DxO One Hands On Review

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I have anxiously waited to try out the DxO One since it was first announced.  I always look forward to new and groundbreaking technology and the DxO One looked like it may be just that. The question is whether the DxO meets my expectations and fits your needs as well. Kevin Raber gives a brief overview of the DxO One I think most photographers are aware of DxO and their … [Read more...]

Circular Fisheye Photography

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It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. Henry David Thoreau 1 - Introduction Last year I wrote an essay about the Canon EF 8-15, f1.4 USM fisheye. You can read it on this site at this link: https://luminous-landscape.com/canon-8-15-fisheye-lens/   This previous essay was a first look at the possibilities offered by this lens. I have now worked with this … [Read more...]

Fall Foliage Time

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My last New England fall trip was years ago.  I decided it’s time to head out again. It’s part of my new attitude - Get In The Car And Go. I’ll start a New England road trip on September 27 and work my way to Bar Harbor, Maine. I’ll spend 4 days in Bar Harbor and join the Phase One PODAS workshop being held there as an instructor. PODAS is Phase One’s workshop series held … [Read more...]

Windows or Mirrors

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Some time ago I attended an exhibition at the Hermitage Museum of Lausanne, Switzerland.  Under the enticing title of "Windows", a great number of paintings from artists like Matisse, Rothko and Magritte among others entranced visitors with the symbolic and metaphorical meanings of windows in the arts. In painting after painting, windows appeared in many different ways, … [Read more...]

Silo City Again – Challenging Yourself To See Different

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  I can’t get enough of Silo City.  I made my second visit to this amazing place back in May of this year and previously in June of 2014.  My visits and a full weekend of photography was arranged by Mark Maio and Visual Archeology.  My previous article on Silo City can be found here. The workshop that I have participated in as an instructor takes place in Silo … [Read more...]

Leica S(007) First Impressions Review

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A New S Takes Center Stage Unveiled at Photokina 2014 in September of that year, Leica S(007) availability was announced almost a year later, on August 25, 2015. That's a long gestation period. This is the third generation Leica S, joining the S2 of 2009 and the just plan S of 2012 – now called the S(006) – got it?. Sidebar: I can't say that I'm much of a fan of Leica's … [Read more...]

Sony A7RII Review and Hands On Report

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  Sony's Industry Challenger The Sony A7RII was announced in June and started shipping world-wide in early August, 2015. The product's highlights are likely well known by now, even though shipments have just started. But, at the risk of repetition, here are the main points again... – 35 mm full-frame back-illuminated 42.4-Megapixel CMOS sensor – magnesium alloy … [Read more...]

Zeiss Batis 85mm and Batis 25mm Lens Review for the Sony E Mount Cameras

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Every now and then a camera comes along that gets everyone excited.  This summer it is the Sony A7r II.  There are numerous reasons to be thrilled about this new camera and we will cover these in an upcoming review real soon.  What’s really exciting is the large number of lenses this platform is capable of using.  Sony has a large line of lenses that is continually growing, … [Read more...]