All posts by Jason Odell

Sometimes you gotta have a little fun!

Jumping for joy at Cloud Gate, Chicago, IL.
Jumping for joy at Cloud Gate, Chicago, IL.

While scouting Chicago for next year’s Digital Underground photo tour, we stopped at Millennium Park to visit the ever-popular Cloud Gate sculpture (a.k.a., The Bean). Talk about a place for selfies! Everyone was doing them, so I decided to join in the fun.

I set my Nikon D810 on my Gitzo tripod near the ground, and used my Nikon 16-35mm f/4 AFS G VR lens. I used the self-timer feature to capture this shot. It took a few tries to get a good one.

Have fun out there! I’m heading off to fabulous Las Vegas for a Digital Underground tour this week.

Explore Chicago with the Digital Underground in 2015.

Just Added: Two new Digital Underground tours

Join the Digital Underground as we explore creative urban photography!

I’m pleased to announce the addition of two new Digital Underground instructional photo tours for spring and summer 2015. I will be co-hosting these small group (10 max) tours with Deborah Sandidge. Each day, we’ll cover interesting locations within the city, explore creative techniques, and provide feedback and critique. If you’re looking to get creative with travel photography, these workshops are not to be missed.

Digital Underground: Washington, D.C.

March 30-April 2, 2015
Limited to 10 participants

Join us in Washington, D.C. for the cherry blossoms!
Join us in Washington, D.C. for the cherry blossoms!

Explore the monuments and architecture of the nation’s capitol during cherry blossom season! Washington, D.C. is an incredibly photogenic city, and we’ll be capturing many of the iconic monuments at twilight and at night. Learn More

Digital Underground: Chicago

August 19-22, 2015
Limited to 10 participants

Explore Chicago with the Digital Underground in 2015.
Explore Chicago with the Digital Underground in 2015.

We roll into the Windy City in the summer of 2015 to capture the amazing art and architecture of Chicago. We’ll start with an architectural boat tour along the Chicago River. We’ll also photograph the fireworks display over Navy Pier. No trip to Chicago would be complete without photographing “The Bean” sculpture in Millennium Park.

Early Bird Registration

Register by December 31, 2014 and save $100 on the workshop fee!

Nikon 20mm f/1.8 AFS G: Example Images

The Milky Way stretches over Carhenge in Alliance, Nebraska. You can see the Andromeda galaxy at center right (click to enlarge).
The Milky Way stretches over Carhenge in Alliance, Nebraska. You can see the Andromeda galaxy at center right (click to enlarge).

I spent last  weekend leading a photography workshop to one of my favorite places, Carhenge. We specifically set out to shoot star trails and the Milky Way, and I thought it would be a great test for the new Nikon 20mm f/1.8 AFS G Nikkor lens. Here are some example images. After looking at my files, I’m exceptionally pleased with the performance of this lens. And for less than $800, it’s a great value, in my opinion.

More samples after the jump… Continue reading

Fujifilm 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS Hands-on Review

Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak captured with the Fuji 18-135mm OIS lens.
Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak captured with the Fuji 18-135mm OIS lens.

After spending a lot of time using my Fuji X-T1 body this past spring and summer, I decided to purchase the recently released 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS Fujinon lens. This lens is the first offering from Fujifilm to include weather-sealing, in the form of a gasket around the lens mount. In this post, I’ll attempt to answer the most common questions you might have regarding this lens, especially as it relates to the existing 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS kit lens. Scroll to the bottom for my video review of these two lenses.

Basics

The 18-135mm Fujinon is a solidly constructed zoom lens that is larger and heavier than the 18-55mm. It weighs just over one pound (490g) and is just slightly smaller than the 55-200mm Fujinon. Its focal length range is equivalent to using a 27-206mm lens on a 35mm format camera.  It uses a 67mm front filter thread and includes a petal-shaped bayonet lens hood. The lens is weather-sealed via a rubber gasket on the lens mount. Continue reading

Nikon 20mm f/1.8 AFS G Nikkor: Chromatic Aberration

After yesterday’s post, I got some requests about how well the new Nikon 20mm f/1.8 AFS G Nikkor lens handles chromatic aberration (CA). For the record, when I test a lens, I try not to obsess about lab benchmarks and instead focus on just using the lens. I haven’t been able to go out to use this new lens in a real situation yet, but so far I’ve seen nothing to suggest that this lens isn’t an excellent addition to the Nikkor line.

So, a quick CA test for all the pixel-peepers after the jump. Continue reading