This weekend we went out on a surprisingly cold evening to see the lantern display at the LA Arboretum. I took my Olympus Pen-f digital fitted with the 7artisans 25mm lens. (These images are resized for web JPEGs straight out of the camera as I am without photo editing capability this week)
I recently went on a trip to Oahu, Hawaii and we visited the memorial at Pearl Harbor. Not being an American I wasn’t really sure what to expect; other than a few general facts here and there I didn’t really know very much about it; I am guessing if I had been raised here, much more of that history would have been ingrained in me.
I had a few minutes to spare on my way to the UK on a recent trip and couldn’t resist braving the heat outside and get a few pictures of the Theme building which is situated at the centre of the LAX airport complex.
This is an iconic building and classic mid-century ‘googie’ design; I’d love to get inside someday.
All pictures shot on Olympus Pen-F Digital
while I was working in the garden this weekend, I was excited by this little fella who decided to visit and hunt for a while.
I quickly ran in to get a camera; my Pen-F Digital in this case, which had the kit zoom lens attached. It’s an auto-focus lens which allowed me to get close enough but I really struggled to get it to focus on the insect rather than the background. Luckily, he hung around for a while and I was able to make several attempts. Continue reading “Garden wildlife”
My wife and I have a certain fondness for otters – sea otters to be specific (although European and fresh water otters are just as nice but less accessible for us in California). We have seen otters many times in the various aquariums we have visited and love to share pictures with each other we find online.
Last month we planned a visit to Monterey and the Aquarium there, which has a good otter rehab and release program. Continue reading “Pictures of otters!”
I’ve visited this station just off of downtown LA a few times and I love it features. It was built in the 1930s and is a mix of Art Deco, Mission Revival, and Streamline Moderne styles.
For this visit I happened to be meeting a friend coming into town and decided it would do no harm to arrive a little early and see what shots i could find; as it was her train was delayed and I had a couple hours to wander around. Continue reading “Union Station, Los Angeles”
I went to Phoenix for Thanksgiving and we were invited out to see bull riding; which is kinda what an ignorant person like me would refer to as Rodeo.
This was a somewhat casual/for-fun event and it happens every Friday night at the Buffalo Chip Saloon
I didn’t know quite what to expect and definitely didn’t dress appropriately for the cold evening in November, but is was a fun event for sure and worth a visit. I would advise getting to your seats early if you want a decent view; it is extremely popular and busy.
Of course I took a camera; my trust Pen-F Digital and managed to capture this picture of a young boy with (I think) his Grandfather
On our trip earlier this month to Kaua’i, we visited the small town of Hanapepe. The town sits on the southern side of the island between Lihue and Waimea and is easily missed if you aren’t looking for it.
It’s a small one street type of town that could easily fit into some Western style movie. The old dilapidated buildings are great for us photographers and I enjoyed walking around taking shots. However that dilapidation although interesting is surely not healthy(?)
Another colour themed post
So for many reasons the July hunt for Blue was a bit of a wash out, actually wash is probably not the right word more the opposite as a primary issue was that it was so hot here getting out to shoot was uncomfortable.
As I was thinking of switching the colours slightly anyway (monocrome is not a colour) I decided to extend blue into August.
As it was I didn’t fair much better in August but here is my selection for your enjoyment.
So there I was on Sunday quietly minding my own business when a couple notifications appeared in my inbox from Flickr; the first stating so and so had like one of my pictures and another inviting my image into the ‘in explore‘ group.
My image had been selected by the mystical Flickr algorithm that puts them into Explore!
This is not the first time this has happened but last time I think I only just scraped in and dropped of the list fairly quickly (you can read Jim’s explanation of how this works here) so it didn’t really register.
This weekend however, it seems I was well in there and got a lot of attention. I haven’t really put any effort in to developing followers on Flickr so my viewing figures are normally quite low; rarely into triple figures and fav’s in the low teens.
Suddenly my figures start climbing and the whole day my phone is buzzing as yet another fav or something comes in. It was exciting at first and then slightly embarrassing as my phone constantly interrupted conversations or activities throughout the day. Continue reading “Thoughts on being explored”
I’m not really one for product reviews other than trying to document my own collection of old cameras but I got this lens recently and I am impressed.
7artisans appeared on my horizon only very recently and I have to admit I was almost completely ignorant of them, I guess because I don’t really follow the latest equipment publications and reviews. I don’t know why but I was browsing B&H and saw this lens, thought “oh that’s that manufacture I have seen recently” then I saw the price; Continue reading “7artisans 25mm 1.8 lens on my Pen-f digital”