Category: photography

Arizona/Colorado Drive

Went down to Arizona for my birthday and made a drive up to Colorado with my mom and Sara to see my little brother. There are some really beautiful areas of northern Arizona and Colorado, and I was able to test out a new lens I picked up.

I used to have a 10-20mm lens on my crop Pentax DSLR from Sigma that I really liked, and mostly kept at the wide focal length. I decided I should pick up one for my new Sony A7RII, and went with the Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar 15mm f/4.5 M Mount Aspherical III Lens. They sent me the E Mount, and I decided to just keep it, since that auto magnification when focusing feature is nice. Missing out on close focus, but I probably won’t need it.

Southern Colorado
Southern Colorado
Panorama of Southern Colorado
Panorama of Southern Colorado

 

Smokey Sunsets

Minneapolis (probably all of Minnesota) has been been experiencing very different sunsets as a result of the wildfires in Canada. It is incredible that wildfires as far away as Canada can affect the sunsets here. People have still been getting out and exercising, but to a lesser extent.

Sara and I walked down to Lake of the Isles to see this incredible orange ball fading into the smoke. The sun didn’t set on the horizon, but instead faded behind the smoke way before the horizon.

New Camera (Sony A7RII)

Found a great deal on a used Sony A7RII and decided it was finally time. The camera is phenomenal, and much better than I expected in handling my Voigtlander lenses. The color shift on my Nex-7 was insane, especially on overcast days or in the snow. This doesn’t seem to have the issue, or or at least not to the extent of the Nex-7.

Taking it out for a spin this week, so hopefully I will have some more photos to post. This was just around the apartment while I was getting everything set up. There are a lot of options for custom shooting modes and navigation/buttons, so there will be a break in process until I find what workflow is best for me.

I also finally got the fenders on my Raleigh Competition (pictured below from my old Nex-7). It was a process. The frame wasn’t even meant for 700x25c tires, and the fenders weren’t meant for the 1.5″ wide tires so I stretched out the fenders a bit. Cut some bolts down as well because the clearance couldn’t take it.

Raleigh Competition RacingUSA with 555sl tubing.
  • VO Fenders
  • VO Constructeur Front Rack
  • Acorn Bag/Tool Roll
  • XS Timbuk2 Snoop Camera Insert inside Acorn Bag
  • VO 650B Wheels Build Locally (Bike didn’t have clearance for 700×25 tires, so stepped it down)
  • Paul Skewers
  • 2x King Cages
  • 1.5″ Gravel Kings

Loving it.

Mount Lemmon, Tucson, Arizona #1

This was taken on my trip down to Arizona this winter. My family and I drove up and watched the climate change over just a few miles. The saguaro disappeared and were replaced by long grasses, and eventually pine trees.

Minneapolis to Duluth

This was taken on a bicycle trip Sara and I took from Minneapolis to Duluth (and back) over the course of five days starting August 19th. We saw some great sites, got some great photos, and most importantly saw a giant rubber duck.