Walt Disney World
Snippets – Portfolio Blog
Not every image needs to be grand. Not every image needs to tell the whole story. Sometimes, only a snippet of an image is needed to wake the mind and have it fill in the rest of the story. Sometimes, those images are the ones remembered as best…
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/250, 20mm ,f/16, ISO 200
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/320, 21mm ,f/16, ISO 400
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.4s, 24mm ,f/5.6, ISO 400
Delta Lake State Park
Delta Wide – Portfolio Blog
I haven’t processed all the images I captured last Saturday while I was snowshoeing around Delta Lake State Park. So this morning I figured I should make an effort to do a few. Next to the beach area there is a small pond sandwiched in between the trails. The volume of water generally rises and falls with the level in the lake. With the clouds in the sky, the sun trying to poke its way through to my right and the frozen water I wanted to capture the entire scene from one of the ends of this area. I don’t have a super-wide lens but I do know how to capture images for a panorama. This image is a 10 shot panorama.
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 25mm f/1.8, 1/800s, f/11, ISO 200 (10 shot pano)
Squared – SQ119
Autumn Frozen – Portfolio Blog
Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS, 1/8s, 55mm, f/16, ISO 200
Delta Lake State Park
Snowy Solitude – Portfolio Blog
Mother Nature was not done with us. After a week of nice, above normal weather, winter returned in full force Thursday night/Friday morning. I ended up snow blowing the driveway three times on Friday. I worked from home because after an early attempt on the roads I decided it was not worth attempting. And then, after a short 16 hours of snowing, it was over. The snow hung on everything creating a beautiful winter wonderland.
By the middle of the day Saturday the temperature was in the middle 30’s and I ventured out to Delta Lake State Park before all the snow fell off the trees. The snow was deep enough to give me quite a workout with the snowshoes. An hour exploring the park with the camera and I was feeling it in my quads. I think I managed to capture some good images. I’ll start with a isolated view of a couple of the benches at the edge of the beach…
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 25mm f/1.8, 1/1250s, f/11, ISO 200
Griffith Observatory, Griffith Park, California
Griffith Observatory – Portfolio Blog
A last minute adjustment to a supplier visit had me traveling to California this week. It was suppose to be a quick trip so I decided not to bring any camera equipment along. That was a mistake. The supplier was prepared and I was able to complete my inspection by noon on Wednesday. My flight back was not until Thursday morning. With some free time on my hands I drove up to Griffith Park to explore the Griffith Observatory. I was in geek heaven! It was amazing!
Although I was regretting not bringing a camera with me, my phone manages to capture halfway respectable images. I can do quite a lot of editing with the apps on my phone but ended up using Lightroom Mobile to get them sync’d up with my computer. I did not have the proper time to process all of the pictures so I will warn everyone now that another post will be coming for my trip to the observatory.
Google Pixel Phone
Google Pixel Phone
Delta Lake State Park
Winter on the Lake – Portfolio Blog
I was not a happy camper yesterday. I awoke to the sound of wind and rain on my window. My hope for going out to capture a sunrise was quickly diminishing. So were my plans to test the X-T2 a little more before I needed to send it back. The day unfolded and my mood only worsened. I’ll admit, I pouted.
I should have had faith in Mother Nature. We are usually on good speaking terms. Around 3:30 in the afternoon she came through for me. The sun worked its way through the clouds and as I looked to the west I could tell it was going to be a good sunset. I got the cats fed, charged up the camera battery and headed over to Delta Lake State Park for the show. It was so worth it!
I’m really enjoying the manual adjust dial layout on the X-T2. I can adjust the exposure quickly without removing my eye from the viewfinder. The multi-angled view screen is great for when I switch to portrait mode as well. The small joystick for re-positioning the focus point just works for me. I had a good time on the frozen lake last night. Hopefully this image reflects my mood…
Winter on the Lake
Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS, 1/60s, 33mm, f/16, ISO 200
Fujifilm X-T2 at Bellamy Harbor Park
Fujifilm X-T2 – Portfolio Blog
It has been a little over two years since I switched from my Nikon setup to Olympus. I love this camera. Everything I need fits easily in my backpack. The smaller size equipment allows me to take it everywhere without creating issues for me. The only downside I currently have is the low-light performance. I find for my normal landscape work around sunrise and sunset it is not to much of an issue. Sometimes I have to utilize a longer exposure or open up the aperture a few stops but I have been able to get the images I wanted. On my last trip to Disney I found the camera a little limiting while trying to capture more night images. I’m looking into possibilities for improving my game…
I rented the Fujifilm X-T2 camera, the Fujinon 23mm f/2 and Fujinon 18-55mm f/2.8-4 lenses for a week. I didn’t want to give up the advantages of the mirrorless system but wanted to see if the larger sensor improved my night time results. I have also been looking at the Sony A7R II/III system but not sure I need to go all the way to full frame (the sticker shock might be a contributing factor in those thoughts). I might rent the Sony at some point down the road to see if the price is justified. I also believe part of this looking elsewhere is due to the cost of the upgrade to my camera. Not sure it helps with what I want for the price.
Of course, as luck would have it, I rent the Fujifilm equipment for a week starting on Friday but I neglected to inform Mother Nature. She can be so cruel some times. I managed to go out Saturday morning to Bellamy Harbor Park to try out the system. As I am writing this post this morning I can hear the wind and rain against my windows and I know my opportunities today will be very limited. And to add to my predicament, I have to go out of town this week for work (very last minute) so unless I am willing to take it with me, my rental week will be very short.
One of the aspects of the X-T2 that I was interested in is the systems ability to simulate various Fujifilm film types. In particular, the Acros 100 mode. I was not a big film photographer when I was younger and really only became serious about photography in the digital age but I do love a good monochrome image. My apologies now, most of the images in this post are the straight out of camera Acros simulation images. Hopefully, I’ll have some opportunities to play with more features/functions of this camera before I have to send it back.