Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Lytro Illum

Lytro announce a new version of their Light field camera, with a 30-250mm f/2 lens, that's right f/2, the technology is very interesting, but their last camera and sensor proved only a gimmick from a photographic standpoint, this may change that, they look like they may have something on their hands this time around.

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From the Lytro site:

Product Features


Capture a deeper picture.

LYTRO ILLUM’s 40 Megaray customized sensor, with Lytro’s patented microlens array technology, unlocks the ability to capture the color, intensity and direction of the light rays flowing into the camera. This allows you to create imagery on a truly experiential canvas. By capturing and harnessing the power of light field, photographers can portray not just a cross-section of reality, but an authentic, interactive window into their world.

  • Custom-designed 40-megaray light field sensor
  • 8x optical zoom lens (30mm-250mm equivalent)
  • Constant f/2.0 aperture across the entire zoom range
  • 1/4000 of a second high-speed shutter
  • Extreme close-focus macro capability
  • Combination of tactile-controls and smartphone-class, articulating touchscreen
  • Dimensions: 86mm x 145mm x 166mm; 940 grams
  • Hot shoe supports all leading flashes

It needs to be ergonomic and fill a niche, or carve out a place of its own with something beyond mini video, which is what it appeared to be before.

I did not see a place that it would be useful before, lets see if they are bringing more of a game changer this time around.

Pre-order at Lytro for $1,500 20% off with Pre-order

Lytro's site


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Thursday, April 17, 2014

New Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens

I never would have thought I would say this just a year ago, but Sigma has smartened up and now designs good lenses, with their new ART series.

DXO Test's show conclusively that it out performs most other lenses.

 So this only applies to the ART series of lenses, but its a good sign from a company known for producing marginal lenses, if I wanted to put a 50mm lens on my 5D today, it would be the Sigma.

Buy it here at B and H

Reviewed at The Digital Picture


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Friday, March 21, 2014

Shooting an Icon - Yosemite

Image: El Capitan and the Merced, 5D Mk III, EF24-70 f/2.8, 16mm @ f/16.
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Image: The Merced River, 5D Mk III, EF24-70 f/2.8, 16mm @ f/13.
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I have always wanted to go back to Yosemite, but I was kind of disappointed on this trip, perhaps I have seen to much of it in pictures ? at any rate the next time I return, it will be to the upper part that is less traveled, Tuolumne Meadows above Yosemite Valley, it has the beauty, less crowds and the wilderness feel that the lower valley lacks, a winter stop in the lower valley might be nice, if there was plenty of snow.

Upper Cathedral lake and the entire upper basin would make for a great trip on the way over to the Eastern Sierra and a trip up in to the Whitney Portal and Convict lake.

Mariposa Grove

To Camp 4


Yosemite Falls


Friday, February 28, 2014

Getting Exposure

Marketing, marketing, marketing, that's what is needed to get your photos published, I have put my work on a lot of web sites, from National Geographic to Facebook and dozens in between, including submitting the above shot to Yahoo weather. If you want to get your work noticed you have to work at it.

Your shot at National Geographic got me noticed by them and subsequently published by them, here.

I can't express it enough if you want to get noticed, work hard at getting your work out there. It will take a while, but if you have what it takes to stand out in a crowd and you market yourself, they will find you.


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Adjusting White Balance

 Image: 5D Mk III, EF 24-70 f/2.8, 44mm at f/9, 30 sec
Global adjustment to 9107K

Original White Balance of 5950K, camera set to auto white balance

Global adjustment to 9107K local adjustment in Lightroom to sky of -28

I'm always pushing the merits of shooting RAW and white balance is a another reason to do so, the temperature of color is basically a layman's description and it can really only be adjusted in RAW. Light varies in temperature from cool to warm , an example would be LED light, compared to tungsten or midday sun to sunset, some times a camera can get fooled and that happens a lot with mixed light, similar to the above images that have the remaining light from the sun and the light from the bulbs on the pier.

A lot of cameras don't do well with indoor lighting and often have to be adjusted for white balance, our homes and offices are a mix of different light types and cameras get fooled more often than not in these situations. Shooting RAW and adjusting in post is the best way to get the right color from your system.


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Monday, January 27, 2014

Announced: Fuji X-T1

Fuji is at it again, today they release the X-T1 a more SLR type of camera, rather than a range finder style. This one with weather sealing and the promise of weather sealed lenses (16-55mm f/2.8 and 50-140 f/2.8). So far I am hearing very good things about this camera, I'm looking forward to getting one in my hands and perhaps replace my x100s with it.

Same sensor as the X-E2 and X100S but with an improved EVF and faster operating speeds with a claimed worlds fastest AF speed (for this camera type)

Got to hand it to Fuji, in the last few years they have produced an entire system of cameras and lenses that are top quality.

"DPReview's Andy Westlake expressed his disappointment that there's no option to directly move the AF point using the four-way controller, as is possible with cameras like the Nikon D7100 and Olympus OM-D E-M1. Instead you're always required to press the 'down' arrow first, to enter AF point selection mode - a small point, but something that's fairly unusual at this level."

Key Specs:

  • 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II Sensor
  • EXR Image Processor II
  • up to 8 frames per second
  • 2.36 million dot OLED viewfinder
  • Viewfinder magnification of 0.77x
  • 1.04 million dot high-precision 3” tilting LCD monitor
  • ISO 200 – 6400
  • Extended ISO 100, 12800, 25600
  • Built in Intervalometer
  • Die-cast magnesium body
  • Dust and water-resistant body with freeze resistance to -14°F

  • Fuji site here
    Reviews: ePhotozine, Photographyblog, Amateur Photog, PetaPixel,

    Buy it here at B and H


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    Saturday, January 11, 2014

    Lone Pine and The Whitney Portal

    5D Mk III, EF 24-70 f/2.8L, 65mm f/14 at 1/30th sec, tripod.
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    Images In Light: Latest Work &emdash; Lone Pine and Mt Whitney
    5D Mk III, EF 24-70 f/2.8L, 70mm f/11 at 1/60th sec, tripod. 
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    5D Mk III, EF 70-200 f/4L IS, 200mm f/7.1 at 1/500th sec, handheld. 

    Far east of La La land on CA 395 is the small town of Lone Pine a gateway to the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountain range and the tallest peak in the lower 48, 14,505 ft Mt Whitney. The Whitney portal road, which heads west out of town, leads you to the Alabama Hills, a spectacular landscape of boulders and sage brush. Many films have been made here and you have no doubt seen one, you just don't know it. You kind of expect to see Captain Kirk or The Duke around every corner.

    Not to be out done by Mt Whitney, 12,949 ft Lone Pine Peak rises prominantly to the south in a spectacular array of peaks and ridges, Mobius Arch a short hike from the end of Movie road makes a nice frame for either Lone Pine or Whitney.

    that would be me sitting in Mobius Arch

    The interesting thing about this mountain range, is how they thrust straight up out of the desert, shear cliffs rising hundreds of feet out of the Sage brush in front of you. It's reminicent of The Grand Teton and the Canadian Rockies,  Hiking in this area could be a lot of fun and make for some very interesting photography.

    more pics here at my Flickr site


    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

    Nightfall Picture used on BBC television show

     This photo was chosen by the BBC for "Natures Weirdest, Series 2" television show.


    Monday, December 16, 2013


    Image: 5D Mk III, 70-200 f/4 L IS, f/7.1 at 1/640 sec.

    Rather than the usual airplane shot, as below, I noticed Mt Baker and that I could align the mountain in the shot of the incoming 747-8 at Pain Field Everett, I live just a few minutes away from the Boeing plant so I get a lot of opportunities to shoot test flights, the above image turned out rather nice and proved a lot more interesting to me than the normal airplane shot. 


    Wednesday, November 20, 2013

    Best Campsite Photo Contest Winner

    5D Mk III, EF 24-70, f/2.8 L II f/10 at 70mm

    Backpacker Magazine Nov 2013

    From our trip to the Goat Rocks Wilderness in July