Musikfest 2019

If you’ve never been to Musikfest, you’re missing out on a wonderful time. For ten days straight, you get free live music, great food, excellent entertainment, and did I mention it’s free? 

This year, I was trying to making up for the lack of photos I took last year. So I went EVERY_SINGLE_DAY except for Thursday (August 8th).
2019 is most likely one of my favorite years, and I discovered an awesome new group, Crimson Apple – an all-girl, all sister band from Hawaii. They have high energy, excellent musicality, and a good sound, check them out on Spotify.
I was fortunate enough to cover Earth, Wind, and Fire, Incubus, Chainsmokers, March 4th Marching Band, and many other bands! 

Here are some band and fireworks selects from 2019.

Yub Nub

Every month I create a card that goes with the Patch Panel’s Patch of the Month Club patch. And every month, I keep trying new things. 

This Month’s “Yub Nub” card I’m super proud of and love it! It’s my favorite card to date. 

Of course, I recorded myself doing the composite:

What image is best? Does your camera matter?

Stemming from a video that I saw the other day: 

Does the camera your using matter? 


I outwardly say “the right tool for the job.” The brand doesn’t matter.

1. Is it the right tool for what you’re capturing?

2. What are your, or your client’s, requirements for output?

3. Does it match your budget?

4. What kind of shooting conditions will you be encountering? 

For what I do photography-wise, Olympus hits the mark 99.9% of the time. Anything more than that, I have to rent. 

Facebook Poll - Results:

I recently decided to put a facebook poll up to see what people preferred without knowing the camera. 

Votes: 3.5 votes for photo one & 5.5 votes for photo two. 

Now, the reason why one person voted for both was that the person enjoyed photo one more, but photo two was technically sharper and better from a technical perspective.


Note: Only editing done is some white balance and exposure to get the output closer to the same, and some cropping to make sure the composition is the same. 

Photo #1 was shot with the Canon 5D Mark II and 50mm F1.4 @ 1.4, ISO200, 1/3200

Photo #2 (winner) was shot with the Olympus E-M1 Mark II and 45mm F1.2 @ 1.2, ISO200, 1/2000


I’ve heard it said ”No one makes a bad camera anymore. You’re just a bad photographer,” and I don’t disagree. You can have the most expensive piece of gear in the world, but still, take terrible photos. So let’s not focus on the equipment so much, and focus on taking pictures. …but I mean, Olympus did win this one ;) haha.  

What are your thoughts?

Notes: Before I get some comments, I thoroughly understand the focal length of the lenses differ, and the 50mm F1.4 lens is somewhat soft at F1.4, but I was shooting wide open for both. And full disclosure, if you don’t know who I am, I’m an Olympus Employee. 

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