Category: Photos

First Real World Test of the Sigma 16mm f/1.4 and Rode VideoMic Pro Plus shot on the Sony a6500.

Uncle Anthony is visiting this week, and we celebrated his 31st birthday last night. This was the first time I really I had a chance to shoot some stills (other than test shots) with the new Sigma 16mm lens. The lighting was indeed poor – only a CFL chandelier overhead, but the lens focused slower ...

Milton Santa Sleigh – Merry Christmas

Yesterday was the city of Milton’s annual Santa Sleigh through town. It’s the third year that I’ve been able to ride around in the sleigh with Santa and his posse. We stop by all of the apartment complexes, go through various neighborhoods, stop by the two major retirement homes, and even go through the grocery ...

Seattle GeekCraft Expo – Christmas Shopping

This last weekend, we went to the Seattle GeekCraft Expo to see all the nerdy / cool / alternative handmade gifts this year. Everything from comic books, to Star Trek, Ponies, Doctor Who, the bizarre, sexy, inappropriate, and even the macabre. One thing was for sure – patent and copyright violations were everywhere! It was ...

The 2017 Northwest Chocolate Festival

This past weekend was the annual NW Chocolate Festival. It’s a wonderful event and the best place to go and “try before you buy” chocolate. Honestly, I can’t see buying chocolate any other way. As a preface to this article, let me say that I’m no expert on chocolate, but I do love to eat ...

Had I Remembered, I Would Have Brought My Camera.

Normally, Vanessa takes Anya to ballet and I’m getting ready to head off to karate. However, today was Anya’s birthday, and so I was going to take her to ballet while Vanessa put the finishing touches on Anya’s party. The plan was to drop Anya off at ballet and pick her up after her class. ...

Second Annual End of Summer BBQ with Shane and Janine

The light was getting low, so I shot most of these images at f/2, a high ISO – a lot at 6400 (which is problematic for the M262), and slow shutter speeds. One thing that I’m getting used to when shooting the Leica rangefinders,  is that some of the best images aren’t always sharp. Many ...

Georgetown Seattle with the Leica 28mm and 75mm Summicron Lenses

Thanks Grandma Marmie! For the first time all year, my wife and I got to go out for an overnighter without the kids. We headed up to Seattle to go to Georgetown and see a show in downtown Seattle. Every photo here was shot with the 28mm f/2 (except when marked otherwise), and edited on ...

Leica 28mm f/2 Summicron – First Images

28mm is a bit wider than I’m used to shooting, but I’m really starting to enjoy the focal length. As far as the lens is concerned, it’s definitely one of the sharpest lenses I’ve ever used. I sold quite a bit of gear to upgrade to this lens from my Elmarit and I have to ...

Olympus E-M1 Mark II Raw Conversions in Capture One 10 and 4K Video

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we seldom get snow. When we do, even if it’s really wet and slushy, people get all giddy about playing in it. However, many people get all kerfuffled — schools shut down, businesses close, and the world comes to a grinding halt. Luckily, I was able to take a snow day with ...

Olympus E-M1 Mark II — First day in the real world. Photos and Videos

Today was the first time I really had a chance to go out and take some photos and video with the Olympus E-M1 Mark II. It’s too soon for me to do a review, but not too soon to post some photos and sample videos. All of the photos posted here are straight out of ...

First attempt at using a rangefinder for street photography — Fuji X-Pro2

Most street photography is absolute garbage. Far too often, the bulk of street photography shots are boring, un-engaging, creepy, intrusive, and utterly voyeuristic trash. Not to mention cliche’ — “oh look, a wrinkled homeless person” — YAWN! Also, the photos are usually black and white, with the clarity slider cranked to the max. Once in a blue moon however, ...

Pentax Q — Part Deux

This past week, I took a couple of days off to go to the Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, WA with the family (both of our kids birthdays and our wedding anniversary are in October). I knew I wasn’t going to be shooting lots of images, and I sure didn’t feel like lugging around ...

Sita’s senior photos in the rain — shot with a Fuji X-T2 and Fuji 50–140mm f/2.8

Taking senior photos in the Puget Sound during mid October can only mean one thing — rain. No point in rescheduling, no point in getting upset about it, and no point in trying to pay attention to the weather forecast. Plan for rain. That’s exactly what my clients and I talked about in the weeks ...

First night with a Pentax Q and 01 lens

I wasn’t in the market for a Pentax, or even another camera. However, I found a great deal on Craigslist for a Q and the 01 lens for $120! Considering that you can sell the lens for about that price online, I figured I had nothing to lose. Besides, I’ve been curious about them and ...

Bellevue Botanical Gardens in the Fall — Canon 5DS and Canon 35mm f/1.4L II

As much as I love using mirrorless cameras, the Canon 5DS just has so much resolution and clarity that I’m constantly amazed! These were all shot with the Canon 35mm f/1.4L II lens, just a sharp as can be lens! These were all shot midday with a gray sky, hence not the best dynamic range. ...