I had the chance about a month ago to sample the new Zeiss 100mm f2 Milvus lens. Bokeh and sharpness were everything I loved about the 100 f2 ZE and the new body style was impressive as well. Mike Reid Photography
I was very eager to test Canon’s 11-24mm at the Sky View Observatory. I wanted to see what 11mm meant as far as pov goes and aside from taking a number of random photos, I also made a timelapse video. I had adapted the lens onto my Sony a7r using a Metabones III adapter which allows for electronic control and eventual AF. I can tell you that the protruding lens shade petals and front element make blocking out internal reflections against the Observatory’s windows challenging. But I think I made a decent go of it. I returned the lens this morning and felt ok about letting it go. For me, 11mm is cool but a rare requirement and my Sony 16-35mm makes me very happy. It certainly weighs a lot less, has OSS and of course doesn’t need a Metabones adapter.
Decided to rent the new Canon 11-24mm lens and adapt it onto my Sony a7r to see what 11mm looks like. This lens has been called the widest full frame optic available. I will call it freakishly wide and sharp corner to corner. It kinda defeats the “small and compact” ideal of the a7r but the results are worth the heft. http://www.mikereidphotography.com
I had heard that Park Butte, the area south of Mount Baker was clear of snow. So I decided to hike in last night and catch both sunset and sunrise. I’m glad I brought my Zpacks 10 degree down sleeping bag and down jacket since it was rather nippy. I also used this trip to test out my new Inreach SE Satellite 2way communicator. All in all a great hike and nice early start to this morning. www.mikereidphotography.com
A tarn near Park Butte just as the sun crested the ridge.
I kept meaning to do this. I’d seen some amazing photos from the area, and many a hike report, but never made it down. So even as tantalizing weather almost kept me in Seattle, I packed up the truck and headed down yesterday. Of course I timed it so I could hit three rush hours in succession; Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia.
I arrived in the evening and set about scouting to see where I would want to be at sunset and sunrise. Many people talk about Harry’s Ridge, and it was tempting but I ventured farther west along the Boundary Trail. Tons of flowers: Lupine, Paintbrush, everything blooming and colorful. So as i took a few shots around sunset, I was planning on where to be at 4:30am. I think things turned out well. Mike Reid Photography
I recently managed the PowerPoint content on a corporate event held in Scottsdale, Arizona. As I usually do, I took a few shots of the set after the show. These were shot with my Sony a7r and Zeiss 16-35mm lens. www.mikereidphotography.com