August 6, 2016

The Road to Mirrorless

It has been forever since I have posted anything new to my blog, well over a year.  However, that doesn't mean I have been inactive!  I spent most of 2015 trying to pass all seven of my architecture licensing exams which I successfully finished in November.  It was a very stressful year plus of studying all the time while working.  During that time I have continued to work on my Ponce City Market Project.  I'll share more info on that in another post.  

A big change I have been slowly making has been switching from DSLR to mirrorless gear.  I have many reasons but the biggest has been the size & weight.  Carrying around a big DSLR with a heavy lens has gotten less and less desirable for me.  I have left my camera at home simply because I didn't want to carry it.  I have read a bunch of blogs where people have described a similar mindset, and have looked for a lighter option.  My first leap into the mirrorless world came with the purchase of a used Fuji X-E2 on ebay.  The first lens I attached to it was an old Topcon 58mm F/1.4 with the help of an adapter.  I was immediately impressed by the image quality and ease of use.  It took a little adjustment to figure the camera out and its features, but after that I was off and running.  Soon after, I purchased a 27mm pancake lens, giving me the ultimate small camera/big punch combo.  Now I had a powerful camera that would fit in my everyday work bag.  Lastly, I purchased another adapter for an older Minolta 58mm F/1.4 lens that just came in today.  So far, I have only been shooting jpegs and I have no complaints so far.  The sharpness is great, the electronic viewfinder is amazing, and wifi connectivity certainly helps for those instagram worthy moments.  Below is a collection of images from the past couple of weeks with the Fuji X-E2 and the three lenses listed above.  Most of them are from Lake Allatoona with the 27mm pancake lens.  

So what's next?  Well, the recently launched Fuji X-T2 certainly looks tempting.  I have not completely made the switch, but it is now possible to have multiple cameras and lenses that weigh less than the DSLR gear that I currently have.  

July 9, 2015

Iceland | Travel Photography

At the end of May 2015, me, my wife, and my mother loaded up into a small motorhome and tackled the famous Ring Road in Iceland.  For 9 days, we drove the entire distance around the island.  Along the way, we encountered waterfalls, craters, glaciers, rain, snow, wind, sunshine (absolutely no darkness), thermal springs, lobster, beer, black sand beaches, skyr, and amazing people.  My wife & I love to travel, and this trip has been on our list for several years.  I started compiling points of interest on a Google map in 2012.  We tried unsuccessfully to get my mother to travel with us to Peru in 2011, but this time she agreed without hesitation.  We were so glad that she could join us, and I know she had an amazing time.  She also turned out to be our experienced motorhome driver.  Speaking of the motorhome, I wouldn't have done it any other way.  Having the freedom to move at your own pace and avoid check-ins and check-outs at hotels was a huge positive.  We had a great time shopping for groceries along the way, and preparing all of our own food.  Plus, it's good to get out of your comfort zone from time to time.

The landscapes along the way were some of the most incredible ones I have ever seen.  They seemed to completely transform every 50 miles or so.  Geological activity has really shaped the island, making an almost infinite amount of interesting places.  Some places looked like they could belong on Mars.

Thank you Iceland, for continuing to inspire our wanderlust.  We hope to be back some day.