California Coast With Fuji GFX50s

We needed some time out of town and Cannon Beach didn’t seem far enough away so we headed to Big Sur and Carmel, California.  I was really looking forward to getting some time with the Fuji GFX50s medium format camera and various lenses along the coast for some hopefully dramatic shots.  To quote Fstoppers:

The best camera isn’t the one with you, it’s your best camera, so make sure that’s the one with you.

So that’s why my A7R2 is in the closet at the moment and I can’t seem to be separated from my GFX50s…

Lens lineup for this trip was as  follows:
Fuji GF 23mm (18mm in 35mm terms)
Contax Zeiss 100-300mm
Contax Zeiss 50mm f1.4
Canon 16-35mm f4

Also brought a fistfull of ND and polarizer filters for the lenses and my Gitzo 0540 tripod.  And my Kipon AF adapter to make the non-native lenses play nice.

In retrospect, I used the 50mm and the 23mm the most.  I really like the rendering and colors of these lenses, and their compact size.  I could have done without the Canon 16-35/4 and might eventually replace it with the Fuji GF 32-64 lens.

Now to some photos from the trip:

Purple Echium Blooms Along the Beach in Carmel - Zeiss 50/1.4 on Fuji GFX50s

Purple Echium Blooms Along the Beach in Carmel – Zeiss 50/1.4 on Fuji GFX50s

The Lone Cyprus Along the 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach - GF 23mm lens on Fuji GFX50s

The Lone Cyprus Along the 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach – GF 23mm lens on Fuji GFX50s

Bixby Bridge and Highway 1 in Big Sur California - Zeiss 100-300mm on Fuji GFX50s

Bixby Bridge and Highway 1 in Big Sur California – Zeiss 100-300mm on Fuji GFX50s

Big Sur Wave Motion At Point Lobos - Zeiss 100-300mm on Fuji GFX50s

Big Sur Wave Motion At Point Lobos – Zeiss 100-300mm on Fuji GFX50s

Surf Drama and Wildflowers at Point Lobos - Fuji GF23mm on Fuji GFX50s

Surf Drama and Wildflowers at Point Lobos – Fuji GF23mm on Fuji GFX50s

Black and White Cyprus Grove at Point Lobos - Fuji GF23mm on Fuji GFX50s

Black and White Cyprus Grove at Point Lobos – Fuji GF23mm on Fuji GFX50s

Garrapata Coastal Dusk Scene - Fuji GF23mm on Fuji GFX50s

Garrapata Coastal Dusk Scene – Fuji GF23mm on Fuji GFX50s

Calla Lily Soft Light Bokeh - Zeiss 50mm 1.4 on Fuji GFX50s

Calla Lily Soft Light Bokeh – Zeiss 50mm 1.4 on Fuji GFX50s

Flowers Montage Soft Light Bokeh - Zeiss 50mm 1.4 on Fuji GFX50s

Flowers Montage Soft Light Bokeh – Zeiss 50mm 1.4 on Fuji GFX50s

Lupine Season – Rainier’s Naches Peak Loop Trail

I love this trail. Its short and sweet, does a nice loop back to the parking lot and has tons of wildflowers and mountain scenery.   The lupine is strong now, especially up by the tarn on the south side of the loop. Lupine is also filling in around the Tipsoo lakes as well. Lots of hikers today of all sorts, everyone enjoying the weather and the flowers. Car-camped and then headed over to Paradise for morning flower shots.Mount Rainier Naches Loop WildflowersMount Rainier Naches Loop WildflowersMount Rainier Naches Loop Wildflowers and RainierMount Adams AlpenglowMount Rainier Naches Loop Wildflowers

Mount St. Helens Loowit Trail Wildflowers

Decided to visit the Loowit trail again and hike a bit farther in search of some blazing Paintbrush color. We were’t disappointed. We got to the trailhead at about 6pm just as the UW and WSU research vans were pulling through the normally closed gate. We started hiking and prepared to come out by headlamp if necessary. Basically the farther you get into this trail, the more flowers. Wonderous sights and scents, happy hummingbirds and trail dust greeted us. We got about as far as we wanted to go, turned around and started backtracking and taking photos. Got back to the car about 10pm and drove back to Seattle where i began placating my irritated cat.Loowit Trail Mount St. Helens Wildflowers

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Woodland Park Zoo Rose Garden – Soft Rose Bokeh

May/June is Rose time for me.  Warmer, longer evenings allow serene walks through some of my favorite local gardens.  The Rose Garden in the Woodland Park Zoo is one of my special places. I’m slowly learning the varieties of roses and hybrids. Aside from that, its a thin depth of field floral bokeh paradise.  I walk around smelling the blooms and looking for combinations of foreground flowers and interesting backgrounds.  My favorite lens for this used to be my Canon 85mm f/1.2;  Now its my Zeiss 85mm Otus 1.4.  In these gardens I find peace and creative outlet.  Woodland Park Zoo Rose Garden  More of my floral works:  Mike Reid Photography

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Canon 11-24mm Another Opinion

Pros: Does 11mm. Substantial for the cost. Sharp. Does a nice job of making Nikon 14-24 shooters defensive.
Cons:
Canon colors. Has no soul. Superwide is a thrill for only so long.

This is an amazing piece of engineering. Everyone raves about it and calls it a game changer. I rented it twice and then bought. I’ve tried to like it, honestly. Its super sharp, substantially built. Does a nice job of making Nikon 14-24 shooters defensive. But it has no soul. The images don’t make the hairs go up on my back. Zeiss is my home.
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Canon 11-24mm at Dalles Ranch

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Canon 11-24mm Tulip Fields in Skagit, Washington

I rented the Canon 11-24mm lens to try it out on my Sony A7R2 up in the Skagit Valley tulip fields.  The ultra wide angle lens seemed like a great fit amongst the rows of flowers.  I adapted the lens onto my Sony using a Metabones III adapter and everything worked great.  Colors were typically Canon and flare was at a minimum. #svtulipfest #roozengaarde #canon

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Canon 11-24mm lens on Sony A7r2

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Skagit Mud

Mud was definitely on the menu today in the Skagit Valley as a massive rain squall moved across the landscape.  Knowing that given a few hours later, things could be sunny again, I decided to hang out and wait for nice dusk light.  These were handheld Zeiss 85mm Otus shots. #visitskagit #laconnerdaffodils #RoozenGaarde #laconner #tulips #king5springDSC02761DSC02762DSC02764DSC02772

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