August 23, 2010  |  Video  |  No Comments

Shot with my Canon 5D Mark II and Sigma 20mm f/1.8 lens – 400+ shots @ 20mm f/2.0 ISO3200 30s

I can honestly not believe the amount of views this video got because for me it was a huge disappointment.  I drove out to Anza-Borrega Desert State Park with a pretty specific vision in my head.  I wanted to capture as many meterors as I could and create a time lapse of them.  The sky was going to be dark and ABD SP was listed as one of the top spots to watch the shower so on the peak of the Perseids, I headed out and maneuvered my Civic past 4 miles of sand to get to Font’s point.  Immediately, I realized this wasn’t the ideal place to be.  To the east, I saw a low looming layer of smog or pollution rolling in and city lights in the distance.  It was going to be a challenge but as I began to shoot my timelapse and chimp on the rear LCD, I realized I had a much bigger problem–air traffic.  The amount of planes were ridiculous; at times there would be 4-5 in the sky at once. :fu:  At this point I was tempted to turn around, hike back down to the car and go home until I got the call from my friend, Joe, who was planning to meet me up at Font’s Point.  His truck was stuck only a couple hundred yards from the entrance.

At this point it was already completely dark and my fear of getting stuck in sand 4 miles from the road were definitely creeping in so I kept shooting with my camera hoping to at least piece something together.  This is what I came up with.  The only saving grace is that I was able to witness some of the shower with my own eyes, even if I didn’t capture many on camera and I did make it out of the sand alright.  Heres for hoping the Leonids in November are better! :nocry:



August 22, 2010  |  Family  |  No Comments

On Thursday I took the plunge and decided to order the 35L with overnight shipping (thanks Amazon Prime). Unfortunately I overslept on Friday and ended up driving to the UPS sorting facility in Anaheim to pick the lens up at 8PM which was perfect because today was my sister's birthday and I got a chance to take it out for some real world samples using one of the hardest subjects to photograph, kids! We went to the supermarket where I was able to snap some shots of my niece, Adeline having a blast. More pictures after the break!

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August 21, 2010  |  Camera Equipments  |  No Comments

It’s been a long time but I’ve finally reacquired the Canon 35mm f/1.4L.  I can’t even remember my reasoning for selling it; the 20mm was one of my most used lenses on 1.6x crop which has an effective focal length at 32mm. Logically, this would mean that when I upgraded to full frame the 35L should have been one of my most used lenses but I ended up selling it and never replacing it for whatever reason. Fortunately I found one on Amazon Warehouse deals for $1290 and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to “cheaply” repurchase this lens.  I put cheaply in quotes because the price on this lens went from ~1200 to ~1400 since I sold it. Unfortunately when the lens arrived it was missing some accessories but Amazon is making up for it! :gj:

Based on the condition in which the Canon EF 35mm Lens arrived, we’d like to offer you a refund of 20% of the purchase price of this item, of $256. 20, if you are interested in keeping it. If this is acceptable, please let us know.

So overall I am pretty excited to get this back in my hands.  I’ve heard a lot of bad stories about buying open box stuff on Amazon Warehouse deals but so far everything seems fine.   I’m going to test the lens for a couple days to make sure the person who returned it didn’t have a good reason and then I’ll probably take Amazon up on their refund offer.   :x:

First Post!

August 21, 2010  |  Website  |  No Comments

Hey guys!  This is my first post on this site.  I am very excited.  Honestly, an update to this site has been long overdue.  It is insane to see the technologies in use with web design now.  I’m seeing all these terms being thrown around and I have no idea what they are or how to use them.  Overwhelmed, I decided to just give in and go with something premade so I switched from movable type to Word Press 3.0 and purchased the BigFeature theme to go along with it.  So far I am really impressed with how far along things have gone.  Hacks and customizations that I painstakingly and crudely pieced together for my old site are now standard features or easily installed widgets!

Anyway, I am excited for where this is going and to be blogging again. :pft: