped the glass together (which didn’t hold up) and set out with my dog.

Although it took quite sometime to get the focus, I’m pretty pleased with the last picture I’ll ever take with one of my favorite lenses.  

Peter von Kahle WatchPVK.comIf anyone is looking for a cheap lens ($125 on B&H) that produces some fantastic results, I would highly recommend this one.  Although it’s not nearly as sharp as the Canon 50mm f/1.2 L Series Lens, I know that I got well past my money’s worth out of this lens (it’s one-sixteenth the price) – and would still be if I were a little bit more careful around staircases.

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