Sunday, July 13, 2014

Keihei Sunset

Keihei Sunset
Three weeks before Serena's birthday someone at my work wanted to rent out their one week time share in Maui. 

As luck would have it the first day of the rental was on her birthday so I jumped at the opportunity to take her. I have been to Maui a couple of times before and this would be Serena's first.

Just behind the timeshare was this small beach to which we were treated to this beautiful sunset. This capture is from the town of Keihei looking towards Lahaina and the western portion of Maui. If you look closely you can just see the windmills going up the edge of the landmass jutting out, these are on the Pali trail.

Here's a better view of the windmills. I took this photograph from the aircraft window as we approached the airport in Kahului.

 Thanks for stopping by!
Pali Trail

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Cabin Fever

Rock Creek near Bishop, CA
"They both listened silently to the water, which to them was not just water, but the voice of life, the voice of Being, the voice of perpetual Becoming."
~Hermann Hesse, Siddartha

Well it's fully summer here in Las Vegas. Next weeks highs from Tuesday through Friday are expected to be 110-111F or 43.33-43.88C. I am having cabin fever as I want so badly to get out and take photographs. With the heat like this all it really makes me want to do is stay in the air conditioning. Soon though the monsoon season will be upon us, thunder and lightning storms, lots of beautiful light, great sunrises and sunsets. Nothing will keep me in the house then!

As for coming trips I hope to get to a favorite place soon and see if I can catch some lupine flowers in a beautiful field. My timing will have to be right, they should be in full bloom within the next week. Also planning a trip to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, the Eastern Sierras and Zion for fall colors. Then hopefully will be in Yosemite for a good snowfall and to meet up with some friends of ours. I am continually trying to get to the Wave but have had no luck so far on the lottery. I plan to go to White Pockets in December to at least photograph there. I have three or four other places I would like to shoot at but it all depends on the weather.

Thanks for looking and come back soon!

Rock Creek near Bishop, CA

Monday, June 9, 2014

Sensor Cleaning Part II




A nice metal tin holder inside of the box
How it comes in the mail


What's inside the tin
What's inside the mail pouch




As promised I wanted to give you a review on the eyelead Sensor Cleaning Kit. First, I must warn you that you can cause damage to your sensor if you scratch it. Clean your sensor at your own risk. I assume no responsibility, this is for informational purposes only. I might add cleaning your own sensor will probably void your warranty.

I found out about this cleaning kit from my local camera store and ordered it in March of this year at the price of $54.98 USD including shipping.


 Inside the metal tin:

           Special sensor dust-sticking-bar
           Viscous cleaning paper to clean the dust sticking bar (10 pcs)
            Incl. aluminum storage and transport box (tin)
            Instruction sheet

This kit is intended for dry cleaning of the low pass filter or sensor ( if no filter) of your DSLR. The sticky bar is used to pick up dust particles and oil pollution located on your sensor. I found this to be an effective and quick way to clean the sensor of my Nikon D-800. It's an effective and quick way but I would not use nor depend on it to clean the entire sensor. Even the instructions suggest just to clean the dirt spots instead of the whole sensor.


The instruction sheet is quite thorough and I believe this product will last through quite a few sensor cleanings, that's to be determined. One word of caution I might add is while using the dust sticking bar DO NOT hold it on your sensor for more than 5 seconds. Even for 3-4 seconds and I didn't think the sticky bar was going to come back off of my sensor. Talk about getting your heart rate up...


Wet clean your sensor for those really tuff dust and oil spots. I still recommend Visible Dust products. See my blog post from April 2013. Of the Visible Dust products I specifically recommend the Sensor Clean fluid and the Vswab MXD-100 are what I use to clean our Nikon's. Visible Dust products are a bit pricey but cheaper than taking it to your local camera store or shipping it off to Nikon, not to mention the wait time. Speaking of which as you remember my Nikon D-800 had problems with oil spots on the sensor caused by the mirror mechanism splattering oil on it. Well at 9,645 shutter actuations it is still splattering oil. I counted eight oil spots from our recent trip in April to Maui. Because of these great products I've cleaned the sensor and am ready for the next trip.


I hope this helps someone out there. If you have any questions please contact me, I'd be glad to help.

Intertwined

Banyan tree at the Hui House

My wife Serena, and I visited the Hui House while vacationing in Maui. The Hui House is a visual arts center with many beautiful pieces to view. They are all housed in a gorgeous mansion built in 1917 with quite a bit of history attached. The mansion sits on 25 acres of the most beautiful grounds. I could not resist taking a photograph of this wonderful Banyan tree on the lower half of the property. Art lessons are also held in a nearby building. A great place to spend the afternoon if you just happen to be visiting Maui. This photograph was taken with the Nikon D-800 and the Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 lens set at 14mm just in case you were wondering. Even at 14mm I still could not get the whole tree in. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Thinking

"The Tree"




I fell in love with this tree. It's on the trail to Mirror Lake in Yosemite National Park. It's an easy 2.4 mile round trip hike from the trailhead to Mirror Lake itself. When Serena and I showed up there were several photographers working the area and even  someone with an easel painting the tree and I could see why. I would have sat in this spot all day listening to the rushing water and all the birds singing overhead. Some places are pretty special to just sit and think and soak in nature and this was one of them. Photography gives me a chance to not only share with you what I see but also I hope to convey what it felt like to be there in person. It also gives me the chance to do some hiking which I love and of course follow my passion of photography.
Our planet has some beautiful places to enjoy, I hope that you are taking some time to go out in nature with your family or friends or maybe even just your dog. Go out and try to relax, let your worries and stress from the weeks work escape your mind. Enjoy what nature has to offer!


"Alone"



This photograph was taken on the coast of California between the city of Carmel and the famous golf course Pebble Beach. Another place I could imagine myself sitting and contemplating life and all it has to offer. To me just being in nature with camera in hand is quite fulfilling, I don't need much else. I enjoy leading a simple life.
Thanks for visiting, I hope you enjoyed these photos and I also hope to see you again soon!