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Our 9 month old son keeps me very busy; the vast majority of my photos are taken while pushing him around or commuting to work. But this weekend the stars aligned for a rare, totally free hour by myself in beautiful Jackson Park, near the Museum of Science & Industry on Chicago's south side. Here are some photos (with 12-40 and my new used 60mm 2.8).
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The wife and I have been in Galveston for the past three weeks on vacation. I picked up the new GX85 just a few days before we left. Since we drove I was able to pack a couple of bags of camera gear. This wasn't (just) a photographic trip - mostly a sit at the beach/bar/beach/coffee shop/beach/bar... type of trip, but a month is a long time to not have a choice of camera gear to play with...
My walk about bag was the Tenba Cooper 8 - just the right size for the GX85 with either the Panny 7-14/f4 or the 12-35/f2.8 mounted with the 35-100/f2.8 in the next compartment. I slipped the Panny 20/1.7 under the rain shield, along with 4 extra batteries and some cleaning cloth. I also brought the GX7 as a backup along with the 100-300 to play with in another bag.
The most notable new features of the GX85 are the stabilization along with the DFD focusing shared with the GX8 (and others) - there are other things that's notable about the GX85 but those two have stood out in my usage. So without further ado, here are some shots from our trip:
To start with, the 7-14 f/4 is a wonderfully small, sharp lens - focuses fast and is a blast to shoot with. One of the places where having an ultra wide mounted was most advantageous was at the Bishop's Palace - a late 19th century magnificent home you can tour for a few dollars.
ISO performance of the GX85 seems better than the GX7 or the E-M5 - this is at ISO 3200
So how well does the new IBIS work? Well, here's a 1/2s hand held shot.....
My wife and I decided to take advantage of my cousin's visit to AZ and took her on a weekend tour of a small portion of Northern AZ. Thanks to the immense patience of and constructive input from both ladies, I was able to come away with quite a few pictures that I was very happy with. Here's a selection.
We woke up super early in the morning to try and get to the Grand Canyon from Flagstaff before the sun rose. We did make it in time for my cousin to see nothing but darkness at the rim. When the sky started brightening and she could see just how vast a vista she was staring at, she couldn't contain her astonishment:
Grand Canyon Sunrise
From there, we visited a bunch of spots for her to take it all in. After getting some food in us, and a little rest, we headed out to the Desertview watchtower. I knew the nearly full moon was going to be rising that day and wanted to take advantage of the opportunity. I found a dead tree that seemed to be pointing at the watchtower and the rising moon (upper right corner), so I had to quickly set up and take a shot:
Desertview Watchtower with Rising Moon
Then, as I was watching the beautiful light and evening unfold, I noticed another dead tree, standing this time, that seemed to frame the watchtower and the moon perfectly:
Desertview Watchtower and Moon
The ladies were getting tired, so we headed back to warm and get some more food in us. Once done, I had an idea to get some star trails using the nearly full moon to light up the canyon. Taken over 90 minutes from around 11pm to around half past midnight, the stars seemingly rotated around the North Star while the nearly full moon lit the...
There´s two events like this in sweden(summer and winter), when they collect some smaller sports and they all (around 50) have the swedish championship in the same city every year, this year I was there for two days and here´s some of my photos.
What's that? A National Park in Ohio? Yes indeedy. Worldwide residents can hardly expect to know about us, but you Americans should get to know our park. It's the 11th most visited in the entire National Park system. It covers a large green space along the length of the once flammable Cuyahoga River. It's now a flourishing ecosystem, thanks to the hard work of locals, and the National Park Service. Just 20 minutes from my home near the heart of Cleveland, lies a space that feels like you've stepped into a piece of genuine old school midwest wilderness. Here are a few sights, from one short morning hike in my favorite place in Ohio.
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