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A photo and lighting place! Here I'll post some stuff I've shot in the process of learning.

Since my move to Fujifilm equipment, I now shoot with a Fuji X-E2.


* Fujinon XF18-55 f/2.8-4.0 R (SHARP across the range!)
* Fujinon XF55-200 f/3.5-4.8 R (SHARP across the range!)

Flash stuff:
* 6 Nikon SB-25/26/28s (old, manual, reliable, nice),
* 6 ancient Sunpak 611 flashes (really old, manual, reliable, nice) with big SLA battery packs for studio, tabletop macro and portraits
. (GN=168 = lotsa light for a $50 flash).
* (6) Pocket Wizard and (6) Yongnuo RF-603 radio flash triggers

And
tons of stands, umbrellas, soft-boxes, mounts, hot & cold shoes, cords, pocket wizard radio triggers, reflectors, scrims, backdrops, adapters, snoots, grids, batteries , chargers, bags & cases, gewgaws, gimcracks, whatchamacallits, doohickeys, thingamajigs, whatnots, widgets, et cetera.

I love to shoot out on the street, but the technical aspects of photography/lighting are fascinating - and sometimes vexing. I am fortunate to shoot with motivated and inquisitive photographers.


I am available for portraits, senior photos & product photography.

Commercially printed copies (up to 24" x 30" of most photos seen here are available on high quality paper for framing.

21 December 2014

Movin' on up!

Tested the YN 603-II, YN 603 and Pocket Wizard triggers on the new Fuji X-E2 - ALL WORK GREAT! I am still on somewhat of a learning curve, from the somewhat bizarre menus to the differences in processing for Lightroom and Photoshop; it is a gentle curve, for the basics remain constant. For example, the flash hotshoe is Canon-compatible and the sensors on Fuji cameras are arrayed differently than the Bayer layout of CaNikon, which tends to give a more film-like quality to the image.

I am finding that the sharpness of even my least expensive Fujinon lens is equal to the best CaNikon has to offer. Most of the Nikon/Sigma zoom lenses I have shot, even the top-end ones, fall off some in sharpness at the upper range. For example, the mid-price Nikon zooms gets a little soft at about 75% of their range, even in the $400-$700 range. I preferred to shoot my 70-300mm VR Nikon at no more that 225mm or so and the 18-200mm VR at no more than 140mm. I have no such qualms about either of the Fujinon lenses I have. Hopefully, I will have some portraits to put up soon.

My last Nikon shot...sigh, of its replacement. This is the Fujifilm X-E2, the XF18-55mm R IOS and the XF55-200mm R OIS (on camera). Every last piece of my Nikon gear is up on Craigslist for sale now. This was taken with a Nikon D7000 and the 18-200mm VR lens with studio lighting.
The new order

The new order. Taken with Fuji X-E2 and the 18-55 "kit" lens.
Old think

X-E2 works great on the street...
Raven Wolf Christmas 4 bw

and in the field.
Autumn - by hand GO2

18 December 2014

Fujifilm X-E2 is a 12-step program for Nikon shooters - the higher power!

I am on a 12-step program for Nikon shooters. Took me about 1 day to find that a switch to a well-supported quality line of gear, like the Fujifilm X series, was what I needed to make shooting fun again. Here's some reasons:
  1. Their lenses are sharper than Nikon's. Period. Their "kit" 18-55 f/2.8-3.8 lens is a quality lens that rivals any Nikon lens I have seen or used in sharpness, contrast and build quality - the images are so sharp as to hurt the eye. I can say the same for the Fujinon 55-200. Both have image stabilization that works great. When you twist the zoom or focus of a Fujinon lens, it FEELS like quality instead of like a plasticy piece of junk. Fuji does not cater to the lower end consumer market, but it will compare to CaNikon's mid-upper end in price.
  2. The color rendition of the X-trans sensor is incredible, as is the film-like quality of the images.
  3. Fuji wrangles low-light very well. ISO 6400? Not a problem.
  4. Want a 56mm f/1.2 that's sharp wide open? Fuji's got it covered at about $900.
  5. How about a 55-200mm f/3.5-4.5 that is also sharp throughout the F and zoom range? Done.
  6.  I watch pros like Zack Arias (http://zackarias.com/blog/) and David Hobby switching to Fuji for good reasons.
  7. Fujifilm's continuing support and firmware updates (bodies and lenses) are exceptional. I just got a major update with more features for a two-yr old body.
  8. I now carry 1/2 the gear and weight. Everything's smaller & lighter.
Of course there are some hitches, like an incomplete (but growing) line of lenses and flashes, functionality that is counter-intuitive for CaNikon DSLR users, the lack of a wrist-wrenching image blurring jolt of the mirror cycling (no mirror in Fuji), etc.. Also, their 60mm macro is only 1:2, not a true 1:1 macro.

The glass is a bit more expensive (the "kit" 18-55mm is about $400) than CaNikon's low-end junk, but I would rather pay a few extra bucks for quality than for over-hyped soft lenses. Fujinon lenses are a bargain at the price. I no longer have to process an image and say "if it were only sharp. Sigh."

I HAVE A LOT OF GOOD NIKON GEAR FOR SALE HERE:
http://columbiamo.craigslist.org/search/sss?userid=200212486


Many steps; one day at a time. More to come...

Got carried away on the processing, but I like it
Autumn - by hand GO2

Been there....
Been there bw

Done that.
Old House 3 bw

James T.
James t

Salle Lewis
Salle lewis 1909 bw

My neck o' the woods
My neck o' the woods 7 bw

My neck o' the woods 9 SEL

21 November 2014

Fall turns to winter.....

Sherry at the farm
WalkBack 2014 - Sherry 3 bw {3883}

Mountain man
WalkBack 2014 - Mountain man 2 bw {7553}

Libert Jazz
WalkBack 2014 - Dixieland rocks 16 bw {7938}

WalkBack 2014 - Dixieland rocks 10 bw {7757}

WalkBack 2014 - Dixieland rocks 3 bw {7621}

Walk Back in Time-Mexico, MO
Portrait with human

Piper
Piper 1 pt

Old Masters look
Old Masters look

Battle of Centralia_The old bridge


Serious business
Serious business 6 bw

Fleeced
Fleeced 9 bw

Compost for the garden - 2 1/2 tons
Compost 4

Little boxes - again
Little boxes - again bw

Through the glass
Through the glass

The stairs
Stairs bw

Temple tiger
Temple tiger

Houston aquarium
Houston aquarium 12 bw

Sherry - The simple life
The simple life 16 - Sherry

Amish pastoral
Amish pastoral

26 August 2014

Dog days on 9th Street

Reese's
Pets _5948

Where was mom when this happened?
Where was Mom when this happened 34

Assume the position
Assume the position 5

Greyscale
Greyscale 9

Pickled watermelon rind - 8 qts. - YUM!
Pickled watermelon rind - YUM!

Help a vet
Help a vet 4 bw

A boy and his dog
A boy and his dog 24 bw

Busking on the corner
Busking on 9th 9 bw

Lineman
Lineman 43 bw

Commuter parking in my neighborhood
Commuter parking around here bw

Local lane
Local Lane

Mannequin-like
Mannequin-like 1 bw

$50 and up
$50 and up 1 bw

On-ice
On ice 1 bw

Everybody loves a cuppa Lakota!
Everybody loves a cup of Lakota 99

Rock star?????
Rock star 412 bw

17 July 2014

Some street shots from July, 2014

Sherry
Sherry ring 3

Johnny Hodges
Johnny Hodges - Buskin' the blues 6 bw

Johnny Hodges - Buskin' the blues 8 bw

LinemanLineman 41 bw

Eggplant Harry
Eggplant Harry 2

The ring
Ring 1

Subway snooze
Subway snooze bw

10th Anniversary
10th Anniversary 2

5th Anniversary
5th Anniversary

57 Chevy
57 Chevy 3

Anything will help
Anything will help bw

Carrot top
Carrot-top 3

High on the job
High on the job 82 bw

Gotta respect a guy wears a camo quilt
Stylish man-about-town 3

Puller
Puller 2014 4

Boxed-in
Boxed in 23 bw