This is beauty in the Sonora Desert in Tucson Arizona; a trunk of a deal Saguaro Cactus. These ageless plants tend to be majestic even in death. It is said that it takes up to 75 years before a Saguaro Cactus can grow it’s first arm. I shot this image with the Panasonic GH2 and the Panasonic Lumix 100-300mm Super-Telephoto lens. All my images are captured using the Micro Four Thirds format which I love and have been investing in since 2008. I’m not limited to any brand or system but this format has served me well both in size, and functionality. Also, I’ve been posting regularly to this blog now and will continue to do so!
Beauty is all around out in the Grand Canyon south of the Utah Border. You take a dirt road from Colorado City, 67 miles across the rugged Arizona Strip before getting to this spot. The dirt road is so primitive that a lot of people are not willing to take the risk. This area is a hot sport for serious landscape photographers who are familiar with the Southwest. I photographed this with an emphasis on the porous sandstone bathed in early morning light.
This is my favorite authentic joint to stop at when passing through Saligman, Arizona, on Route 66 heading to Flagstaff from Las Vegas.
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!
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!
Shot just south of Kanaraville, Utah, in Southern Utah on the roadside. I’m still amazed by the quality of the Micro Four Thirds format! The quality reminds me of Leica!
I found this old clock in a house that has long been abandoned in the Pseudo-ghost town of Lund, Utah. It was once a train town out in the middle of nowhere, a place where peoples’ dreams have since been lost to time.