Back in late August, I was driving from New Mexico to Oklahoma to visit my Dad, who at age 95 was in a nursing home, and having severe medical problems. Shortly after I started the trip I was notified that he had passed away. About an hour later, I was gifted this beautiful sunset which now serves as a poignant reminder of my Dad … of a life well-lived, and now free.
We’ve recently moved to southern New Mexico where the sky is much darker than any place I’ve lived. Light pollution is virtually non-existent.
One night after sitting on the deck with no lights on for about 30 minutes, I stepped out into the yard and looked up … the stars took my breath away! There were so many and they were so bright, plus the Milky Way stretched up across the sky, looking like a long string of millions of bright jewels.
So a few nights later, armed with the E-M1.2 and Olympus 12mm f2 lens, I gave it a try. This is one of my better attempts at ISO 1600, f2, and 15 seconds. I know I have a lot to learn about astrophotography, but I was happy with my first try. There will definitely be more … 🙂
What a beautiful car! Normally, I prefer trucks and Jeeps when it comes to my own vehicle, but this one definitely caught my eye. So I guess G.A.S. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) can apply to things other than cameras.
A couple of days ago I took our car in for service, and while waiting to talk to the “service guy” I was parked right next to this. It’s hard to tell from the photo but the paint is a matte finish in dark gray, and then of course there’s the yellow trim … racing stripes down the side and on the hood. This is the Mercedes Benz V8 BiTurbo and it is a mean looking machine. Of course it will set you back close to $100,000! (Way beyond my budget.) 🙂
As soon as I finished getting my car checked in, I grabbed my Fuji X70 and snapped a few images concentrating mainly on the wheel detail. That gold brake caliper is so gorgeous I would hate to ever use the brakes and get it dirty. If you look closely, the silver part in the lower right is the disc which I was told is made of ceramic.
The beauty of this little X70 is that it fits easily into my jacket pocket, yet puts out those beautiful X-Trans images from its APS-C sensor. Once again I’ve shown myself that the best camera is the one you have with you. You never know when that next photo op will appear.
I finally made the upgrade to the new Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II …
Last week I finally made the upgrade to the new Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II, and so far it’s everything I thought it would be. It’s fast – fast for Turn ON, AF, and Playback, and the Shutter Release feels almost instantaneous. It has great IBIS, and all the features we love about the OM-D line, plus some other great improvements. There’s an improved deeper grip and the menus are a little different, no less confusing than before, and still as deep and complex. But I do like it it and will soon be parting ways with my E-M1(Mk I).
I want to address a couple of the things that seem to be most confusing about this camera. I agree Olympus cameras can be complex and frustrating, even after four years of using and writing about them. But, they are still my overwhelming camera of choice. Partly for that very complexity that allows us so many choices and variations in camera setup.
I made this image with my first digital camera, the Canon D30.
No doubt, life can be chaotic at times. Do you ever feel like a leaf in a wild whitewater river, being swept along utterly out of control? Just remember to look for a rock to cling to, a momentary respite from the maelstrom.
But life does go on, so catch your breath, rest a moment, and prepare for the next challenge that is sure to come. And think how boring it would be without these trials to test us.
I found this scene in a small public park in Buena Vista, Colorado.