Photography by Jon Adams

Feb 2013

Logan Mystery

I enjoy visiting the Temple Grounds at night. These structures and the lighting involved is inspiring. Sometimes exposure is difficult to set at night due to the extreme contrast and difference in light temperatures between light sources. So take a lot of different brackets and be sure to shoot in raw so you can adjust the white balance to achieve the desired result.

Our Praise Ascends – Bountiful Utah LDS Temple

Our Praise Ascends

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Hell's Backbone Fisheye

I love this little tree. This tree has grown into a very rocky side of a cliff. It’s twisted from the wind and snow that beat on it constantly at this altitude. Let me tell you about this little image. This tree lives up by Hell’s Backbone in Utah, just after the bridge. If you go there, you’ll know the bridge when you cross it. This is such an amazing place to see! The sandstone and pines deep valleys and tall peaks will leave you breathless.

For those of you who are interested, let me tell you about making this image. I only had my Nex-5r and 8mm Rokinon 2.8mm Fisheye lens with me. This wasn’t a photo trip and I didn’t even know if we’d be getting out of the truck. We did to look at the bridge and the cliffs. I walked around a bit and loved this tree. With the 8mm lens you have to get very close. Focus peeking as well as the distance marks on the lens help you quickly focus. I’ve got this blown up to 20x30 and it looks great. Just goes to show you the best camera is the one you have with you.
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Bountiful IR

The Bountiful, Utah LDS temple is a favorite of mine. It’s positioned up on the foothills along the edge of the mountains. You can actually climb the hills just across the street and get some unique images with the whole valley in view. This image though was taken with an infrared converted camera. Not a heat camera but a digital camera modified to see the light that you and I cannot with our natural eyes. In Infrared the blue skies tend to go darker and vegetation reflects a lot of this type of light making it almost glow. Infrared imagery tends to polarize people, either they like it or they don’t. I quite like the surreal dreamy look of infrared Black and White imagery. I have a different IR camera now, I’m looking forward to getting out with it this summer and see what I can’t see.

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Sony Nex-6 & Nex-5r Time-Lapse App

Easy to use interface
Can save out a finished video
Saves out RAW files if desired

Not Awesome:
No way to shoot longer than 990 frames. You have to use an external remote to do high frame time-lapse movies

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Tempus Nex. I have one of these, I use it on my Nex-7

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Sony Nex-6 vs. Sony Nex-7

I received a question through my website from someone wondering about whether they should pick up a Nex-7 for a good price or get the newer Nex-6. Here’s the question

I've been on the fence whether to purchase the Nex-7 or Nex-6. Just seeing what you have been able to do with the 7 makes it that much more appealing. Would you say there is any benefit for me to pick up the 6 instead? I'm hoping to do action/sports and travel photography as well as using the video record features. 

I’ve since had several email conversations with this person. I’m excited to hear what they will do. For this post, I thought we might want to break down the two cameras.

Main Differences
24MP Sensor
Non-Standard Hotshoe
Slower Contrast Style Focusing
Tri-Navi Interface
External Mic plug

16MP Sensor
New ISO Standard Hotshoe
Faster Hybrid Focusing
No Mic Plug
Less External Control Buttons
Higher Maximum ISO
Apps available to extend functionality
Built in WIFI

EVF Viewfinder
Nearly the same size
Currently about the same money (Lots of deals on the Nex-7 right now)
Same Lens Mount
Great AF during video recording.

•So they are pretty similar size and shape. The Nex-7 is just more of a pro style body the way the controls are laid out, having buttons all over you can program to do what you want with.

•Focusing Speed with native e-mount lenses is one area the Nex-6 wins hands down. It’s grabs onto focus much faster than the 7. Although for me the focusing of the 7 is fast enough in most situations. Also if you plan to do much sports shooting, You’ll have to go with bigger A mount lenses anyway and the adapter has a phase detect AF system on board making the focus of both cameras equal. So this wasn’t an issue for my friend. But it might be for you. Shooting playing children with the hex-6 is much easier due to the focus speed of the camera. ‘

•No external mic port can also be a big deal if you plan to do much video. There is no gain control or monitoring, but you can at leas plug in a mic to the 7. Nothing on the 6.

•24 vs 16 Megapixel. I find the Nex-7 holds it’s own in the noise arena due to the higher res. If I scale them down to 16MP from the 24MP a lot of the noise disappears and seems about the same as the 16MP sensor does natively. The Nex-7 sensor really needs great glass to really shine. The best glass you can use helps both cameras. The 24 Megapixel file size is overkill for many many people out there. It does have an advantage in cropping and making large prints. I make a lot of very large prints and that was one of the main reasons I shoot with the Nex-7 today. But for most folks who only occasionally print large either sensor will be just fine.

Apps I am a huge fan of the apps. Finally a way to extend the built in features of a camera without having to buy a new camera. Sony can make money, and we can get new features! Current apps are Time Lapse, Bracket Pro, Cinematic Photo, Multi Frame NR, Photo Retouch, Direct Upload, Smart Remote Control, and Picture Effect. I’m sure more are on the way too. These can be very useful and cool. Nex-6 or Nex-5r are the only Nex cameras currently to support this feature. I’m sure all new ones will have them too.

Wifi is also a very handy feature. It’s more for the traveling photographer with an inkling to share their images via iPhone or Android right now. It’s very enjoyable to get to pull images into your iPad or iPhone and tweak them with something like Nik Software’s SnapSeed. Plus you can instantly share them with your favorite social media. There are wifi SD cards that can give you similar functionality with the Nex-7, but you’re limited to using that card to shoot to if you want to share images. If you were to only buy cards with wifi you’d spend a lot of money.

•Standard hotshoe is nice, but you can get an $8 adapter and your there with the Nex-7. I welcome the change looking forward.

I think my friend is going to go with the Nex-7. Wanting the extra controls, and Higher resolution. Planning to shoot sports with the phase detect A mount adapter anyway. I don’t think you can go wrong with either choice. They are both superb cameras. I’m also holding my breath to see what the next iteration of the Nex-7 will have. As it stands now, by adding WIFI, Hybrid Focusing and a standard hotshoe to the Nex-7 would be a fantastic upgrade. I don’t think they’ll stop there. I think they’re planning some wonderful things for the next Pro version of Nex. Hopefully I’ll be able to snag one of those when they come out.

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Logan Utah Temple – In Every Footstep

In Every Footstep
Logan Utah LDS Temple

I am amazed by the pioneer temples. When I think about the dedication of time and materials it would have taken to build something like this magnificent building, I’m humbled by the relative easiness I live and breath and stay warm. These buildings truly stand as a witness to the faith of those early pioneers and their love for their savior.

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Whisper Peace – Bountiful Utah Temple

Whisper Peace
Bountiful Utah Temple

I feel the peaceful serenity of this day when I enjoy this image. The soft sky floating above, the air outside just slightly warm, a gentle breeze touching the bright green leaves in the trees.
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Eye-Fi to Lightroom – Using a Wireless SD Card

Nex-7 Tethered Shooting
OK, first of all Sony has not included the ability to shoot tethered in the traditional sense with a wire in the new Nex Cameras. As awesome as they are, this is not included. For me, I shoot tethered regularly so this was a bit of a turn off to the system. However, with an Eye-Fi SD card you can shoot tethered without actually being tethered. I prefer this system for all but a very few jobs were the slower wifi image transfer just won’t cut it. For those shoots, I’m still using a Nikon D7000. So Sony, if you’re listening, allow us to tether via the USB port already in the side of the camera.
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Stand in Holy Places - New Image – Logan Utah LDS Temple


Stand in Holy Places

I’m excited to release this image! Finally I’ve finished another image of the Logan Utah LDS Temple. Logan is quite a bit further away for me and I don’t have a lot of business up in that area so I don’t find myself wandering around the grounds there as much as I’d like. I captured this image on a very very cold day. (Seems to be cold every time I’ve been in Logan) I love how simple and clean this image is. The pioneers who sacrifices so much to build this magnificent building are honored by it’s beauty and endurance all these years. Click the image to see it larger in a new window.

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Sony Nex-5n ISO Access

This is a really quick video on how to customize the buttons on your Nex-5n. There is one setting that eluded me for a week or two. It's really easy the way the camera is setup from the factory to change aperture and shutter speed. But the ISO setting was buried deep in the menu structure. I was wishing there was a quick way to get at it. Well, there is. It's in the setup menu call customize buttons. Here's a video.

Walk Uprightly. Oquirrh Mountain LDS Temple Art by Jon Adams

Oquirrh Mountain LDS Temple. Fine Art Photography
Walk Uprightly
Utah, Oquirrh Mountain LDS Temple
Oquirrh Mountain was the 130th operating temple for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This LDS Temple was dedicated in 2009. For more information about the history of this Temple, click this link. ( 

You can see the first golden rays of the evening sun as they begin to fall on the north west side of the temple. Theis angle shows the depth of the building and gives a feeling of the strength with which these buildings are created. The cascading block design that builds on itself in layers as it rises up into the dramatic cloudy skies of the western landscape help to turn our minds heavenward. 

Arise and Shine Forth Oquirrh Mountain Temple Art

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I always love the feeling of publishing a new image to my
gallery. I captured this image in the summer of 2011. I’ve just now been doing some file organization and noticed the potential in this image. Being inspired a little by the LDS Youth theme for 2012 “Arise and shine forth, that thy light may be a standard for the nations” (Doctrine and Covenants 115:5). The Oquirrh Mountain Temple really rises out of it’s surroundings and seems very tall and stalwart. The way the sun is shining so brightly in this image portrays how brightly we can shine when we rise up and be the people God knows we can be.

This particular day was great for shooting largely due to the great clouds soaring overhead. These clouds were moving very quickly. Shooting HDR sets was a challenge even on high speed mode because of so much movement in the sky. This image started in Lightroom 4, where it was tone mapped in Nik HDR FX Pro 2 and then into Photoshop for some dodging and burning.

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