New Life For Old Glass

Blue Olympia

Downtown Olympia at night

I am planning on a blog post about my move away from Nikon and dslr cameras to the world of Sony and mirrorless, but as you have probably noticed I haven’t been updating things around here much lately.  It has been a combination of things, much like it has been since the first of the year, with the dogs being sick or broken, my day job being hectic at times, and lately a touch of the flu.

I did want to share this image though that I made with an old Nikon 105mm lens.  One of the things that I am loving about moving to mirrorless is that these old lenses, which I love, are getting a whole new life.  They work my my modern dslr cameras, but they really shine on the mirrorless ones.

I guess I will leave that as a teaser for my upcoming post about the move. :-)

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Yet Another Seattle Skyline Image

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Yet Another Seattle Skyline Image

I know what you are thinking, “great, another image of the Seattle skyline from Kerry Park,” and you would be right, I am sharing yet another image of the Seattle Skyline from Kerry Park. :-)

I made this image this past weekend while some friends from Arizona were in town on vacation.  Kerry Park is one of those places that if you visit Seattle and you own a camera, you need to shoot from.  It is one of those iconic photo spots that are part of just about every photo guide you will ever come across.  The reason that I am sharing this image, aside from the fact that I really like it, is that it was captured with my new Sony a6000 camera and the Sigma 60mm Art Series Lens.

Saturday was the first opportunity I have had to get out and do a real photowalk with this new camera and I couldn’t be happier. Spending hours wandering around downtown Seattle, and then up to Kerry Park, was so much more enjoyable when you are carrying small, lightweight, gear instead of a full on dslr kit.  Not only is the a6000 a truly amazing camera, the $200 Sigma art series lenses are lightweight and razor sharp.  Combine them and you have a pretty amazing piece of kit coming in at under $800.

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Under The Dome

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Under The Dome

Today’s blog image takes us under the dome of the Washington State Capitol building here in Olympia.

This image is from a recent photowalk I took around the capitol campus as part of the #WE35 project I am a part of.

I have a few “favorite” images from that days walk, but I keep coming back to this one as maybe being at the top of the list.  There is something about this image that reminds me of being on a very old European church.

I hope you enjoy it and who knows, maybe there will be a color image returning to the blog soon, but I can promise at least a few more black and white ones.

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George’s Knobs

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George Washington door knob at the Washington State Capitol building

One of the things that I love about the Washington State Capitol building is the access that the public has to the building. With the exception of things like offices, the building is open to the public and you are encouraged to explore and enjoy everything that the building has to offer. On of the things that it does have to offer is an incredible amount of architectural detail, not only in the massive amounts of marble that lines the walls and floors, but down to the smaller thighs such as the door knobs that feature George Washington himself.

When you are in a building that has so many large scale things to take in, it is quite easy to miss the small details such as these door knobs.  This image is from this month’s #WE35 expedition and I am grateful to the expedition for having it force me to slow down and not only find and photograph those small details, but to also enjoy them.

I will be posting more images from this months expedition here on the blog, but all of the images, including the contact sheet, are in my #WE35 gallery.  You can get there by navigating to my Projects gallery and selecting WE35, or by simply clicking here.

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Contact Sheet – A #WE35 Expedition

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Contact Sheet for the Feb. 2015 #WE35 Expedition

Those that were into photography before the advent of the digital world we now live in, and especially those that processed their own negatives, will know what a contact sheet is.  While the above isn’t exactly a contact sheet in the most traditional sense of the word, it is about as close as you can come in the 21st century.

As you already know from reading my blog, I am participating in a 35mm fixed focal length project this year, I have already shared a number of images from this project, and each month we have an assigned “expedition” to complete.  In Jan. it was an image of our mailbox, in Feb. is was to go out and simulate shooting a 36 exposure roll of film and then turning those images into a contact sheet.

For this months expedition, I chose to use my new Sony a6000 with a pre-AI Nikon 24mm lens.  On the crop sensor of the Sony camera, the 24mm lens is very close to being a traditional 35mm focal length.  I also shot this series in JPG mode with absolutely ZERO post processing, had my camera capture in black and white and even fixed the ISO at 400 to replicate my days of shooting 400 ASA film.

When the expedition assignment came out for this month, I honestly thought it was going to be a very easy one.  I had shot film for decades and it meant nothing to go out and shoot a roll of film, and have each and every shot of that roll of film be captured with a purpose.  I couldn’t have been more wrong.  You see, I switched to digital in 2007 and immediately went down the path of being able to shoot in rapid fire mode and then cull out the bad shots after I downloaded them to my computer.  I haven’t had to give much thought to not wasting a frame during a shoot since the last time I loaded up a roll of film.

Needless to say, I was able to successfully complete this month’s expedition, I shot it on the Washington State Capitol campus here in Olympia, and it really did open my eyes to how much my shooting habits have changed in the short time since 2007 when I went digital, and I can honestly say that those changing habits have not been all for the best.

I do plan on sharing individual images from this expedition, in fact, the previous images of the sculpture of George Washington was from this very series of images.  Stay tuned.

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