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April First Forever • New York City

April First Forever • New York City

Olympus OM-D E-M1 MkII
M. Zuiko 12-40mm

The last of our mini-moons was spent in one of our favorite cities, New York City.  We landed early April 1st, excited to start our 16 year celebration and our first year as a married couple.  Little did we know that heartbreak was around corner.  I vividly remember that day.  Seeing the hurt in my wife's eyes was the most painful feeling.  Her sister, our angel on earth, now the guardian angel of our family.  This was Kate's city as well.  It was in the stars for her to transition to a life in Brooklyn.  Kate reminded us of her constant love for NY, even in our last moments dropping us off to the airport.  

Sony a7rii
Zeiss 35mm + Canon 50mm LTM

It's hard realizing how much someone so special has left us so soon.  Reflecting on these photos 6 months later, it dawned on me how little motivation I had for photography.  Just that sadness took a toll on all of us in different ways.  But it's time to channel these feelings into more photography.  Looking back on these photos, I feel I owe it to my wife and my family to stay motivated in things that drive me to be a better person.  

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II • First Impressions

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II • First Impressions

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II
M. Zuiko 12-40mm

Here we go... a little review of my new E-M1 Mkii.  Camera landed at my front door a few weeks back, really haven't had the chance to put it through any real tests.  But as far as initial observations, this camera is built.  Still very impressed by its inherited features, but the new additions can't go unmentioned.  The buffed grip and enhanced ergonomics, the oscillating screen is a gem, and that dual card slot though.  And of course let's highlight the new battery; packs more juice for those long day shoots out on the street.  Overall, the size isn't noticeably larger and stays true to the mirrorless form factor... small.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II
M. Zuiko 17mm

The warm AWB DNA is beautiful.  There's an option to adjust this off, but not my preference.  I absolutely love the warm tone the sensor brings out.  The AF speed is insane, sometimes too fast.  Don't sleep on the back focus when in AF mode, last thing you want are a series of unfocused shots because that shutter will just fly.  

Details on details on details.  Yes we're talking m43, but the focal plane wide open is perfection.  For street and action captures, you can't go wrong with this bad boy, even wide open... at 1/32000 (haven't found it necessary, yet)

Looking forward to the weekend with Josh Rose out in LA to put this camera to the test.  And if you're asking if I would recommend this new Olympus camera, it would be a hell yes.  Price is steep in comparison to the m43 cameras out there currently, but in my opinion, it was worth the wait and every penny spent.  

Explore • Old Quebec Continued • Canada

Explore • Old Quebec Continued • Canada

Olympus OM-D E-M1
M. Zuiko 12-40mm

More exploring our second day in Old Quebec.  The colors were beautiful as expected. I couldn't help but include those fall colors in the frame.  

Olympus OM-D E-M1
M. Zuiko 12-40mm

Had to snap this dude.  He was everywhere we went.  I honestly wanted to ask to see his photos for some inspiration.  

Olympus OM-D E-M1
M. Zuiko 12-40mm

So happy to spend these days away from routine with wifey.  Cheers to 15 years of exploring and getting lost together and to the past 6 months celebrating life together.  On top of that, she has a bad ass camera lol.

Olympus OM-D E-M1
M. Zuiko 12-40mm

Some vantage points the wife found.  Thankfully the focal range of the M. Zuiko 12-40mm offers that subtle wide angle to a stunning 80mm focal length (35mm equivalent) providing sharp images wide open at f/2.8.  

Olympus OM-D E-M1
M. Zuiko 12-40mm

The best part of photographing somewhere foreign to the eye is that everything goes; that overwhelmingness and forgiveness for something new.  Through the years, I've implemented my personal Rule of Content;  Color, Contrast, Concrete, and Culture.  Any two combinations of these C's, help keep my focus and consistency when all you want to do is keep your finger on the shutter.

Explore • Old Quebec • Canada

Explore • Old Quebec • Canada

Olympus OM-D E-M1
M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8

It's already been two days out here in Canada and only now am I getting the chance to post up some of our explorations. The wife and I have been so excited to take this trip and I still can't believe we're here.  

We took a red-eye flight out of San Diego, one stopover in Toronto, and we out here in Old Quebec, Canada.  Our hotel has a beautiful view of the St. Lawrence River, less than a minute away from the boardwalk.  

Olympus OM-D E-M1
M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8

I couldn't wait to get lost and get some photos with the E-M1.  With the recently announced Mark II, I can feel the refueled excitement back in the Olympus community.  I, too, am so stoked for this release, I've committed to using this bad boy for the next 8 days.  

Olympus OM-D E-M1
M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8

Whenever I shoot with an OM-D camera, first thought that comes to mind is color and detail.  Seriously, those warm, green tones right from the camera paired with it's quick auto focus equal an amazing image.  

Olympus OM-D E-M1
M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8

Now the E-M1 and lowlight.  Honestly, for my particular taste, it performs perfect for my use, even at handheld.  I'm not a fan of bringing around tripods, but rarely am I out shooting in those types of settings these days.  Wifey and I went out for a night stroll and the ambient light around the city was enough to help capture details of our surroundings.  

The E-M1 still gets the job done.  Sure, only now are we seeing a refresh with the Mark II.  But I applaud Olympus for taking care of their OM-D users.  They've done a solid job keeping OM-D owners happy with numerous firmware updates these past 3 years.  Even with this last update, I couldn't believe the features added to the camera.  And let's be completely honest, there are so many other systems out there these days that refresh constantly, there's not enough time to breathe and a new model will be out.  

San Francisco • Part 1

San Francisco • Part 1

Olympus OM-D E-M1
M. Zuiko 12-40mm

The wife and I hopped in the car at 3am Saturday morning to catch a weekend away in San Francisco.  What a better weekend to take out the E-M1 and the new glass to capture this amazing city. 

Olympus OM-D E-M1
M. Zuiko 12-40mm

We pulled into the Financial District and I took advantage of some street photography.  The Mechanic's Institute was a brief, yet fun stop.  Because it's only open to member's only, security allowed us to take a look at the awesome staircase for no more than 10 minutes.  

Olympus OM-D E-M1
M. Zuiko 12-40mm

Olympus OM-D E-M1
M. Zuiko 60mm

Land's End was on the agenda.  Woke up early for the trail because wifey knows me so well, we needed to dodge that heat sooner than later.  We ended up taking a few extra steps to see Painted Rock then ended up at the Meditation Labyrinth so Donna can get some Om's in. 

Truthfully, it was so calming.  The smile on my face wouldn't wipe off.  That ocean breeze felt so revitalizing, I couldn't get enough.  Took a few snaps with the new 60mm and was so content with the images it produced.  The details are beautiful.

Few more photos to go, ill be editing the rest from out trip posting asap.  Stay tuned...

Face the Sun

Face the Sun

Olympus OM-D E-M5
M. Zuiko 25mm

"Fuck." was this morning's theme.  "Fuck." because of uncertainties.  "Fuck." because where did the time go.  "Fuck." because I face the smile of my wife, the smile that will always be there no matter how hard I fall.  "Fuck." just because.

Olympus OM-D E-M1
M. Zuiko 25mm

So I grind.  Go about my days not taking the job so literal.  It's hard to let go and prioritize what truly should be important.  Whatever.  Force a grin.  Let it go.  I continue to remind myself, the better is out there.  It could be right around the corner, we just need to make sure we're paying attention.

Olympus OM-D E-M1
M. Zuiko 12-40mm

Wake up.  Keep your eyes open.  Stay hungry.  Look forward to the uncertainties.  Face the sun. 
It could be right in front of you.

Wandering • M. Zuiko 60mm

Wandering • M. Zuiko 60mm

Olympus OM-D E-M1
M. Zuiko 60mm

I absolutely have to start with saying, "I love this lens" This is the newest addition to my 3 lens, M43 arsenal, and I can't be even more happier.  It's 120mm reach (35mm equivalent) isn't a common focal length for me, but I just had to jump on the opportunity.  

Wide open at f/2.8, it's obvious this optical beast is sharp from corner to corner.  My normal subjects have a new perspective, giving new life for me in post.  All technicalities aside, this 60mm does what it needs to do.  Not only that, it's fully weather-sealed, allowing more options for those harsh weather conditions.  

I'm going to leave it at this, but expect some new subjects with this lens.  Matter of fact, getting started now.

For Granted

For Granted

Little things in life we take for granted.  Let's not look into the tangibles.  How about we talk about time and how little we have left of it.  Sure, we've heard it.  Time is money.  If we think logically, especially in today's society, it's absolutely correct.  But I thank God everyday that my wife is there to help me see the absolute opposite.  Imagine living life with only time and money on mind?  I guess it works for some, but how incomplete could you possibly feel?  Your lifeless soul slaving for the monetary hustle.  Now if there's direction, purpose, and soulful drive, bring on that moolah.  Shit, why deny it right?

I don't want to get off topic, but there was no damn topic established in the first place, lol.  Honestly, all that rambling was influenced from a little exploration we took today.  A quick 15 minute drive brought us somewhere I never gave 2 shits about for the past 31 years living in San Diego. 

Took a quick stroll, a few snaps and absolutely fell in love with the irony of this frame.  Middle of nowhere and not a single soul in sight.  No sidelines, no players, no officials.  Yet a court blessed with an au naturel surrounding.  I have to say thank you for this San Diego.  

Olympus OM-D E-M1
M. Zuiko 12-40mm