Dashpoint State Park

It’s not Grand Cayman, but this is one of the closest beaches to our home. At low tide, this beach stretches out quite far and has a section full of sand dollars, but today we hit it at high tide. What a difference! There was hardly any beach at all! Still, it was nice to ...

iPhone 12 Pro Max – Good Enough to Replace a Camera?

In many ways, yes! I purchased the iPhone 12 Pro Max when it became available. Now that it can shoot RAW natively (latest iOS update), I’m finding it a wonderful camera for when we’re out and about. Now, it won’t replace my cameras, but it replaces point and shoot cameras like the Ricoh GR III ...

AirPods Max might not be for you. Vs Sony WH-1000XM3 WH-1000XM4, Bose 700, & Sennheiser Momentum 3

There’s more to Bluetooth headphones than I initially realized. It’s more than just sound quality and more than which version of Bluetooth (i.e. 4.2, 5.0, etc.). In this video, I discuss and share my experiences with four different pairs of headphones and discuss why the AirPods Max might not be the best pair of Bluetooth ...

Federal Way Rhododendron Garden

Cold day, but we needed to get out and enjoy the rain free weather while it lasted. It’s been a pretty slow staycation, but it was great to get outdoors with the family and shoot some photos. Images were shot with a Panasonic S1R, Leica 75mm f/2 SL lens, and edited in Lightroom.

Tacoma Waterfront

We spent the good part of the morning walking along the Tacoma waterfront before it got too crowded. These photos were shot with a Sony a7R IV and a Zeiss Loxia 25mm lens – all edits in Lightroom.

Point Defiance Zoo Lights

Photography with a face mask and glasses is difficult to say the least! Normally, I really enjoy photography and try to take as many photos as I can, but with the fog on my glasses, I didn’t have a chance to capture as many images as usual. These were shot with a Panasonic S1R, Panasonic ...

Advanced Color Grading w/ LOG in LumaFusion Using a New App Called “Video LUT Editor” – 4K HQ Canon EOS R5

This morning, I was searching the web for tips on color grading LOG footage in LumaFusion. I ended up finding a video about an app call “Video LUT Editor.” It looked promising, so I contacted the developer about doing a review. They were happy to give me a code to download it for review purposes. ...

Penrose Point State Park

Day trip to a nearby state park. Nothing special photographically today, but had a nice hike anyways. Sony a7R IV and Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8

Smashing Pumpkins After Halloween

Vertical video shot on the Canon EOS R5 – 4K 120 FPS – Slowmo Slow Motion 50mm f/1.2 RF Music track is “firestorm (nothing but a…)” by urmymuse http://ccmixter.org/files/urmymuse/62221

Nadia’s 13th Birthday Weekend

Weird times – weird birthday parties. We did our best to make Nadia’s 13th memorable. Due to crowd restrictions, social distancing, etc., we were only able to invite one friend. Still, we all had a good time. Day 1, we went out to high tea – the first three shots are with the D850 and ...

Comcast Gigabit Internet and 10 Gbps Networking Problems and Solutions

Faster internet – sounds simple enough. When I logged in to my Comcast account, there was an option to upgrade to gigabit internet for an additional monthly cost. My modem was on the approved list, I agreed to the terms, clicked some buttons and I thought I’d be good to go. What could possibly go ...

22nd Wedding Anniversary in Tacoma

The plan was to go out to the museum and then out to lunch (without the kids) downtown, but we were only able to do the museum since the restaurant wasn’t seating customers – yes, we checked the website. Fortunately, we were able to eat out at another restaurant that day. Still, we had a ...

Anya’s 9th Birthday

Zookeeper’s hands on goat experience, the zoo, friends, and Pick Quick. Vanessa made a tie-dye birthday cupcake filled with Skittles. Shot with the Nikon Z6, 24-70mm f/2.8 S, and edited in Lightroom for the iPad.

Carpinito Bros Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze

It’s a beautiful day here in the Pacific NW, and this week it’s going to be in the high 70s and even hit 80 degrees! Normally, it’s rainy and cold this time of year (we had that last week). Well, we got there early, got our pumpkins and did the maze before the crowds picked ...

Autumn and Smoke – Some iPhone Photos

Some photos shot with my iPhone using Lightroom DNG for taking the pictures these last few weeks. Autumn came early, and then we were stuck inside for almost two weeks due to the smoke pollution from all the forest fires.

Testing Out the New Viltrox 56mm f/1.4 for Fuji

While I really enjoy shooting with the Fuji XF series of cameras, their older lenses like the 23mm f/1.4 and 35mm f/1.4 could really use a refresh of weather sealing and faster autofocusing motors. Also, they’re priced quite high compared to similar focus lengths for full frame systems. I would dare say they are overpriced. ...

8K 24P Fuji X-T4 Kaza Leather Case Review. The Controversy About Soft Shutter Releases. Thumb Grips!

Disclaimer: I shot this video after work, dadding, karate class, and probably later in the day than I should have. Please ignore the hair.

Testing the Fuji 27mm at the Federal Way Rhododendron Garden Review

Arguably one of the worst lenses for the Fuji X-Mount, I bought one used. After testing it out, I can say for certain, it isn’t one of their best. Still, I like it! Here are my random thoughts on this lens: It’s lightweight Small Flares (can be a good thing creatively) Slow focusing Cheap Sharp(ish) ...

Canon EOS R5 8K DCI RAW Processing Considerations, Issues, and Workaround DaVinci Resolve / FCPX 8K

This video was edited on a PC using an i7 8700k processor, 1080 ti, and 64 GB of RAM using DaVinci Resolve. I edited it on a 4K timeline, then switched the project to 8K (with 25% preview quality under playback settings), had to reboot because I kept getting memory errors, then exported with the ...

Owens Beach and Point Defiance Dahlia and Rose Garden

Just Anya and me going for a Sunday walk on the beach at low tide, checking out the blooming dahlias and roses nearby at Point Defiance, and then getting some burgers at Pick Quick. The Fuji X100V did great for an outing like this, lightweight, fun, plenty of manual controls, and good for macro distances ...

High Rock Lookout

While a fairly short trail at 3.1 miles (round trip), it’s a bit steep at 1,300 feet in elevation gain. Eric, has done this hike many a time – even at night, but this was my first time. There’s nothing too interesting photographically until you’re near the top, then there’s a beautiful view of Mt. ...