Birds

Birds

Birds on a electric line, Mission peak Regional Preserve, Fremont, CA

Hiking on a Saturday morning just after sunrise, at Mission peak Regional Preserve. Test drive of my LMMM setup. Simple, minimalist photos are so hard to take. But it is an aesthetic I seem to be liking more and more.

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-P5
Exposure: 1/250s at f/?
Focal Length: 50mm (35mm conversion – 100mm)
Lens: Konica Hexanon AR 50mm f1.7 with Konica AR to Micro 4/3rds adaptor
ISO: 1000
Date: Dec 21, 2013

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Mesh on Leaf

Mesh on leaf

Mesh on leaf, Kotetsu Ramen, Santa Clara, CA

Day One of LMMM. The reflection of the mesh screen on the plant next to my table at lunch.

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-P5
Exposure: 1/400s at f/?
Focal Length: 50mm (35mm conversion – 100mm)
Lens: Konica Hexanon AR 50mm f1.7 with Konica AR to Micro 4/3rds adaptor
ISO: 1000
Date: Dec 23, 2013

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Cow

Cow

Cow, Mission peak Reginal Preserve, Fremont, CA

Hiking on a Saturday morning just after sunrise, at Mission peak Regional Preserve. Test drive of my LMMM setup.

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-P5
Exposure: 1/400s at f/?
Focal Length: 50mm (35mm conversion – 100mm)
Lens: Konica Hexanon AR 50mm f1.7 with Konica AR to Micro 4/3rds adaptor
ISO: 1000
Date: Dec 21, 2013

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Last Bench

Last Bench

Last Bench, Mission Peak Regional Preserve, Fremont, CA

The last bench on the trail. It was cold drizzly day and the trail was empty. And beautiful. Good to be with one\’s thoughts.

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-P5
Exposure: 1/320s at f/9
Focal Length: 17mm (35mm conversion – 34mm)
Lens: Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8
ISO: 200
Date: Dec 7, 2013

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Self Portrait – 2

Self Portrait - 2

Self portrait – 2, Mission Peak Regional Preserve, Fremont, CA

What\’s this? Yet another self-portrait? 2013 is after all the year of the \’Selfie\’. And I am now shamelessly copying Vivian Maier\’s self portraits. Many many more of these to come. Be warned.

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-P5
Exposure: 1/320s at f/9
Focal Length: 17mm (35mm conversion – 34mm)
Lens: Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8
ISO: 200
Date: Dec 7, 2013

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Mirrors and Windows (and a camera)

Mirrors and Windows (and a camera)

Mirrors and Windows (and a camera), Kotetsu Ramen, Santa Clara, CA

Never realized \’selfies\’ are this much fun! What fun eating ramen for lunch, good conversation with friends and taking photographs. This is from Day One of LMMM.

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-P5
Exposure: 1/800s at f/?
Focal Length: 50mm (35mm conversion – 100mm)
Lens: Konica Hexanon AR 50mm f1.7 with Konica AR to Micro 4/3rds adaptor
ISO: 1000
Date: Dec 23, 2013

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Man checking phone

Man checking phone

Man checking phone, Outside a restaurant, Santa Clara, CA

Taken through a mesh screen at a Japanese restaurant – Kotetsu Ramen in Santa Clara, CA. The man in the photograph was sitting on a bench outside the restaurant while waiting for his table. I was, luckily, seated right by the window.

This was day one of the LMMMs. This is hard. I am realizing how much I don\’t know about dialing in the right shutter speed and focal length for a given ISO. I never knew I depended on the in-camera metering this much. Setting the ISO fixes to 1000 was a good idea.

Why did I choose 1000? Well, I know it is pretty high. But if I am to take photos every day, it will mostly be indoors, and I need a decent ISO to make low light photographs, and my camera can handle it. Day one has been very enjoyable so far. I am loving the look of my Konica Hexanon lens. It is not perfect – flares easily, soft wide-open….but so what! I love how the photos look. Someday I will have the vocabulary to describe what is so different, so nice about images from this lens.

What to change / add tomorrow? I need to start noting what aperture I\’m using for my photos somehow – for every frame. Is this going to be a phone app , or old-fashioned pen and paper? I am also using focus peaking a lot for manually focusing. However, after a couple of weeks, I am hoping I\’ll get the hang of manual focus without needing the focus-peaking crutch.

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-P5
Exposure: 1/800s at f/?
Focal Length: 50mm (35mm conversion – 100mm)
Lens: Konica Hexanon AR 50mm f1.7 with Konica AR to Micro 4/3rds adaptor
ISO: 1000
Date: Dec 23, 2013

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Tree without leaves

Tree Without Leaves

Tree without leaves against dawn sky, Mission Peak Regional Preserve, Fremont, CA

Training hike on a cold cold morning. Training for hiking, training for photography. Winter tree, no leaves against sky before sunrise. Black and White in post-process via Lightroom.

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-P5
Exposure: 1/6400s at f/1.8
Focal Length: 17mm (35mm conversion – 35mm)
Lens: Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8
ISO: 2000
Date: Dec 7, 2013

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Sunset Chilling

Sunset Chilling

Chilling at sunset, Carmel Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

A couple enjoying sunset on Carmel Beach on a Wednesday evening.

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-P5
Exposure: 1/800s at f/1.6
Focal Length: 25mm (35mm conversion – 50mm)
Lens: Panasonic Lumix G Micro 4/3 LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25mm f/1.4 Leica Aspherical Lens
ISO: 200
Date: 10/9/2013 evening

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Dogs on beach – 3

Dogs on Beach – 3, Carmel Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

Carmel beach, at sunset – on a Wednesday evening was filled with people and dogs and kids. It felt like it was a weekend. It was fun o see two passing dogs playing, chasing each other – just having fun.

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-P5
Exposure: 1/640s at f/1.8
Focal Length: 25mm (35mm conversion – 50mm)
Lens: Panasonic Lumix G Micro 4/3 LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25mm f/1.4 Leica Aspherical Lens
ISO: 200
Date: 10/9/2013 evening

Dogs on Beach – 2

Dogs on beach - 2

Dogs on Beach – 2, Carmel Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

Olympus E-P5 with Panasonic Leica 25mm. Whats not to like with this combination? Light beautiful camera, the prettiest I have ever owned. Amazing lens – I cannot articulate why I like the images from this lens so much – but I do. My current favorite lens – the one with which I shoot most of the time. This was shot in Raw + JPG. What you are seeing is the \’straight out of camera\’ jpeg image.

A happy dog fetching his ball, running full tilt back to his master, on a gorgeous beach against the setting sun.

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-P5
Exposure: 1/8000s at f/1.8
Focal Length: 25mm (35mm conversion – 50mm)
Lens: Panasonic Lumix G Micro 4/3 LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25mm f/1.4 Leica Aspherical Lens
ISO: 200
Date: 10/9/2013 evening

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