Mason Reservoir…well, almost

We tried to make it to Mason Reservoir today, but were denied at the very end of a 12-mile journey down a twisting dirt road. The darn gate was closed! We were disappointed for sure. Stopped at Victor on the way back and I snagged some peanut butter cookies from Gold Camp Bakery–hands down the best peanut butter cookies! Managed to get a couple nice shots at least. Beautiful day.

The new Nikon Z7/Z6 stops the ship from sinking and that’s what is really important

Did the new Nikon mirrorless Z7/Z6 cameras leapfrog the competition? Do they crush the competition feature for feature? Did they hit it out of the ballpark?

Nope. And they didn’t have to. The thing that all the major reviewers miss is that this stops the ship from sinking. Many former Nikon shooters have already jumped ship onto the USS Sony or USS Fuji and many, like me, were strongly considering the move. I am no longer scared of investing in something new or, perhaps more importantly, how I’m going to sell all of my Nikon gear to switch to a new system, how I’m going to tolerate an unfamiliar menu system, subpar egonomics, etc. Nikon did it right and made it a priority to have solid backwards compatibility with F mount lens. Well done.

What is interesting is, if you asked me a week ago, if I was ready to jump if Nikon released a solid mirrorless camera, I would have said, “HELL YEAH.” However, today I sit without a confirmation for a pre-order in my inbox.

I feel good about my D500 and D750. They still take awesome pictures. Would it be cool to have an EVF, silent shooting, more resolution? Of course. However, I feel like I have time now. There is no longer a feeling of urgency to get started with a new system. Let others be the guinea pigs. Let the firmware mature. Perhaps, I even need to wait for the Z7 II.

Thank you Nikon for restoring my trust in your brand and vision.

PS I’m SO glad I didn’t buy a D850 :-)

Salida , CO – Aug 2018

We took at late-starting day trip to Salida, CO. I was pretty sure we would not make the full 2-1/2 hour drive, but figured we’d see some pretty scenery before turning back. Well, an hour out from the city, there was no way I was going to turn back! Happy we toughed it out. Cute city. Good food (OMG the sweet corn brown-butter sea salt ice cream with toasted marshmallow topping was to DIE FOR!) There were a couple weddings going on and one of the couples rode a raft down the river! Anyways, here are some shots from my Nikon.

Rampart Reservoir, Aug 2018

Rampart Reservoir is about an hour and 15 minutes from my new home in Colorado Springs. Kimberly and I had a picnic on some of the large rocks on the shore. It’s been a while since I’ve taken some landscapes, so I brought my trusty Nikon D750. I really prefer it’s colors for landscapes over my D500. It was nice to have something new to shoot. The water level was really low, but that uncovered some interesting rock formations and sand. Too bad I was lazy and didn’t bring any good lens. Oh well, plenty of time to return.

LA Trip: Big Bear Spartan Race and Mountains

Well, it’s been a while since my last post…been busy relocating to Colorado Springs! Took a short trip right after the move to LA to be with my daughter, Taylor. She was out there to help with the Spartan Race in Big Bear, conveniently, right near my home in Lake Arrowhead. I was totally unprepared mentally and camera gear-wise, but managed to get a few decent shots of the athletes. There were some low clouds which resulted in some spectacular views of the mountains peaking through along Hwy 18. Didn’t have my wide-angle lens, so I had to make do with what I had. Taylor and I drove down the mountain and visited with my Mom and Dad as well. Fun trip, but way too short!

Wacom Intuos Pro tablet (model PTH660) thoughts

I’ve had the Wacom Intuos Pro medium tablet (model PTH660) for a few months now and thought I’d post just a few thoughts.

First off, if you use Photoshop or Lightroom, the Wacom tablet is a game-changer. After you get used to using the pen, drawing is much more natural than with using a mouse. If you’ve ever tried to draw a circle or draw a selection around a person’s head with a mouse, you’ll appreciate the difference. Read more