Photography

I fall into the category of photography enthusiast. I have been asked once to sell a photo. Which I did…for the price of that person sending me an extra print. It came out okay.

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Notre-dame du Haut between severe storms; scanned from a Kodachrome slide. White balance tweaked in Adobe Lightroom.

A few years ago, after a long search, I dove into the Fujifilm X-series universe. I now use an X-T1 and an X-T2. Working with two bodies is great — there is no faster way to change lenses than to lower one camera and raise another.

The X-T2 is a fantastic upgrade from the X-T1. If I had a pair of X-T2s I would be a happier man. By the time I get there, will I carry a mismatched X-T3?

For the 2017 Ski vacation photos in Saint-Luc, Switzerland, I purchased the longest available Fujifilm lens: the XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR — a remarkable beast. It is sharp as a tack and has a reach which proved to be too long when I shot from half-way up the bunny slope.

My lens selection includes:

  • Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS
  • Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 R Ultra Wide-Angle
  • Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R Lens
  • Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR
  • Fujifilm XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR

While my bag might manage to carry all of this at once I don’t generally try. I carry what I think will work best for each outing. For a backpack, I have a LowePro ProTactic 350AW with a pair of Peak Design camera clips — one on each shoulder strap.

For lighter loads and when I want to blend into a more urban setting, I carry the gorgeous and expertly made Peak Design Everyday Messenger.

On that aforementioned ski vacation I learned why seeking weather resistant equipment is important — thankfully not by having something fail. While shooting my son and his friend during their snowboard lessons during a heavy snowfall, I glanced down to see that the viewfinder of the X-T1 had been transformed into a tiny pool. Some moisture did find its way behind the viewfinder. The only harm was a bit of internal fog for part of the day.

I organize and process images with Adobe Lightroom.