Sunday, December 20, 2015

Setting the mood


A haunting tale of Gracie

I knew this was going to be a black and white image when I saw it, so I wanted the statue to really stand out, this is where spot metering comes in handy, I wanted very little distraction from Gracie, so metering out the surrounding area kept the interest on the statue.


Saturday, December 19, 2015

Intimate Yosemite

Intimate Yosemite

Image: Image: D800E, AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II 
f/8, 200mm, 1/500 sec, iso 100, hand held. 

Sunset on El Capitan

Image: Image: D800E, AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
f/5, 200mm, 1/20 sec, iso 100.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Sony A7R II and Canon EF 16-35 f/4 L IS

Image: Sony A7R II, Canon EF 16-35 f/4 L IS, Metabonse IV EF-E  adapter
35 mm, f/8, 1/125 sec ISO 160

Being able to use my Canon lenses on the Sony A7R II is the only way I would buy in to this camera, that being said, how do they perform?

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Winter in Yosemite

Yosemite Valley
Image: D800E, AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
f/7.1, 100mm, 1/500 sec

Image: D800E, AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II 
Larger Image

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Landcsapes in Portrait mode

The Plantation

Image, 5D Mk III, EF 24-70 f/2.8 L II, 70mm, 1/80th sec, ISO 400

When doing my research on this shot, I found most images where done in landscape mode, so an easy way to make something different is to do what others have not, this image highlights the moss more than the trees, yet still gives that vanishing point effect that I wanted. Just wish I had better light that day, another trip to Savannah is in order.


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Brick and mortar - Savannah, Georgia

Pulaski Detail

Image: Fort Pulaski Detail. Canon 5D Mk III, 24-70 f/2.8 L II, 67mm,
f/5.6, 1/80th sec, ISO 1600

I recently visited Fort Pulaski, just outside Savannah, GA. on Cockspur Island. A unique history surrounds this fort, the end of an era for brick and mortar.

Fort Pulaski

Image: Fort Pulaski Detail. Canon 5D Mk III, 24-70 f/2.8 L II, 70mm,
f/5.6, 1/80th sec, ISO 1600

Savannah and its environs are a place dear to my heart, I spent two years living there and I have some close friends that still live there. But in all my time there I only visited Pulaski once and never photographed it, now I wish I had more time to go back and fully document this piece of Americas history from the Civil War.

More coming soon....


Images In Light

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Shooting by moonlight

Moonrise at Panther Beach

Image: 5D Mk III, EF 16-35 f/4 L IS, 16mm, 4sec at f/6.3, ISO 100

After a very uneventful sunset at Panther Beach, I decided to stick around and try shooting by moonlight, more for fun than any real serious photography. While trying to keep my ISO as low as possible and not letting my shutter speed get to long, I opened up my aperture to f/6.3 for a 4 sec exposure, that way I would get wave blur instead of completely smoothing out the water, like I would have at shutter speeds of around 20 sec.

I pulled the shadows extensively in Lightroom to balance the image.

If you try this, do it during a full moon for the most light possible, keep your ISO at 100 and try different shutter speeds to see what you get.


Images In Light

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The future of Light

Very interesting concept, that I am very excited about. Light is thinking outside the (DSLR) box. Is this the future of photography? Its interesting to consider, in order to get around a zoom lens, add cameras with varying fields of view. In my business I see a lot of new camera technology and there have been rumblings of multiple camera modules as a way of getting around zoom lenses, also for other reasons.......

I think we will see this technology soon in camera phones, maybe even the next iPhone or Samsung device. The technology has started to mature and calibration of these separate camera modules can now be done very accurately. I see this as very viable. I hope to test this one next year when its available.

This could easily replace small portable zoom cameras and if mature enough, small DSLR and ILC (mirrorless) cameras.

Light here

Fstoppers here

DPReview here


Images In Light

Friday, October 16, 2015

Sigma Art 20mm f/1.4

Sigma keeps introducing fantastic lenses and here is one I may consider to add to my lens arsenal.

The new Sigma Art 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM for EF

I would really like a fast wide angle lens that can really produce without breaking the bank, this could be the one. I'll keep you informed here, when the results are in.

Other nice ART lenses include the 24mm f/1.4, 35mm f/1.4 and the 50mm f/1.4

  • As part of the Art line within Sigma’s Global Vision series, this lens’ is designed to achieve truly notable optical performance and is ideally suited for creative and artistic applications.
  • Prime wide-angle 20mm f/1.4 lens is designed for full-frame format Canon EF mount DSLRs, and can also be used with APS-C models where it will provide a 32mm equivalent focal length.
  • Fast f/1.4 maximum aperture is well-suited for working in low-light conditions and also provides greater control over the focus position when using shallow depth of field techniques.
  • Both FLD glass and five SLD elements have been incorporated within the lens design to correct for chromatic aberrations throughout the entire focusing range and help to ensure high image sharpness, clarity, and contrast regardless of focus point or aperture setting.
  • A Super Multi-Layer Coating has been applied to lens elements in order to minimize lens flare and ghosting and contribute to producing contrast-rich and color-neutral imagery, even in backlit conditions.
  • The integrated HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) realizes quick and quiet autofocusing, which is further complemented by an optimized AF algorithm to produce smoother focusing performance. The HSM also permits full-time manual focus control simply by rotating the focus ring at any time.
  • A rounded nine-blade diaphragm helps to produce an attractive out-of-focus quality.
  • Petal-shaped lens hood helps to reduce lens flare when working in strong lighting conditions and also offers some protection to the front element of the lens.
  • The lens is constructed using a Thermally Stable Composite (TSC) material, along with traditional metals, for greater precision and use in wide temperature variations.
  • The bayonet mount is constructed from brass for ensured accuracy and durability.
  • This lens is compatible with the optional Sigma USB Dock for fine-tuning different lens characteristics and updating its firmware.

Images In Light

Monday, October 12, 2015

Chaos in color and black and white

Chaos - black and white

5D Mk III, 70-200 f4 L IS, f/10, 2 sec, Lee Big Stopper ND Filter

Chaos - color

5D Mk III, 70-200 f4 L IS, f/10, 1/500 sec, no filter

Exploring different ways of exposing a scene, I find it difficult sometimes to choose what I prefer. Using an ND filter gives me options to quickly make widely different exposures and decide later on what version of the scene I prefer. The Lee ND filter selection and Lee mount greatly increase the flexibility I have when I'm on a location shoot like this one.

I prefer the long exposure black and white version here, I think it works better for this windy, salt spray, misty day, adding to the stormy feel, even though it was a beautiful day. Taken from Soberanes Point in Big Sur.


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Capturing Atmosphere

Coastal California

5D Mk III, 24-79 f/2.8 L II, Lee Little stopper
f/11 at 2 sec

This was an interesting scene, when we arrived it was a hazy/foggy late evening and the atmosphere was not something I thought I was going to be able to catch, often times unsettled air does not allow for good images. Here I feel like I was able to capture the atmosphere of that moment and the long exposure helped, giving it a more dreamy look with the blurred waves.


Images In Light

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


5D Mk III, EF 24-70 f/2.8 L II, Lee 10 stop ND filter, 5 sec at f/11.
Garrapata Beach

Black and White conversion done in Lightroom. I feel sometimes monochrome images can better convey mood than color and at other times color more efficiently tells the story. Regardless, telling the story is the key to an image, not what camera or what software was used. Composition and understanding of how your camera works are far better than your cameras ability to recover shadows or print large.


Friday, September 18, 2015

Full Frame DSLR, The Future?

Pentax is teasing a full frame DSLR for next spring

Friday, September 11, 2015

When will we hit ISO 1 Million

The new Sony A7sII

See specs here at DPReview

Its not far now until we hit ISO 1 million, the new Sony A7sII gets us one step closer, what is that going to mean in the near future? will we be taking photos at night like we do in the day? I'm guessing yes. Will we still need tripods? yes, I think so, for a while anyway.

Sony's rapid fire introduction of cameras is out pacing any company I have seen before. Some of these devices are being delivered with high price tags and not a lot of thought in to what a photographer really needs. I am still waiting on a Sony camera that will allow for a quick method of selecting an auto focus point,  please Sony a little thought in to ergonomics. I applaud the innovation, but more than that is needed, we are photographers and we want a device that gets out of the way, so we can think about what it is we are photographing and not what button do I find that function under.

Then there is uncompressed 14 bit RAW, when is Sony going to provide that? and just like that, they fix it, here.

See low light 4k video here


Monday, August 31, 2015

New Canon EF 35 f/1.4 L II

Now this should be a sweet lens, for those that need a fast and fairly wide lens, this will be the one you should have in your kit, great for landscape, event, portrait and low light.

Key features:
9 bladed aperture
Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics
Two aspherical elements and one UD glass element in a 14 element, 11 group optical formula
Sub-Wavelength Structure Coating
Fluorine coating on the front and rear lens surfaces
Water resistant

Getting rave reviews so far.....

DPreview here and here

Photographyblog here 

Tear down at lens rentals here

The MTF chart looks very promising. 

From Canon:

New L-Series Lens is First to Feature Canon’s Proprietary Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics – That Achieves a Higher Level of Chromatic Aberration Correction For Superb Image Quality
MELVILLE, N.Y., August 27, 2015 – Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today introduced the new EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens for EOS system cameras – a wide-angle fixed-focal-length Canon EF lens that is the world’s first* to utilize the Company’s newly-developed and exclusive Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics (BR Optics). This new optical technology utilizes organic material newly developed by Canon to achieve a higher level of chromatic aberration correction than other existing technologies resulting in outstanding high-quality imaging performance.
“As the world leader in production of interchangeable lenses, having produced over 110 million EF lenses since 1987, it is with great excitement that we now introduce a revolutionary new technology to add to Canon’s unequaled optical heritage when it comes to chromatic aberration correction,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO of Canon U.S.A., Inc. “We continually strive to achieve the ideal lens performance, which has driven the development of Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics, found in the new EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens. This technology is yet another ‘first’ in optical design introduced by Canon to enhance the performance of our lenses for our customers.”

Canon’s proprietary Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics (BR Optics) incorporate a new organic optical material with unique anomalous dispersion characteristics for use in camera lenses. The molecular design of BR Optics refracts blue light (short wavelength spectrum) to a greater degree than other existing optical technologies including UD glass, Super UD glass and Fluorite, to control color fringing as effectively as possible. When placed between convex and concave lens elements made from conventional optical glass materials, BR Optics help to produce sharp images with outstanding contrast and color fidelity by thoroughly reducing axial chromatic aberration.
In addition to BR Optics, the new lens incorporates two aspherical elements and one UD glass element in a 14 element, 11 group optical formula. The EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens also features Canon’s proprietary Sub-Wavelength Structure Coating (SWC), applied to the rear surface of the first and second aspheric lens elements to help combat flare and ghosting caused by light rays entering the lens at a large angle of incidence. The lens also offers best in class minimum focusing distance at 0.28m (approximately 11 inches) resulting in an increased maximum magnification of 0.21x – ideal for capturing close-up subjects. Autofocusing is swift and virtually silent due to a rear-focus optical system and Canon’s original Ring USM focusing motor. Full-time mechanical manual focusing is also available even when the lens is set to AF mode.
The Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens features improved durability over its predecessor. As with all L-series lenses, this new lens is highly resistant to dust and water ─ making it ideal for outdoor photography, even in harsh conditions. The high-grade design of the lens provides users with a substantial and luxurious feel, as well as optimal operability.  In addition, a fluorine coating on the front and rear lens surfaces helps to repel liquids and dust particles, and makes the lens easier to clean.
Pricing and Availability
The new Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens is compatible with 72mm filters and will be supplied with Lens Hood EW-77B and Lens Pouch LP1219. It is scheduled to be available in October 2015, for an estimated retail price of $1,799.00. For more information including specifications and an MTF chart, please visit

Monday, August 24, 2015

Wide Angle Abstract

5D Mk III, EF 11-24 f/4 L, 11mm, f/11, 1/80th sec

The perfect lens for this shot, the 11-24 f/4 super wide angle lens, can be fun if you find the right composition.


 5D Mk III, EF 16-35 f/4 L IS, 16mm, f/6, 1/100th sec

This lens continues to amaze me.


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Just for fun - Made With Matter

An App that I thought I would share, called Matter, its fun to play with and currently free in the App store. Make otherworldly images with a few simple taps.

Images In Light

Monday, July 27, 2015


5D Mk III, EF 24-70 f/2.8 L II at f/3.5

Silhouette's can be a very interesting to shoot, finding the right background is key, here is a fern set against a brooding sky, converted to black and white in lightroom. I especially like to shoot people in profile like this one here or this one.


Images In Light

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Stormy Weather


 5Dmk III, 24-70 f/2.8 L II, f/9, 1/125 sec, 35mm hand held


5Dmk III, 70-200 f/4 L IS, f/4, 1/800 sec, 100mm hand held


 5Dmk III, 24-70 f/2.8 L II, f/10, 1/160 sec, 35mm hand held

I love shooting weather, one of these days I'll go storm chasing in the Midwest and chase some real weather, until then I will have to work with the occasional hurricane remnant that works its way up from Mexico like this one last weekend in Big Sur. 

I head out whenever possible if weather is in the forecast, the next trip to Yosemite will be based on that. Incoming weather is always a good opportunity for landscape photography, it sets a mood that sunny blue sky's just can't do. Ideally it happens at sunset or sunrise, adding that wonderful light to a moody sky.


Thursday, July 16, 2015

Panasonic DMC-GX8 announced

Panasonic announced the new GX8 with some pretty nice specs for a M43 (micro 4/3) camera, 20mp's is a first for a M43. Dynamic range is supposed to be increased and new processing power is supposed to keep pace with the 16mp GX7's 6fps speed continuous AF. The Dual IS system, sounds very interesting. It combines sensor and optical lens stabilization.

It seems Olympus has gone to sleep and left Panasonic to do the innovation in the micro four thirds realm, not sure why Olympus has been so quiet, perhaps they are preparing a 20mp sensor from Sony also. If this f/.95 lens was AF, I would consider this option. Come on Olympus, give us some really fast primes. The lens options are not bad, but not good enough to budge me to the mount.

Review: Imaging Resource here
Pocket Lint here
Camera Labs here
Phoblographer here
DPreview here

  • 20.3 MP Digital Live MOS Sensor
  • Venus Engine Image Processor
  • Micro Four Thirds System
  • Tilting 2.36m-Dot 0.77x OLED EVF
  • 3.0" 1.04m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
  • 4K UHD Video Recording at 30/24 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • 10 fps Shooting with AF-S and ISO 25600
  • DFD AF System, 4K Photo Modes
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization, Dual I.S.

  • Priced at $1198 body only, it will be a hard sell for a small sensor camera, but if image quality comes in high, it would be nice used with some of the fast primes from Panasonic and Olympus.

    See the preview at DPReview here 

    Images In Light

    Wednesday, July 1, 2015

    The right lens for the job

    Image: Soberanes Point, 5d Mk III, EF 16-35 f/4 L IS, f/13, 18mm, 1/100 sec, hand held.

    I have been in search of the right wide angle lens for a long time for my system, finally Canon produces with the EF 16-35 f/4 L IS, after a few weeks of using this lens I could not be happier.

    If you are looking for a good landscape lens, this is the one, even adapted to an A7r II with a Metabones adapter this will produce sharp images with plenty of resolution to match even the new 5DSR.

    I would say this is the best wide angle lens on the market, I have tested out the EF 11-24 f/4 L and I would rather have this lens any day of the week. The 11-24 f/4 is a great lens, but this is a lot smaller, can use filters and fits my style of shooting better than the 11-24.

    Images In Light

    Getting the right shutter speed for motion

    Garrapata Waves

    Garrapata Beach. 5D Mk III, 70-200 f4 L IS, 1.3 sec at f/13

    With neutral density filters you can get the shutter speed you want at almost any time of day, on this very bright morning at Garrapata I used a 6 stop filter on a 70-200 f/4 L IS lens to isolate the rocks and show movement in the waves. 

    It takes a while in the morning for the sun to get over the hill behind the beach, so when it arrives its pretty intense in the summer, holding back the light with a neutral density filter helped to cut down on that very bright sun and give me the shutter speed I wanted to show some motion in the waves without completely smoothing out the water.

    I could have used a 10 stop filter but the effect would have been more than I wanted, by using aperture priority I could have easily gone to 30 seconds and completely smoothed out the ocean, but I was looking for crashing waves with a small amount of motion to show the interaction with the rocks.

    I have found for slight motion in waves .6 to 2 seconds is a pretty good rule of thumb to use depending on wave height and light conditions.


    Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    5DS/R Info and samples from around the web


    The 5DS and 5DSR are now available and people are starting to report on it from around the world.

    I will start linking to them here so I have a place to refer to.

    Is Medium format in trouble? probably, unless they find a way to improve and innovate faster than, Sony, Canon and Nikon are all moving quickly to high resolution sensors with Nikon at 36mp and Sony at 42mp . Even fashion photographers are going to have a hard time justifying more than 50MP cameras, I certainly will not need more than that.

    At  300dpi, 8688 x 5792 will give output prints from this camera at 19 x 29 without up-scaling, so minor up-scaling will give 24 x 36 easy and prints to 60 inches should be possible.

    • Imaging Resource, comprehensive review here
    • Chris Giles wedding photographer here
    • Photography Blog here
    • The Phoblographer here
    • Glenn Bartley bird photography here
    • DPReview studio scenes here
    • DPReview 5DS samples galley here
    • Fashion at Photography Blog here
    • 5DS at The Digital Picture review here 5DSR here
    • recommended lenses via Canon at The Digital Picture here
    • Martin Bailey here 
    • DxO here take with a grain of salt, there is more to the equation. Then read this here


    Images In Light

    Thursday, June 11, 2015

    Sony A7 R II announced

    Sony just announced the A7 R II, 42mp Back Side Illumination (BSI) 4K video up to ISO 102400 with IBIS 5 axis sensor stabilization.

    It offers full EF lens support for Canon users with Metabonse adapter, including AF  and continuos tracking and aperture control. Supposedly it has a fast phase detection AF system, but I will wait to hear what the early testers have to say.

    Fotodiox adapter is better ? here
    More on adapters here

    From Dpreview :
      This is potentially a huge deal – especially for Canon users. We’ve used an a7R II with a Canon 24-70mm lens and a Metabones adapter, and focus is indeed very fast indeed. We’ll be looking at this in more depth as soon as we have a production sample camera, but for now, we’re highly impressed.

    Shooting with 3rd party lenses on the A7 series, good article here 

    A fatal mistake here

    Not great AF with adapted Canon lenses here 
    Photography Blog here 
    Over hyped? over priced? here 
    still needs fixing here
    Gushing about the A7rII here
    Tech Radar here

    Now uncompressed 14 bit RAW here.

    Luminous Landscape here 

    The Phoblographer here 

    Fstoppers here 

    More at Fstoppers here

    Zeiss Batis here

    Film perspective here

    Buy it here at B and H  

    This could be my next camera if Canon don't get moving quickly, I think they will, but I think Canons new sensor technology is still a couple of years away. However Sony is aiming for a larger chunk of the sensor market, maybe they will make a deal with Canon until Canon can produce sensors as good or better than Sony.

    Sony still needs to fix their lossy RAW file's, we need uncompressed 14 bit RAW. See interview here.

    If this works as well as I am hearing with EF lenses, I may try this camera out, I don't like the Sony interface and I don't like Sony's support or trust that they will stay the course, but the Sony sensors are very clean and I may have to get on board with this one, I will keep my 5D Mk III, because the A7 is still no DSLR and some times I need that kind of speed

    The Manual is available from Sony here


    Tuesday, June 9, 2015

    More from Big Sur

    Images In Light: Latest Work &emdash; Lifting Fog 

    5D Mk III, EF 16-35 f4 IS L, f/16, 1/60 sec, ISO 100, hand held on fence post.

    Lifting Fog, Big Sur

    5D Mk III, EF 16-35 f4 IS L, f/13, 1/200 sec, ISO 100, hand held on fence post.

    Big Sur is sure turning in to one of my favorite places to shoot, nudge nudge, know what I mean?

    A place that holds its rightful location at the top of peoples list's to shoot, I have been fortunate recently to spend some time in this area, witnessing scenes like this one unfold as I drive along the coast highway. Truly a beautiful place, sometimes magical and mystical, but always very photogenic.

    Clouds 1v

     5D Mk III, EF 70-200 f4 IS L

    More soon from the Big Sur coast....


    Images in Light

    Monday, June 8, 2015

    Catching the Light

    Dancing Light

    Image: Fuji XT-1, XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS

    Driving up "The Hill" in Big Sur, I had to pull over and shoot this scene, the sun was breaking through the clouds in dozens of spots, it looked like light dancing on the water, as a matter of fact it was : )

    Luckily I had a Fuji XT-1 sitting next to me on the car seat, so I zoomed in and captured this scene, the Fuji meters quit well and I had a hard time deciding on black and white or color for this one.

    Viewed large it is a wonderful scene with the light spots going far in to the background of the image.


    Thursday, May 28, 2015

    Canon EF 16-35 f/4 IS L

    5D MK III, EF 16-35 f/4 IS L, 29mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec, ISO 100, hand held.

    It was not that long ago that Canon users complained about the wide angle zoom offerings, because Nikon had the 14-24 f/2.8. Now Canon has surpassed Nikon with both the EF 11-24 f/4 L and the EF 16-35 f/4 IS L and I'm sure soon an f/2.8 wide angle zoom.

    EF 16-35 f/4 L IS

    I sold my 16-35 f/2.8 II because of the reviews I read on the new 16-35 f/4 and couldn't be more happy. I know, f/2.8 vs f/4, the age old argument, the thing is, they are for different photographers, most people can get away with f/4, f/2.8 is mostly for low light hand held captures, wide angle is not really for portrait, although I have seen a few photographers use the 2.8 version that way with good effect.

    This is a landscape/architecture lens mostly, sweeping vistas and towering cityscape's, there are lots of uses but these are the standouts for me. It is sharp to the corners, it has resolution to spare (think 50mp here) excellent micro contrast, oh and did I say sharp? It is an excellent companion lens to the EF 24-70 f/2.8 L II, which has been pretty much glued to to my 5D III since I got it. Along with the 70-200 f/2.8 IS L II or 70-200 f/4 IS L, Canon now has a full series of zooms that are excellent from 11mm to 200mm and beyond if you can afford the $11K 200-400 f/4.

    5D MK III, EF 16-35 f/4 IS L

    Lifting Fog, Big Sur v

    5D MK III, EF 16-35 f/4 IS L

    Soberanes Point

    5D MK III, EF 16-35 f/4 IS L


    Wednesday, May 20, 2015

    iPhone 6 - Images

    Metal and Sky

    Metal and Sky

    I continue to be impressed with the iPhone 6's image quality, here is one out of camera using the Noir process. One taken through colored glass and one of angles and shapes. I don't miss hauling around that back up camera any more. 

    Through Rose Colored Glass

    High Wire

    I can get very creative if I have a camera with me all the time, the iPhone allows me to do that.


    Images In Light  

    Wednesday, May 13, 2015

    Garrapata Beach

    Garrapata Beach

    Image: 5D Mk III, 24-70 f/2.8 L II, Lee Big Stopper, f/11
    Garrapata Beach

    Adding to my series, Coastal California. Garrapata Beach, just on the north end of  Big Sur,  a beautiful and more remote beach on the California coast, by remote I mean not crowded at 7:00am on the weekend.

    The start of one of the most rugged and beautiful locations on the West coast, Garrapata is just south of Carmel, Big Sure stretches south roughly 90 miles and 20 miles inland. Many photographers have spent their lives documenting this area, with spectacular results.

    Being new to the area I hope to capture something new and interesting, I know I could explore the area for years. The area is lined with coastal and rugged mountain trails, flowers abound in the spring, stunning beach's dot the coastline, art galleries and restaurants fit neatly into curves high above the ocean on highway 1 as it meanders its way south to San Simeon.

    More soon from Big Sur.


    Latest Canon software


    Download here under the software tab

    Digital Photo Professional 4.2.31, adds support for 5DS, HDR, compositing......


    Images In Light

    Tuesday, April 21, 2015

    Lightroom 6 features

    Courtesy Adobe: Lightroom 6 RAW HDR

    Courtesy Adobe: Lightroom 6 Hidden Gems

     Courtesy Adobe: Lightroom 6 RAW Panoramas

    Purchase the stand alone upgrade version here 

    Get more tutorials from Adobe here


    Images In Light

    Yosemite Dogwood Bloom

    Image: 5D Mk III, EF 70-200 f4 L IS, 160mm, f5.6, 1/250 sec, hand held, on the tree.

    The Dogwoods are blooming in Yosemite valley as of 4/18/2015, by the hundreds, a great time to visit, they should be working their way in to higher elevations over the next week, still time to go and see this beautiful spectacle.


    Glacier Point also opened early this year due to low snow pack.


    Thursday, April 9, 2015

    Convergance: Canon XC10

    Canon introduces a 4K video/Stills camera

    Key specs
    • 4K video
    • 12mp stills
    • 1" CMOS sensor
    • LP-E6 battery (same as 5D and 7D)
    • fixed F2.8-5.6 image stabilized lens equivalent to 27.3-273mm for videos and 24.1-241mm for stills.
    • Rotating grip and tilt LCD
    • MSRP of $2499


    Images In Light