Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Sony α9 camera announced 24mp and 20 FPS

Key Specs:
  • 24.2 mp Exmor stacked sensor
  • 20 FPS continuous shooting
  • 4K 30p Video
  • ISO 100 - 51200
  • New battery model NP-FZ100
  • Quad-VGA OLED Tru-Finder with approximately 3,686k dots
  • 693 focal plane phase detection AF points
  • AF joy stick (so it wont take all day to find those points) 
  • 5-axis image stabilization
  • $4500
Wow, is all I can say to those specs and the first look at this amazing piece of camera tech. This will hurt Nikon even more, now that Sony has already overtaken them in sales. Look for the Canikon to play catch up to Sony.

It looks like Sony has got a real winner here, this is a dream spec of a camera, The lenses are coming, they still have a ways to go in the Pro telephoto end, but they are gaining ground quick. This is meant for pro's that shoot sporting events. Birders will probably drool, but its not for my type of shooting.

See the rest of the specs here

See DPReviews first look here 

A sports camera with no lenses here 

Camera Labs here

Luminous Landscape here 


Images In Light

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Fuji X-T2 as a Travel Camera


Fuji X-T2, XF 23mm f/1.4 R
5.3 sec at f/5.6, 6 stop Lee ND filter

Kihei, Maui.

Fuji X-T2, XF 23mm f/1.4 R
1/180 sec at f/11

Using the Fuji X-T2 as a travel camera has been a great choice for me, I usually pack it along with three lenses in to my small Granite Gear, Taku 24 pack, two lenses in Lowepro soft lens cases and one mounted on the X-T2. It is a nice light weight kit, that I can take to the beach with extra gear or hiking and it will not overwhelm me with gear, I also pack a light weight tripod and a few Lee filters.

My 5D Mk IV is still my main camera for professional style shooting, but I am done packing it around on vacation, just to much weight. The Fuji does not supply the full frame image quality of my 5D, but it sure gets close. At the end of the day, like my recent Maui trip, I sure do appreciate  the light kit and the XF 23mm f1.4 lens pretty much stays mounted for most of the time.

The other part of the equation in travel photography is packing your gear in to places to eat or drink. Having a small pack like this allows me to not leave any gear in the car and not look like a Sherpa when walking in to a place to eat after a day at the beach or on the trail. I can comfortably keep an eye on a small pack and people are less likely to trip over my bag.


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Monday, February 27, 2017

Fuji X-T2 out of camera jpg's

X-T2, Fujinon XF 23 f1.4, f/6.4, 1/2400 sec, ISO 200 

X-T2, Fujinon XF 23 f1.4, f/8, 1/500 sec, ISO 200

X-T2, Fujinon XF 23 f1.4, f/8, 1/480 sec, ISO 200

X-T2, Fujinon XF 23 f1.4, f/8, 1/900 sec, ISO 200

Ahhhh, Fuji out of camera jpgs, the one thing all camera manufacturers try to get right and for the most part fail. Fuji is nailing this part of the equation. Some slight adjustments where made to adjust shadow and highlight, to the jpg only. For some reason my camera settings had changed and I was not shooting RAW, this is where Fuji fails, the menus are not to bad, but some times things are not as they should be.


Friday, February 3, 2017

Fuji X-T2, Color? or black and white?


Fuji X-T2, XF 23 f/1.4 R, 1/850 sec, f/8


Fuji X-T2, XF 23 f/1.4 R, 1/850 sec, f/8

Sometimes its just hard to decide with an image, was this meant to be black and white or color? The color image was adjusted manually in Lightroom and the  black and white was adjusted manually in Lightroom, with ACROS+G on top of it. I like both renditions, Fuji colors are great, however, I think I still prefer the black and white though.

Its nice that it does both well, dynamic range plays a big roll in this, but I believe the Fuji X-Trans array helps with the rendition and how fine detail is rendered, some people don't like it. I think it adds a uniqueness that can't quit be had with other sensors. It does have its drawbacks, one appears to be GrGb mismatch, that causes some unusual noise. Fuji's software overcomes this noise issue, but with Lightroom it requires a little finesse, do not over sharpen! and use caution with noise reduction. For the most part it will not affect your images if you know what your looking for.


Monday, January 30, 2017

Shooting Black and White with the Fuji X-T2

Images In Light: Latest Work &emdash;

Fuji X-T2, XF 23 f/1.4 R, 1/850 sec, f/8

Pacheco Pass, Oak

Fuji X-T2, XF 23 f/1.4 R, 1/550 sec, f/6.4

This camera begs to be shot black and white, just put it in the ACROS film simulation mode and look through the view finder. Yes its not as simple as that, but it helps to look through a view finder and see the world in black and white. It also helps to see those image previews that way too.

When in ACROS mode though, you see that high contrast black and white image before taking the shot, to me it simplifies the seeing in black and white, which is not always as easy as it sounds.

I tend to shoot a lot more black and white with my X-T2 than I do with my 5D Mk IV, a lot has to do with the ability to see the image in the view finder. The way Fuji images are rendered in black and white is another attraction to shooting that way.


Fuji X-T2, XF 23 f/1.4 R, 1/550 sec, f/8


Fuji X-T2, XF 56 f/1.2 R, 1/280 sec, f/2.5


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Fuji Medium Format GFX 50S Launch

Today Fuji officially launch the GFX 50 S medium format mirrorless.

My dream camera? Perhaps, this one I will rent with the GF 32-64mm f/4 R LM WR lens as soon as it is available. This is what I consider a landscape photographers dream camera. With all the technology from Fuji's X-cameras going in to a larger sensor like this, I can only imagine how nice the images will be on a large monitor or large format printer.

Fuji announce the X100F, X-T20, XF 50 f/2 R WR

 Another big day for Fuji, with multiple announcements, including the X100F. It gets all the expected updates, including the focus toggle lever and the 24 mp sensor from the XPro 2 and XT-2 cameras. This is a very nice second camera, small and light weight, great for street and casual shooting. This will be a great upgrade for all current X100, X100S and X100T users and anyone looking for great image quality in a small package.

The Fuji X100F

Monday, January 16, 2017

Fuji X-T2 and the XF 23mm f/1.4 R

Pacheco Oak in the Fog
Fuji X-T2, XF 23mm f/1.4 R, f/7.1, 1/500 sec, ISO 400

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Fuji X-T2 - Fuji filters in Lightroom


Art at the Allen Institute, Lk Union, Seattle, Wa.
Fuji X-T2, XF 35 f/1.4, 1/10 sec, f/7.1, ISO 200, ACROS +R

Friday, January 6, 2017

Fuji Landscapes

Images In Light: Latest Work &emdash; Salish Dreams

Salish Dreams
Fuji X-T2, XF 56 f/1.2, 1/210 sec, f/2.2, ISO 200, hand held.

I got the Fuji X-T2 as a 2nd camera for events and travel, but I'm keen to try it out on my favorite subject, landscapes. In the past I have used Fuji x-cameras for landscapes, but there has never been enough resolution. Now with 24mp, I should have plenty.  

The Black and White images I get from Fuji cameras are especially nice, and I'm looking forward to doing a lot of landscapes in this style. The X-T2 also gives me the ability to shoot low to the ground with the tilting LCD. The combination of this with the high quality Fujinon lenses, great Black and White files and the 24mp sensor should produce some fantastic images.

Another plus for the Fuji system is its auto ISO settings, I don't fear bumping my ISO up, its nice to not worry about ISO. While on a tripod, I'll still shoot at ISO 200, but I have no problem shooting Black and White landscapes at ISO 800.

Fuji X-T2, XF 56 f/1.2, 1/680 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200, hand held.

Of course I do love Fuji colors too : )


Sunday, January 1, 2017

The Fuji X System

 XT-2 XF 56 f/1.2, 1/280, f/1.2 ISO 200, Acros 

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Lake Tahoe Storm

Storm over Lake Tahoe
5D Mk IV, EF 24-70 f/2.8 L II, Lee 10 stop ND filter, f/11, 24mm, 1.6 sec.

A quick trip up to Tahoe this weekend. Trying to decide last minute where we wanted to go, we ended up going to Lake Tahoe. This was my first photographic trip to Tahoe, almost all the images I've seen from there are of a calm beautiful lake with azure waters and boulders strewn about as if thrown in to a swimming pool. With a winter storm on its way in we ended up with just one morning shoot ahead of the storm.

5D Mk IV, EF 24-70 f/2.8 L II, Lee 10 stop ND filter, f/10, 47mm, 1.3 sec.

With winds blowing and gusting to 15mp or so it was a Challenge just to keep a tripod upright, never mind getting a sharp image with a long exposure, so I had to hold the tripod down against the rocks and try to keep it still while I took my images.


Images In Light

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Exposing for the Mid Tones

Images In Light: Latest Work &emdash; Convict Lake
 5D Mk IV, EF 16-35 f/4 L IS, 1.6 sec, 19mm at f/13
Lee 6 Stop ND filter
Convict Lake, Eastern Sierra

I am always trying to expose for the mid tones, while holding back the histogram from clipping the highlights. This was a pretty bright scene late morning at Convict lake, also very windy. I used the Lee six stop ND filter here to hold back some of the light and allow for the longer exposure on the waves, giving a little motion effect and allowing for some blur on the wave caps.  I used the mid tones on the mountain to expose the image in live view, then pressed AE lock and refocused on the foreground. At f/13, this gave me enough depth of field to make this image work. 

 final histogram

I still needed to pull shadows and highlights in lightroom, but by keeping my histogram in check I was able to pull the needed detail in post and get the most dynamic range out of this scene as I could. Finally I cropped it to a 4:3 aspect ratio, that I like for portrait orientation landscapes.


Monday, October 24, 2016

Using a ND filter for long exposure

Images In Light: Latest Work &emdash; Owens Valley
 5D Mk IV, EF24-70 f/2.8 L  II, f11, 53mm, 30 sec
Processed  in Lightroom for monochrome and split toned.

When imaging a scene with lenticular clouds like this one, I like to use a long exposure to exaggerate their circular rotation. Here I used a Lee 6 stop ND filter to extend the exposure time to 30 sec. Instead of the wispy clouds, I got more of the circular motion of the whole storm system.

This was predawn light, so my original exposure would have been a couple of seconds at f/11, not long enough to get the full range of motion. The below image was a similar exposure taken after the sun came up and the exposure time difference with the same setup was 27.5 seconds, for a 2.5 sec exposure.

Images In Light: Latest Work &emdash; Sunrise before the Storm
5D Mk IV, EF24-70 f/2.8 L  II, f11, 70mm, 2.5 sec

Of course its all a matter of personal taste, I happen to like both, I also have a shot at normal exposure speeds without an ND filter and like those as well. This is just one example of the use of an ND filter and why they should be in every landscape photographers bag.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Nikon D810 and AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II

Images In Light: Latest Work &emdash; Sierra Sunrise
Nikon D810 and  AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
170mm, f/5, 1/100 sec, ISO 64