Don’t Be Afraid to Walk Away from a Deal – aka The Tale of the Used Front Focusing Nikon 58mm f/1.4 Lens on Craigslist

If you would like to see the full resolution photos from this article – complete with EXIF data, click here. I’ve read mixed reviews regarding the Nikon 58mm f/1.4 since it came out, but I’ve always been interested in owning one. When I saw one on Craigslist for $900 this past weekend, I contacted the ...

West Hylebos Wetlands Park with Snow

I worked this morning, but was able to take some time off midday to go out for a walk and have lunch with Vanessa. It’s the first time we’ve had a chance to hang out with just the two of us since before Christmas break. Here in the Pacific Northwest, it rarely snows, but we ...

A Review of the Panasonic S1R When Shooting Sports

Before today’s shoot… The only sport that I shoot on a frequent basis is karate (at the dojo where I train) – usually belt tests (like today) and tournaments. I primarily use a Sony a9 and 24-70mm f/2.8 GM lens. That combo really does everything that I need, and it does it spectacularly well. Today’s ...

Bluetooth Stopped Working on My 2019 16” MacBook Pro

I’m posting this in case anyone else has this issue and is searching for answers. If you Google long enough, you’ll see lots of people are having similar problems with their 2019 MacBook Pro and Bluetooth. Mine stopped working suddenly two days ago, and all the suggested fixes online didn’t work. I spent hours troubleshooting ...

Taking the Panasonic 24-70mm f/2.8 Out For a Spin

The last two days have been quite busy with the family (as well as moving my blog to a new server), so I haven’t had a chance to do any editing. I did have a chance to go out and do some shooting though. These are images straight out of the camera, but they illustrate ...

Antique Row in Downtown Tacoma

It’s been years since we visited Antique Row in Tacoma. Since we’re not going anywhere for the holidays, it’s been fun to be a tourist in our own backyard. Today we decided to head down to Sanford & Son Antiques in downtown Tacoma. It’s a multi-tiered building with different shops and all sorts of interesting ...

Enchanted Christmas in Seattle at T-Mobile Park

Tonight, we ventured into Seattle, down to the Mariners baseball field (T-Mobile Park), to visit the Enchanted Christmas extravaganza. It’s an expensive event – for the five of us, with parking, plus skate rentals for the kids, it cost us $175! Even with the high cost, it was extremely crowded – elbow to elbow in many places ...

Tacoma Art Museum

My mother is in town visiting, and she’s never been to the local museum. It’s also the last week that the Tacoma Art Museum has the Simpsons exhibit. Being Christmas Eve day, the downtown area was mostly empty which made it an ideal time to head downtown. All of these photos were shot with the ...

Harry Potter Tea at British Bites

For low light, and I mean really low light – when you need autofocus, the Sony a7r III and 24mm f/1.4 GM are where you need to go. The lights were super dim, and the windows blocked out, but autofocus worked like a champ, and the touch screen is quite useful. While the Sony has ...

Tacoma Night Market at Alma Mater

During the cold, dark, and dreary Saturday nights of the late fall, there’s an evening market in Tacoma that’s been going on for many years now, but this is the first time we’ve had a chance to check it out. Food, drink, sweets, new and old -there’s ton stuff you didn’t know you could live ...

Nikon Z6 ProRes RAW Expectations vs Reality

This article is a work in progress. Keep checking for updates… The moment that Nikon announced that they would be bringing ProRes RAW to the camera, I was beyond excited. I already knew it had a great video sensor, and the possibility of being able to have photo RAW like editing in video sounds awesome. ...

Downtown Tacoma Holiday Haul Crawl

Tacoma’s downtown Christmas shopping bonanza was a big nothing, but we all had a great time. Tinkertopia had a two hour workshop for the kids, while Vanessa and I were able to go out and have a wonderful lunch at En Rama – of course, I had to bring along my camera. This was the second time I had ...