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March 12th, 2017 by grant

My variable ND filter fiasco lead me to try a Fotodiox Sony adapter. Now I can use any of my Canon lenses on my Sony which is cool but more importantly it has a built in variable ND filter.

A week ago I made an attempt to go to Alamere Falls but I wasn’t quite prepared and I took the wrong trail and ended up coming back without any photos. This time I returned with Sandy and we took the proper route. It was a long haul (13mi round trip) full of flora & small critters.

Using the Fotodiox adapter was challenging as the auto focus did not work so I had to manually focus in bright sunlight on a LCD screen.

I was using a new Sony A6500 and like a dumbass I neglected to set it to raw capture, so my post processing was limited.

The tide was too high to get a good angle on the lower falls, which meant I ran out in between waves to get a mediocre shot.

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February 27th, 2017 by grant

Had the day off so I drove up the coast to shoot some photos. I wanted to capture the misty motion blur so I brought a variable ND filter. The only problem is that it gives a strange color cast in the corners of every shot. So as I usually do (cause I’m lazy) I converted them to black & white in an attempt to mask these color issues, but even those looked bad… so I replaced the sky.

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February 4th, 2017 by grant

Tonight we celebrated Gavin’s 1st birthday at Hong Fu in Cupertino. The food was great and Gavin got a lot of attention. I shot these with my M5 and tried a Magmod Bounce for the first time rather than pointing my flash backward & upward. The results were mixed, as I got a few nasty reflection in the eyeglasses.

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January 29th, 2017 by grant

Kathy needed some photos for Gavin’s Party so we trekked over and made an attempt to shoot em. He’s was very squirmy wormy that day so it was a challenge.

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January 11th, 2017 by grant

I invested into the EOS-M system as soon as it came out (November 2012). The 1st M suffered from poor focusing performance and from that point it was doomed. The M3 was better and now the M5 promises to be much better. The idea of ditching my big ol heavy DSLR and using the M5 mirrorless for sports or portraiture would make me so happy.

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January 9th, 2017 by grant

So nice to see everyone but I hate the idea of only getting together for funerals.

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December 28th, 2016 by grant

I’ve been waiting for months and my new camera has finally arrived. Of course I’ve been out sick and it’s killing me to be stuck at home. Anyone interested in buying my M3?

My 5D mk III weights 2.09 lbs and the M5 weights .83 lb. That’s a big difference.

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December 21st, 2016 by grant

As usual we didn’t make a Christmas card this year so after what seemed like 80 shots we finally have a ecard.

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November 25th, 2016 by grant

As tradition dictates we celebrated Thanksgiving at Aunty Amy’s house.

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November 18th, 2016 by grant

Everytime I go to Livermore I usual see some wildlife. Today it was a Turkey Jerky.

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November 12th, 2016 by grant

This year Nico celebrated his 3rd birthday at Tilden Park Steam Train.

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Later we went to Fenton’s for lunch.

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November 11th, 2016 by grant

This year I photographed the Veterans Memorial at the Mare Island Cemetery. Sadly these occasions are visited by so few.

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October 27th, 2016 by grant

We had brunch over here and got to spend some time with Ethan.

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October 18th, 2016 by grant

Had a little fun with the Yuen boys soccer pix.

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October 12th, 2016 by grant

Saw these on my way up Hwy 101 just past Guerneville.

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