Leica Q2 Monochrom – Welcome Back Leica

A few years back, I shot with a Leica M 262 for about a year. During that time, I owned various lenses, enjoyed the heck out of the system, and eventually sold it all. I’m not opposed to picking up another M system camera and lenses, but I’m looking for a good deal (used) locally. ...

Puyallup Fair – Again

This go around, I tested out a Tiffen Black Pro Mist 1/4 filter. I like the effect, but definitely need to use it more to get the hang of it. Photos were edited in Lightroom.

Milton 9/11 Memorial – 20 Year Anniversary

This was a very somber event, we had a speaker whom was in New York the day of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. John Carlson – a local conservative media personality spoke. Jack Chandler a local veteran who is responsible for pioneering the memorial. Here’s a link to an MSN article about ...

Leica Q Does the Puyallup

Took the day off of work and went on a date with Vanessa. I brought along the Q, bumped up the saturation and contrast one notch in the camera, edited the JPEGs using Athentech’s Perfectly Clear, and badda bin, badda boom – some pretty nice captures of the day. I always shoot RAW+JPEG just in ...

Leica Q – First Weekend and Initial Thoughts

Ever since the Leica Q first came out, I’ve had an interest in owning one. However, the price was always more than I was willing to spend. Fast forward a few years, and the price on the original Leica Q has come down to a more reasonable level. I was able to find a used ...

Canon EOS R5 8K ProRes RAW Atomos Ninja V+ HEVC 10 Bit Compression Nvidia NVENC Tutorial

This video was shot in ProRes RAW with a Canon EOS R5 using an Atomos Ninja V+ external recorder. Edited on an M1 Macbook Pro, and compressed using an older Nvidia 1080 Ti graphics card in an older Windows machine.

Idaho Falls with the iPhone 12 Pro Max

Ririe Reservoir, the zoo, and aquarium were some of the miscellaneous adventures we had this week. When we went to the Reservoir, there was no way I was taking my camera onto the boat, but the iPhone is waterproof (supposedly) so I brought that along. We went to the zoo and aquarium our last day ...

Yellowstone National Park

This was my first time to Yellowstone. It was busy, crazy busy! The park rangers were saying that there were more than double the usual amount of visitors this year because of COVID. Fortunately, Jim (my step-father in-law), did all of the driving. He also did all of the parking – he made spots that ...

Idaho Falls Farmer’s Market and Rafting in the Canal

Visiting my wife’s mother and her husband Jim in Idaho Falls, we went to the local farmers market, had mangos covered in spicy / sour syrup, and some beef jerky. On the way home, Jim and I picked up a tow behind raft for his boat. Near his home, there’s a small canal where the ...

When in Idaho, Go to a Rodeo

My main exposure to Rodeos has been down in Arizona. Down there, the people have been super cool, and I was allowed to get really close to the action to get some action shots with their permission. Idaho Falls was a different story. It was BIG BUSINESS. Bottom line, I didn’t have a press pass ...

Point Defiance Dahlia Garden

I don’t know the first thing about gardening or growing flowers, but I do love dahlias. Point Defiance Park in Tacoma has a beautiful dahlia garden that blooms this time every year. It’s free to the public, well maintained, with ample parking, and is very enjoyable. Today was a perfect day for macro photography – ...

Seattle Aquarium

Took the girls to the Seattle Aquarium today. Pretty expensive for what it is. It was darn near $100 for the three of us just for the price of admission. Honestly, the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma is nicer, less crowded, more to see and do, and a better value. You could buy ...

University of Idaho Arboretum and Paradise Creek Brewery Trailside Taproom

Walking the U of I’s Arboretum has become a part of our trips to the Palouse. It’s easy to navigate for my mother, the scenery is nice, and it’s mostly peaceful (except for the lawn mowers and geese). Most of the shots of this last week were taken with an X100V and my iPhone (see ...

4th of July Vacation in Pullman / Moscow With the Fuji X100V

Covid is effectively over in Washington State (everyone is ignoring the Delta variant in the news), most people are vaccinated, and the mask mandate has been lifted. We stayed at my mother’s home for the first time in two years, and had a wonderful week visiting with friends and family. It was very hot this ...

iPhone 12 Pro Max – Apple ProRAW

I’ve been using the iPhone 12 Pro Max more and more to shoot and edit photos. It’s a great camera that’s always with you. Now with the iOS implementation of RAW, it’s even easier to get good results. Moreover, you can use RAW on any of the built in cameras! Before Apple ProRAW (which is ...

100° In the Shade – Senior Prom (ish) Photo Shoot

2020 and 2021 have been interesting to say the least. No proms, no dances, no graduations – just surreal. This couple missed the opportunity to do any of those things, but still wanted a chance to dress up and have their photos taken. The problem? We’re in the midst of a ridiculous heat wave in ...

Downtown Port Townsend and Chetzemoka Park

This was our last day in Port Townsend, so we decided to check out the local cuisine, shops, and park. The Cafe Tenby was my favorite place that we ate – you can see the pastries and bread below. Everyone of us enjoyed the treats we purchased there. The biggest hit of the day was ...

Port Townsend Farmers Market and For Worden

We had a chance to explore the farmers market this morning. It was nice, but this town is so paranoid of the coronavirus that any and all logic is thrown out the window. Even if you’re vaccinated, they are still heavily wearing masks – even outdoors. It made going to the farmers market less enjoyable ...

Kala Point Near Port Townsend

Port Townsend is a couple of hours from our home, but we’ve never visited before. The Airbnb we’re staying at is just a short walk away from Kala Point. Tonight was mostly spent settling in, but we had a chance to walk down to the beach. I brought along the Nikon Z6 II (which replaced ...

Oceanside, Cape Meares Viewpoint, and Bay Ocean

This was the last day of our Tillamook vacation. Definitely a nice, low key, recommended family vacation destination. Our day started off in Oceanside where the girls picked up freshly fried doughnuts as a morning treat, followed by a trip up to see a lighthouse, and then we headed out to Bay Ocean to see ...

Sitka Sedge State Natural Area Loop, Bear Creek Artichokes, and Tillamook Air Museum

Continuing our Tillamook vacation, we were able to hit three spots today – the beach, a restaurant/tourist destination, and a museum. First off, we were able to get to the beach during low tide, and man was it low! It almost felt like a desert in the sense that the sand stretched out as far ...