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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.  

Explore • Lake Arrowhead

Explore • Lake Arrowhead

Sony a7rii
Voigtlander 40mm

The wife and I went to visit my brother this weekend after his move last week.  Decided to break out the a7rii after not using it for a couple months to capture some new views.  After juggling settings and getting reacquainted, the first capture reminded me how amazing this camera is.  And paired with the 40mm Voigtlander, setting the lens wide open in low light still produces outstandingly sharp images.  

Sony a7rii
Voigtlander 40mm

The windy road up had plenty of stops for us to admire the landscape.  Sunset was beautiful this weekend, I had to stop and take a quick snap at every opportunity. I had this urge to shoot everything wide open.  The f/1.4 isn't something common I have in my bag lately, so I took advantage of it.  Not too big on lens technicalities, but I've noticed that sharp sweet spot when wide open beyond a 4 foot focal distance.

The tonal range the a7rii produces is insane!  I still can't comprehend how well this camera performs in low light conditions.  It definitely isn't an a7s/a7sii, but honestly, I can live with making adjustments in post, bringing out structure and sharpness of the image.

Sony a7rii
Voigtlander 40mm

We finally made it up after a prolonged 45 minute drive.  The view was gorgeous just after sunset.  The colors were so rich, I couldn't help but stop and admire.