Urban Landscape + Lifestyle Photography

Site Index

Here is an index of posts on my atmtx photography blog. Over the last year or so I’ve posted over 220 entries which discuss my views on photography, things that I’ve learned and real world equipment reviews and observations. The blog posts here tend to be medium to long form text entries with photographs.

For a look at my photography, please visit my mostlyfotos site where I usually post a new photo every day. There, photos take front and center — less text and larger photos.

Reviews and Equipment


Comparisons
Olympus E-PM2 vs. Canon 7D, guess which won?
Olympus E-PL5 vs. Olympus E-PM2, a surprise
The Panasonic ZR1 ties the Olympus E-P3
And the winner is… Panasonic
Did the Sony RX100 just trump the Nikon J1 and J2?
Taking risks, the Fujifilm X100 vs. Canon EOS M
The Canon EOS M, how does it stack up?
The Lumix DMC-LX7, surprisingly interesting
Which mirrorless camera should I get?
Fujifilm X10 vs Canon S100
Olympus OM-D vs Sony NEX-7

Canon
A fantastic video review of the EOS M
Canon EOS M, first impressions
Canon quantifies creativity with the EOS M
Canon 7D, When Large Cameras are an Advantage

Olympus
Olympus XZ-1 as travel companion
The freedom of a zoom with the Olympus XZ-1
Capturing Dan Winters with my Olympus XZ-1
The Olympus XZ-1 joins the collection
The Olympus E-PM2 arrives early, looks promising
An Olympus E-P5 might be real after all
In limbo between the Olympus OM-D and E-PL5
The Olympus E-P4, what I’m hoping for
Olympus E-PL1: The best price to quality ratio
Olympus OM-D the good and not so good
A treasure trove of lenses, Micro 4/3 has arrived
Shooting the Olympus E-P3 in a sea of Leicas
Olympus E-P3, First Impressions
The system trumps the individual
The Olympus OM-D, micro 4/3 grows up
The Two Olympus Pens in action
My New Two Camera Olympus Pen Setup
A contrast in Flora with the Olympus 45mm f1.8
Olympus 45mm f1.8 Lens Test at the Driskill
The Olympus E-PL1 Review
Dia de los Muertos with the Olympus E-PL1
Using a Lens Baby Composer on an Olympus E-PL1

Sony NEX
The Sony NEX-5 Auto HDR workaround
Why I’m not buying the Sony NEX-7 – Revisited
Why I’m not buying the Sony NEX-7
The Sony NEX-5n Review: The Improvements
The Sony NEX-5 Review and the new NEX-5n
Capturing Disney’s Aladdin with the Sony NEX-5
Street Photography with the Sony NEX-5
Sony NEX-5 High ISO Performance
The Perfect Small Camera Bag for the Sony NEX-5
Sony NEX-5: A New Angle on Photography

Panasonic
Panasonic Leica 25mm f1.4, a first look
The Panasonic ZR1 arrives, my first tests
And the winner is… Panasonic

Nikon
Nikon Coolpix A: My first look
Deal of the Day: 66% off Nikon V1
Nikon J1 price drop, is it worth it now?
Maybe I’ll get a Nikon

Fujifilm
Resisting the X100S, Zack Arias hype
Is the X-Trans sensor holding back the Fuji X100s?
Zack Arias, Fujifilm and memories of India
Fujifilm’s curious dichotomy
Did Fuji blow it with the X-Pro 1, X-E1 to the rescue?

Other Equipment
Four cameras on my watch list
Sony RX100, 3 issues away from my ideal compact
Print Quality of the Epson Artisan 810 Printer
The Perfect Small Camera Bag for the Sony NEX-5
Sony DSC-TX5 Review

Software
Topaz B&W Effects Review – B&W Made Easy

Services
AdoramaPix Photo Book Quality Review
Snapfish Photo Book Quality Review
Round 2: Precision Camera’s Print Quality
Printing Photographs: Costco vs. Bay Photo

Photo Essays


2013 Chinese New Year Celebration in Austin
Moving beyond portraits at the Texas Photo Festival
Harley as Art
Eeyore’s, The Last Remnant of Hippie Austin
An alternate view of the Chinese New Year
2012 Chinese New Year Celebration in Austin
A Visit to Seaholm, a Majestic Downtown Power Plant
Photo Memories of the Holly Street Power Plant

Everyday Photos


The new American, a photo comparison
Making the best of a silly mistake, 2 years in a row
Taco Cabana blue hour and capturing memories
Not your father’s school carnival food
A boring but worthwhile Halloween in the burbs
Bright Lights on a Rainy Night
Blue Clouds over Loop 360

Observations


HDR
Seeing beyond the church at Mission San Jose
A view from the Hotel Valencia
The Driskill Bar, a cozy, holiday filled corner
ROT Rally bikes sparkle with wild HDR
The Paramount, enhanced with subtle HDR
Strobist + HDR: Ultimate Buzzword Compliant Portrait
Going beyond the ordinary with HDR Portraits
The Extremes of Photography, from Tintypes to HDR
HDR is a Process, Not a Specific Look
3 Glorious HDRs of Sleeping Beauty Castle
The Rich Details of New Orleans Square in HDR
Two Views of the Waikiki Skyline
Dramatic Views from the Pali Lookout
Making the Best of a Rainy Hawaiian Night
The Grandeur of the Royal Hawaiian
Waikiki Hotels Early in the Morning
Golden Gate Bridge – HDR vs. Long Exposure

Portraits
Back to strobist portraits with Hannah
Fashion Week Portraits, Adore Salon
Fashion Week Portraits, Mantis Salon
Fashion Week Portraits, The Salon at the Domain
An Impromptu Photo Shoot with Laura
Celesta Harvey, Miss Rodeo Texas 2010
A Small Town Photo Festival in Smithville, Texas

Photowalks
SXSW Photowalk: A black and white exploration
SXSW Photowalk: Google Glass spotted
SXSW Photowalk: 6th and Congress sparkles
2012 Driskill Hotel Christmas Tree
Attending Drink and Click, a festive photowalk
A bit of magic at Milton and South Congress
More Abstract Agaves of SoCo
It’s all about the clouds
Blue Hour and Warm Lights on the Drag
1937 Cadillac Fleetwood
A Monochrome Tour of The University of Texas
Rodeo Austin — tradition, variety and visual richness
Three Christmas Trees for the Holiday Season
The Olympus E-PL1 captures a simple carnival
A different kind of model shoot, wide with wild color
Hot Reds and Blue Neon at the Lucky Lounge
Color, Reflections and Drinks at the Soho Lounge
Finding Artistry in a Rare Austin Snow
The Driskill Christmas Tree, One Year Apart
Friday Night Lights Hawaiian Style
A Photo Excursion to the San Antonio Missions
San Antonio Airfest – The B-52 Bomber
A Glorious Waikiki Beach Sunset
A Yankee’s View of Texas
Following Kirk Tuck to San Antonio
Finding Patterns and Geometry in Downtown Austin

Techniques
Imposing limitations will improve your photography
Sometimes white balance can make all the difference
Image post-processing, a necessity or cheating?
A Magical Black and White from the Ordinary
Color vs. Black and White, a Change in Emphasis
Creating Fanciful Shapes with Long Exposures
La Jolla Beach Sunset, Where to Set the Horizon
When to Create Silhouettes Instead of HDRs
Emphasizing Texture with Black and White
Brightening Your Subject to Direct the Eye
Overcoming the Fear of Photo Rejection

Lessons Learned
Sometimes it pays to look out the window
Looking both ways on Waikiki Beach

Stories
An evening trapped in bland Albuquerque architecture
The challenge of seeing something new
Even the Nuts are Different
Why Austin is Cool – Big Circle Tx

Photo Showcase
Abstract Agaves of SoCo
Downtown Austin Architectural Abstracts
Summer, a Boy and a Diving Board
Texas State Capitol Dome Detail Comparison
Austin, Texas – US Flag and Skyscrapers
Austin, Texas – Congress Avenue Bridge

Events
SXSW Japan Nite: Wacky and full of variety
SXSW Japan Nite: Kaori’s etherial petals
Japan Preview Show: Experiencing Kao=S again
Promotions Galore at SXSW Interactive
The ISIS Purple Ferrari
Fast Cars, Simulators and Women
Flo Rida and the other Alex Suarez
Austin Fashion Week, The Driskill Fashion Show
Austin Fashion Week, behind the scenes
An Austin SMUG event with Gary Gumanow
Perfect timing at last year’s AZIZ rooftop show
A fashion show at the AZIZ Salon grand opening
The Delighted AZIZ Model at Fashion Week
2012 ROT Rally Parade
Kao=S at SXSW Japan Nite, Original and Spectacular
Images from SXSW Interactive 2012
Photograph the world from your neighborhood
Dia de los Muertos with the Olympus E-PL1
Austin Fashion Week 2010

Travel


Capturing the Lines and Curves on the SFO AirTrain
Zen Simplicity and Detailing in Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg: The U.S. history theme park
The Olympus E-PM2 and the 4 city East Coast tour
Agra by car, a big part of the fun
Loving the train station bustle in Agra, India
What to do on a 11 hour layover in NYC
7,000 and counting – Shooting in Japan
The train to Agra, India – comfort, beauty and poverty
San Francisco, Geometric and in Black and White
Street shooting in Karol Bagh market, Delhi, India
New Delhi, India: tired, excited and ready to shoot
Around the world in 11 days
Quite possibly a trip of a lifetime

How To


Managing my exponentially growing photo library
From fashion to football, embrace the limitations
How to protect your photos against a catastrophe
Taking great photos with point and shoots
Simplifying SmugMug, some recent CSS tweaks

Philosophy and Pontifications


The most important photos you will ever take
Missing Flickr and losing track of friends
Paying for my photograph with a hamburger
Amateurs and hobbyists, don’t sell yourself short
I’m a Professional because I use a tripod
As I shift to Mirrorless, why do I keep my DSLR?
Happy Holidays, See you next year
Sick of crappy black and white street photographs?
When a gadget elevates into a tool
Why DSLRs Suck
Competitive Street Photography
(Re)touching lives through photos
Proof: creativity not determined by price
Observational Photography
A trip to the supermarket can be exotic
Coffee with Kirk and Frank, Life’s Good.
New Year’s Photo Resolutions
Photograph the world from your neighborhood
Everything is a Photo Opportunity
A Year of Blogging, What I have learned
Practice and the Zen of Urban Photography
Why Photography is Like Bowling

Industry Trends


Precision Camera Transforms
How technology has shifted from 4 years ago
It’s going to happen to the Movie Industry too
Convenience trumps quality
In a shrinking world, DSLRs are an anachronism
How Canon and Nikon protect their DSLR turf
The RX1 and A99, Is Sony getting its mojo back?
Is it too late for Canon?
Canon losing the buzz, why I’m not interested
Nikon Creates a Tablet (Nikon 1) but is it an iPad?
Is the DSLR’s Domination Coming to an End?
In Search of an EVIL Camera

News /Announcements


Happy 2nd Birthday, mostlyfotos
My guide to mirrorless cameras
Introducing my Sony NEX Resource Page
A big thanks to Marilyn
Introducing my new Olympus Resource Page
Introducing my portfolio, the best of atmtx
Has it been 2 years already?
On blog design and some tweaks
Happy Birthday, mostlyfotos
Freshly Pressed, high volume and other observations
A Site Index to this Blog
Introducing mostlyfotos My New Photo Blog
Happy New Year, A Quick 2010 Retrospective
Next Steps

Photo Quiz


Photo Quiz: Beach Sunset, Hawaii or California?
Photo Quiz: What City Just hosted a Large Music Conference?
Photo Quiz: It’s Known as the Pink Palace, What Hotel is this?
Photo Quiz: Where is this? Name the city?