Saturday, March 31, 2018

One Ninety-Five

One Ninety-Five (San Rafael) - Marin County  2018

One Ninety-Five (San Rafael) - Marin County  2014

Two photos taken four years apart.

Top photo taken with the Olympus E-M1II / 25mm lens combo (see yesterday's post).

Bottom photo taken with a (low-end) Olympus E-PL5 / 12-50mm lens combo.

No perceptible image quality differences between the two, to be honest.

Friday, March 30, 2018

San Rafael Rain - 2

Stop Sign (San Rafael) - Marin County  2018

Self Portrait, Stop Sign (San Rafael) - Marin County  2018

Walking to Starbucks in the rain.

The camera, an Olympus E-M1II, is weather-sealed, but the lens, an Olympus 25mm, is not. So, camera and lens are tucked under the parka when walking. Also used, a rubber lens hood, which has come in handy before.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

San Rafael Rain - 1

Front St (San Rafael) - Marin County  2018

Christina (San Rafael) - Marin County  2018

Dropping off the Tundra with Kenso at Japan Auto and doing the old walk-to-Starbucks routine.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Loma Alta

Fence, Loma Alta - Marin County  2018

Cows, Self-Portrait (Loma Alta) - Marin County  2018

From Mike's most recent hike up to the top, in January of this year. Nice and mild on the way up, but once the top was reached, wind that cut right through his outerwear garb.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Winter Scenes - "High Resolution"

Blackberries, Winter Branches - Marin County  2018

Bay Tree - Marin County  2018

So . . . my newest camera is an Olympus digital "mirrorless" camera, the E-M1II, which has a high resolution ("high res") mode. One sets it up on a tripod, adjusts some arcane settings, pushes a button and then it does its thing.

Its "thing" is the production of a large digital file, the subject of a (very detailed) post by Wrotniak.  So here are two examples, but alas, since the photos have been downsized for the blog, we won't be able to see any differences between these photos and regular ones. Yes, I had to use a tripod.

To quote Wrotniak: "While it can (and should) be enjoyed as a piece of engineering art, its practical significance for 99% of photographers (and I mean advanced amateurs and professionals here) is negligible." We'll see. I'm wondering about larger-sized prints.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Monday Coots 'n Crows Blogging

Coots - Marin County  2017

Crows - Marin County  2017

Top photo taken using a Canon G5X. Wetland area near the Corte Madera Nordstrom's.

Bottom: Olympus E-M1 II with a Panasonic 12-60mm zoom lens in downtown San Rafael.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Loma Alta Trail - Trees

Oak, Fog - Marin County  2018

Madrone - Marin County  2018

Trees near the start of the trail going up Loma Alta.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Richmond Bridge

Richmond Bridge - Marin County  2018

Richmond Bridge from Loma Alta - Marin County  2018

Top photo taken with an Olympus E-M1II and a Panasonic 12-60mm zoom lens. At the scenic outlook.

Bottom one taken during a hike up Loma Alta in Marin. I used an Olympus E-M10 and an Olympus 75-300mm zoom lens.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Sacramento Murals

Mural #1 - Sacramento  2018

Mural #2 -  Sacramento  2018

Murals seen in Sacramento while on a Diners' Club brunch excursion. Overcast, chilly.

I used a small Canon G5X.

Mural #3 - Sacramento  2018

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Cosumnes Reflections

Clouds, Reflections (Cosumnes) - Sacramento County  2018

Tree Trunks, Reflections (Cosumnes) - Sacramento County  2018

I used an Olympus E-M1II camera with a Panasonic 12-60mm zoom lens.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Sacramento Valley Winter - 2

New Growth (Cosumnes) - Sacramento County  2018

Egret, Marsh (Cosumnes) - Sacramento County  2018

Taken while standing on a somewhat bouncy wooden bridge overlooking the marsh.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Sacramento Valley Winter - 1

Branches - Sacramento Valley  2018

Winter Leaves - Sacramento Valley  2018

Walking around the Cosumnes River Preserve in January. Very little rain this past winter. And now it's Spring.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Monday Northern Shoveler and White-Fronted Geese Blogging

Northern Shoveler (Cosumnes) - Sacramento County  2018

White-Fronted Geese (Cosumnes) - Sacramento County  2018

Two neat bird species seen during a trip that Hali and I took to Cosumnes River Preserve just south of Sacramento. Needless to say, no bird IDs until I got home, got out the bird book and pulled up the photos on the computer.

I used an Olympus E-M10 with an Olympus 75-300mm zoom lens.

Below, a bonus photo of two sandhill cranes that were circling overhead. I need to practice my BIF techniques, I think. (Birds In Flight.)

Sandhill Cranes (Cosumnes) - Sacramento County  2018

Sunday, March 18, 2018

San Francisco Neighborhood

Swing Set - San Francisco  2017

Plymouth and Montana - San Francisco  2017

Nolan, Hali and Mike visited the playground while Hanna had her Japanese lesson.

Jumping - San Francisco  2017

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Crissy Field

Building, Palm Trees (Crissy Field) - San Francisco  2017

White Shingles (Crissy Field) - San Francisco  2017

A former U.S. Army airfield. Very bright December day.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Tables and Chairs

Blue Table (Civic Center) - Marin County  2017

Red Table, Chairs - San Francisco  2017

The Marin County Civic Center and the Ferry Building. Earlier photo taken at the Ferry Building: Red Chairs.

Also, as an extra, some red outdoor furniture also seen in December, in Berkeley:

Red Chairs - Berkeley  2017

Thursday, March 15, 2018

San Francisco Sightems - 2

Belden - San Francisco  2017

Delivery - San Francisco  2017

Taking the Olympus E-M1II along with a Panasonic 12-60mm zoom lens for a trial run.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

San Francisco Sightems - 1

Fire Escape - San Francisco  2017

Cartier - San Francisco  2017

Perspective correction in Photoshop, as demonstrated in a 2014 photo of a church in Jackson.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Fort Point

Cannon, Bridge (Fort Point) - San Francisco  2017

Fort Point, Bridge - San Francisco  2017

Two vertical pano shots using the iPhone. Strangely empty, for a weekend anyway.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Monday Cat and Dog Blogging

Cat - San Francisco  2017

Dogs - San Francisco  2017

Cat seen on Panorama Drive in San Francisco.

Dogs being walked near Fort Point in San Francisco, Alcatraz in the background to the left.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

San Francisco Views

Selfie,  Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco  2017

Bay, Skyline - San Francisco  2017

. . . from Crissy Field last December.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

First Bumper Sticker

Cory Booker Bumper Sticker - Marin County  2018

You saw it here first. Web site.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Sausalito Flowers

Chinese Bells - Sausalito  2017

Lantana - Sausalito  2018

Very nice light when overcast. Top photo taken with a Canon G5X, the bottom one with a - much larger - Olympus E-M1II.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Sausalito Agaves

Agave - Sausalito  2017

Agave, Olive Branches - Sausalito  2018

Top photo taken with an Olympus E-M10 and a Panasonic 12-60mm zoom lens.

Bottom one taken with an Olympus E-M1II and an Olympus 14-150mm zoom lens.

Seriously, I was never able to get these kind of images with any of my 20th century film cameras.