The last few years I’ve been shooting a lot of Landscape and HDR photography and found myself getting stuck with the routine that often comes with those styles. I was just going with the trends and I needed to hit the breaks.
This year I’m trying to shoot everything I can, looking for those incidental stories and moods. It can be challenging to get great shots, but at least this way the results are your own.
The other night I went down to Hayden Ave in Culver city to shoot a couple of cool buildings for some lens reviews and found this building. I think it’s called the Stealth Building. One of Eric Owens Moss’ designs. The whole street is actually filled with cool architecture like this, making it a really nice place to do architectural photography.
The bright light peaking over the left side of the building is actually the Moon. One night before the supermoon, so it was a little brighter than usual.
I’ve passed through the Tongva park a few times while on my way to shoot the Santa Monica Pier, but never actually shot here. I would always see these lookout structures and thought they might be cool to shoot through.
So a few nights ago, I finally made an attempt to come here but unfortunately I couldn’t find parking because of some event which caused me to miss the sunset. So it is in Los Angeles. You just have to add on an hour anything you want to do around here.
The good news is, I came back a few days later, we had an even better sunset and the weekend traffic made for some nice streaking lights on the streets.
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?
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.
I recently picked up the Voigtlander 15mm Heliar III to use with my Sony A7r and my Fuji X-T1. I’m not going to go too deep into the ins and outs of this lens, I’ll save that for my full review.
But in the meantime here is a quick shot taken with it on the Fuji X-T1. I have to say, I was not expecting this at all. The lens is amazing, especially with the APS-C sensor on the Fuji X-T1. And the best part about it is it also works great on my Sony A7r. With adapters of course.