Saturday, November 30, 2019

The light that guides you home...

KANEOHE, HI (November, 2019) - On October 21, 2019 my grandmother passed away in her sleep at the age of 105. This month we had a service for her at Hawaiian Memorial Park in Kaneohe. With all of our busy lives, it's hard to get everyone together these days. It was definitely nice to see three generations of our family at the same table. It just doesn't happen very often. Anyway, I hung over a few days and toured around the island with my camera. Here are some images from the trip. RIP Nana...







Friday, November 29, 2019

More Holiday Portraits

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (November, 2019) - Was able to get out with the Wentz family for some holiday photos. What a difference even a year makes. These kids are growing up so quickly. Well below are some images for the record.







Thursday, October 31, 2019

Tis the Season

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (October, 2019) - Hard to believe that it's that time of year already. Had a session with Kionna and her family as well as the Wentz girls for some holiday photos. Here's some selections from the the day at the Bluffs.

 

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Rock Pfest

PFLUGGERVILLE, TX (October 17, 2019) - Blind Innocence headlined the city of Pfluggerville's Pfall Chili Pfest. The approximate attendance according to their Facebook post was 29,000. The band was really well received. Lots of new fans and merch sold. The band was also the first to play on the brand new stage. A good time had by all. Here's some images from the day.



Sunday, September 29, 2019

Friday the 13th

(September, 2019) - This Fall's Harvest Moon happened to fall on Friday the 13th. The significance of this is that another Harvest Moon on Friday the 13th won't happen again until the year 2049!  The Harvest Moon is when a full moon is closest to the Autumn Equinox. This happens in March and September every year. The Autumn Equinox is when the Earth's equator is almost in line with the center of the sun. Don't ask me how they know this? Anyway, I broke out the Sony with an adapted Canon EF 500mm with a 1.4 converter for a 700mm capture.



Friday, August 30, 2019

Road Worn

LONG BEACH, Calif. (August 24, 2019) - Back from a two month tour spanning from South Carolina to Texas, Blind Innocence performed a local show at DiPiazza's in Long Beach. The band was tight, well rehearsed and sounded fantastic. Here are some images from the evening. All shot with the Sony + 16-35mm f/2.8 and the 135mm f/2.












Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Amoeba

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (July, 2019) - The iconic Amoeba Music on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood is scheduled to relocate due to a high-rise structure being built. I used to frequent Amoeba and a bunch of other record stores back in the 80's. I walked around for one last visit and hopefully the new location will be equally as cool. Plan to spend at least a couple hours when you go there. They have a little bit of everything. So much to see...









Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Adapted Lens Comparison

(July, 2019) - Because I only own one Sony lens, I am basically forced to adapt some Canon lenses for use on the Sony body. From everything I've read, the majority opinion is that there is performance degradation with auto-focus when using an adapter and non-native lenses. Because I shoot action sports as well, I was very concerned whether this camera would work for me. Thanks to Bryan Crowe for loaning me his Sigma MC-11 adapter to test with. I was immediately impressed with the responsiveness of the auto-focus system. Honestly, I could not tell that the lens (Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8) was not native. Although I didn't get to test any action, the auto-focus felt nice. Here are some test images with the Sigma MC-11.



Shot with the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 


Shot with the Canon EF 80-200mm f/2.8 (Magic Drainpipe)

So a couple of days later, I found a used Metabones Fifth Generation Smart adapter. I was able to pick it up at a significant discount. My initial thought was how could it be that much better than the Sigma MC-11? Again, the Sigma is so good, but somehow the Metabones did feel better. So the next test was to photograph some moving objects. With the Canon EF 70-200mm at 200mm, I locked on to a car driving by. The auto-focus locked on in an instant, and stayed locked while the car moved behind another car. Check out the sequence below (note the driver in the third frame is in-focus through the window of the other car). Amazing!







So the true test was to mount some long glass. I headed down to the Vans US Open of Surfing and setup on the beach with my Canon EF 500mm f/4. I've mentioned to a few people that I am still getting used to the electronic viewfinder. It's different than an optical viewfinder because there is a slight lag and coupled with the blackout while shooting you lose track of your subject. I also wrestled with some of the focus settings because of the previous wave in the foreground. Anyway, at the end of the day I was unsure what my keeper rate would be? As it turns out, just about everything I shot was in perfect focus! Again, amazing! Below is a sample shot.



So here's my synopsis of using adapted lenses with Sony cameras. The performance that you experience is a product of your settings. I spent a lot of time combing through the pages and pages of camera settings. In addition, I tried many different combinations of these settings. Just when I thought I was good, the tracking box was jumping all over the place because it was moving between the previous wave in the foreground. Anyway, I made adjustments on the fly and nailed the focus. I highly recommend either the Sigma MC-11 or the Metabones v.5. They were so close that either would be fine.