I participated in a Fujifilm instameet this month and was fortunate enough to borrow an X-Pro2 and a 56mm f 1.2 lens. The X-Pro2 is bigger and heavier than my X-E2. The hybrid viewfinder took some getting used to and I’m not quite sure how I would like it with a zoom lens, but overall, it was pretty sweet.
The lens, however, I fell in love with immediately. This image shows one of the reasons why – at f1.2, the focal depth is just a sliver.
The details: Fujifilm X-Pro2 with XF56mm f1.2. 1/500th @f1.2, ISO 200
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As I was taking photos of budding cherry blossoms on the tree in the backyard, my Wife came out and told me “I challenge you to make an interesting picture out of the rhubarb plant. I want rhubarb on my desktop this month.” Well, I guess I do requests now 😉
The sun was a little bright on the plant so I dashed off to the garage to grab one of my reflectors to create a little shade. The plant itself had only recently re-emerged after winter’s slumber and the space under the new leaves made for a very alien landscape.
The details: FujiFilm X-E2/Nikon Micro-NIKKOR 55mm f2.8 macro, 1/40th at f /4, ISO 200
Found myself in Edmonds the other day and thought I’d go look for herons at a marsh near the beach. Found the Herons, they were all huddling against the cold wind, trying to stay warm. Kinda boring, actually. Walking along the path, I kept hearing the squeaky-scratchy song of a hummingbird. Eventually found this guy up in the top of a nearby tree.
I did later find out that of the four species of hummingbird in Washington, only one of them actually sings. Narrows it down some. The Anna’s Hummingbird is also the only one that winters in Washington. Apparently, they do migrate in the winter, heading for lower elevations, they just don’t go south like the others.
FujiFilm X-E2/XF 55-200 @ 200mm, 1/2900th at f / 4.8, ISO 200
Spent part of a day hanging out in Seattle looking for a scene that was inspiring photographically, and I have to admit, I just wasn’t finding anything that worked for me. Having had enough, we headed back to the bus stop for the ride home and while waiting, I wandered out into the street to take this shot. I particularly like the closed in feeling the tall buildings give.
FujiFilm X-E2/XF 55-200 @ 200mm, 1/200th at f / 5.6, ISO 200
A couple of months ago, I started seeing posts on Instagram of these beautiful warbirds. The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) has squadrons all over the US dedicated to the restoration and demonstration of these aircraft. Only after we loaded up and hit the open road to visit family for Christmas, did I realize that this particular squadron lived just a short distance from my in-laws, and that meant hangar tour!
This particular aircraft is a North American SNJ-5 “Texan” carrying the markings of a training squadron. You can read more about this particular aircraft on the CAF’s website, and be sure to follow @cafsocal on Instagram.
Shot with a Fujifilm X-E2 and a Fuji 18-55mm lens. 1/180th sec @ F5, ISO 5000. (I think it holds up pretty good at ISO 5000)