Recently, I am back to film cameras. Last time I held a Pentax LX was about 15 years ago. I missed the metal body, lightweight, and compact design. Even today’s standard, the most compact DSLR from Pentax (K-50D) still way thicker, heavier, and bulkier. Not just Pentax! In fact, all camera manufacture when they entering the Digital World, they basically throw away the compact/lightweight philosophy out of the window. Simply put, all the digital components are there to add additional weight on top of the existing SLR structure. No matter how much cost down or replacement into light plastic parts, additional weight is additional weight period! If you ever put film camera with digital side by side, you will realize even most compact digital camera can not beat the glory days of film cameras.
Sony A7 + Leica Summicron-R 50mm f2
Mid-March, annual cherry blossom season had arrived. It’s not a surprise that Seattle’s hippest spot for it is right in the University of Washington. It will involve with hours of traffic, finding the impossible “parking spot”, and you will guaranteed bump into at least one person you know in your life that will be there. That! Is the annual thing to do for seattleite.
I got an invited on Friday night, been told that bunch of people are going to the University of Washington around 5AM to avoid the traffic, the people, crazy kids and dogs, parking issues, and you can photograph low-light! Obviously, this isn’t the first time I’ve ever done low-light photography, but since I advanced to Sony A7, I was afraid that I just don’t have a proper wide angle lens to do such task. End result, I had to use an APS-C lens (Pentax DA 21mm Limited) to do the job. Images were cropped nearly about 1/3 off from original image and they were still suffering from the corner smearing. Sadly, I wish I have had a better setup.
Obviously, I am not really an early riser. I dragged on my sleepy head with a zombie body to the scene before I knew who is there, my friend Andrew shouted out my name. That’s what 5AM would do to you! Funny enough! I arrived late, so technically it was around 6AM. These dedicated photographers were already here since 5AM.
Spring! Freshness in the air! Aside from my stupid allergy, I enjoy the spring as long as it’s not raining. Yep! Seattle rains too much! It’s good to have an early spring this year. Hopefully I can take much more serious cherry blossom photos from University of Washington quad before the cold rain destroy them.
I’ve probably been to countless baby shower events. I absolutely stunning by the decorations and food preparation. The countless efforts to congrats the couple with their upcoming new member in the family. I am, as a good friend to the couple, not just a single bachelor, I often became the dedicate photographer since I am carrying around “bigger than compact” cameras. Nonetheless, the joy is in the air!