Category: Photography

Christmas Ala Panasonic GX8 and Leica 42.5mm

Some of the great things about the micro 4/3 system are that the prime lenses are excellent, the lenses and bodies are light weight, both the bodies and lenses focus fast, and now with the GX8, the image quality rivals larger sensor bodies. Today being Christmas, I wanted to be able to enjoy being with ...

Panasonic GX8 — Photographing our 4 year old’s birthday party and fireworks.

The Birthday Party: Yesterday was our 4 year old’s birthday party — a dance party no less. Ever try to take photos of a little kids dancing and running around? It’s quite a frustrating endeavor! However, the Panasonic GX8 with the Leica 15mm is the tool for the job! I set it to shutter priority and shot at ...

Panasonic GX8 + Pana / Leica 25mm f/1.4

Point and shoot / daddy cam for a family outing. Today, was my very first outing with the GX8 and the Panasonic / Leica 25mm f/1.4. The GX8 + 25mmf/1.4 combo is pretty much the same size and weight as the Fuji X-T1 and 35mm f/1.4 (50mm equivalent focal length for both cameras). However, for family ...

2015 Hempfest

The women of the house are gone this weekend, and I’ve got a three day weekend all to myself! What’s a square like me to do? Go to Hempfest! Just a bit of background, I don’t drink, don’t smoke, don’t drink caffeine, have never used drugs, and I don’t have any tatoos or piercings. Now ...

Canon 5DS with the 24–70mm f/2.8L II

I’ve only had the chance to shoot with the 5DS three times now, and I love it! I’ve already sold my Canon 5D3 and my Canon 7D2. There’s nothing wrong with the 7D2, but the 5DS was a purchase that I really wasn’t planning on making. I bought it spur of the moment because it ...

Canon 5DS — Date Night

We had a chance to go out on a date tonight to listen to an old high school friend in concert. Her name is Hilary Scott and she’s an amazing vocalist and musician. You can hear her music over on iTunes — https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/hilary-scott/id4314993. These shots were taken using the Canon 35mm f/1.4L and were taken using available ...

Canon 5DS — First Day

Just got the 5DS today and have been very impressed with it so far. The level of detail and the ability to crop in on an image, I have not doubt will prove very useful in the future. I plan on selling my 5D3 and 7D2 to pay for this new camera. I’ll give the ...

Fuji’s 16mm f/1.4 and a visit to Alki

There’s two reasons why I love the Fuji X system: The images look fantastic straight out of the camera! The lenses are fantastic! I already own the 16–55mm f/2.8 lens and it’s nothing short of fantastic. I reviewed it on my old blog (part 1 and part 2), so I won’t go into any detail ...

Wednesday Night Outing with the Olympus E-M1 and 17mm f/1.8

There’s so many cameras and lens combinations out there, but this happens to be one of my absolute favorites. I absolutely love the imperfect rendition of the 17mm @ 1.8. It vignettes slightly, and brings your right eyes into the frame. Up close, it distorts portraits slightly, but that adds to the character of the ...

Painting nails, brushing hair, and My Little Pony

Girls are lucky, they can do anything, wear anything, and look however they want. If they want their hair short, want to wear jeans, play sports, etc., that’s all fine. However, if boys want to wear dresses, play with makeup, or watch MLP (My Little Pony — I learned that from a Brony), then they are made ...

Fuji stuff: 50mm Touit, 23mm, and a Kaesemann polarizer

Yesterday, I picked up a Zeiss Touit 50mm macro lens for the Fuji X system. Unlike the Fuji 60mm, the Zeiss lens lets you get really close up and is fairly snappy with regards to autofocus performance. It also really shines as a portrait lens too! The next six photos were taken during lunch at ...

Nadia’s ears got pierced today!

We took Nadia to the mall today. In less than 30 seconds, they had both ears pierced! Of course I had to get it on video — and in 4K too. Funny thing, the lady that was doing the piercing said that I wasn’t “allowed” to take video or pictures of it. Well, I had the GH4 ...

Freighthouse Square

Yesterday’s plan was to go to the Children’s Museum in downtown Tacoma. Well, it turns out the museum was closed yesterday, but we were right across the street from Freighthouse Square.  It’s an old building, with a dozen (give or take) unique shops. Unfortunately, the tenants come and go quite often. There’s a food court, ...

Pumpkin Picking

I love autumn — when it’s not cold and rainy. The colors are beautiful, the temperature is just right, the days aren’t too long nor are they too short, and the air feels clean and crisp. For the second year in a row now, our family ventured down to Picha Farms in Puyallup. You can see their ...

Welcome to Otusburg! Zeiss Otus 55mm for Canon

I did it, I finally bit the bullet and bought the Zeiss Otus 55mm for Canon mount! Without a doubt, all of the hype regarding this lens is true. This lens is AMAZING! Anything I could say about this lens has already been said in other reviews. My main concern in purchasing this lens was using ...