Pretty much since I got the X-Pro 2 I've either been working or stuck inside with the flue. Finally I'm about 90% healed and was able to go out again. This time to the Schindler House in West Hollywood.
It's a small old house / architectural marvel from 1922, kind of reminds me of old houses in Japan, except it's been somehow converted into an art installation. In other words, there is a teddy bear sitting on the floor that you're suppose to interact with and of course a tennis shoe sitting on a podium.
As part of my Voigtlander 35mm f1.7 review, I took a stroll down to the Walt Disney Concert Hall to get some test shots.
Actually the truth is, the Japanese Consulate is right there and I had to bring my half Japanese daughter there to get some paper work done. I paid for two hours of parking so took the rest of that time to shoot.
This was my first chance to really use my Sony A7r II for something other than landscape work. Usually, or I should say, always when I go and just shoot for fun, I take a Fujifilm with me. They're just more fun to use and you can actually shoot JPEG with them with great results, so post processing isn't as heavy.
But I do still like my Sony and wanted to share some thoughts.
A relatively new trend has emerged in the online photography communities over the last few years that involves shooting into the sun or other bright light sources so that the bright light creates star points around it. Also known as sunstars.
I run across a lot of tutorials and tips of people explaining how to do it. Typical they all say about the same thing, shoot high apertures, anywhere from f16 to f22.
While this does usually work, it's not always the best practice. I find that shooting at higher apertures on many of our high megapixel cameras has a massive impact on overall image quality due to diffraction.
So what do we do?
Last night's sunset near Dockweiler State Beach here in Los Angeles. We've been having some interesting weather lately which means some nice sunsets. But it can be hit and miss. Sometimes I'll drive out to the beach and the clouds can be too thick and grey everything out.
This is a series of photos shot with the Fuji X-T1 and the Voigtlander 15mm Heliar III lens. They were taken all Downtown Los Angeles near the Walt Disney Concert hall. My favorite place to shoot city architecture.