Mirrorless Photo Cameras revisited, PART 2


One month and counting since beginning with my Mirrorless System. Basically I’m surprised at the camera’s ability to capture street scenes if left to it’s own device. It boosts the ISO up and catches the moment – fast.

But, for nature, I’m still figuring it out. The detail is incredible and as I’m still using the kit lenses I should be pleased. Here’s what I have so far…

Barbers Orchard: Sony a6000 w/ 16-50mm variable Kit lens, 3:38 PM f/11, 1/80 sec. matrix metering, hand held

Given that this is hand held, not a great idea if doing serious stuff, I think it is pretty amazing.

Bee on Daisey: Sony a6000 w/Adapter and Nikon 300mm Lens, f/4.5, 1/640 sec. spot metering.

This next one is a close study but I am using a very excellent pro lens with an adapter. So, I’m working on that kind of set up, but I think this is pretty sharp.

Meat Platter: Sony a6000 w 16-50mm varible kit lens, f/16, 1/160 sec, Aperture Priority Center weighted metering, 0EV

This next one is a product shot, hand held, and I’m OK with it…

And the final one in this…

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Travel photography – what works now…


Freiberg, Germany H. Cropped ©You can’t see it; but, a little tear is  creeping out of my eye…  The tear is because I know how correct this piece is and my new heavy, long lens is by now, on it’s way from the store.      What have I done?        Have I forgotten the time my zoomer fell apart in the middle of a Germany Ski Vacation and I used my little 24mm lens for the rest or the trip — some of my most memorable images.  This piece from Rohn Engh’s PhotoLetter is spot on – slamming us right back to reality. Read on, and weep with me or cheer up that travel can become fun again…

Snap Out of It

As social media changes the way we experience vacation photos, there’s no better time to improve the shots themselves. Lesson one: Focus on the details



Diane Cook & Len Jenshel

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Why are we drawn to some images and not others?


Why are we drawn to some images and not others?bob mug outlined copy

Bob Grytten image Bob Grytten image

My long time friend and marketing guru, Rohn Engh publishes some great newsletters. His recent PhotoDaily newsletter, also includes reprints of other hard hitting articles. When I read the Jay Sousa piece I knew we would have to send it on to our Lens Luggers. We have his permission; so, “Thanks again Rohn!” How close this article comes to the elements of our Field Photography programs, details attached.

But, it also provides a guide to use in reviewing our own images. Set you best or favorite in a group then look at them from these three factors – also the factors that PSA uses in judging images.

Technical – Exposure, focus etc

Composition – Design Elements,

Emotion or feeling – this one is hard to describe but once you see it there, you will immediately recognize it…

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Workshop with Peter Warren, September 2018. Pinus ‘Beuvronensis’.

Sally's Bridge Bonsai

This pine (Pinus sylvestris ‘Beuvronensis’) has been in my possession for about 8 years. In that time, I’ve made some mistakes with it, but it’s a strong tree and always forgave me. It was once a triple trunk. One of my first mistakes was a learning experience about how far you can or can’t bend thick branches. Gradually a trunk and primary branch structure has emerged and it was decided to refine this. One of the main issues, not clearly visible in the pictures is that the tree leans back quite far. This led to a useful discussion into the subtleties of how far forward a tree can lean forward. The tree should not recede nor should it feel aggressively in your face. The next re-pot will be to a more appropriate angle and into a smaller pot. Some of the foliage pads are well developed, while some require more…

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