A Deserted House Rotting Away

Even the ragged curtain clings to the decrepit house that tries to withstand the desert’s erosion. This feels like an apocalyptic reality set in motion with no mercy from the landscape. The whole human experience is but a glitch on the geological radar. Might as well capture it in images!

Ancient Recliner in Deserted House

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!

The Farmer’s Sprinklers

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!

Panasonic Lumix 100-300mm Lens Test – This is Amazing!

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! 🙂

Rusty Engine in the Brush

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! 🙂

Serve Yourself – Crystal Clear Ice!

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!

Colorful Curves in Antelope Canyon

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.

Sculptured Waves in Antelope Canyon

This is some strange light in Antelope Canyon on the Navajo Rez. I didn’t quite know how to balance the color but I upped it a little in Lightroom. Usually you need a decent tripod to shoot a slot canyon but I didn’t have any. So I put the ISO on about 800 and shot everything on that using the GF1. Here’s some wavy contour lines in Antelope Canyon. The light is pretty dramatic.

Self Portrait in Vegas

This is a self-portrait of Nate at the Imperial Palace on the Las Vegas Strip. Since I really hate Vegas, I may as well look for the silver lining by taking a few extended exposures. This is me contemplating my life & hoping for better dreams to come true… Also, I dropped my precious 20mm lens on the ground at Bryce Canyon today! That was a trip.

Old Antique Car

Can you identify this car? I’ve adjusted my Panasonic GF1 to shoot in a 16×9 format instead of the regular micro 4/3. The compositions seems a bit more satisfying to me. I’ll post more images with the same dimensions  from my Route 66 excursions in Northern Arizona!