Aug 172015
 

One thing not a lot of people know about me as a photographer is the fact that I paint my camera gear on occasion. It’s mostly cheap lens hoods but also occasionally camera lenses and I do so to make them more tough and durable. Pictured above is the Panasonic Lumix 100-300 and the Panasonic Lumix G 42.5mm Nocticron!

I wouldn’t advise this if you are planning on re-selling your gear. However, I’m pretty invested into the Micro Four Thirds format since I sold most my Nikon DSLR gear in 2008 to make this major switch to M/43 and since then, I have never looked back.

The only reservation I had about my mirrorless gear is the fact that some of my lenses felt pretty plasticky including the cheap lens hoods that came with some primes.  After thinking long and hard about it, I felt like things should have some extra protection implemented. So I took the liberty of painting my lenses in rubberized undercoating to toughen them up a bit and it really works like a charm! These two lenses aren’t the first to get this sort of treatment.

One of my favorite lenses to be released by Panasonic was the 42.5mm Nocticron which is built solidlyand I used it on a 14,500 mile photography journey around the Desert Southwest last April and May. What I didn’t like about the Nocticron though was the oversized metal lens hood which seemed to scuff up the outer edge of the Nocticron barrel. I ended up retiring this hood and buying a generic 67mm lenshood that I could screw onto the UV filter up front making it look much more stealthy. I then painted the lens including the outer barrel as you can see above.

Not all paint coatings and rubberized undercoatings are created equal. Some rubberized undercoatings are downright CRAP and you should avoid the cheap brands at the local Autozone or else you run the risk of destroying your lens. I’ve had quite a few years of trying this and experimenting and the best recommendation that I can give is to use Evercoat Automotive Premium Rubberized Undercoating for a real heavy duty job. This is by far the toughest paint for protecting expensive lenses if you want to go down this route and give it a try. This may sound utterly insane, but if I owned the Leica Noctilux, I might be tempted to try this method on one of those!

The end result is this; It will also make cheaper plastic lenses feel much more durable and weather resistant. It seems to help my equipment hold up much better under heavier usage and stay new longer.

All I used was electrical black tape to cover up areas that I didn’t want exposed to rubberized undercoating and it takes about an hour to dry and 24 hours to completely set before the smell starts to fade after the paint job is completed. Sometime I put a second coat on to be extra safe but be careful not to over-do it! I’ve had this undercoating on some of my equipment going on 5 years now and it’s still looking new. I just like it because it makes me feel like I have something nobody else has ever really tried and I thought maybe this would be of interest to you. I’ve had people asking me to post something about this, so here you go.

Aug 162015
 

So the image above was captured just before sundown in Joshua Tree National Park with a Panasonic Lumix 100-300mm Super-Telephoto lens! One thing I don’t mention to people very often is that this is one my most often used Micro Four Thirds lenses as it is completely indispensable in my workflow as a landscape photographer and cannot recommend it enough. It’s very difficult to work with though and you have to have some patience because it’s easy to get motion blur due to camera shake or the photographer not holding still enough. This lens is now a veteran in my kit because some of my best portfolio images came from it. Yes, this lens is highly recommended for an M/43 landscape photographer and this is what I utilize it for 99% of the time.

Other than that – this is the third image that I’ve posted from my Smugmug site in the flow of utilizing SM embedded images from back up rather than resize and re-upload here to WordPress. It seems to have streamlined my blogging work somewhat as I try and form the habit of daily posting to the photoblog. I’ll try to give insight as a photographer, whenever I can.

Jul 092015
 

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Lincoln County, New Mexico, is not the easiest area to photograph in the Land of Enchantment, but it’s one of the funnest. It’s the legendary turf of Billy the Kid. Photos in this post were captured with Micro Four Thirds equipment, the Panasonic Lumix 100-300mm lens, and a $20 dollar TV Lens off of eBay.

Lincoln City, New MexicoAbandoned adobe structure in Lincoln City, New Mexico.

haunted_house_newmexicoGrungy stairway in the Lincoln County Prison, where Billy the Kid made his legendary escape. You could feel the history in this old building!

Jan 052015
 

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I’ve got my hands full as well as tied because I’m a busy guy these days because I’m organizing a festival in Southern Utah as well as a Kickstarter project that will hopefully springboard me onto a 65-day photoshoot into the deep Southwest. It’s taking a serious and brave leap-of-faith to do this and at 2:30 AM in the morning I cannot sleep because there is so much happening right now that my psyche is ready to hit this full throttle. We are headed to Rachel, Nevada, at 4:30 AM to make a Kickstarter Video before we begin wrapping up the loose ends of the Kickstarter and get it submitted for launch approval. I just wanted to update my blog here in regards to what’s happening. Stay tuned!

Dec 142014
 

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Solitude is how I dream BIG especially with nobody around; just me in the corners of God’s imagination. This is how I’ve been able to stay strong my whole life was to allow the natural world to heal me and teach me to be self-sufficient in my own happiness. The grandest of mysteries chose me to be a photographer; if only it meant for me to see something more meaningful on deeper levels such as these.

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Nov 072014
 

A few weeks ago, I filled out an application to become an affiliate marketer for one of my favorite companies whom I have been doing business with since 2004.  This is the response I received from them today:

Thank you for expressing interest in partnering with B&H. While you are placing attention on adding more written reviews to your site, at this time, we are looking for more consistent robust technical content with opportunities for large traction. We thank you again and wish you much success.

…I guess if that is all that matters to them then I don’t really need to monetize Talking Tree using their affiliate links? This site will grow and gain more traction, I’m sure of it! I guess they failed to do the proper amount of research regarding my social media influence on Flickr, and Instagram? They are also failing to realize that I started this blog back up again as a result of my personal growth on social media.