I bet as soon as you read the title you thought of a mix drink, right? LOL not even close 😉 The snow, rain, and sleet we had left a lot of places that are still melting. The unbalance parking lot where I walk leaves streams of water from the melted snow. Because of the cold nights, everything freezes up. With that being said, I have to constantly look down, as I’m walking so I don’t slip and fall. With the fallen leaves, branches, etc. that’s already on the ground, you get to see some really cool, creative, and interesting art.
The more you look the more you see. While I was walking, I began to survey my surroundings on the ground. I’ll just say it this way, my last lap I grabbed my camera from the car and took photographs along the way… I only had my 35mm prime lens but like they always say, “work with what you have” and that I did. Everything I saw gave me the impression that they were trying to escape the ice; some broke away and some were still trying. The shapes and designs the water/ice formed was as I said before, interesting. You can be totally surprised what you may find if you just look down. Sometimes you just have to appreciate what Mother Nature shares with us 🙂
Gear used: Fujifilm X-Pro2, XF 35MM F/2 R WR lens. Lightroom and Photoshop.
Seems like each time it snows I’m always late getting out with my camera. I don’t know if it’s because it’s too cold outside, or I’m exhausted from shoveling myself out, or just don’t feel like bundling up (sort-of) and going out. It’s really hard to say.
Last week we got snow. Lucky for me it wasn’t as bad as predicted…thank goodness! When I finally made it out to shovel (I actually waited until it finally stopped) it wasn’t bad at all. Later that day I started to think about going out a few days later to shoot…cool. Following morning the weather person said the new few days it will warm up a little which means if I waited too late I’ll … well you know the ending.
This time my ending was great. I drove out Luray, VA by ways of Front Royal VA. These parts of VA mountains are waiting for you. I actually saw two gentlemen on the side of the I-66 taking photographs…they knew today or no day. It wasn’t that cold (did have foot warmers on just in case) but it was nice and sunny…a beautiful day. There’s a park in Luray that I have accidentally been to before. I couldn’t get to that side of the park so I went to the other entry. With my tripod, ND filters I wanted to photograph the stream of water that goes through the town. Well I couldn’t actually get the right view/angle of the stream of water…but I did see a ton of ducks along the water. I mean it was like a family reunion 🙂 Ducks weren’t on my list but it worked out fine. I tried my best not to disturb them but it was hard getting around them. So I just set my tripod/camera down and took some really nice photographs of them. I think they were use to it because they posed for me very well 😉
Driving back towards Front Royal I just stopped along the way and took photographs. The farmlands and the rolling hills were just plain beautiful. The way the sun was gleaming down – I had to stop and enjoy all of it. At this time I handheld my camera. Even though I shot everything in RAW I converted to black and white in Adobe Lightroom. Gear used: Fujifilm X-Pro2, XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens.
We all know the seasons anymore are crazy. And if you enjoy photographing certain things, places, etc. don’t hesitate thinking it will be there another time or come back again. If all possible, grab your gear and go. If you don’t want to carry EVERYTHING it’s okay to downsize…but just go and have fun 😉
Hope everyone is having a great New Year so far. So many things going on in this world that it took some time for anythinggoes newsletter to decide where to start. Here are just a few articles you will enjoy reading:
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5 ways to get financially fit for this New Year – Financial Matters
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Is your child being bullied? Things to know – Kkidds Kkorner
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By now, if you’re keeping up with my photography adventure, you know my main camera is the Fujifilm X-Pro2. I like the old rangefinder style and overall it’s a great camera. It’s a nice walk-around as well as for creating landscapes, macro, portraits and anything else I enjoy shooting. The more I think about it, X-Pro2 did very well shooting sports. But you know sometimes when I want to get low or high to photograph something, whether it’s handheld or tripod, it’s not fun trying to see through the LCD…because the LCD on the X-Pro2 does not tilt 😦
I did not want to pay a lot for another camera…unless it was the X-Pro3 (yes I’m still keeping my fingers crossed). As I was researching I saw the Fujifilm X-T100 on Fuji’s website. I don’t remember seeing it from one of their emails or really heard anything about the camera. I even went to X Stories – where they have all the videos for each camera and they only had one – the promotional video. I read several places that this camera “is a step up from a smartphone” or “it’s a beginners camera if you want to get into mirrorless cameras”. Automatically I thought it was a point & shoot – but it wasn’t. So I went to YouTube and found where two photographers I follow (very good on technical stuff) and listened to their reviews about the X-T100. They both said don’t let the notion that it’s a step up from a smartphone fool you; don’t let the price fool you. I’m not going to get deep into the camera but I’ll share this: it’s a 24 megapixel, electronic viewfinder, wireless, 3-way tilt LCD, touch screen, exchangeable lenses, and lightweight. Price: $599.00…but I got it for sale $499.00. It doesn’t have as many dials/buttons as some of the other cameras but it does a whole lot. It does not have HSS – high-speed sync. It’s not weather protected. And if you’re into colors, it comes in dark silver, black and champagne gold!! Remember “is a step up from a smartphone” or “it’s a beginners camera if you want to get into mirrorless cameras”. OKAY…LOL!
I had this camera since late last year 2018. I have used several photographs on my blogs with this camera. I was trying to shoot as many different subjects possible before writing a blog. I really like this camera. One person wrote the camera is slow between each photograph you take. I don’t know if it’s how the electronic viewfinder is set or what. I still have the X-E1 and that camera was the same-I guess. I’m saying that because it works okay for me. No I’m not looking into fast action photography with this camera. I wouldn’t use it as if I was shooting an event of some sort of if it was fast moving…but then again maybe I would- who knows. X-Pro2 has the focus stick/focus lever and the X-T100 (nor the X-E1) does not. So I had to get use to that again. It’s not a big deal for me. $499.00 PEOPLE!! 🙂 🙂 The 3 –way tilt is sweet. Makes so much difference when I’m trying to shoot low or high…..big help. It also tilts forward in case I want to shoot a selfie or use for blogging. It has the face and eye detection, which is very nice. I don’t use touch screen much but it’s nice; I was impressed. It has a built-in flash. Qualities of the images are unreal. I was able to print here at home and was blown away. The colors were dead on. To me Fujifilm colors are vivid. Even though I shoot everything in RAW I set the camera to Classic Chrome and in processing I bring in the amount of color I want. Lightroom will not accept the RAW images but I had no problems in Camera Raw. Fujifilm has the Capture One 11 software but as long as Camera RAW works I’m happy.
The photographs I’m going to share are all handheld except for one. Walking around, shooting to see what it could do I didn’t have the need for a tripod. For months I’ve been trying to go to a favorite spot, which is the Shenandoah River. We had so much rain last year that each time I went the river was high, muddy and nasty looking. I’ll continue to go back. The X-T100 was purchase for me to shoot landscapes, macro or anything that may want to use a tripod. It will also be a great backup. As I sit here looking at this $499.00 camera, this camera can hold its own. Just don’t let the price fool you 😉
Platypod…what?? It’s a metal plate that you can use as a tripod. WHAT!!?
A few years ago I saw an advertisement for the Platypod. (No I am not affiliated with Platypod in any matter). Back then it was only one size and mainly for DLSR’s – Platypod Max. Last year or so I began to notice that they had one for midsize DSLR’s, mirrorless or point & shoot cameras – Platypod Ultra. Finally before the end of last year I decided to purchase the Platypod Ultra.
At times you don’t want to carry a tripod but those are the times you wish you had. Or you carry a tripod and you just don’t want to deal with it at all. To me this is where the Platypod comes in handy. It’s a piece of metal that you can attach different types of tripod ball heads to. It can just about fit into the palm of your hand. Doesn’t take up much room in your camera bag or suitcase. And when you’re at a place that has tripod restrictions you may be able to get away with shooting with the Platypod. The Ultra comes with the base, four spike feet, and cinch strap. It does not come with a tripod ball head but mine (MeFoto) fit well. When I purchased it also came with the multi accessory kit which includes: non-slip silicone pad, 3” anodized aluminum spigot adapter (to mount items like flashes, hot shoes), 36” tension strap, 1.5’ wide anodized aluminum 0.5 riser (smaller tripod heads, etc.), and a drawstring pouch. For more thorough information you will have to go to their website.
I went out one midmorning this week with the Platypod, Fujifilm X-T100, 18-135mm, 18-55mm, and 14mm lenses. I took them all with me because I just didn’t know what would work for me. I wasn’t looking for anything great, I just wanted to shoot as low as possible and see how well I would adjust and how well it would work. I only took the plate. It was cool outside with a slight breeze. I was good with that just to see if it would stay steady, etc. I think it’s a cool little gadget. I think all photographers should have a gadget like this in their bag. You never know what type of bind you may get into…that’s just me. Once again No I am not affiliated with Platypod in any matter. Here are a couple of photographs taken with the Platypod. I will definitely keep it in my bag.
Like many of you I wanted to go out and shoot quick to get 2019 going. As I was sitting here I realized I just about picked everything apart in my area…well things I enjoy shooting. I don’t want to always have to get up, fill the car with gas and take a few hours drive to photograph something. And I don’t want to start creating photographs “just because “.
The other day I went to a place to photograph “just because “….lol. Yep I did just that. I went to Sky Meadows State Park; the side of the park where people ride their horses. Mid-morning with some clouds really helped. The main reason I wanted to shoot was to have the Fujifilm X-T100 on a tripod. I wanted to shoot with a low ISO and long shutter speeds and also take advantage of the tilted LCD screen ( I will write a blog on the X-T100).
I was out there for a few hours. Yes it was “just because “ but I took advantage of the entire time. While there I photographed everything big and wide. Nothing up close, just tried to see how many different types of compositions I could create. As I was shutting everything down and packing I realized I missed A LOT of images. All the time I was thinking big, I never thought small or close-up. I’m talking farmland with old fences, machinery, etc. Right then my “just because “ became “yes!” With my Fujifilm X-Pro2 and 35mm prime lens (first time using the camera since I got it back from repair) I walked around the areas where I just finished shooting and created more intimate images.
The day wasn’t wasted at all. Still not feeling nor do I want to get into the “just because “ shoots.
Gear used: Fujifilm X-Pro2 and X-T100, lenses 18-135mm f/ 3.5-5.6 R LM OIS and 35mm f/2 R WR prime lens. All images were shot in RAW. Images from X-Pro2 were converted to Acros black & white, X-T100 converted to Monochrome. X-T100 does not have Acros. Black and whites gave me more drama/more pop versus the browns and greens.
When you’re out shooting big remember the small stuff.