HDR image


Today, due to the digital technology, there is much more things we can do which we had to give up during film era.

Strong back light such as evening sky was the typical example.

  – This is… not good at all….

Even today, if you shoot that kind of landscape, Camera tries to average the exposure and that makes the image look boring.

That was how, we all gave up that kind of image old days… but today, HDR can save it.

   – If you adjust the exposure at  sky… again, this is not good at all…

Today, lots of cameras come with HDR mode which capture multiple images with different exposure instantly, then you merge those images by using graphic software.


In this case, I used Adobe Photoshop.

  1. Open Adobe Bridge
  2. select images you would like to merge.
  3. Go Tools – Photoshop – Merge to HDR Pro…


Then, do adjustment as you want.

Too see what happens, move one at the time and remember the number before you change.


Of course, you can do the final adjustment by using adjustment layers of Photoshop.

This is just amazing…. we were never be able to get this kind of image during the film era unless you use half ND filter or something…

For this image. I used Olympus E-M10+45mmF1.8.

E-M10 has mode to merge HDR in camera, but I found it works better this way by using photoshop.

When you use HDR mode, your camera will shoot multiple image very quick and you will be surprised if it was your first time.

It would be more stable to use tripods for it, but I did not use tripods on this image.




Using bigger filter with step-up ring to share lens cap with other lenses.


Another lens which I purchased while I was in Japan was OLYMPUS M. ZUIKO 45mm F1.8.

Now, I got 15mm, 25mm and 45mm. As I was using 28mm, 50mm and 100mm for film, those are the perfect combination.

Talk about 45mm, I noticed it works quite well when you shoot motor vehicles.



Old days, we used to use 85mm or 100mm for shooting cars or motorcycles. Although they had good perspective, the depth of the focal was the big problem.

To get the detail of the body surface, you should not shoot during day time. Always best time is… cloudy or evening….

Also, to take whole vehicle reasonably clear, we had to use smaller aperture and that always required slow shutter speed.


This meant, we always needed tripods to take reasonable photos.

But, thanks for Micro-Four-Thirds… you don’t have to worry about depth of the focal and also due to the OLYMPUS’s strong image stabilizer, it is so easy to shoot without tripods.


Royal Enfield… believe it or not… it is 1995 model!

Although this lens is reasonably priced, I would say the image quality is as good as Panasonic Leica 25mm F1.4.

Only problem was… the filter diameter was 37mm which is smaller than 25mm and 15mm.
This meant when I swap lenses, it was quite annoying that I could not share the lens cap.I always had to look for the lens cap only for this lens.

So, I used step-up ring to use 46mm filter and now, I can share the lens cap with other 2 lenses.

Well… it looks a bit ugly… but it is more practical…



Leica Summilux DG 25mmF1.4…Winter in Vancouver


Leica Summilux DG 25mmF1.4

Vancouver winter is wet and dark… at least it is not the best season for tourists.

So, it is a good time to see around more detail in this town.


Today, Vancouver looks more likely to be Hong Kong or something… but still keeping some old tradition.


This old town is still quite rough… but at the same time, you can see new fancy shops.


With Panasonic Leica DG 25mmF1.4, it is good idea to do BW as well.



The center of the old town “Gas Town”… still quite a few tourist there. During the summer, those trees will cover up everything and you can see more detail in this season.



Those are all taken by Leica Summilux DG 25mmF1.4.

This lens is equivalent to 50mm standard lens for full-size format.
Today, taking photos is so easy. Due to the digital, you can re-shoot and check… and that is the way, you can take better photos easier.

At the same time, I felt it was boring…

That was one of the reason I started using single lens like this.

Seems like it works quite well and I am enjoying.

None of photos above has good lighting condition… but thank you for F1.4… I did not need tripods at all.

This lens is for Panasonic… but in that case, you are not able to use image-stabilizer unless you have GX7 or GX8.

But if you use OLYMPUS, body mounted image-stabilizer works quite good and that is the way, this lens does better job.

Due to the Cheap Japanese Yen, it is a good chance to purchase it if you are Micro Four-Thirs owner.


Panasonic Leica Summilux 25mm F1.4


From Left hand, Panasonic 35-100mmF2.8, OLYMPUS E-M10+Leica 25mm F1.4, Leica 15mm F1.7, OLYMPUS 45mm F1.8 and Panasonic 12-35mm F2.8

It has been for a while since last update.

While I was in Japan, I totally update my camera system.
Last year, I purchased Panasonic 12-35mm and 35-100mm zoom lenses which are considered as top grade lenses.

In fact, they does great job… but at the same time, those are really “normal”.


OLYMPUS E-M10+Leica 25mm F1.4

When I looked back my old photos with Leica Digilux 3, I realized how good they are although they are not as sharp as modern lenses.

So, that is the reason that I started thinking about Panasonic-Leica lenses.

25mm is the standard lens which is equivalent to 50mm on full-size.

At first, I bought 15mm and 45mm which are equivalent to 30mm and 90mm. Although I thought those  were enough… but soon I started wanting 25mm due to my past experience.


OLYMPUS E-M10+ Leica 25mm F1.4

Old days, people first bought 50mm standard lens with SLR and took everything with it. I experienced it and then, I got 28mm and 100mm.

So, I found that my body still remember the old school…
Since I gave up film in 2005, I never had chance to use single lenses and I thought zoom lenses were good enough. But, now I found it is not as hard as I was thinking and I just enjoy those simple lenses.


OLYMPUS E-M10+Leica 25mm F1.4

Another reason that I can enjoy single lenses is because it is Micro Four-Thirds system.
Swapping lenses outside has been a quite risky thing for digital SLRs.
Today, most of cameras have anti-dust system with them… but not many are so good and still it is better not to swap lenses outside.

But Micro Four-Thirds system always have the best anti-dust system and that is why we can swap lenses so easily.
Also they produce lots of attractive lenses from OLYMPUS, Panasonic and other third-parties.


To enjoy single lenses, Micro Four-Thirds systems are strongly recommended.

If you think of buying Leica lens from Germany, they will costs you several thousands dollars each… but Panasonic-Leica 25mm is only $500!

Another good news is… due to the cheap Yen, those are not as expensive as how they used to be.



Trip to the USA 5 San Francisco – Reno

San Francisco to Reno

As I get further from San Francisco, the air gets warmer and warmer.

The wind is not as strong as last time when I came to San Francisco and had quite comfortable ride until I got to the toll gate.

San Francisco is charging me when I came and also when I leave… such a rip-off… Funny thing was… here, the toll gate was automatic. When I think the traffic jam when I came, I don’t understand why they are using different system…

Old-SacramentoOld Sacramento

After an hour ride, I got to State Capital, Sacramento. I have passed by so many times, but it was really my first time to stop by.

This is more likely to be political city and the main tourist attraction is the old town “Old Sacramento”.

This area is between Sacramento river and Highway. Due to the poor location, it was left from the development.

It is quite well-preserved old 19 century style.

_1170875$7 for buffet style was quite good…

I had some lunch here and had to harry for Sierra Nevada Range which was the hardest part for early pioneers to come to California.

View of Sierra Nevada Range
Panorama of Sierra Nevada Range

Actually, this part was the main event for me on this trip.

After Sacramento, I could see the change of the plantation. There is more green…
But tell the truth, I did not feel like I am climbing high mountains. I just thought “Well…now there are more trees, more windy road,…” but I really did not feel like I was on mountain although signs are showing the altitude.

But, this kind of landscape is just keep going on… it means I am in a huge mountain range…

At least it is better to pass before the sunset.

It was looking quite misty and it was looking mysterious too. Later on, I heard it was because of fire….

Total distance was 350km…it is long enough even on normal highway,  but it is including Sierra Nevada Range… but partly because of mild weather, It was not bad at all!

Reno, Nevada

Reno is known as Casino city,,, but today, there are casinos everywhere and it seems to be really quiet here today.

At the same time, lots of people from California are moving here for cheaper property…

Autumn in Vancouver BC 2014


Autumn in Vancouver is the time to start having rain.

We have a lot of rainy days… but this means we have amazing
time after the rain.

This area is a kind of high class in Vancouver.
We had rain earlier of the day and now the sun is coming out.

Big trees and big old houses… it is one of the most beautiful
place in autumn here.

The day is getting shorter day after day…
The dramatic clouds and clear air create dramatic lighting in
this time of the year.

Panasonic GX1 PZ14-42mm