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Aurora HDR Review | More Than Just HDR Software

A detailed look at some of the great features of Macphuns Aurora HDR photo editing software. In my opinion, the best HDR software I’ve ever used and so much more.

Voigtlander 15mm F4.5 Heliar III Review & Sample Images

  14.06.2015   Alik   Uncategorized   No comments

Shot with the Sony A7r and the Voigtlander 15mm III.

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.

Under The Bridge

  28.05.2015   Alik   Uncategorized   No comments

Extrension bridge in southern Japan

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. 🙂

Shooting Japan From Inside A Car

  12.05.2015   Alik   Uncategorized   No comments

Colored with VSCO

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.

Lost In The Woods – A7r

  23.04.2015   Alik   Uncategorized   No comments

Japan Bamboo Forest

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.

Walt Disney Concert Hall With The A7r

  6.04.2015   Alik   Uncategorized   No comments

Walt Disney Concert Hall Lights

I haven’t abandoned my Sony A7r yet. Even though I now own the Fuji X100T and X-T1I 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.

See shot details . . .

New Sony E Mount Lenses Announced

  7.03.2015   Alik   Uncategorized   No comments

Zeiss Distagon 35mm Announced

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.

New lenses include:

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.

Fire In The Sky

  20.02.2015   Alik   Uncategorized   No comments

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

  15.02.2015   Alik   Uncategorized   No comments

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. . .

Rising Forces – Oahu Hawaii

  11.02.2015   Alik   Uncategorized   No comments

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 . . .