Aug 302011

This chair has been sitting here for half a century, probably, dealing with the shifting sands of the desert. This abandoned house looks like the family up and left everything there almost 50 years ago. The beds, chairs, appliances, sheets, curtains, dishes are all still in the same house. I’ll post more photos in the next few weeks!

Aug 262011

This is funny; it usually takes me a few weeks to figure out the characteristics of a lens to determine if I like it or not. It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with the Micro 4/3 Panasonic Lumix Vario 100-300mm lens. I took a couple dozen more photos similar to this with the same lens and the bokeh isn’t too shabby for a telephoto lens. The out-of-focus areas are really nice and different here and there’s a lot of dimension in this composition. So I think it was a wise choice to invest in this lens. Last week I sold my 45-200mm lens to fund the purchase and I’m happy I did. This lens seems much sharper than it’s little brother and I think the bokeh is noticeably better!

Aug 262011

A few days ago I replaced my Micro 4/3 Panasonic 45-200mm lens for a 100-300mm lens. In 35mm film format this is the equivalent of 300-600mm long. Let me tell you, this is a completely different beast than the previous lens! I have to hold this one much more steady to get good shots but I tested the lens for the first time today and it performed beautifully. I can certify that this lens is tack sharp and will kick butt and will require some getting used to. How does it perform? It will definitely do its job. The only drawback that I don’t like about this lens is the construction where the rear element isn’t enclosed and can allow dust to get sucked into the lens internals while adjusting the focal lengths. Other than that, I can foresee this lens becoming my main shooter because it makes me feel like the Paparazzi! 🙂

Aug 242011

An engine that someone ditched in the sage brush up in a remote canyon in Southern Utah. This image was taken with the SLRMagic 26mm 1.4 Toy Lens. The distortion and vignetting are natural characteristics of the lens. I just received this in the mail today and took several photos this morning! 🙂

Aug 162011

Back when I was a kid I used to see these ice boxes everywhere until wally world came along. I can’t bash Walmart though because it was the only place my grandpappy was able to find diabetic socks back in the day and stuff. I still see plenty of these commercial ice boxes kicking around but the majority of them are in retirement. Soon, they’ll be a thing of the past. This looked good with the Coca Cola signage in the background!

Aug 082011

I took this shot of Antelope Canyon handheld without the tripod last week while guiding a tour in Northern Arizona. This slot canyon is on the Navajo Reservation about five minutes southeast of Page. I work for about three different tour companies but I also travel to places like these alone. I love teaching people about the land and the importance of these beautiful places. Antelope Canyon is located on the Navajo Reservation and is a valuable source of revenue for Navajo owned and operated tour businesses.