Love the one you’re with!

People often ask me for advice on whether they should buy this camera or that.  For the most part, I avoid giving said advice, since, unlike Nikon seem to believe, it’s not entirely the camera or lenses that make the shot.  It’s YOU, the photographer, and WHATEVER camera (lens) you have with you at the moment you come across something you want to capture.  Take this shot here.  I shot it with the X100, because that was what I had with me while running errands today.  The big Nikon DSLR and the tasty Nikkor 14-24 lens were at home, resting up for the Scott Kelby Photowalk.  Did I pout or whine?  Hellz no!  I busted out what I had and snagged the shot.  And you know what?  If all I had with me had been my iPhone, then THAT would have been the best camera and I would have captured something cool anyway.  So whether you have Canon, Nikon, Leica, Pentax, Fuji, Sony, or whatever, shoot it like you stole it and have fun.  Oh, and stay away from all the dumb forums where people go on and on about their pixel size!

X100 does HDR… and how!

Yesterday, a visitor to this website asked me how, exactly, I handle shooting High Dynamic Range photography with the X100, particularly when the dynamic range of light on the scene exceeds what a normal five-shot bracket set (+2, +1, 0, -1 and -2) would be able to cover.  More specifically, the reader wanted to know if it was possible to shoot a seven-shot braket set of photos (+3, +2, +1, 0, -1, -3 and -3) with the X100.  Answer:  Yes, absolutely.  In brief, you’ll use the following steps (listed under today’s photo) to do this, and I’ve included a short video tutorial under today’s photograph to walk you through this.  Let me know if this is useful.

1.  Set X100 to Aperture Priority

2.  Make sure EV dial is set to 0 and take one shot at 0 EV

3.  Then, set Drive button on dial of X100 to AE BKT and choose 1 stop increments (as opposed to 1/3 or 2/3)

4.  Now go to the top of the camera and dial the EV down two stops from 0 to -2.

5.  Press the shutter release (this now gives you three exposures (-3, -2 and -1 EV).

6.  Now go to the top of the camera and dial the EV up four stops from -2 to +2.

7.  Press the shutter release (this now give you three exposures (+1, +2 and +3).

8.  Once you’ve done the above, you will have a total of 7 brackets (-3, -2, -1, 0, +1, +2 and +3).


I’ve always longed to really “see” and experience my own country, the good ol’ U.S. of A.  Perhaps it’s because I’ve been moving from one country to another my entire life.  So here’s a little teaser photograph I shot last night here in Northern Cali with my faithful Fuji X100.  Teaser for what?  Funny I should ask.  Well, my friends, I’ve decided to hold off on the “see-as-many-national-parks-as-we-can” plan until next year to do something I’d been muling over for the last few weeks…  get my kicks on Route 66, from Santa Monica to Chicago (with some cool detours along the way)!  I figure as long as there’s Wifi around, I’ll be taking you all to see it as well, that is, if you want to tag along!


Accidentally on Purpose

Yesterday the kids and I headed to Shasta Dam for a full-on tour of that amazing facility.  As this was a family outing, and since I’ve kind of grown tired of carrying a lot of camera gear, I was armed with only my little Fuji X100. Interestingly, one of the guides remarked something along the lines of, “oh, that’s one of those old film cameras. That was pretty cool!  On our way back topside, I spotted this point of view out of the corner of my eye.  Sadly, there was no time to stop, compose and shoot (we were behind schedule on the tour, it seems), so I raised the camera up as quickly as I could (while still walking) and accidentally snapped this one on purpose!  Sure, it’s blurry (did not even have time to focus), but I got the shot and I really like it!  Ain’t that what counts?

Good Eats at the Snack Shack

You just don’t see places like this that much in the D.C. metro area, where I’ll soon be hangin’ my hat, so I’m taking the time to shoot as many of these sorts of things as I can before I leave Northern Cali.  I’m hoping to see more on my drive east across the U.S. of A, especially since part of that drive will likely be along historical Route 66.  As I was out running errands when I found this one, I only had my little Fuji X100 camera with me, when I really could have used a 24mm lens and the D700 so I could include the dumpsters on the right side of the building; stepping back with the old sneaker-zoom was not an option or they’d have been serving roadkill in the Snack Shack!

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