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 ...

Getting cool music for your amateur video projects is tough — assuming you want to keep things…

Getting cool music for your amateur video projects is tough — assuming you want to keep things legal. Recently, I did a video for the karate school that I attend and really thought that Kennedy’s song “Karate” would be awesome for the video. So, I took a chance and emailed the artist on Facebook and asked his ...

$179 Used Fuji X20 Camera Review

Since I’m a photography nerd, people have often asked me what camera they should buy? Ultimately, the answer comes down to budget, what they want to shoot, etc. I didn’t need another camera and really wasn’t in the market for one, but I saw this camera used at Glazer’s Camera in Seattle for $179! I’ve ...

There’s nothing wrong with shooting JPEGs.

Far too often on photography forums, websites, tutorials, and articles, photographers downplay and even make fun of shooting JPEGs. It’s become a badge of honor to only shoot RAW format photos. Of course RAW photos give you more editing leeway, but you can get some lovely results of you learn the ins and outs of ...

Fuji 16–55mm f/2.8 Review — Part 2

Last week, I was fortunate enough to travel to Boston for a class related to my career. I planned my visit to arrive there a day early so I could sight see and take lots of photos. In the past, I’ve travelled with a lot of photo gear, but no more. I’ve learned my lesson, ...

Canon 7D Mark II Review

Last week, my daughter (front row, third from the right) was testing for her white with double black striped belt. It’s a graduation belt that means she can move up to the kids class where she will start as a purple belt. I bought the Canon 7D Mark II for sports because I found that ...

Uber Noobr, and here’s a code for a free Uber trip!

This week I’m in Boston for a workshop on Tuesday and Wednesday, but I flew in a day early to site see and take pics (photos to come later). The only problem is that I don’t trust cabbies and how they charge, don’t know where or how to pick up a cab, and it can ...

Cut the cable! DVRs are a scam! I miss my VCR!

Cut the cable! DVRs are a scam! I miss my VCR! Back in my day we could record any TV program that we wanted to. We had unlimited storage, could watch one channel, record another, pause, rewind, fast forward, skip commercials, and share our recordings with others. We could go into nearly any department store ...

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 ...

“The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You” — Chase Jarvis

What a great quote! The other night, our three year old Anya was taking her bath. I was hanging out in the bathroom to make sure she was safe. She was laying there in the water with her dirty little face poking through the suds, so I had to grab a picture. This was shot with ...

Fuji 16–55mm f/2.8 Lens Review and Samples

My biggest complaint with the Fuji system has been it’s slow autofocus. Even with that, I still really enjoy using the Fuji system. The RAW files have a lot of latitude, the colors from the JPEGs are fantastic, and I love all of the controls on the X-T1. This last Saturday, Anya (our three year ...

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 ...

7D Mark II — Initial Review and Examples

When I had purchased the 5D Mark III two years ago, I really wanted the 1DX, but couldn’t justify the purchase price. My rationale for buying the 7D Mark II is that I wanted a camera that has the dual pixel autofocus for video, high frames per second, and allowing me to get close to ...

2015 Personal and Karate Goals

My Sensei has given us a homework assignment regarding writing down our goals as they relate to karate and our personal life. Since I have to write them down, I might as well put them here on my blog as well. The assignment is to include our short term (6 months or less) and long ...