Tag: Capture One Pro

Mason Lake via Ira Spring Memorial Trail

Yesterday, Nadia (our twelve year old daughter) and I went hiking with some friends from the dojo. James and Malia are the power couple that inspired me to pick up hiking. Just like in the dojo, they both kicked my butt! It was great to join them with our kids (the oldest ones) for an ...

Heybrook Lookout Trail and Last Night in Gold Bar

We hit the trail by 6:00 a.m. – good thing too, the day was a scorcher! There’s not a whole lot to see on this trail other than dirt and trees. As the sun was coming up, the camera had a tough time capturing the dynamic range of the scenes. I suppose I could have ...

Gold Bar and Bridal Veil Falls – Roughing It

Nowadays, the last place I want to be is in a city with riots, Coronavirus, and every event cancelled. Thus, we are continuing to explore Washington and renting homes for extended weekends in remote locations. This weekend, our travels took us to Gold Bar – a place that I’d never heard of. It’s also the ...

Cave Hole, Coal Creek Falls, Quarry, and Fred’s Railroad Trail Loop

On our way up to Gold Bar this weekend, we stopped off at the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park in Renton. It was pouring rain, but we hiked anyways – just over four miles (because we took a wrong turn). I brought along the Fuji X-T4 and 16-55mm f/2.8 lens. Even though I had the ...

Snow Lake Trail – My First “Real” Hike

Prior to the COVID19 shutdown, life mainly consisted of family, work, and the dojo (6 days a week). On weekends, we would do small family outings, but didn’t travel too far or too late into the day, because Sunday mornings were occupied with Karate, and Saturday mornings were quite often cardio kickboxing, then Monday was ...

First Outing with the Fuji X100V at the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

My car is 17 years old, but I bought the Fuji X100V – you know, priorities. I’ve never quite been happy with the Fuji 23mm f/2 WR lens. It’s way too soft at f/2 when used up close. The 23mm f/1.4 costs a million dollars. I don’t trust third party no name brands – i.e. ...

Social Distancing – At West Hylebos Wetlands Park

Even though Washington state is supposed to be practicing social distancing, we’re still allowed to go on outdoor walks. However, since everyone is eager to get outdoors, we’ve discovered that we need to get out of the house early in order to maintain the recommended distance between people. All of these images were captured with ...

Enter the EOS R – aka Catffeinated Cat Cafe’ in Tacoma

Canon is catching up to competition with their latest full frame mirrorless lenses. Sony has been in the number one spot for some time, and even though their cameras produce wonderful results, I don’t enjoy using them. Sony’s GM lenses are quite nice, but the rest of their lens lineup is nothing special. Canon on ...

Amazon Spheres in Seattle

Today was the second time that I’ve been able to get into the Amazon Spheres. We got our tickets online about a month ago, and today was perfect weather for it – rainy and grey. Last time, I brought along a wide angle lens and shot HDR, and I was really pleased with the shots. ...

Harry Potter Tea at British Bites

For low light, and I mean really low light – when you need autofocus, the Sony a7r III and 24mm f/1.4 GM are where you need to go. The lights were super dim, and the windows blocked out, but autofocus worked like a champ, and the touch screen is quite useful. While the Sony has ...

Tacoma Night Market at Alma Mater

During the cold, dark, and dreary Saturday nights of the late fall, there’s an evening market in Tacoma that’s been going on for many years now, but this is the first time we’ve had a chance to check it out. Food, drink, sweets, new and old -there’s ton stuff you didn’t know you could live ...

Downtown Tacoma Holiday Haul Crawl

Tacoma’s downtown Christmas shopping bonanza was a big nothing, but we all had a great time. Tinkertopia had a two hour workshop for the kids, while Vanessa and I were able to go out and have a wonderful lunch at En Rama – of course, I had to bring along my camera. This was the second time I had ...

Senior Photos and a Review of the Godox AD200

I was a better photographer a decade ago. Back then, cameras didn’t have as much dynamic range as the do now. Raw photo editing software couldn’t bring out all of the details that today’s software can. High ISO meant lots of noise. You really had to control the light to get great images. That meant ...

Alternatives to Lightroom: PhotoNinja, SILKYPIX, and Luminar 2018 Review

Recently, I contacted the developers of PhotoNinja, SILKYPIX 8 Pro, and Luminar 2018. When I asked to review their software, all of them were very kind, and provided me with full copies for review. Here is my unbiased review of each of them, the pros, the cons, what I liked, and didn’t like. Since Lightroom. Capture ...

Lutify.Me Review – 3D LUTS in Capture One

Always on the lookout for ways to make my photo editing better and easier, I found a company call Lutify.Me. They specialize in LUTs (look up tables) for photo and video, but what piqued my curiosity was this page here. They advertise using LUTs in Capture One. They’ve basically created custom ICC profiles for Capture ...

RNI All Films 4 – Lite for Capture One Pro Review

Film. Glorious film. Even though I never really shot with film, there’s undeniably a certain aesthetic that analog provided. Over the years, I’ve used DxO Film, Alien Skin Exposure, VSCO Film presets for Lightroom, Mastin Labs, and VSCO for iOS. With each of them, I found issues: DxO Film – Quite a nice product when ...

Milton Memorial Day

Shot on the Fuji X-H1 with the 50-140mm f/2.8 lens. Processed using Capture One and Photolemur (Perfectly Clear crashed and would respond). It was midday sunlight and quite bright with harsh shadows, but Fuji files tend to handle those kinds of large contrasts really well.

Goodbye Adobe aka Lightroom Sucks

It’s really been years since Adobe has really made any substantial updates to Lightroom. More importantly, their image processing algorithms aren’t up to par with a lot of their competitors. Also, their Lightroom software tends to bog down even the fastest machines. I’ve already been using competing video editing suites to Adobe for years due ...

1970s Leica Leitz Canada 90mm Tele-Elmarit-M f/2.8 Review – Part Two

This Presidents Day weekend, our family headed down to Long Beach, WA. Time to bring along the 90mm Tele-Elmarit-M f/2.8, and test out this lens some more. Previously, I wasn’t too impressed with the sharpness of this less wide open, nor it’s contrast. Granted, I’ve been spoiled with modern Summicrons like the 28mm, 50mm, and ...

First Real World Test of the Sigma 16mm f/1.4 and Rode VideoMic Pro Plus shot on the Sony a6500.

Uncle Anthony is visiting this week, and we celebrated his 31st birthday last night. This was the first time I really I had a chance to shoot some stills (other than test shots) with the new Sigma 16mm lens. The lighting was indeed poor – only a CFL chandelier overhead, but the lens focused slower ...

Photolemur 2.2 Spectre Video Review

Post processing is my least favorite part of photography. It’s time consuming, takes a lot of time, and did I mention how long it takes? Quite often I shoot events with hundreds photos to be delivered. If this were my full time paid gig, then I would spend and budget quite a bit of time ...