Fuji XT-2 Trials (Six Photographs)

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While I am very happy with the Fuji XT-2 camera, there are always a few things to learn. It has a tendency to under expose. Bracketing three photos might help, three photos are taken (almost as quickly as one) with different exposures. This gives me a lot to work with. It is a technique that some pro street photographers use. Probably a stopgap measure until I learn more about how the Fuji measures exposure. None of the film profiles is similar to what Nikon calls “flat”. A “flat” or “normal” film profile would give more latitude in editing with the widest dynamic range of light. That said, Adobe Standard or the existing Fuji Film simulations do a great job, and Tonality Pro remains an effective tool for B&W. Noise reduction seems either unnecessary or does more damage than good, this is probably a good thing as it removes a step in my process. While menus let you to save a number of settings in banks or to a quick change screen, they don’t seem to be the settings I want easy access to, not a major issue and one typical of other cameras I have used. The seagull was taken with the 90mm lens, the General with the 23 f2, and the rest with the 35mm F2. To be clear, the best camera is the one you have with you and that was why I bought the Fuji; a flexible camera I can carry with me almost all the time.






Random (Three Photos)

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I was going to call this post chaos, but it’s not. Doing a daily blog for nearly five years has its moments; coming up with new things to say can be a challenge. I do appreciate all the comments and the views and follows. While I spend considerable time on things photographic; reading, watching, doing and writing, life does intervene, and there are only so many hours in the day. So forgive me if I have little to say about these three photos, except enjoy them.



Perched Egret (Three Photographs)

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I took more than my normal shots of Egrets this year because of an abundance of Egrets and a new longer lens. It’s a tough bird to expose well. You need to under expose to get detail in the white, the more you do that the darker the background. While you could use luminance masks to help with this it’s better to get the most detail in the whites and detailed background in camera. That was my approach here. I must say that except for one of two of the egrets I saw they were willing subjects. I plan to post more photographs of the egrets in the future, fishing, flying, preening and resting.





Long-legged Fly (Two Photographs)

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Many people over time have told me “it’s all in the details,” along the lines of “words have meaning”. At work that is one thing, but coming from a creative background and having been exposed to the arts for a long time, detail had a slightly different meaning for me. It was not just the facts but how they came together. In photography we have all kinds of detail, including in our subject, in the light, in the context and background of what we capture. Not all of which need the same amount of attention. The best photographs I have seen are where the photographer captured only the needed detail.


A Squirrel and Some Thoughts on Motion and Softness (Three Photographs)

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If you have ever seen a squirrel eat a treat you know about the deliberation and speed with which the item is devoured. When we see photos of motor races we expect to see wheels turning, we want to see a sense of movement and without it the photo falls flat. Without everything going out of focus, a bit of blur, a bit of softness lends a sense of reality to movement. Stopping motion, to get the detail of an animal or flower is one thing, but a subtle sense of movement can also provide detail to the story line.




An Offering (Five Photographs)

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When you look at these photos in sequence there is a story of an offer, a scorned companion, or some other scenario I cannot fathom. The noise alerted me to something over my shoulder and given the choice of fussing with settings and taking the shots, I shot.  The noise and grain of B&W seemed more appropriate for this series.





A Mystery (Two Photographs)

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There is not enough of the bug to send off to for identification, although I am pretty sure it’s a member of the true bug family. I saw this creature and bent over to take a shot, after five minutes it still had not moved. Only when I went to take a shot of it from on top did it vanish into thin air.



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