Talking Tree http://talkingtree.org Photos by Nate Cowlishaw. Tue, 05 Dec 2017 16:28:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 40786464 Instant Film Polaroids from Route 66 http://talkingtree.org/instant-film-polaroids-route-66/ http://talkingtree.org/instant-film-polaroids-route-66/#respond Tue, 05 Dec 2017 16:28:43 +0000 http://talkingtree.org/?p=10285 Here’s a few polaroids from about 6 years ago when I was going through an Instant Film craze and picking up some of these old #Polaroid cameras at thrift stores. There has always been something fascinating about #InstantFilm that stems clear back to my childhood? I often had a Polaroid Camera in my middle school […]

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Here’s a few polaroids from about 6 years ago when I was going through an Instant Film craze and picking up some of these old #Polaroid cameras at thrift stores. There has always been something fascinating about #InstantFilm that stems clear back to my childhood? I often had a Polaroid Camera in my middle school years. These shots were captured along #Route66 in #Arizona.

 

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Theft of Moqui Marbles in Grand Staircase National Monument http://talkingtree.org/theft-moqui-marbles-grand-staircase-national-monument/ http://talkingtree.org/theft-moqui-marbles-grand-staircase-national-monument/#respond Thu, 30 Nov 2017 19:57:54 +0000 http://talkingtree.org/?p=10283 These round balls are called moqui marbles are natural and take millions of years to erode out of solid Navajo Sandstone – They are hard concretions of iron that formed in the sandstone. After they are exposed to millions of years of sunlight they develop a dark polished patina called #DesertVarnish which takes eons to […]

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These round balls are called moqui marbles are natural and take millions of years to erode out of solid Navajo Sandstone – They are hard concretions of iron that formed in the sandstone. After they are exposed to millions of years of sunlight they develop a dark polished patina called #DesertVarnish which takes eons to form.

Currently, these #moquimarbles are under threat because of their value on the #BlackMarket. They are also popular with the new age tourist trade and they can fetch a pretty penny by the piece. Last I spoke with a BLM Officer, they stated that over 30,000 lbs of these marbles have been stolen from off of Grand Staircase National Monument in Southern Utah. This is truly saddening, because I’ve actually gone to many of the locations where these marbles have gone missing and it destroys and scars the landscape where they were heavily removed. If you’re caught robbing these off of a federal monument, you may as well rob a bank because the consequences are just as severe!

While I do not believe that wilderness is virgin, untouched, or pristine – I do think that humans have an innate responsibility as stewards over the land. The people who rip off these moqui marbles do so for a quick buck. The beauty, once changed, is irreplaceable.

The image above shows a moqui marble out in the wild in an area where theft has occurred regularly for decades according to sources that live in the nearby community of Escalante, #Utah. Mostly what I was able to find here were bits of marble in a place that was once filled with shiny black marbles, smooth and baked in Desert Varnish.

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Voigtlander Heliar 15mm F4.5 III Ultrawide is Favorite Landscape Lens http://talkingtree.org/voigtlander-heliar-15mm-f4-5-iii-ultrawide-favorite-landscape-lens/ http://talkingtree.org/voigtlander-heliar-15mm-f4-5-iii-ultrawide-favorite-landscape-lens/#respond Tue, 28 Nov 2017 19:10:52 +0000 http://talkingtree.org/?p=10278 I’ve had this lens for a few years now and must admit it is one of the best landscape lenses that I have ever owned and had the pleasure of using. The quality of my images easily beat previous wide angles that I have utilized in the past. If you want a high quality lens […]

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I’ve had this lens for a few years now and must admit it is one of the best landscape lenses that I have ever owned and had the pleasure of using. The quality of my images easily beat previous wide angles that I have utilized in the past.

If you want a high quality lens for professional landscape photography – I highly recommend the #Voigtlander #Heliar #15mm F4.5 III lens for #Sony #EMount. This is perhaps THEE BEST #wideangle lens that I have owned to date and have been using for a few years now.

I was visiting with Stephen Gandy today who is the largest distributors of #Cosina / Voigtlander lenses over at CameraQuest.com. He runs an invaluable resource on vintage lenses through his website as well. Check it out!

I will post a few sample images here that I’ve captured with this lens and will post more down the road.

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Testing Landscapes with the Nikon Coolpix P900 http://talkingtree.org/testing-landscapes-nikon-coolpix-p900/ http://talkingtree.org/testing-landscapes-nikon-coolpix-p900/#respond Tue, 12 Sep 2017 16:07:53 +0000 http://talkingtree.org/?p=10265 I’ve been testing the capabilities of the Nikon Coolpix P900. So far the pictures are not looking too bad. I’ve had to send the one back that I had to see if I can find a factory brand-new copy. Anyways, it’s an impressive little camera with a mini-16 megapixel sensor. Having the world record long […]

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I’ve been testing the capabilities of the Nikon Coolpix P900. So far the pictures are not looking too bad. I’ve had to send the one back that I had to see if I can find a factory brand-new copy. Anyways, it’s an impressive little camera with a mini-16 megapixel sensor. Having the world record long reach that it possesses at 2,000mm, there is nothing else to compete with it on the market. I highly recommend it as a superzoom. Heres a couple more test shots:

two of three of these images were shot on the long end at 357mm (2,000mm 35mm-film equivalent) to show that it is plenty sharp long end. The camera only produces jpegs with no raw capability and with rumors successor to this camera that can zoom to 3,000mm – I’m kind of disappointed they haven’t come out with it yet, because I would probably spring for it instead. I think I’ll be sticking with the P900 just for the reach alone for a few years.

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Cactus Love that Only Saguaros Know http://talkingtree.org/cactus-love-saguaros-know/ http://talkingtree.org/cactus-love-saguaros-know/#respond Sun, 03 Sep 2017 20:39:11 +0000 http://talkingtree.org/?p=10262 My favorite thing is to walk around the #SonoranDesert and #personify #Saguaros.

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My favorite thing is to walk around the #SonoranDesert and #personify #Saguaros.

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Samyang-Rokinon AF 35mm F2.8 FE – Field Testing http://talkingtree.org/samyang-rokinon-af-35mm-f2-8-fe-field-testing/ http://talkingtree.org/samyang-rokinon-af-35mm-f2-8-fe-field-testing/#respond Tue, 22 Aug 2017 21:41:37 +0000 http://talkingtree.org/?p=10252 Two days ago I received the AF 35mm F2.8 for Sony Full Frame manufactured by Samyang from Rokinon and tested it on the Sony A7R last night. The images in this post are from that test shoot. I was on the phone today with the Rokinon letting them know about a concern I have with […]

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Two days ago I received the AF 35mm F2.8 for Sony Full Frame manufactured by Samyang from Rokinon and tested it on the Sony A7R last night. The images in this post are from that test shoot. I was on the phone today with the Rokinon letting them know about a concern I have with the autofocus noise that is coming from the lens. There’s been some complaints about it according to some reviews, and videos posted on Youtube.  This is not normal according to Samyang/Rokinon and they are working quickly to resolve. I will be getting a corrected copy from Rokinon with the next batch that comes in the next few weeks.

Rokinon is a great company in my opinion. I will be collaborating with them with some of my work using their gear. I look forward to working with them in limited capacity as a potential ambassador. So, I’m starting this off with some of the work I’ve taken with the new 35mm normal wide angle. It’s sharp! From what I’ve seen so far, I really have no complaints about the quality. Yes, there is some purple fringing and some chromatic aberration but it’s only noticeable at pixel level. I’m not worried about it, and all images were shot with the Sony A7R.


Initial first impressions of the lens is that it leaves very little to be desired where image-quality is concerned. It’s top-notch sharp and better than the first impressions I experienced with the budget Sony AF 28mm F2 FE lens for Sony Mirrorless. This lens seems to perform alright other than noisy autofocus which is being fixed in future copies from Samyang.

Let me know if you have any questions and leave them in the comments. I will try to respond in a timely manner.

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Area 51 Tours & Research http://talkingtree.org/area-51-tours-research/ http://talkingtree.org/area-51-tours-research/#respond Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:02:43 +0000 http://talkingtree.org/?p=10244 My life is starting to revolve around government secrets, ufo conferences and taking friends and strangers out to Area 51. The Alien Head above is part of the Grand Alien Shrine inside the Little A’Le’Inn in Rachel, Nevada. I take people to this heart-filled stronghold out in the high desert near America’s most secretive military […]

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My life is starting to revolve around government secrets, ufo conferences and taking friends and strangers out to Area 51. The Alien Head above is part of the Grand Alien Shrine inside the Little A’Le’Inn in Rachel, Nevada. I take people to this heart-filled stronghold out in the high desert near America’s most secretive military base known as Area 51. Pat and her daughter, Connie are the owners of this esteemed cafe that has become world-famous in it’s 28 years of operation. The owners have their own stories to tell about ET Life and what goes on at the base. Anyone can stop in for an alien or saucer burger and look at hundreds of pictures of ufos or check out the evidence room. There’s plenty of conversation about UFOs at this central gathering place along Extraterrestrial Highway – A stretch of road that runs 150 miles without any services except for this ET Oasis!


In the adjacent valley next to Rachel, is one of the side access roads that lead to two different Northeast entrances to the base. Somewhere at the convening intersections between the unmarked dirt roads pops this directional sign signaling that the base is close by.

Dave Rosenfeld of Utah UFO Hunters gave me one of his emblems and here’s a photograph of my Suzuki named Badger at Area 51. We are planning a trip to Tikaboo Peak, the only legal vantage point where you can look into the base from the mountain tops and I’m looking forward to meeting up with fellow researchers and adventurers!

As a photographer, there are few places that I love to do photo safaris at that can compare and compete with Area 51. The minimalism of the landscape makes it so easy to practice composition and the history of the base really ads a silver lining to the whole experience. You can also stay at the Little A’Le’Inn if you wish to set up camp near the base. The starry skies are hard to beat in this far outpost on the Earth.

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Rural Decay Along Route 66 http://talkingtree.org/rural-decay-along-route-66/ http://talkingtree.org/rural-decay-along-route-66/#respond Thu, 03 Aug 2017 22:07:51 +0000 http://talkingtree.org/?p=10237 The shot below is of a hotel in #Holbrook, Arizona, where rooms are caricatured teepees that  guests spend the night. This is an old hotel, run-down, and along old Route 66 in #Arizonaland. I’ve often been asked; where is the best place to find Rural Decay in the American Southwest? My answer would most certainly […]

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The shot below is of a hotel in #Holbrook, Arizona, where rooms are caricatured teepees that  guests spend the night. This is an old hotel, run-down, and along old Route 66 in #Arizonaland.

I’ve often been asked; where is the best place to find Rural Decay in the American Southwest? My answer would most certainly be to go visit New Mexico.  I dub the state, The Rural Decay Capital of the Southwest. Of course, my all-time favorite places to photograph with historical charm is along any stretch of #Route66. Most of the highway is gone now and wherever you can find a patch of it anywhere along the historical route you will certainly find old abandoned buildings, homes, gas stations, restaurants, automotive repair shops, etc. Whenever you can find any remaining stretches of the highway that are still in-tact, this is where you will locate hidden treasures along the roadside!

Route-66 was known as the Mother of All Highways, and the trail that inspired John Steinbeck’s masterpiece; the #GrapesofWrath. After all these years I have spent photographing it, there is strong spiritual and emotional attachment that I have developed to this beautiful highway. Many a time, I have stepped into the past and remembered these simpler times in American History and the charm of the 1950s.

The photograph above is of Route 66 as it snakes through the frying pan of the blistering #MojaveDesert just shy south of the tourist trap of #Oatman, #Arizona (where donkeys still roam the streets) which seems to have a long-held tradition of inviting tourists feed oats to the donkeys.  It’s on the way to Lake Havasu! If you have never been, I highly recommend paying Oatman a visit! My grandparents once witnessed the unique views, the beautiful vistas, and these bygone little towns. It’s a beautiful experience, walking in their shoes, or should we say driving down their old road?

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Talking Tree is doing UFO Hotspot Photography Tours!!! :) http://talkingtree.org/talking-tree-ufo-hotspot-photography-tours/ http://talkingtree.org/talking-tree-ufo-hotspot-photography-tours/#respond Wed, 02 Aug 2017 22:43:40 +0000 http://talkingtree.org/?p=10231 When I, Nathan Cowlishaw aka Nathan Arizona, offers UFO tours, I don’t do crazy stuff like psychic readings and the hocus-pocus new age stuff; I teach photography. I was a national parks tour guide for 10 years working for various independent tour operators. I worked as a Grand Canyon river swamper and a wilderness guide on […]

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When I, Nathan Cowlishaw aka Nathan Arizona, offers UFO tours, I don’t do crazy stuff like psychic readings and the hocus-pocus new age stuff; I teach photography. I was a national parks tour guide for 10 years working for various independent tour operators. I worked as a Grand Canyon river swamper and a wilderness guide on the Arizona Strip which is the most remote part of the North Rim at the Grand Canyon. I know a thing or two about REAL interpretation. Let’s skip the questionable charlatanism, what do you say?

When you are interested in capturing better photos and have an interest in the American Southwest, and hearing stories of crashed flying saucers and other worth-while folklore, this may be the tour that’s right for you?

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Warning! Avoid Eyelead Gel-Sticks for Sony A7 Cameras – Part 1 http://talkingtree.org/warning-avoid-eyelead-gel-sticks-sony-a7-cameras-part-1/ http://talkingtree.org/warning-avoid-eyelead-gel-sticks-sony-a7-cameras-part-1/#comments Sun, 30 Jul 2017 19:02:09 +0000 http://talkingtree.org/?p=10217 This is the best thing I can do for the photography community is give some advice about my personal experience using Photographylife.com’s Eyelead Gel-Stick for Sony Sensors. Right now, I CANNOT and WILL NOT recommend them for ANY Sony sensor cleaning on any mirrorless camera in the Alpha series! The staff over at PhotographyLife.com have […]

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This is the best thing I can do for the photography community is give some advice about my personal experience using Photographylife.com’s Eyelead Gel-Stick for Sony Sensors. Right now, I CANNOT and WILL NOT recommend them for ANY Sony sensor cleaning on any mirrorless camera in the Alpha series!

The staff over at PhotographyLife.com have visited various forums over the last several months warning photographers not to buy Chinese counterfeit knock-offs of it’s sensor gel-sticks from Eyelead in Germany designed to remove dust specks and other debris off of camera sensors because the counterfeits have damaged several Sony cameras. I took their advice and purchased a gel-stick about 8 months ago directly from PhotographyLife.com. Recently after getting back from a 12-day photography trip from New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada, I noticed a few dust specks on my much-loved Sony A7R camera.

This was my chance to try the much anticipated Eyelead Gel-Stick from Photography life. To my complete horror, the stick was uneasy to pull away from the sensor upon first trying it out without lifting the cover glass on the Sony A7R or damaging the glass. This turned into a nightmare minutes later and instead of yanking it off, or pulling on it, or forcing it, I gently was able to lift it off from working it on one side of the gel head and then gently removing. After checking to see if it removed the dust speak, to my dismay I noticed a bunch of residue from the stick itself adhering to the Sony Sensor which looked far worse than the dust speck! I was immediately angered.

I tried a few more times to apply the gel-stick after utilizing the sticky paper supplied with the product to see if that would help in removing the residue. I was very gentle utilizing the gel-stick and used the same method of lifting the gel stick from one side to remove it from the sensor. It was obvious! The more I tried to fix the situation, the more damage and residue it left on the sensor! Madness would be doing to same thing over and over expecting different results so I stopped cold turkey and will never buy another flipping gel-stick, unfortunately. I hate ’em now, every last gel-stick! Grrr…

My Verdict is – This product from Eyelead and PhotographyLife.com is totally questionable and I find it flabbergasting that I paid so much from the “authorized source” and it’s a fact, in my book, that it DOES NOT WORK and it will damage or cause further damage to any Sony Full Frame Sensor.

In the photos above you will notice some discoloration to the sensor where the gel-stick was applied. It’s my hypothesis that this is actually the Sony Sensor coating either being directly affected or even removed as a result of using the Eyelead Gel-Stick. It was maddening “trying to fix” the situation caused by the Eyelead Sony Gel-Stick. Nasim, from Photographylife.com, reached out to me and have informed me that they are sending a wet-cleaning solution that will help me out here. I hope a wet clean will remove the discoloration and residue caused by the Eyelead!? If it doesn’t, this will require a much more expensive repair as a result of trusting Eyelead’s Gel-Sticks!

I’ve been doing wet-cleaning methods on digital camera sensors for years with absolutely no problems with companies like Visible Dust back in the olden days. Cleaning camera sensors comes natural to me. I’m hoping a wet clean clears up any visual blemishes on the sensor caused by the Eyelead. If it does not, I will know for a fact that Eyelead Gel-Sticks damage Sony mirrorless cameras and will follow up with – Part 2!

*Note, In an effort to be fair and balanced – here’s an email message sent to me within minutes after posting this article from Nasim Mansurov @ PhotographyLife.com:

Nate, I’m not sure why you ordered Eclipse when an order of a wet cleaning kit with swabs was heading your way. USPS doesn’t work on weekends, so it was going out tomorrow. We have a better cleaning solution than Eclipse, which might not be able to easily remove the residue you see on the sensor. PS had to decrease the quality of their chemical liquid after dealing with a lot of complaints from Sony users whose coatings on AA filters were getting removed by the solution.

I understand your frustration with our product, however, please note that we have tens of thousands of happy customers who use the sensor gel stick to clean their Sony cameras. I don’t know whether the sample product you received was faulty, or some strange chemical or coatings on your A7R caused incompatibility, but it is a very rare case. Do you think we would still be selling the product if every customer had a problem? I personally issue full refunds for every customer who has a problem with our products – imagine if I had to do that for every order out there, we would be losing money left and right. These cases are extremely rare and whenever there is a complaint about any residue problem, I try to get the customer to send me their camera so that I can investigate the case and report to Eyelead Germany. However, in this case you didn’t want to send the camera for cleaning, so it is not in my hands to see the issue, which is why the best I can offer is to send you a wet cleaning kit.

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Photoblogging Using Smugmug! http://talkingtree.org/photoblogging-using-smugmug/ http://talkingtree.org/photoblogging-using-smugmug/#respond Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:58:31 +0000 http://talkingtree.org/?p=10211 I’ve been posting and uploading ALL of my images to Smugmug – And using the service to host all my images for  Talking Tree Photo and my photoblog. For anyone who follows my work eion social media or through the blog; Smugmug offers a 20% discount to new customers by clicking HERE and any of the […]

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I’ve been posting and uploading ALL of my images to Smugmug – And using the service to host all my images for  Talking Tree Photo and my photoblog. For anyone who follows my work eion social media or through the blog; Smugmug offers a 20% discount to new customers by clicking HERE and any of the links in this post.

I just applied for their affiliate program and do all my printing and hosting via Smugmug on. It’s a fact that it’s unlimited space for photographers who have a lot of images to upload.

I have done a bulk of research in comparing some of the other photography companies that compete with Smugmug and once tried Zenfolio but returned to SM because the service still feels the most intuitive and hard to beat! I’ve been with them since 2009 and that is a long streak in the age of the internet and social media. Smugmug offers professional printing and through partnerships with White House Photo and Bay Photo printing services which are two of the most professional and reliable fine art printing companies around. There are also other cheaper printing options offered through the service.

This is just my professional opinion of Smugmug and for people wishing to implement a blog, I recommend installing WordPress separately from Smugmug since they do not offer a blog as a feature. If they did, I would welcome it. For image hosting, I cannot think of a better service to recommend!? Click on the “Smugmug Pro” banner below to get that 20% off your subscription when joining the family.Smugmug Pro

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Porst MC Color Reflex 55mm F1.2 Review – Part One http://talkingtree.org/porst-mc-color-reflex-55mm-f1-2-review-part-one/ http://talkingtree.org/porst-mc-color-reflex-55mm-f1-2-review-part-one/#comments Mon, 03 Apr 2017 04:39:48 +0000 http://talkingtree.org/?p=10188 Early Copy of the Porst 55mm F1.2 in Pentax K-Mount I’m posting this short review which will continue in future posts in my hope to liberate this beautiful lens against those who don’t know how to use it and claim that it’s not sharp wide-open. All the photos in this were shot between F1.2 through […]

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Early Copy of the Porst 55mm F1.2 in Pentax K-Mount

I’m posting this short review which will continue in future posts in my hope to liberate this beautiful lens against those who don’t know how to use it and claim that it’s not sharp wide-open. All the photos in this were shot between F1.2 through to F2.8. The only time I stopped down during my photoshoot was when it was too bright outside to shoot wide-open and I had no neutral density filter. Even landscapes were captured wide-open when possible.

The reason I chose this lens over the insanely expensive Tomioka-made 55mm F1.2 is because the price for the Porst is around $250-350 dollars on eBay. The Tomioka design is a classic one that has developed a cult following on various forums throughout the internet where dedicated photographers that collect vintage lenses congregate. Several threads talk about the legendary bokeh of the Tomioka glass. Tomioka itself was a Japanese company that was purchased by Yashica (back in the day) and it’s the source where many Yashinon branded lenses were made. In the old days Tomioka used to make these classic 55mm F1.2 lens for several manuafacturers and re-badged them for Porst, Cosina, Ricoh, Chinon, Vivitar, Revuenon and finally Yashica while also being branded with Tomioka in the early models. They are all similar in design with different multicoated variations, some of which were manufactured by Cosina as well. It is said that the Porst versions were Cosina-made. I have a Revuenon MC 55mm F1.2 copy which I believe is Tomioka glass but Cosina assembled that I will also be reviewing soon when time allows.

Following Images Shot on Sony Alpha A7R – Full Frame

ThePorst 55mm F1.2 is very adequate and capable of excellent image quality wide-open. You can get enough sharpness that it makes very artsy images when wide-open. As I’ve read through several threads on MFLenses.com, FredMiranda.com, and PentaxForums.com; posters seem to point out that the Porst is inferior or less sharp wide-open, milky, and hard to nail focus at F1.2 when compared to the Tomioka derived lenses. Maybe they just don’t know how to use the lens or haven’t practiced enough? I’m perplexed by those comments because the Porst is amazing! I have a Revuenon MC 55mm F1.2 lens as well and it doesn’t focus as close as the Porst copy that this review is covering. 

I took a leap of faith with the Porst when I got it. While it can be somewhat “milky” and soft on sunny days, I don’t think that shooting in those conditions is suitable with this lens. It is more suited for diffused light. If you look for stormy days or enter a shady century-old homestead where you get out of direct sun light;  this is where the lens really pops! The bokeh is astounding to me, emotive, and wildly different than many of the postmodern digital lenses that I have shot.

I go through these abandoned places all over the American Southwest and a lens like the Porst is able to help me achieve the goal of creating moody and dramatic images that draw a feeling of time and place. I’m showing LOVE to these places using the vintage Porst glass and it shows through the images that I’m trying to capture and document.

I don’t understand why anyone could bad mouth and bash this beautiful piece of glass? It is so full of character and the background blur is simply breath-taking. Very few lenses get me excited like this. There are a few others that I want to acquire that seem to equal the Porst but also very different. One lens with it’s own dimension is the Canon 50mm F0.95 “dream lens” which runs into the thousands of dollars on eBay!

I burned a lot of time researching thousands of images by various photographers using different vintage lenses and the Canon is one choice that stands out and really impresses me. I particularly loved this review by Paul Marbrook.

Some photographers will not understand my fascination with these super fast lenses but I literally obsess over beautiful bokeh and the types of vintage glass that create visual impressionism with the right kind distortion or blur. Most of these lenses are not totally super sharp wide-open but in truth, sharpness is seriously overrated. There are many variables for a photographer that go into what I consider to be the near perfect lens; or perfect artistic lens.

I even shot this high desert landscape in Southern Utah – wide open with the Porst. Yeah, I’m breaking the rules of landscape photography when messing with the DOF.

It was a total rainy day on the porch of this deserted house in the ghost town of Lund, Utah.

Another shot in an abandoned house just down the road from the previous one. Rain was falling and coming through the roof of this home. I can feel the memories of these ruins. Some dreams have been forgotten but the people who once loved these homes still seem to linger?

Oftentimes when exploring the eroding ruins of our Western Culture, I am reminded that our time on this planet is short.  As a documentarian, I’m capturing these moments as they decay in realtime. The desert is rotting these places and the constant winds are tearing them apart slowly. Every time I revisit some of these houses, they’ve changed so much. Sometimes vandals hit these places with so much disrespect it totally breaks my heart as a photographer. It’s often college or high school students who have no respect for the history. So these days, I no longer share locations out of fear that the young punks will find and destroy what beauty is left. Unfortunately it’s becoming too late for the ghost town of Lund, Utah, an old rail-road pitstop that was bypassed in 1969 by the construction of I-15.

When I was in the hallway of this old trailer, I felt a strange presence in the home that created a tingling sensation which told me I wasn’t alone. Something was still lingering in this place and I had to capture the mood when I focused on this curtain with flowers… I shot it wide-open at F1.2.

Images Below Shot on Olympus OMD EM5 – Cropped Sensor

Captured this rope hanging in an old barn in Milford, Utah.

Inside a deserted copper smelter west of Milford, Utah.

Rusty handle on an old homestead not far from the ghost town of Frisco, Utah.

This rusty nail is a favorite example of what I can accomplish with the abrupt extreme falloff in the (DOF) that I was able to get using the Porst. This is totally my “dream lens” at the moment while on a starving college student/artist budget, whois also trying to organize a UFO Fest in Utah.

Conclusion to This – Part One

I’m not totally savvy on writing reviews, in fact, I just wanted to share my thoughts on this beautiful lens. Practice will make perfect!  Even if the Porst is SLIGHTLY softer than some of the other legendary F1.2 bokeh kings why let that stop you from cashing in with this amazing piece-of-glass? I would even argue that this lens is in a league of it’s own. On many occasions, I found the “bokeh” the Porst 55mm F1.2 could  produce was far more to my liking than many other fast lenses; even those considered to be sharper by the forum posters. Don’t let peoples opinions stop you from considering the Porst. It’s certainly cheaper than the ridiculously expensive Tomiokas which only use a single coating on the lens. The Porst is multicoated! You really can’t go wrong with it if you have experience and skills! One can can learn about the strong points of the Porst, and the weak spots. I will post more about the Porst as I develop more compositions with it.

I also signed up for the eBay affiliate program to help me develop Talking Tree Photo and write more about the gear that I love. If you are interested in the Porst, just visit the link below and see what’s on the Bay. It will help me if you make a purchase. Please leave your thoughts in the comments if this article inspired you?

Porst MC Color Reflex 55mm F1.2 on eBay

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Scenic Cow Pies of the Mohave Desert http://talkingtree.org/scenic-cow-pies-mohave-desert/ http://talkingtree.org/scenic-cow-pies-mohave-desert/#respond Sun, 19 Mar 2017 05:04:47 +0000 http://talkingtree.org/?p=10171 Here are some interesting photos from the Mohave Desert in #SouthernNevada on the East side of Las Vegas and North of Mesquite Nevada near the Beaver Dam Wilderness and the Virgin River Gorge. Devonshire Cows do well in the #Mohave and they will eat just about anything that is edible. On the East Coast it only […]

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Here are some interesting photos from the Mohave Desert in #SouthernNevada on the East side of Las Vegas and North of Mesquite Nevada near the Beaver Dam Wilderness and the Virgin River Gorge.

Devonshire Cows do well in the #Mohave and they will eat just about anything that is edible. On the East Coast it only takes an acre to sustain one cow. Out in desert this way it requires about 100 acres per cow so ranches out West have to be BIG.

More evidence on the dry parched Earth.

These are Joshua Trees with the Arizona Strip off in the background with snow on the peaks.

Joshua Tress are truly majestic and rare in the world but deck the Mohave/Mojave like sentinels in their own Kingdom. The #JoshuaTree is the crown jewel of the Mojave while the Saguaro dominates the Sonoran Desert. Both deserts lay next to each other covering huge swaths of Arizona, California, and small areas in Utah and Nevada. All images captured on my Sony Alpha #A7R.

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Instagram: February 21, 2017 at 07:19PM http://talkingtree.org/instagram-february-21-2017-at-0719pm/ http://talkingtree.org/instagram-february-21-2017-at-0719pm/#respond Wed, 22 Feb 2017 02:19:37 +0000 http://talkingtree.org/?p=10161 This lens flare wasn’t created in an iPhone app! It was manufactured with a real lens!  Shot today in Organ Pipe National Monument with the #SonyA7R. @sonyalpha ~ via Instagram: ift.tt/2kK2XYL

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This lens flare wasn’t created in an iPhone app! It was manufactured with a real lens!  Shot today in Organ Pipe National Monument with the #SonyA7R. @sonyalpha ~ via Instagram: ift.tt/2kK2XYL

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Instagram: February 21, 2017 at 05:30AM http://talkingtree.org/instagram-february-21-2017-at-0530am/ http://talkingtree.org/instagram-february-21-2017-at-0530am/#respond Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:31:07 +0000 http://talkingtree.org/?p=10159 My life as a UFO Fest Photographer! 😉 Thank you to #OpenMindeTV for allowing me the privilege to photograph the #InternationalUFOCongress which ended yesterday – I’ll be down in #Ajo, #Arizona near the Mexican border for the next few days photographing the #SonoranDesert. It’s amazing that the townspeople in Ajo, AZ, still remember me after […]

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My life as a UFO Fest Photographer! 😉 Thank you to #OpenMindeTV for allowing me the privilege to photograph the #InternationalUFOCongress which ended yesterday – I’ll be down in #Ajo, #Arizona near the Mexican border for the next few days photographing the #SonoranDesert. It’s amazing that the townspeople in Ajo, AZ, still remember me after two years and follow this Instagram. My face is super recognizable they say. It feels good to be back down this way. Also, I’m planning on legally changing my name to #NathanArizona so stay tuned. My greatest artistic influence is Steven Spielberg and the Coen Brothers! ?#alien #filmmaking #zeta #ufology #ufofest #utahufofest #ufocongress #fountainhills #phoenix #greys #aliens #area51 #ufo ~ via Instagram: ift.tt/2kUbrI6

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Instagram: February 13, 2017 at 05:44AM http://talkingtree.org/instagram-february-13-2017-at-0544am/ http://talkingtree.org/instagram-february-13-2017-at-0544am/#respond Mon, 13 Feb 2017 12:44:28 +0000 http://talkingtree.org/?p=10133 An #abandoned and desert torn revival #church in #Bloomfield #NewMexico. The speaker system just hanging there reminded me so much of the #WalkingDead! ~ via Instagram: ift.tt/2l7974r

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An #abandoned and desert torn revival #church in #Bloomfield #NewMexico. The speaker system just hanging there reminded me so much of the #WalkingDead! ~ via Instagram: ift.tt/2l7974r

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Instagram: February 12, 2017 at 11:13PM http://talkingtree.org/instagram-february-12-2017-at-1113pm/ http://talkingtree.org/instagram-february-12-2017-at-1113pm/#respond Mon, 13 Feb 2017 06:13:13 +0000 http://talkingtree.org/?p=10131 #Mesquite #Nevada – Shot with a #Lensbaby Composer Pro II with #Sweet35Optic. @SeeInANewWay! #SonyAlpha #SonyA7R @SonyAlpha #tilt #lensblur #naturalblur #ruraldecay #motel #signage #vintage #retro ~ via Instagram: ift.tt/2kimYFH

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#Mesquite #Nevada – Shot with a #Lensbaby Composer Pro II with #Sweet35Optic. @SeeInANewWay! #SonyAlpha #SonyA7R @SonyAlpha #tilt #lensblur #naturalblur #ruraldecay #motel #signage #vintage #retro ~ via Instagram: ift.tt/2kimYFH

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Instagram: February 10, 2017 at 06:34AM http://talkingtree.org/instagram-february-10-2017-at-0634am/ http://talkingtree.org/instagram-february-10-2017-at-0634am/#respond Fri, 10 Feb 2017 13:34:56 +0000 http://talkingtree.org/?p=10125 The #fluorescentcross at the #church next door in #Espanola #NewMexico. #NightPhotography ~ via Instagram: ift.tt/2kcc2nY

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Instagram: February 08, 2017 at 08:44PM http://talkingtree.org/instagram-february-08-2017-at-0844pm/ http://talkingtree.org/instagram-february-08-2017-at-0844pm/#respond Thu, 09 Feb 2017 03:45:34 +0000 http://talkingtree.org/?p=10122 Model: #AlisaMeshkova (@alisameshkova) from #Russia out in #Lund #Utah in a #deserted #home in the #highdesert of remote #SouthernUtan! ~ via Instagram: ift.tt/2ktRnzc

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Model: #AlisaMeshkova (@alisameshkova) from #Russia out in #Lund #Utah in a #deserted #home in the #highdesert of remote #SouthernUtan! ~ via Instagram: ift.tt/2ktRnzc

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Instagram: February 07, 2017 at 07:35AM http://talkingtree.org/instagram-february-07-2017-at-0735am/ http://talkingtree.org/instagram-february-07-2017-at-0735am/#respond Tue, 07 Feb 2017 14:36:36 +0000 http://talkingtree.org/?p=10035 #RuralDecay in #Chimayo, #NewMexico: I’m on the radio this morning with KSUB discussing Aliens and UFOs with Tim on Southern Utah’s Big Picture Show from 7-9AM! #adobe #pueblo #turquoise #paint #blue #green #rust #red #mud #redearth #decay ~ via Instagram: ift.tt/2jYvUjr

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#RuralDecay in #Chimayo, #NewMexico: I’m on the radio this morning with KSUB discussing Aliens and UFOs with Tim on Southern Utah’s Big Picture Show from 7-9AM! #adobe #pueblo #turquoise #paint #blue #green #rust #red #mud #redearth #decay ~ via Instagram: ift.tt/2jYvUjr

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Instagram: February 06, 2017 at 08:55PM http://talkingtree.org/instagram-february-06-2017-at-0855pm/ http://talkingtree.org/instagram-february-06-2017-at-0855pm/#respond Tue, 07 Feb 2017 04:14:47 +0000 http://talkingtree.org/?p=9946 My friend Alisa Meshkova from #Russia… sometimes it takes time for me to go back into the archives and select certain images that stand out. I found about six that I’ll be posting here on IG. ~ via Instagram: ift.tt/2kHjdZD

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My friend Alisa Meshkova from #Russia… sometimes it takes time for me to go back into the archives and select certain images that stand out. I found about six that I’ll be posting here on IG. ~ via Instagram: ift.tt/2kHjdZD

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