Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge, scenic Roanoke valley makes its home to 97,716 as one of the top 100 places to live in the country. Conveniently located amid an abundance of outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, running, swimming, skiing, fishing, paddling and camping, the growing region Read more →
Nothing kicks-off the spring season like an afternoon jaunt around the mile-and-a-half Roaring Run loop trail with the family. Located in the rugged climbs of Eagle Rock, Virginia, the entire area provides a wealth of natural beauty and opportunity for landscape and waterfall photography. Read more →
Every real estate listing agent and mortgage broker needs a good local photographer they can work with and trust with their client’s needs. Taking on a few real estate projects can be an excellent way for a new photographer to get established in the local market, build a portfolio and start adding to the revenue stream in a practical way. Read more →
One of the biggest challenges for those who enjoy making landscape and architectural photographs is to locate and acquire the ideal wide-angle lens for the job. While no amount of gear is a replacement for experience and skill, we invariably learn as we go that certain projects will call for a solution beyond our existing means. Fortunately for photo-kind, powerful in-roads for testing and using specialized gear have surfaced to level the playing field, allowing photographers of all stripes full-access to the best tools and equipment available.
Leica 18mm f/3.8 Super-Elmar M
If the idea of shedding pounds from your bag in exchange for a ton of quality resolution is appealing, the Leica 18mm f/3.8 Super-Elmar M aspherical wide-angle prime is in a league of it’s own, especially when attached to the Sony Alpha A7R full-frame mirrorless body.
“The Leica 18mm f/3.8 Super-Elmar-M is a relatively compact lens that features one aspherical element, offering high resolving power with wonderful image quality. While the f/3.8 aperture doesn’t allow for extreme low-light shooting, it does provide simple focusing due to its large depth of field. Despite being an 18mm, it has very little optical distortion, making it a great option for architectural and landscape photography. The retrofocus design allows for great corner sharpness at all apertures, as well as a limited amount of color shift. It does have Leica’s 6-bit coding that allows the M9 to correct for vignetting.
Please Note: To best make use of this lens, we suggest the use of an external viewfinder to aid in composing.”
Built in 1902 after the High Victorian Gothic style, St. Andrew’s is a local icon here in Southwest Virginia. Prominently located atop a small rise overlooking downtown Roanoke City, visiting friends & family like to refer to the cathedral as the ‘Disneyland Castle’. This image was made in early spring as the Dogwoods were in full-bloom.
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