Tillamook Cheese Factory, Blue Heron Cheese, and Jacobsen Salt

After Oceanside State Park we drove into Tillamook to visit the main attraction – Tillamook Cheese, followed by Blue Heron Cheese just down the street, and later in the afternoon a quick trip to Jacobsen Salt Co. Skip the salt company if you go to Tillamook to visit, but definitely stop by Blue Heron. This ...

Oceanside Beach State Park

We were vacationing in the Tillamook, Oregon area over Memorial Day and were fortunate enough to come down to the beach at low tide. This was my first outing with the new Fuji 18mm f/1.4 lens on the X-T4. What makes this lens unique is focal length and 1.4 aperture at this price point. Sony’s ...

Dash Point

Straight out of the Fuji X-T4 and 16mm f/1.4 (with a Tiffen circular polarizer attached) – Classic Negative preset with color chrome effects enabled and set to the max.

My Birthday – Space Needle and Chihuly Garden

Mother’s Day at West Hylebos Wetlands Park

Vanessa and Noah’s Covid Coffee Birthday Party

Sony 35mm f/1.4 GM Test Shots

Nikon Z6 II – First Test Shots

I’ve owned a Z6 for a couple of years now, and while I have enjoyed the image quality, the autofocus hasn’t been the greatest for eye detection. Well, with the Z6 II and the latest firmware – 1.2 as of the time of this writing, Nikon has been advertising better autofocus. From what I can ...

Snohomish Weekend

We were in Snohomish for a swim meet over the weekend. Due to Covid restrictions, I don’t have any shots of the swim meet, but we did have a chance to walk around the downtown and get some ice cream. Really not the most exciting photographic weekend, but still managed to get some nice shots ...

What Are You Going To Do When Covid Is All Over? Hug My Mom.

She’s been vaccinated and the CDC says it’s save to visit! Time to go see mom in the Palouse! Low key trip, nothing too exciting, but took along the GFX 50R and 45mm f/2.8 to capture some family memories.

Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

The last time we ventured to the Billy Frank Refuge was June of last year. During that time, we got stuck in a deluge and were completely unprepared for the rain. Today, we were lucky – no rain (even though I was wearing my raincoat). There were a handful of photographers there today. Some of ...

Washington Park and Uwajimaya – Fuji 80mm f/1.7 GF Lens Initial Thoughts

There definitely is something special about the images produced with the Fuji medium format system. They have a depth to them that isn’t reproducible with smaller sensor cameras. Part of me wants to go all in and go crazy with the system, but due to it’s poor high ISO noise performance and slow focusing, I ...

Fuji 80mm f/1.7 First Test Photos

Initial impressions of this lens – wow! Fantastic image quality, and while focusing isn’t terribly fast, it’s not hideous either. Reports on some Facebook forums suggest it’s unusable, but I disagree. While you need time to compose your shots and allow for time to focus, it’s quite doable. These were shot in midday sun and ...

Second, but First Outing with the Fuji GFX 50R and 45mm f/2.8

The previous Fuji GFX 50R post was shot with a used camera, but since then Fuji has lowered the price of their new GFX 50R bodies to the same price that I paid for a used one. Glazer’s Camera offered me a couple of hundred dollars back on the used one I purchased as a ...

Fuji GFX 50R – First Weekend Early Review

I’ve been enjoying Fuji X series cameras since the X-T1 was released. Fuji does a good job of releasing newer cameras at regular intervals, ongoing firmware updates of older cameras, creating sharp lenses, and producing pleasing colors. For crop sensor cameras, they are my go to brand, as well as the first brand I recommend ...

Rode Lied About the Wireless GO II

I use the original Wireless GO quite frequently. However, now I’m starting to also use a Zoom F2 for the 32 bit floating WAV recording that it offers and syncing audio in post. This is important to note, because when Rode first released the Wireless GO II, the original listing on B&H clearly stated that ...

Sony 35mm f/1.8 FE Initial Test Shots

Sony has announced the 35mm f/1.4 GM lens, but it’ll probably be quite a few months until that lens is available. The second it is though, I plan on picking one up. In the meantime, the 35mm f/1.8 was on sale, so I picked one up. My plan is to use it for a few ...

Why you need 8K – a real world example (shot on a Canon EOS R5)

I was helping my karate instructor film a tutorial for his students, but didn’t have a steady cam, and wanted to zoom in close to the action. Using a15-35mm f/2.8 lens, I zoomed all the way out, shot at f/2.8, and digitally cropped, panned, and zoomed the image. Is it the best effect ever? No, ...

iPhone 12 Pro Max Night Mode Raw Photo Test

You can’t tell by the pictures, but it was very dark there, we couldn’t see where we were walking without the use of flashlights. These photos were shot (hand held) using the new Pro RAW mode in the iPhone Camera app. All edits were done using the Photos app. Gotta say, quite impressive computational photography ...

Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park

We haven’t been up to this park in years, but it’s a great place to stretch the legs, and get a bite to eat (if you like deep fried greasy gross food). Photos were shot with a Nikon Z 6 and Nikon Z 24mm f/1.8 S lens. All edits were done in Lightroom. My palette ...

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 ...