Thursday, June 22, 2017

Just a tug

I recently purchased a refurbished Nikon D2H and Nikkor 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 superzoom to see if I could rekindle my joy and passion in photography that I felt was lacking with the Fuji equipment I have been using. I have only taken the Nikon out once but I am already thinking I made a mistake.
I used a Nikon setup for several years with these particular pieces of gear and loved the flexibility of the lens and the camera. When traveling, this lens would spend 90-95% of the time on my D2H giving wide angle to telephoto range of 27-300mm, just about every focal length I would want.
After using just the fixed lens Fuji X100S and its 35mm lens for the last month or so, I now find the lens cumbersome at best. Add in the fact that the D2H and 18-200mm which used to feel so comfortable in my hands now feels like a ton of bricks. The camera and lens are in super condition for gear that is several years old but I just don't seem to be getting the joy out of them as I once did.
There is a second reason I am not taking to the setup that I once loved. I have been trying for the last four years to change my way of seeing with just fixed lens equipment. I did not think I was making much progress in that effort but after seeing my initial set of images with the D2H it is obvious that I have made strides in changing the way I see. My goal when I shifted to the Fuji gear was to try and see images like some of the first photojournalists like Capa, Cartier-Bresson, Dosinea, and the like. Upon seeing my efforts with the Nikon, it looks like I might have succeeded in doing that.
I am going to give a little more time to the Nikon before making a final decision on whether or not I keep it.


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Monday, June 5, 2017

Grand Turk Reflection

From a recent cruise to the Caribbean. I took only my X100S which forced me to try and see (photo-wise) with a 35mm point of view. It was an interesting endeavour for me after almost 4 decades with zooms. Now I am trying (in my old age) to just carry one camera and one focal length and focus on seeing subject matter differently.
This photo happened as we were sitting at a local bar & grill called Jack's Shack in Grand Turk. I noticed the servers being reflected in the glass table top and thought it might make an interesting image. This one stands out from the rest because I was able to capture two people in the shot. I did no cropping of this image but was lucky enough to pay attention how everything was playing together. Even the slight cutting of the head of the man on the right is the same at the top and bottom of the image.


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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Always connected

In today's world, I am continually amazed at how technology has afftected our everyday lives. These young ladies, dressed in their finery for "elegant night" on a recent cruise, were waiting to be seated for dinner one evening. Here we were several hundred miles at sea and, instead of talking with one another, all they could do was entertain themselves being connected with their devices.
For me, it was a perfect time to talk with my wife and people watch while waiting for our call to be seated for dinner.


I decided to post a second shot of this group from the same night and young ladies. As I sat watching, I decided an out of focus shot might be interesting.


Both images were shot with the Fuji X100s but shot at different exposure compensation settings. The first one was shot at a minus 2 exposure as I wanted to highlight the light from their devices. The second one was at a minus 1/3 which is my usual setting on the X100S.
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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Lost in the mural

Got this guy on his phone sitting in front of a mural in San Juan. Thought b&w was the way to go......


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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Street poetry in Old San Juan

From a recent stop in San Juan, PR. For the first time in almost 40 years, I took a vacation with only ONE CAMERA and that was my diminutive Fuji X100S. It was a real challenge to try to "see" at only one focal length. Did not get much worth showing here but there are a few that I will be posting over the next week or so.

I captured this image while on a food walking tour in Old San Juan. I do not usually shoot much in the way of tourist-type images and this one is no exception. During my review process of the images from the trip, I only glanced at shots of buildings, monuments, etc. as they did not really interest me even though I did hit the shutter button. I guess I have always been a people watcher and need someone in my images to catch my eye usually. This one is a little different in that the people in the image were the tour group I was with but the wall poetry is what I wanted to focus on.


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Friday, May 5, 2017

A celebration of sorts

This image is a celebration of sorts for me. It is Cinco de Mayo celebration day which most people celebrate by drinking. For me, it marks the 22nd anniversary of the day I underwent triple bypass heart surgery. The photo posted here was taken just a couple of days before I checked in to the hospital for a coronary angiogram. (The angiogram showed several blockages which could not be corrected without open heart surgery.)
My wife and I were roaming around outside the hospital while waiting for a second series of tests and I found these boys chasing each other around a flagpole. It is a scan of a Kodachrome64 slide converted to b&w through Silver Efex. I don't remember what lens I was using but the camera was an Olympus OM-4T.


Doesn't really mean much but it is an image that I always associated with that event.
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Monday, May 1, 2017

"Sharpness is a bourgeois concept"

The above quote from Henri Cartier-Bresson probably applies very well to this image. I was on the square just looking for photos. Just anything that caught my eye. When looking into the intersection, I was trying to find a decent composition to include the truck in the lot and the car at the light. Then I noticed a man coming from my left and decided to try and get some motion in the shot. I quickly set the aperture to f8 which gave me a shutter speed of 1/50 second and brought the camera up quickly to my eye and hit the shutter. In looking at the image in the computer, I noticed it is not as sharp as the camera can produced. I believe it was because of camera shake because I did not have time to really set myself.
But even with the camera shake, I like the image. The blur of the man draws my eye more than the slight camera shake that makes the rest of the image a little soft.


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Friday, April 28, 2017

Window Shoppers

Found these two older gentlemen eyeballing something in a jewelry shop on the town square. Made sure the sign was in the image to help with the story-telling effort of the image. This is another possible for the "Pairs" theme I am working on.


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Monday, April 24, 2017

Crossing

Another for the "Pairs" theme. I like the way the shadows fall off the two men and the way the hydrant kinda balances the overall composition.


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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Handtrucks-in-waiting

Another for the "Pairs" theme on the town square. Deliveries as noted earlier occur as eateries are preparing to open, usually around 9:30 to 10 AM. I had just arrived on the square this morning and saw the pair of handtrucks waiting to be loaded. In keeping with trying to find normal activity that goes unnoticed, I thought this was perfect. I took the shot with my X100S as I wanted to show a lot of the surroundings. Then I took a few with my X-E1 and Nikkor 1,8/85mm lens. In the end, the Nikkor image was too tight and the X100S was too loose. So I cropped the X100S image for the effect I thought worked best.


I also used Adobe Camera Raw to darken the shadows a little and brighten the highlights a little to give a stronger contrast to the image. For me, it works well.
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