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A Walk with the Zeiss 25/2.8 (A Mini Lens Review)

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1/200 second at f/2.8, ISO 200

1/200 second at f/2.8, ISO 200

A geeky post today, sorry. If you’re not into this stuff, I hope that the images are interesting anyway.

These street images were made while photostrolling with the Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 25mm f/2.8 ZF.2. All were shot with a Nikon D800E body. One of the things I wanted to see was how the optics would stack up against the high resolving power of this body. Even wide open, I was blown away by how sharp the thing is. But with a fair amount of chromatic aberration which even my untrained eye could pick out. However, this was easily take care of by Lightroom or, simply by stopping down.

1/640 second at f/4, ISO 200

1/640 second at f/4, ISO 200

One of the love-it-or-hate-it characteristics about this lens is the heavy vignetting at f/2.8. I mostly shoot with rather clinical Nikkor glass and thus found the romance imparted by the vignetting to be rather enjoyable.

1/640 second at f/2.8, ISO 100

1/640 second at f/2.8, ISO 100

 

 

Forest Light

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Hoh Rainforest, 2012

Hoh Rainforest, 2012

1/20 second at f/8, ISO 800. Nikon D800E + Nikkor AF-S 24-120mm f/4.

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January 26, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Winter Monochromes

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Some images that I made while messin’ around the other day…

circuitous

circuitous

1/100 second at f/4, ISO 800. Nikon D600 + Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G.

big things start small

big things start small

1/1000 second at f/2.2, ISO 800. Nikon D600 + Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G.

 

he went that way

he went that way

1/250 second at f/2.8, ISO 800. Nikon D600 + Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G.

 

all bark and no bite

all bark and no bite

1/60 second at f/4, ISO 1600. Nikon D600 + Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G.

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January 19, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Skagit Bay Twilight

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Skagit Bay, 2013

Skagit Bay, 2013

Yesterday, we’d gone out to the Skagit River to see the bald eagles. But the combination of patchy light and freezing weather kept them high in the trees, making for a rather disappointing outing. On the way home, we made a “maybe we can salvage the trip” detour through Fir Island to try to catch some snow geese. No luck either. But nonetheless, mother nature was generous with us.

Thank you, Sai, for accompanying me on my oft-nutty adventures!

2 seconds at f/11, ISO 100. Nikon D800E + Nikkor AF-S 24-120mm f/4.

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January 12, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Through The Trees

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Olympic National Park, 2012

Olympic National Park, 2012

I shot this on the hike out to Second Beach with Sai and Ed last year. We were behind schedule and were hustling a bit but when the light from the setting sun cut through the mist and trees, stopping was a no-brainer.

1/3 second at f/8, ISO 800. Nikon D800E + Nikkor AF-S 24-120mm f/4.

 

 

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January 5, 2013 at 4:57 pm

View From The Top

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Rainy Seattle, 2012

Rainy Seattle, 2012

Some friends were passing through town on Thursday evening. It was their first time here so we did some sightseeing. The weather started off okay enough but things quickly went south and by the time we got to the Seattle Center, it was coming down pretty hard. I made this image from the observation deck of the Space Needle. The raindrops were blowing in sideways so I ended up shooting with the 50 mm, a fast lens with a deep hood.

Handheld at 1/15 second at f/2, ISO 1000. Nikon D800E + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G.

 

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December 15, 2012 at 4:09 pm

The Substance of Things Hoped For, the Evidence of Things Not Seen, Part 1

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Kuan Yin Temple, Singapore, 2012

Kuan Yin Temple, Singapore, 2012

1/200 second at f/4, ISO 200. Nikon D800E + Nikkor AF-S 24-120mm f/4.
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Budai and Believer, Singapore, 2012

Budai and Believer, Singapore, 2012

1/800 second at f/7.1, ISO 800. Nikon D800E + Nikkor AF-S 24-120mm f/4.
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Kuan Yin Temple, Singapore, 2012

Kuan Yin Temple, Singapore, 2012

1/320 second at f/7.1, ISO 800. Nikon D800E + Nikkor AF-S 24-120mm f/4.

 

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December 8, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Stragglers and Dilly-Dallyers

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before the rain

before the rain

I’ve been in the tropics for the past couple of months and missed most of the change in the seasons. Home now and did some strolling this past week. I was fortunate to catch these scenes. Thank goodness for stragglers and dilly-dallyers 😉

1/1250 second at f/208, ISO 1600. Nikon D600 + Nikkor AF-S 70-200 f/2.8 (before the rain, above).

 

stars

stars

1/320 second at f/6.3, ISO 1600. Nikon D600 + Nikkor AF-S 70-200 f/2.8.

 

evening light

evening light

1/50 second at f/8, ISO 1600. Nikon D600 + Nikkor AF-S 70-300 f/4.5-5.6.

 

forest floor

forest floor

1/40 second at f/14, ISO 3200. Nikon D600 + Nikkor AF-S 70-300 f/4.5-5.6.

 

fallen leaves

fallen leaves

1/3 second at f/18, ISO 800. Nikon D600 + Nikkor AF-S 70-300 f/4.5-5.6.

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November 23, 2012 at 5:11 pm

A Veterans Day Tribute

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This is my Veterans Day tribute to the brave men and women who have served, and to those who continue to give so much so that we may enjoy the freedoms and way of life that we take for granted. This post is especially for Lani, whose grandchildren stand watch so that we don’t have to. Thank you!

Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park, Seattle, 2012

Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park, Seattle, 2012

What making images at the Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park, my eyes were drawn to this tribute atop a grave marker in the veterans section. Lewis Albanese was born in Venice (Italy) and was KIA in Vietnam while serving his adopted country. For his sacrifice in combat, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. The black marble plaque behind his grave marker reads, “For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life and beyond the call of duty”. Here is the rest of the citation.

1/60 second at f/4.4, ISO 100. Infrared-converted Panasonic ZS6.

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Minneapolis - St. Paul International, 2012

Minneapolis – St. Paul International, 2012

I made this image at Minneapolis – St. Paul International. While waiting for my flight, a group of veterans disembarked at the gate at which I was waiting. I snapped this as a young man – probably 22 at most – walked by. He seemed fine and fit as a fiddle until one looked down, for in place of one calf was a bare metal prosthetic.

1/15 second at f/2.2, ISO 400. Canon S100.

 

 

 

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November 11, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Adrenaline Rush

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Tuk-tuk ride, Bangkok, 2012

Tuk-tuk ride, Bangkok, 2012

Bangkok has long been a special place for me. From close-by but exotic holiday destination to a place where Dad conducted business to an annual destination for Yui and I, it is now one of the places that I call home. Indeed, it is home to half of my extended family; my heart seldom wanders far.

One of the unique modes of transportation in Thailand is the tuk-tuk (pronouced “took-took” with abbreviated double-O’s). Powered by a small gas engine, it is a gaily decorated three-wheeler with a covered cab, driver in front, passengers (usually 2-3 but I’ve seen as many as 6-7) in rear. A highly maneuverable small vehicle, it is the perfect solution to the helter-skelter bustle of Bangkok traffic where everything moves at one of two speeds – full tilt, or full standstill.

As you can imagine, a ride in a tuk-tuk can be quite the adventure. In a profession where time is money, drivers accelerate quickly and stop abruptly, diving through whatever openings the traffic flow allows. I made this image about 2 weeks ago, on a trip to Bangkok’s Chinatown. I think it helps explain what a tuk-tuk ride is all about. 😉

4/5 second at f/22, ISO 100. Nikon D800E + Nikkor AF-S 24-120mm f/4.


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November 8, 2012 at 4:38 pm

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