Angad Arts Hotel St. Louis with Sony A7

Angad Arts Hotel has a stunning view on the 12th-floor patio and Downtown St. Louis from the Angad is like a 3-mile light show. It’s the newest cityscape view of St. Louis with the Arch in the far background as well.

There were over 2000 photos taken on opening night – 11.01.2018.  It was raining at that time so the patio was vacant. I was equipped with my rain coat and hat along with an umbrella.

I took long exposures so I brought a tripod to keep it steady. My ISO was set at 50, the lowest setting which tends to bring out the shadows and enriches the colors as well. And I want to thank the staff for being so kind.

Lenses: Sony 85mm 1.8, Rokinon 14mm 2.8
Tripod: yes
Weather: cold and rainy used umbrella for camera and hat for my head

Angad Arts Hotel (Grand Center Arts District)
3550 Samuel Shepard Dr
St. Louis, MO 63103


New Orleans Rokinon 14mm F2.8 photo samples

These night shots were taken on June 20, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana with a Rokinon 14mm F2.8 lens on a Sony A7 full frame camera.

I was inspired by my friend Bob, a drone photographer that creates wonderful work that can be view at 


Waterspout Tampa Bay, filmed with Sony A7

This waterspout was filmed with the Sony A7 ILCE full frame camera with the Sony 85mm 1.8 lens. It was after twilight but the lens pulled through since it I had the aperture wide open at F1.8.

The photos below were taken the the Rokinon 14mm F2.8 lens on the A7.  I had the aperture wide open at F2.8 to let as much light in as possible.

This sounds a but backwards but the higher the Aperture number, the smaller the aperture gets thereby letting less light in on the sensor resulting in a darker picture with less detail.



Rokinon 14mm F2.8 Lens photos samples at Tunica Casinos

Tunica, MS -June 21. 2018: For taking photos of the casinos in Tunica I used exclusively the Rokinon 14mm F2.8 lens. Tunica is well known for its beautifully lighted gambling casinos, but I had to set the camera to Bracketing Mode so I could get multiples exposures due to the extreme lighting contrast.

For example, I did one exposure for the bright signs, one for the sky and one for the buildings.  I did this so I could later combine them in Photoshop.

Most editing software will automatically combine multiple exposures and is not exclusive to only Photoshop but it happens to be the one I use.

I like the crazy perspectives from the Rokinon 14mm. For instance, most extremely wide angle lenses no matter what the cost have barrel distortion (leaning buildings) and vignetting (darkened edges) that can be fixed in Photoshop or Lightroom.

I, however, most of the time just leave the anomalies as they are; i just think there are kind of cool.

I recommend this lens since you can get under under $300 for the Sony E-mount cameras. I think right now it’s actually the cheapest 14mm F2.8 full frame E-mount on the market  You can price it and read more reviews at


HDR Photos using the Rokinon 14mm f2.8 Lens

Each of the HDR Photos below consist of 3 bracketed shots taken with the Rokinon 14mm F2.8 lens on a Sony A7 ILCE full-frame camera.

Each bracketed set were 2-stops apart that gave us a normal exposure, a under exposure and an over exposed picture. We then combined them.

Instructions and steps to combine the shots in Photoshop:

Open Photoshop and go to File, then Automate, then Merge to HDR Pro and choose your photos that you want to combine. Photoshop will then do its magic which and open these combined pictures in Camera Raw. Photoshop’s Camera Raw plugin enables you to have more control over your editing like never before.