When I first started using Aurora back in 2017 it really felt like the beginning of something awesome. Like the baby alien that just burst out of Kanes chest in the first Alien movie, it took off running doing all these mysterious things behind the scenes.
The little creature continued to grow while occasionally popping out for an update here and there. It was exciting and still powerful, but we only got to see hints of what this beast would become. Finally, with the launch of Aurora HDR 2019, it’s true form has been revealed as the perfect landscape devouring monster.
The ultimate list of every lens available for the Sony full frame E-Mount system. Including all the Sony lenses as well as third-party lenses.
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 brought along the A7r to shoot around Downtown Los Angeles. I haven’t really shot down here since my 5Dmkii days and wanted to start getting some updated shots with my newer gear. I also didn’t have a lens really wide enough on my Fuji to pull this off.
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.
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.
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.