I’ve reviewed the Voigtlander 15mm F4.5 Heliar III with both my Sony A7r and Fuji X-T1. It’s an incredible lens on both systems with two completely different looks.
I’m amazing at how they packed such quality into something so small.
This is another shot from the car. We were driving across an extension bridge and I managed to time this perfectly with my Sony A7r.
Getting a shot like this on the tripod with this kind of symmetry would be difficult enough, to think that I got it while sitting in the passenger seat of a car going 40km/h is a small miracle. That’s what I love about photography, the little surprises you get when you’re just having fun. 🙂
This trip to Japan has had me in the car a lot. Driving, driving, driving. Especially in Hokkaido when I had the flue. That was not fun. Two days with a fever with some bronchitis sprinkled on top. I’ve also learned a new meaning of pain. Descending down from 36,000 feet in an airplane with congested sinuses.
Anyway, something I saw Patrick La Roque do awhile ago was shoot the city from inside his car with the Fuji X30. The results were awesome and inspiring so I thought it could also work as an interesting perspective of Japan. It turned out to be a pretty fun way to shoot and a great way to pass time while stuck in a car. Thanks Patrick for always inspiring.
As I’ve been getting ready to leave for Japan next week, I was sifting through some of my old photos from last year that I’ve never published and found this shot.
My wife and I found this cool little bamboo forest growing naturally near Magaribuchi Dam Park. Somewhere in the middle of nowhere. It was actually very peaceful and undisturbed except in one place deep in the forest where I found an discarded toilet. Still not exactly sure how that happened.
The cool thing about Japan is there are so many places like this. These really cool parks or temples that almost feel abandoned but yet have so much history. Some places will even have an almost haunted, eerie feeling to them. It’s really hard to explain but we were at this one temple once that was just creepy. Felt like someone was standing over your shoulder the entire time you were there.
I haven’t abandoned my Sony A7r yet. Even though I now own the Fuji X100T and X-T1, I still carry the Sony A7r with me on my bigger trips since it’s truly a master of image quality. But at the same time I’m really happy about my decision to switch over to the Fuji X-T1 APS-C size camera. The lenses are smaller and more compact creating an all around lighter kit. And honestly, unless I’m looking at the images at 100%, I can’t really see any difference in image quality. I actually like the color profiles of Fuji quite a bit more. The Fuji X-T1 was even voted the most wanted camera on DPreview.
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Sony has announced several new lenses for the mirrorless full frame E-Mount lineup of cameras. This includes the Sony A7, A7r, A7s and A7II.
Zeiss Distagon 35mm f1.4
Sony 90mm Macro f2.8
Sony 24-240mm f3.5-6.3
Sony 28mm f2.0
As well as some conversion lenses.
I’ve written more about them and some of these look really really nice. Check it out.
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.
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. . .
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 . . .
2014 was a great year in the world of photography. We got a lot of new amazing cameras like the Nikon D810, Sony A7s, the A7ii and the Canon 7Dmkii. Not to mention the Fuji X-T1 and X100t. I’ve had a so much fun with the Sony A7r, and found a new love addition with the Fuji X100t.
But it wasn’t just great for photography; it was also one of the better years for my portfolio and personal growth. It’s always a great feeling expanding your knowledge and I think photography is one of those crafts where you can learn indefinitely.
See the collection of some of my best travel photography from 2014. Click Read More