Category Archives: Workshop

Lectures, Tours, Workshops and thoughts on the Fuji X-T1

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Cape Cod

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)

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Fuji X-Pro1 – 14mm Fuji

Delaware Water Gap Workshop

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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.

More than one

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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. 

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Reflection Addiction

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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.

Fog in the Valley – Lecture in Plymouth MA

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.

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Tractor Engine

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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.

Fall Foliage is around the corner!

I don’t know about you but I’m excited about fall color being right around the corner.  My tour partner Dan and I will be in New Hampshire the first week of October and then I’ll be in the Pocono’s for a week long workshop and then the annual weekend gig. Hidden Lake in the Delaware Water Gap is arguably one of the finest locations for fall color that I’ve seen.  I’ve been to this location so many times I’ve lost count, however, you can count on my being there again this year.  The images below are all from this location.  

Its not too late to join Dan and me in New Hampshire.  There are two spots left for the Pocono week and there is room on the weekend gig as well.  I hope to see you this fall!

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A Bird and a Barn!

Each year we drive by this wonderful barn in the Palouse but the light or the sky is just working.  This year it was and we stopped!  Does the cloud above the barn to the right look like a bird or what?  A bird flying on its back buzzing the barn….. yup, thats how I see it!

Palouse Barn – Connecticut Triple Header – Barclay/Sweet/Ippolito

While the Palouse is known for its rich eye popping color,  every once in awhile B&W feels right, especially when there is an old barn in the scene.  Click on the image to see a bigger version.  Processing done with Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.0  Platinum Toned.  Shot with the Fuji X-E1

A reminder for my friends in the Connecticut area.  Tony Sweet, Denise Ippolito and I will be in Hamden at the Whitney Center for a day long seminar on July 27th. There will be an optional 1/2 day workshop at Bannerman Castle the following day.  We hope you can join us for one or both of these events.  Details can be found here.  Its going to be a fun filled weekend!