Photography

Update: My camera kit described below, aside from a pair of lenses, was stolen en route to our ski vacation in 2019. It was taken from the overhead luggage rack on the TGV from Paris, likely when we stopped in Dijon. I’ve yet to replace it and am not sure if I will. SAD!

Oh. And I did carry a second X-T2 body by then.

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.