Category Archives: Workshop
Dan and I have finished our scouting and are getting ready for our first tour to begin. We have visited our favorite locations making sure all is well. We also scouted new roads in hopes of finding hidden treasures and were not disappointed. The blog image is from a favorite location. This little barn is leaning even more than last year and is not long for this world. I’d be surprised if it is still standing next year.
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The image is another from Steptoe Butte in the Palouse. Here we come!
Speaking of tours. Its not too early to be thinking about fall foliage tours. Dan and I will be heading back to Colorado at the end of September and we have a few spots left for that tour. We’d love to have you along!
I’d like to give a shout out to my friend Brian Reitenauer who had his project “Amusement Park” published in my favorite magazine “Lenswork”. Way to go Brian!! Click the highlighted link to see his blog post.
Fonthill – Fuji X-E2 and 23mm 1.4 lens
Its been a busy couple of weeks. I had the pleasure of speaking at the Churchville Camera Club meeting on Monday as well as the Digital Image Makers last week. This coming Monday, I’ll be at the Doylestown Camera Club presenting my program “Discovery and the Creative Process”.
Next week, Dan and I are looking forward to leading a group in the Smoky Mountains! I am so looking forward to this tour after this LONG cold winter.
Speaking of tours, due to cancellations, we now have a spot open for each of our Palouse Tours. We know the Palouse very well and would love you have you along! We also have a few spots available for the fall Colorado tour.
Just a reminder that I’ll be in Hawaii co-leading the “See the light” workshop with National Geographic Photographers Jonathan Kingston, Dewitt Jones and Rickki Cooke. Who doesn’t want to be in Hawaii the first week of December? Very excited about this workshop!
FUJI NEWS AND THOUGHTS
Lightroom 5.4 was released yesterday along with ACR 8.4 which now supports the Fuji X-T1! Good news. A tip, you can now apply the wonderful Fuji film presets to your RAW images. In both ACR and LR simply go to the camera calibration module and then click the profile drop-down dialogue. There you will find the film choices. COOL!
Really Right Stuff will start shipping “L” brackets for the X-T1 next week! WOO HOO!
I am loving the Fuji X-T1. Was playing with the face recognition with Abby and its pretty darn good. (see below) Always tracking her face allowing me to not worry where the focus point is. Its not perfect, but I would venture to say it allows me to capture more “keepers” than if I were not using it.
The EVF on the X-T1 is CRAZY GOOD! So big and bright. It really is as close to an optical viewfinder as I’ve seen. And when you rotate the camera to vertical,the data in the viewfinder rotates too. A first for a digital camera I believe. For handholding I’ve been using the optional grip along with a Gordy’s Strap, really great for folks with big hands like mine. The images coming out of this camera are really quite stunning. The image below of Kara was shot with the 35mm 1.4 lens shot at f/5, click on it to make it bigger. This is a jpeg straight out of the camera, no post processing applied, NONE, okay I cropped it. Look at the skin tones and sharpness! Crazy.
The image below is another made with the 10-24mm f/4 Fuji lens from ESP. I’m in love! I love to shoot wide and have been waiting patiently for this lens. A comment about the files I’m capturing with the Fuji X-T1 and X-E2 which this image was captured with, the dynamic range is very good. Imagine the range in this particular image. Bright light from the skylight streaming into a dark cell at the prison all captured with one shot. With the limited time I’ve had with this lens, I would say it out performs my Nikon 16-35 f/4 in terms of distortion and sharpness. Oh there is some minor distortion at the edges but most wide angle lenses do. Overall, I’m a very happy camper!
I’m on the Cape co-leading a workshop with a group of photographers willing to get up early and brave the elements, especially the windy weather! During my scouting time, I stumbled upon this late day scene. I had made the decision to call it a day and head back to my room for some much needed rest when this blast of gold light spotted the front of the building on the pier. And of course the sky was nice and then some birds flew into the scene! So much for rest! (Click the image to make it bigger)
Fuji X-Pro1 – 14mm Fuji
I don’t shoot much if at all during a workshop. Today at an abandoned farm, this scene was just screaming to be photographed. After hearing my lamenting about not having a camera, Janice a friend and workshop participant was kind enough to let me use her camera to shoot four images. Thanks Janice!
We had a wonderful day full of great photo opportunities with a tremendous group. Looking forward to another morning of shooting tomorrow.
Not far from our hotel along the Androscoggin River is a magnificent wall of color. At first blush there seemed to be just one composition, just one shot, the wall of color, however, that is almost never true. So again, like the last post, I submit what were for me, three right answers.
All images taken with the Fuji X-E1 and 55-200mm lens including the square which was shot in-camera as a square. This is another feature I really like about my Fuji’s. I can even shoot square and B&W while not losing the original full frame RAW capture.
Sunny days typically present an issue for a photography tour. Not so with colorful fall foliage, you simply need to find a river or stream in the shade with the foliage in bright sun on the opposite side. Trust me, once you do, you will become an addict. We had a fair amount of sun for our tour this past week, so we had quite a few opportunities to shoot reflections. I didn’t hear much complaining.
I’m sure I’ll be asked about settings. You’ll need a long lens, typically the longest you have. Then, its a game of finding the right shutter speed. This will depend on the speed of the water and DOF you desire. For this image I was at f/16 and 1/10 of a second. I can’t stress enough, the speed of the water will greatly affect the look so bracket your shutter speed.
For sunris, we took the gang from Johnstown up to a Hawk Watch overlook and were greeted with color in the sky and fog in the valley! Hard to imagine it getting much better than this! Fuji X-E1 with 55-200mm.
I’ve been invited to present my Dream – Believe – Create lecture for a meet-up group in Plymouth MA on November 5th. I hope to see many of my New England friends there! Click this link for more information and to sign up.
Some of you may remember my fondness for old tractors and especially the engines. I’ve made them a project over the years. While at a wonderful farm with the Johnstown PA workshop group yesterday, the owner was kind enough to pull out a terrific old Farmall for all to photograph. After the group was done, I grabbed my Fuji X-Pro 1 with the 35mm 1.4 lens and got one too!
A big thank you to the great bunch of folks who came out to share the day yesterday. I had a great time and enjoyed your backyard! A special thank you to Jim “Doc” Richey, a dear friend and all around great guy who was responsible for bringing me to speak to his club.