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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Fall Colors Bokeh – Zeiss 85mm Otus Wide Open on Sony A7R2

I am crazy about back lit maple leaves.  Actually any fall colors leaves.  I heard that back in the middle ages, churches told bible stories to parishioners using stained glass.  They would walk into the church agape at the lights and colors.  Its how I feel amongst the leaves, looking up.

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Natural Light Senior Portraits: My Niece Lauren

Its that time of the year for Senior Portraits and my niece asked me to take a few photos.  These are handheld, natural light shots using the Sony A7R2 and Zeiss 85mm Otus which is manual focus.  I think they turned out pretty well especially since I rarely do this kind of thing.  #portraits #classof2016 #seniorpictures #seniors

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Zeiss Lens Sponsorship – A Dream of Mine

So for many years I dreamed about being contacted by Zeiss, the maker of the finest German lenses on the planet, about my photography.  That email finally arrived about a month ago.  They asked me to take some photos using a new line of prototype lenses.  They had found me on Flickr and appreciated many of my bokeh shots using their 100/2 lens.  I provided several images and they were happy with them.  This led to them offering me any lens on the Zeiss lineup in exchange for images for their blog and advertising.  I was in a state of total bliss.  I requested the Otus 85mm and Zeiss 135mm f2.  They should arrive next week.

Photography Class – Thin Depth of Field or Bokeh Photography

My class focus this fall is bokeh or thin depth of field photography.  I will teach you in a 3 hour class how to best achieve subject isolation and background blur or bokeh.  We will explore lens selection, light, focus techniques and post processing to best achieve the soft bokeh look.  Please contact me at mike@mikereidphotography.com for details.bokeh photography classbokeh photography class

Roses, a Bit Early This Year – Woodland Park Zoo Rose Garden

I guess its no surprise that this year the roses are a bit early.  I drove by one of my favorite gardens and they were going strong already.  So back I went with my favorite flower lens…Zeiss 50mm f/1.4. #woodlandparkzoo http://www.mikereidphotography.com

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Beauty in Small Corners – Columbine Montage

I have a few favorite gardens in which I like to wander and see what is to be seen.  Sometimes the beauty appears in small corners of a particular garden.  This was the case recently.  My Zeiss 50mm lens captured this scene in my favorite thin depth of field style.  A few Columbines with more behind.  DSC04291http://www.mikereidphotography.com