Overlooking Panamint Valley…
“Don’t think I won’t knock you out right here, skinny boy!”
These angry words broke the predawn stillness as I walked through the Mesquite Dunes near Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley.
“Wait for me and I’ll come over there and knock you out with my tripod!”Read More»
I recently traded out my Sony a7r for the newly minted Sony a7rII. With the arrival of this camera I have finally left Canon behind – selling off my Canon system to fully adopt the Sony platform. That is a topic for another post, but in doing so I have really been diving into the new features and and menu system of the a7rII and have been setting it up for regular use. Having had experience over the last few years with the RX100 and the a7r, I already had an idea of how I would be using this unit and what customizations had worked for me. With a few new features in the mix, things changed slightly and I figured that I would briefly go ahead and post on my Sony a7rii customization and setup. Keep in mind that all of this is specific to my shooting subjects and shooting style – which is mainly landscape. I’m not even going to go into the video features of this camera, which in my opinion is another topic entirely.Read More»
A storm looms over Picture Peak in the High Sierras…
Stressed and restless, I needed a night in the mountains. The usual overnight to the San Gabriels north of LA wouldn’t do. I needed some time in the Eastern Sierras, even just a night or two. I had seen some trip reports from Hungry Packer Lake up near Bishop and I began planning. What drew me to the place were photographs of a mountain nicknamed ‘Picture Peak’ – a commanding 13,000 ft mountain peak with a perfect shape dominating the vista from the lake shore. That was where I wanted to spend the weekend. I packed quickly and was on the road the following morning.Read More»