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My friend Tom Tauber had promised a ride in a glider awhile back. We were finally able to find a day that worked. What a blast!! Tom had a GoPro camera, so I took a few video clips of the event which can be seen by clicking on these links. Me in the Glider #1 , Glider Ride #2, Glider Landing #3.
On the way home I stopped at a gas station to fill up and met Geoff. I had my Fuji 56mm 1.2 lens with me, so I gathered the courage to ask if I could get a couple of shots. We ended up having a delighful conversation where I learned he too is a photographer. I only wish I had a bit more courage to ask him to pose a little differently as I really wanted to get a side shot that would show the mohawk better. None the less, another example of always having gear with you. Sure am loving the 56mm Fuji lens. I’ve never had 1.2 glass and man that creates bokeh! Fun!
We just finished with our second group who was an amazing, and creative bunch. I love the Palouse and hate for my time here to come to an end, but I’m anxious to get home to my family. Here is a parting shot for now. Its from another magical evening at the iconic Steptoe Butte. This time with a wide angle lens. The sky cooperated and the light was golden. THANK YOU!!
I love the rolling hills that surround this great grain elevator. This was made the other night when the light was magical. It had just rained so the air was very clear and the light golden. We are finishing up the first tour and getting ready for the second that starts on Monday. Exhausted would be a good word!
For years, I’ve known I should always carry a camera with me. I’ve failed miserably with the exception of having my iPhone with me at all times. With my heavy Nikon gear, I would never carry it or even have it in my car. I’ve purchased a few P&S type cameras but for whatever reason I’ve never fallen in love them them. Enter the Fuji X series. I now have a small lightweight kit in the car at all times. So, last week I was on my way to church, it was overcast with light rain. Rather than take the “normal” route, I decided to take the road that travels along the south side of Peace Valley Park. I spotted this scene, stopped the car and made three handheld captures. I knew even with my effective 300mm lens I could not get close enough, so I cropped it into a square in post. This image would not exist unless I had my trusty Fuji X system in my car at all times. I’m really happy with this image which will serve as a reminder to always carry a camera with me! And now I don’t have anymore excuses with my Fuji X gear.
For years we have been photographing at Coal Pier 18 in Philadelphia. I’ve been hearing that it is no longer accessible and was going to head down to find out for myself. Yesterday, a friend saved me a trip telling me that it has been fenced off and construction has begun. And it is being policed with threats of arrest of you trespass. I guess thats progress. Its been a wonderful place full of many great memories. Here are a few favorites from the last few years. A special shout out to my bud Dalyn who was always willing to come with a new outfit. Remember to click on the image if you’d like to view it bigger.
Recently, I received an email from Victor Alcantara in Germany. He happened upon my website and was drawn to my images wanting to use them in a slideshow for a recorded piano performance he would share on YouTube. He had put together a rough draft using the small jpeg’s from my site and wanted permission to use them. (How refreshing that he would ask!) I offered larger files in exchange for a copy of his and his partners CD which is excellent. I wanted to share the final version of the YouTube video. I think you’ll find it relaxing and well done, and you’ll recognize most of the images too!
The blog image is another made in the Mesquite Dunes in Death Valley. I’ll have more to say about the tour with Cole Thompson as I post more images over the next few weeks. For now, suffice it to say, I’ve not been this motivated or inspired in awhile. Cole was just tremendous!
Fuji X-E2 – 35mm at f/8
This street scene feels more organic to me. I was on the other side of the street hangin’ out. I’m sure they were aware of my presence, however, I did not jump in and start taking pictures. Rather, I hung back looking at other things knowing full well I wanted this shot. Eventually after they forgot about me, I was able to raise my camera in their direction and make this image.
I found having a small camera is indeed a benefit for street photography. People do not seem to mind near as much as those having the big guns. I also learned having a fixed focal length is not a hindrance at all, in fact I would say 80% of my shooting on this trip was with prime lenses. Having the 1.4 f/stop on the 35mm and 23mm lenses is great for many situations.
I said before I left for this trip, that I wanted to focus more on the people of Cuba. I believe I did this, however, I’m not sure I succeeded. Sure, I made some nice images I like, but when I look at others work, I feel I am falling short. “Street” photography is not easy, it takes patience and timing. And then there is the idea of capturing the moment unaware versus engaging the subject. I tend to want to get permission which means engaging with the people. What I do know is, I will get better at this type of photography over time and with much practice.
This triptych was created on the first day. A happy moment to be sure! Remember to click on the image to view it bigger.
More thoughts on “street photography” and the people of Cuba as I continue to post over the coming weeks.
Fuji X-E2 – 14mm prime ISO 3200 handheld f/11
I just arrived back home today from another successful trip to Cuba. Tony Sweet and I brought group to visit Havana and Trinidad to meet the people and make photographs. I’ll have much to blog about over the coming weeks, but for now, I wanted to share a favorite from Trinidad.
On this evening, we were able to watch and outdoor wedding in the late day light. The golden glow was magical to say the least. This was the car that either brought them or was waiting to take them away. When I opened the image in ACR, I didn’t make one adjustment. In Photoshop, I used Perfectly Clear for a very minor adjustment and then Nik Viveza to darken the sky just a touch. With it being handheld at ISO 3200 I did use Nik Define to remove the little bit of noise. Very little processing on this. Its good to be home!
For the last 5 days I’ve been in Florida at Disney World with my wife. She is a big fan and its fun to see her act like a little kid. I’m not as big of a fan but did indeed have fun! Of course, I had my trusty Fuji X-E2 taking snapshots for memories while also looking for other situations that might present themselves. As soon as we entered Epcot, this image presented itself. I ran to the other side of the structure and waited for the clouds to fill in to the right places. Its good to be home, however, I do miss the 80 degree weather as we came home to snow.