Sunset At Pacific Park

Sunset at the Pacific Park. Santa Monica, California.

It's not every day we get one of these sunsets in Santa Monica. I've shot the Santa Monica Pier many a time but have never seen anything like this before. I've actually never seen anything like this before in the many years I've been shooting beach photos in Southern California. Only when I lived in Del Mar surfing as a youth I would occasionally catch something like this. But that was before I was really into photography.

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Lensmate FujiX100T Thumbrest Review

Fuji X100T with Lensmate thumbrest and soft release button.

The Lensmate Fuji X100T Thumbrest has arrived and I thought I would take a few photos of what the black version looks like and share with you my experiences using it.

Fujifilm X100T Tele Conversion Lens Review & Sample Images

50mm, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/60sec

For the last few weeks I've been shooting with the TCL-X100 Tele Conversion Lens on my Fuji X100T. I wanted to get a feel for what it's like to use this lens in the real world and to really learn some of its strengths and weaknesses for this review.

In a quick overview, the tele conversion lens will add a 1.4x crop giving it a 50mm field of view in the equivalent 35mm format. It screws onto the front filter threads of any of the Fuji X100 series lenses. That includes the X100s and X100T.

It's a great lens with some Pros and Cons which are covered in this review. 

The Effects Of Diffraction In Photography

Lens Diffraction In Photography

Sometime last year I posted an article about why you shouldn't always shoot with small apertures in landscape photography. I've noticed a lot of photographers just defaulting to f/16 or f/19 with their landscape photos. 

I did the same thing when I was first learning to shoot landscapes. I would always default f/16 or f/19. This was fine on many older cameras with only 16 or even 22 megapixels, but on the newer higher megapixel cameras this can get you into trouble.

I found this really awesome video by Steve Perry who covers all the ins and outs of diffraction in photography.

Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 Detailed Review & Sample Images

The new Tamron's 15-35mm f2.8 Ultra-Wide Zoom lens has now shipped and I've been lucky enough to get my hands on one. This is the latest and greatest from Tamron and is designed to feed the hungry 50 megapixels on the new Canon 5Ds and other high megapixel cameras. To see how true this claim is, I've spent the last few days testing this lens with both the Canon 5Dmkii and the Sony A7r with the metabones MKIII adapter.

This will be a living breathing review since it takes me a long time to really put a lens through it's paces. I should have a lot of great information regarding user experience in the next few weeks but in the mean time, here is my detailed review.

Fire In The Sky

Landscape photo at Dockweiler State Beach

On my first day with the new Tamron 15-30mm lens, I immediately headed down to the beach with hopes of shooting a sunset photo. Unfortunately, doing such a thing this time of year in Los Angeles happens to line up perfectly with rush hour traffic. Which sucks.

Luckily I managed to leave early enough to just almost make it. Actually I think I arrived just after. It was hard to tell, the sun was not in sight and everything was overcast and depressing, almost a complete bust. But then literally, only five minutes after getting situated to shoot, the sky lit up like fourteen-year-old girls bedroom. PINK!!! 

But don't worry, I colored it slightly more orange because I'm a man and pink is for girls.

The Rental Jeep On The Big Island

Rental Jeep On The Big Island

I love car commercial photography and always wanted to try it / get into it. So while driving around the Big Island of Hawaii last Fall, I also spent a lot of my time looking for the right location and conditions to take pictures of my Jeep. I managed to get a few decent photos, here is one that I touched up last night for the fun of it.

The Photoshop process is pretty easy for something like this. . .

Sigma's New 24mm f1.4 ART Lens

Sigma's New 24mm f1.4 ART Lens

Sigma has added a new lens to its ART lineup. The 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens. You can now preorder the lens for $849 dollars and it will be available March 20 2015.

Sigma 24mm f/1.4 ART Specs

-Focal ranges, f/1.4 - f/16

-FLD and low dispersing elements

-Two aspherical elements to reduce chromatic aberrations

-Multi-Layer coating


-Fulltime Manual Focus

-9 Blade Aperture

-Compatible with the Sigma USB dock

Rising Forces - Oahu Hawaii

Oahu Hawaii, South Side

I think in one day on Oahu I got more nice photos than anywhere else I've ever been in my life, except maybe Death Valley. The landscape on Oahu is so diverse and the island is so photogenic, photography is just easier there. 


For the look of this photo, I used a mix of Nik's Color Efex Pro and Lightroom . . .

Fuji X100T Lensmate Thumbrest In Stock!

Fuji X100T Thumbrest Black

The long awaited Fuji X100T Thumbrest from Lensmate is now available for exclusive order on their website. These are probably the highest quality, best built thumbrests out there. If you're in the market for one, this is it. 



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