Tag: Seattle

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. ...

Kubota Garden with the Zeiss Touit 50mm on a Fuji X-T3 (Macro Photography)

The Touit 50mm is all but a forgotten lens when it comes to the Fuji X line, but it’s a fantastic macro lens. See for yourself! It’s also a great portrait lens too. All of these photos were shot with available light which isn’t always ideal for macro photography, but worked out quite well for ...

University of Washington – Seattle Cherry Blossoms and Gasworks Park

Visitors come from far and wide to view these blossoms. My mother was in town, and she had never been to the UW campus, so it was a great time for a visit. They blossoms are magnificent, but this common area of campus is quite crowded. We went midday with lots of people around, so ...

Labor Day at Pike Street Market

The plan: Two families with a total of four kids. Catch a train to Seattle. Do Pike Place Market. Take some photos on the way. Make sure everyone has a good time. I shot all of these photos on the run. I brought along one of my favorite lenses – the Fuji 16mm f/1.4. I ...

Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Review on the Sony a7R III on the Ballard Jazz Walk in Seattle

Last night was the Ballard Jazz Walk in Seattle. It’s a fun date night with lots of great music. You can read more about it over here. The first group we saw at the Peddler Brewing Company. It was the Brent Jensen Quartet. Brent was my saxophone and jazz band instructor from 1990-1994. He was an ...

UW Cherry Blossoms – Panasonic G9 and 8-18mm f/2.8-4 Outing

The University of Washington in Seattle is known far and wide for their cherry blossoms on campus. This was the first time that we ever had a chance to go up and see them first hand. It was crazy weather! Snow, rain, sunshine, we had it all – except blue skies. Even though I have ...

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 ...

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 ...

Canon 28mm f/2.8mm IS — quick thoughts

28mm as a focal length seems all the rage nowadays. There is the Ricoh GR, Fuji X70, Leica Q, and more. Recently, I was given an Amazon gift card and the 28mm f/2.8 IS from Canon was on sale, so I grabbed one to use on my 5Ds for fun. Here are my thoughts after ...

Fuji X-Pro2 — Day 2

Well, I discovered another area that Fuji cheaped out on the X-Pro2 — wi-fi. I tried transferring some of the images to my iPhone 6s Plus today, and using the full resolution photos, it was painfully slow to transfer the files. When I got home, I decided to look at the specs of the iPhone 6s Plus ...

Fuji 14mm f/2.8 vs Olympus 7–14mm f/2.8 Pro

How does the Fuji 14mm f/2.8 compare with the Olympus 7–14mm f/2.8 Pro? Weird comparison? Maybe, but I do use both Micro 4/3 and Fuji. The Fuji is a full frame equivalent of a 20mm lens, and the Olympus is a 14–28mm full frame equivalent. It’s not really a fair comparison, because the GX8 has ...

Georgetown Seattle, Olympus 7–14mm f/2.8 Pro, and Panasonic GX8

Today was my first outing with the Olympus 7–14mm f/2.8 Pro lens. The family and I headed up to Georgetown — a kitchy / industrial / older neighborhood in South Seattle. It’s a great place for spending the day to shop and eat. Also, a fantastic place to get some really neat photos! Our first stop was ...

Tamron 15–30mm f/2.8 VC Review

When Canon came out with the Canon 5DS, it wasn’t received very well. However, I have been extremely pleased with mine. One thing is for sure with this camera, it is not as forgiving as the 5D Mark III was in terms of lens sharpness. The extra megapixels really magnify any defects in lenses. Previously, ...

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 ...