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Zeiss announces the new Batis 18mm f/2.8 lens for the Sony E-Mount!

I posted a First Look and sample photo gallery of images taken with the newly announced Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 over on my blog. Let me know what you think!

Today, Zeiss introduced the brand new Batis 18mm f/2.8 ultra-wide angle prime lens for Sony's E-Mount system. Here are some of my sample photos with it.
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Following the path
Ruckel Creek is one of my favorite places to visit when I need to get away from it all and clear my head. It's a beautiful area with a series of waterfalls, both small and large, and if you visit during the week, the chances are strong that you'll be the only person there.

What about you? What is your secret recipe to clear your head?

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Revisiting Thor's Well

It has been a minute since my last time posting here and that's something I'm looking forward to rectifying. To kick things off, I'd like to share this photo I took a few weekends ago at Thor's Well. Getting an ideal photo of this sinkhole requires that you arrive just as the tide is coming in. It also requires a lot of caution because gigantic rogue waves can jump up and at you without any notice.

On this particular trip, I lucked out by having a nice sky with just the right amount of clouds for the sunset colors to play off of.

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Photo Tip: Looking to the Abstracts
Crystal Cave, Iceland

I was editing some photos from my first trip to ‪Iceland‬ earlier this morning and came up with my latest Photo Tip. Lots more photos and details in the linked blog post.

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Bring forth the rain!

Just one of many photographic representations of why I love the autumn and winter seasons of the Pacific Northwest so much.

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Very beautiful colors of nature and waterfalls. Waterfalls are especially beautiful after the rain because a large supply of water and the water is so powerful and magnificent.
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Photo Tip: Dust off forgotten photos
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As it currently stands, my Lightroom catalog has about 185,000 photos and videos stored within it. Of those records, I’m certain that I’ve spent any meaningful amount of time on, maybe, 1% of them. 1%! And the crime is not that I don’t have time to budget for them, but rather it’s because I simply forget. I’ve tried pinning the tail on the donkey and choosing a random folder from a prior year but I almost always lose focus. Recently, I tried something new. I have a smart catalog in Lightroom that houses every single photo that I’ve shared online. It’s a pretty simple workflow – shared photos get four stars. The smart collection automatically populates any photos that have a four star rating. See? Simple.

So it stands to reason that if I had worked on and shared a photo that I liked, there could be others from that same shoot that I’d like but simply lost track of over time. That’s where this simple, buy likely overlooked, Lightroom contextual menu item has proven itself immensely useful. When I go to my four star smart collection, I’ll find a photo that jumps at me. It doesn’t matter what it is or when I took, I’ll just scan the collection. When I find something I like, I right click on it and select the menu item, “Go to Folder in Library.” This brings me directly to the folder containing all the photos from that shoot, photos that had gone forgotten until now.

This is how I stumbled upon the two photos in this post. They were taken during a trip to Australia in April 2014. Up until earlier today, I had totally forgotten about them but once I was ushered back to this folder, I saw all of these photos that excited me! I got to working on a few and that’s when I realized the photo tip for today’s post. The more you shoot, the easier it is to forget about what you’ve already shot. You never know what diamonds can be found in the rough. Just remember to go looking for them.

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Light in the presence of a storm

The weather in Cuba was moderate when I visited earlier this year but we certainly had our share of storms pass through. I learned to appreciate the temperamental nature of these weather systems because they almost always led to some truly outrageous light conditions. On this particular afternoon, I was lucky to find myself on Simón Bolívar in Havana with a canopy of trees serving as a natural frame. The sun busted through the clouds and lit up the main tower of Iglesia Del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus. Within seconds, that light was gone and the rain returned. So it goes.

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When in Havana

I had a wonderful opportunity to visit Cuba for three weeks in January and got to experience the country's vibrant culture. While in Havana, I made it a point to turn into as many side streets as possible, moving away from the busier and touristed main avenues. That's where you'll find the true essence of your surroundings, anyway. It was such a pleasure to interact with the locals through our broken Spanish/English/hand gesture language. I was lucky to grab a photo of this young man just as he was about to take a pull off of his cigar, a commodity that Cuba is very well known for.

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Proceed with caution

I'll admit that getting to this particular vantage point near Seal Cove in Boardman State Park in Oregon tested my nerves a bit. It required scrambling down a small hill made of loose dirt which then led to a sheer drop onto a rocky shore with crashing waves. Fortunately, my hiking boots had some serious grip and the rock claw feet on my tripod found secure placement. The rest, as they say, was up to me. :)

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Return of the Water
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

After mannnnnny months of near-bone dry conditions along these creeks, the Pacific Northwest has had a steady streak of rainstorms and colder weather. While this may sound miserable to some people, it is music to my ears because it means that the water will begin flowing again.

A few days ago, I visited one of my favorite spots along the CRG and was thrilled to see the water flowing in full effect. I took this 8-panel series of photos with my Sony a7R II and stitched them together to form this pano. Enjoy!
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New photo tip!

I just posted a new photo tip on my blog (with additional photos) that showcases the benefits of juxtaposing a monotone scene with some bold, vibrant colors.
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Bring back the rain

Today is slated to be the last hot day of the season. Fingers crossed. Once the temps drop and the rain returns, you'll find me at the waterfalls dotting Oregon and Washington.

This is a seven image pano of Panther Creek Falls taken with the original a7 and stitched together with LR6.
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My name is Brian and I am a professional photographer and published author based in Portland, OR. I specialize in landscape & travel photography and have spent the better part of a decade educating and inspiring photographers all around the world with my tutorials, videos, and stories.

I am a Sony Artisans of Imagery, a Zeiss Lens Ambassador and a member of G-Technology's G-Team. I also contribute regularly to a variety of photography publications, both online and in print. You can see a sampling of them in the Features section below.

Admittedly, I have [not-so] tiny obsessions with long-exposure photography, ND filters and fisheye lenses. My passion is helping others help themselves with their pursuits of photography.

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