Philadelphia, P.A. – Photos of Eastern State Penitentiary – America’s Most Historic and Haunted Prison

img_1303-2Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Known for its grand architecture and strict discipline, this was the world’s first true “penitentiary,” a prison designed to inspire penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of prisoners. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America’s most notorious criminals, including bank robber “Slick Willie” Sutton and Al Capone. I took a bunch of photos with my Canon 80D and Sony a6000. I took 5 lenses with me, thats all that could fit in my small camera bag. This was place spooky and cold. I got some good shots, but I would’ve loved to take video. They didn’t want anybody taking videos at all, that was a bummer. We spent about 3 hours there. There is an audio self guided tour you can take for $14. The story of the prison even crazier than the photos. If you want something to do any day during the week come check out Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. They are open from 10am – 5pm everyday. I really enjoyed my time here.


If you would like to visit Eastern State Penitentiary go to

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CAMERAS: Canon 80D and Sony a6000


LENSES: Canon 50mm, 10-22mm, 70-300mm & 24mm


Adapter: Commlite EF to E mount converter

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New York City – American Museum of Natural History

img_1303-2We took a trip to the American Museum of Natural History in NYC, I took many photos. A good day to go is Sunday. Saturday is very packed and everybody is irritable and hot. Try carrying some water and a map of the museum, it helps. Some of the exhibits cost more money so bring some extra funds. I really enjoyed my time here. I’ve been here many times as a kid, but as an adult there is a greater appreciation of everything shown here.

Below is my equipment list. Play some music and enjoy the photos. Peace!!!

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CAMERAS: Canon 80D and Sony a6000

LENSES: Canon 50mm, 10-22mm, 70-300mm & 24mm

Adapter: Commlite EF to E mount converter

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Sony A6000 Settings for Adapted Lenses


Check out this quick video tutorial of how to set up your Sony A6000 camera settings to work with adapted lenses. So you’ve got a Sony A6000 camera, you’ve got a vintage lens, you’ve even got the right adapter, you’ve got everything you need to shoot your masterpiece right…well almost. You still need to set your camera settings to work with these old adapted lenses. In this quick video we’ll look at how to set your camera to work without a lens, turn on manual focus assist, set the focus magnification time, set your focus peaking level and color, and assign the focus magnification to a custom button. that will have you using your adapted gear in no time:)

Written Instructions:
Power on A6000 . Press Menu Button . Gear Icon

Setting 1:
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Page #3
Release w/o Lens

Setting 2:
Gear icon
Page #1
MF Assist

Setting 3:
Gear icon
Page #1
Focus Magnif. Time
No Limit

Setting 4:
Gear icon
Page #2
Peaking Level

Setting 5:
Gear icon
Page #2
Peaking Color

Setting 6:
Gear icon
Page #6
Custom Key Settings
Custom Button 1
Focus Magnifier

Adapting vintage lenses can be an excellent way to acquire quality glass at a bargain price.

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Commlite Auto-Focus Mount Adapter EF-NEX for Canon EF to Sony NEX Mount

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img_1303-2This is the Commlite mount adapter, it allows you to put Canon lenses on Sony cameras and use the auto focus feature. I love it, I used it yesterday and it worked so well. The auto focus is not as fast as I would like it to be, but for the price its not that bad. I tested a few lenses on it. The Sony camera I use is the Sony a6000, a great mirrorless camera. I particularly like the Canon 50mm lens with the a6000, they work well together. For photos this works great, but for film and video it is not a great combination. If you are OK with using manual focus then you can get excellent results. I have seen some more expensive converters on amazon about 3 times the price of this one. In my personal opinion, the converter I buy shouldn’t be worth more than the lens itself. I think for more professional photographers this would be an option, but if you’re just a beginner save the money and go with this one.

(Canon 10-22mm, 10-18mm, 24mm & the 50mm f1.8)

A few weeks earlier I purchased another converter for $14, but that was a piece of garbage. Be cheap, but don’t be too cheap haha. This lens didn’t have autofocus, it basically just connected my lenses to the camera and nothing else. I couldn’t even manual focus. With my next purchase, I can say I found what I was looking for with the Comix Mount.

Below are photos of my a6000 with a Canon 10-22mm lens connected to it using the Comix lens converter.

My rating for this purchase:

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You can buy this on amazon

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Commlite new-generation electronic lens mount adapter CM-EF-NEX is mainly used for connecting the ‘Canon EF series lens’ to ‘Sony NEX series cameras with E-mount’. Meanwhile, Commlite utilizes the new electronic technology, which can make the aperture exactly being aligned via the adapter, and adjusted for auto-focus. It enhances the convenience of controlling the Canon EF series lens on Sony micro-single camera bodies in the electronic way. Besides, the aperture hole of the adapter design is based on the full-frame NEX camera , which help perfectly support the Sony NEX full-frame camera A7 and A7R.

1. Auto-focus function;
2. Aperture exactly being adjusted via the mount adapter;
3. Built-in hand-shaking IS function;
4. Full-frame adapter aperture hole design, perfectly support Sony full-frame camera A7/A7R;
5. Zinc alloy core makes the adapter strong and powerful;
6. Gold-plated pins brings the great conductivity of signal transmitting;
7. 1/4 Female thread screw for mounting onto the tripod;

Compatible lens: Canon EF series lens
Compatible Cameras: NEX-3C NEX-5 NEX-5R NEX-5R NEX-5C NEX-6 NEX-7 NEX-F3 VG20 VG30 VG900 FS700 A7 A7R A7S
Front mount: Canon EF mount
Rear mount: Sony E mount
Tripod screw: 1/4 screw
Max. diameter and length: 66.6 x 26.0 MM
Weight: 175g
Package Included:
Electronic Auto Focus Adapter for Canon EOS EF-S lens to Sony NEX X1
(Manufactory Original Package)


DIY – product photography – overhead view

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DIY product photography – overhead view

1. Get some cheap wood and make a rectangle out of 4 pieces. Tall enough for your camera to hover above the table.

2. Get yourself an adjustable tripod head. Like this one.

3. Get some screws and screw this to the top of the wood. Like this…

4. Get an external monitor and place it next to you to view what the camera is capturing.

5. Buy a nice clothe or anything to make the table look presentable.

6. Use a wide angle lens for large products and a 50mm lens for smaller objects.

7. Make sure you have lights and a reflector and you are done.

This is a lot cheaper than buying this.

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DEER – Canon 80D w/ Canon 55-250mm Lens

Published on Jul 18, 2017

Deer test footage Canon 80D w/ Canon 55-250mm Lens. I filmed some deer in my yard with the Canon 55-250mm lens. I wanted to see how close I could get to them before they ran away.

Gear Used:

Camera: Canon 80D Lens: Canon 55-250mm


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Photos from my trips to New Orleans this year.

img_1303Here are some photos from my trips to New Orleans this past year. I used all of my lenses on these photos. I walked around asking people to take photos of them, people were more than happy to pose for me. People love to be loved, they love attention and it makes them feel good to feel important. I don’t care how you look on the outside, your smile and spirit is what I want to capture. I hope you enjoy my photos, feel free to critique them….enjoy!!!

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Cameras: Canon 80D, Canon 650D


Lenses: Canon 10-22mm, 50mm f1.8, 10-18mm, 55-250mm, 24mm, sigma 100-300mm, 70-300mm, Opteka 500mm and 18-55mm.



Opteka 500mm/100mm Telephoto lens

img_1303-2This lens is only good for long shots that a regular telephoto lens can’t reach. Its very shaky, which means you definitely need a tripod when you use this thing. It is not my favorite lens, but It has a purpose. I can catch shots of birds way deep in the trees, but only still shots. It is extremely difficult to get a clean shot of something moving. This lens is very blurry, the image is not sharp at all. I won’t say it’s trash, but You should have one in your inventory just in case. Lets say you are on the beach and you see a boat far out in the water, you might be able to get a good photo if you can manage the shakiness.


I have a rating system I want to use. This lens gets 3 out 5 stars
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On AMAZON: You may find it cheaper on Ebay. 
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