Moscow Farmers’ Market with Uncle Anthony

Hanging in Moscow with Vanessa’s brother Anthony, and the girls. Golden raspberries, Chinese bao, baklava, breakfast, playing in the park, xylophones, unikitties,  classic cars, camouflage ninja hoods, Rocky and Bullwinkle, kombucha, and muesli – pretty standard fair. Saw Sara and Rob (why didn’t I take a picture…) Shot with a Sony a7R III and a ...

Memorial Day Fun and a Review of the Ricoh GR III

5/28/2019 update. This entire review was done on the default firmware 1.0 that shipped with the camera. I found out after my initial review, that there have been two minor firmware updates. I’ll need to do a follow up article in the following weeks to come with the newest updated firmware. I’ve been using the ...

ON1 Photo RAW 2019.5 Review – Can it replace Lightroom and Photoshop?

Disclaimer: ON1 provided me with a fully licensed copy of Photo RAW 2019.5 for me to give an unbiased and full review. Photo RAW 2019.5 has a really impressive feature set, but is plagued with performance issues. That being said, I use it as my desktop catalog – it does a fantastic job with that. ...

Ballard Farmers Market and Uwajimaya with the Sony 24mm f/1.4 GM

Sunday mornings are typically for karate. Most Sundays, I attend a 7 a.m. class for adults, and then assist with three kids classes afterwards. However, the dojo was closed for the entire Memorial Day Weekend. Because of this, we got an early start and headed up to Seattle to go to the Ballard Farmers Market. ...

Point Defiance Zoo with the Ricoh GR III and On1 Photo RAW 2019.5

While the Ricoh GR III might not have the fastest autofocus in the world, nor does it have a tilting screen, it does quite well for a family outing. The RAW files have quite a bit of editing leeway, and the lens is nice and sharp! All of these photos were edited using On1 Photo ...

Olive Branch Cafe and Tea Room and Dorky’s with the Ricoh GR III – First Outing

This was my first outing with the Ricoh GR III. I’ve been in the market for a compact camera for a while – since all my other cameras and lenses are quite large. While my iPhone Xs Max does great in a pinch, it’s no substitute for a dedicated camera. What appealed to me about ...

Anya’s First Grade Project

This was more of an excuse for me to play with the new eye detection firmware on the Sony a9 – overkill of a camera for a few shots at the school. Images were processed with On1 PhotoRaw 2019.5. The lens used was the Sony 50mm f/1.4 FE lens, which while a very good lens ...

iPhone Xs Max Camera Review

Recently, I upgraded to the iPhone Xs Max. There’s a million reviews out there about the phone and camera specs, so instead, I prefer to look at real world photos. Most of these were shot with the default camera app, but a few were shot with Lightroom in DNG mode. Also, most of these photos ...

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden Federal Way

The rhododendron garden was open for free today to celebrate the blooming of their field of blue poppies. Apparently, it’s quite a difficult species to get to grow in our area, and so people were quite excited to see them. There was a long line to get in, but we only had to wait a ...

Mother’s Day with the Panasonic 70-200mm f/4.

After yesterday’s failed attempt using the 70-200mm f/4, I was determined to get some good shots. As I suspected, this lens is quite capable.

Sometimes an iPhone is Better

Today was my 43rd birthday. It was a great day! The girls wanted to go to the zoo and Chocolpolis – sounded good to me! I brought along the 70-200mm f/4 Panasonic lens and got some terrible shots. It was midday sun, dirty glass between a lot of the animals and myself, and very harsh ...

Nikon D300S Review – A DSLR on the Cheap

The point of this review is to see what can be done with an older and inexpensive DSLR and lens. The most expensive piece of equipment used in this review was my iPhone to edit the video and process the images. Unfortunately, the camera shoots videos in the now obsolete AVI format which caused it ...

Wickenburg and the Palouse with the 50mm f/1.4 Panasonic lens.

The trip to Arizona was a whirlwind business trip, but then off to Pullman to visit family. While the S1R isn’t the most ideal travel camera, it is quickly becoming my favorite mirrorless camera to use. Also, loving the 50mm f/1.4 lens. Even though it’s really not my favorite focal length, this lens is certainly ...

“Scanning” Old Artwork with the Panasonic S1R and 50mm f/1.4

While visiting my mother, she has been saving some old sketches from her Aunt for well over 6 years now. The paper had become quite brittle, and most of the drawings had faded over time. We laid the sketches down on a cutting mat with a grid so I could line up / correct for ...

Panasonic 50mm f/1.4 Full Frame Lens First Shots at a Business Fair.

This was my first outing with new Panasonic 50mm f/1.4 lens. While the face detection autofocus isn’t the best out there, the lens is superb! It feels a little plasticy towards the front of the lens, but you can’t argue with the results. Most of these were shot at f/1.4.