What’s in my bag – Retro Lamp

I’ve been asked a few times what I carry in my bag.  Here is a video showing what I typically carry.

I’m not sure why I was fascinated by this lamp (I posted a prior pic here).  Maybe I was just mesmerized by the color of the light and the contrast created between it and the background with my Leica 50mm noctilux.

ISO 160 1/4000’s f1.4 50mm (Leica M9, Leica 50mm Noctilux, Aperture, Color Efex Pro 4)



If you didn’t see my video discussing my typical settings for my Olympus OM-D yesterday, you can find it here.

Here is another picture taken at Millennium Park.  I personally think the art and memorials at the park are well put together.  Here is another one.

ISO 200 f4 7mm (Olympus OM-D, Panasonic G Vario 7-14mm f4, HDR, Photomatix, Photoshop CS 6, Aperture)

Faith & Storm – Olympus OM-D settings

I’ve posted a video displaying my micro 4/3 lenses and my routine setup for my Olympus OM-D.  You can view it here.

Recently, a lot of storms have crossed our area.  One evening I drove out to an old cemetery (I’ve posted a prior picture here) and shot some long exposures with my Nikon D800E.  This is a 6 second shot.  I really like the clouds.

ISO 100 f2.8 6’s 14mm (Nikon D800E, Nikon 14-24mm f2.8, single image, HDR Efex 2, Photoshop CS6, Aperture)

Cloud Gate (aka “The Bean”)

Landscape and professional photographers know that if you want to capture great images you should shoot during the “magic hour” (or also known as the golden hour).  This is the first and last hour of sunlight during the day.

During my recent trip to Chicago, I woke up early and headed down to Millennium Park to capture pictures of the sculpture Cloud Gate, also known as “The Bean”.  I got there around 0530 and began shooting pictures.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay long since I was approached by a security guard (he was very nice) who alerted me that I wasn’t suppose to be there and that the park didn’t open up until 6.  Luckily, I was able to capture a few shots.

Olympus OM-D and Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm lens

ISO 200 f/8 7mm (7 exposure HDR, used HDR Efex 2, Photoshop CS6, & Aperture 3.3)


Welcomed Storm

I’ve mentioned in other post I don’t frequently shoot HDR’s anymore.  One of the main reasons is because I don’t shoot as many landscapes.  Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to shoot more and have been delighted with the results with my Olympus OM-D and the Panasonic 7-14mm lens.  You can bracket up to 7 shots (at .7 EV each).  I find 7 exposures works very well.  Also, I’ve started to transition from using Photomatix to Nik Software HDR Efex 2.  So far, I think Nik’s software is more user-friendly, has better adjusts, and allows for a more realistic images (that’s the kind of HDR I like).

As most know, we have gotten little rain this summer.  A few weeks ago we did have a storm come through and I was able to get out and take a few images.  Here is one that I captured.

ISO 200 f4 7mm – shot with Olympus OM-D & Panasonic 7-14mm lens

You want this?

I’ve been busy traveling the past few days and will continue to be busy throughout the remaining month.  Hopefully, I can at least post a new pic every other day.

Last week, I decided to sell my NEX-7 and move to the new Olympus OM-D.  Both are great cameras but the NEX-7 just doesn’t have the amount of lenses on the market.  Also, I really like the functionality of the OM-D.

Here is one of my first pictures taken with the Olympus OM-D with Panasonic’s 7-14mm lens.  When shooting landscape with this lens there is very little distortion but when you have a subject within inches of the lens you can see that it gives it a unique perspective.