Floating on Clouds

I like this picture because it messes with your head a little. It’s the reflection of a branch and the clouds in a pond. The leaf is floating on the surface of the water…

I shot this twice, once focused on the leaf and the branch and cloud out of focus and again as below with the leaf out of focus. I think if I were to do it over, I’d split the difference and shoot to keep both the leaf and the branch in focus.

The details: Fujifilm X-E2 with XF55-200mm @55mm. 1/300th @f3.5, ISO 200

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December 2017

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Rebound

This rose bush started out at the house where my Wife’s Dad grew up in Seattle. Years later, part of it was transplanted to the front of their house in Oxnard, California. Recently, the rose had all but died, not a speck of green to be found anywhere on it. So my Wife started watering it.

This photo was taken about seven weeks later.

The details: Fujifilm X-E2 with XF27mm f2.8. 1/320th @f2.8, ISO 200

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November 2017

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Bridge the gap

The Fairfax Bridge spanning the 494-foot gap over the Carbon River was built in 1921 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The one-lane bridge deck is 250 feet above the river and connects to outdoor recreation areas and the North-Western corner of Mt Rainier National Park.

Before the bridge was constructed, the only way to access the coal mining town of Fairfax, WA was by rail or wagon trail from (what is now the Ghost Town of) Melmont. Today the rail bed has been converted into a multi-use trail. (Which is where I took the photo from.)

The details: The details: Fujifilm X-E2 with XF18-55 @18mm. 1/240th @f5.6, ISO 800

 

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October 2017

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Just a slice

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 2002017_august

August 2017

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Off into the sunset

We visited Santa Marta, Columbia on our vacation back in May. This shot of the lighthouse on Isla El Morro was one of the last frames of the day as we set sail for our next port.

The details: FujiFilm X-E2/Fuji XF 18-55 @50mm 1/1000th @f7.1, ISO 200

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July 2017

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What a colorful world

We just returned from a vacation – a cruise through the Panama Canal (LA->Ft. Lauderdale) and it was, as you might expect, quite incredible. We had stops in Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Columbia and Aruba.

While in Costa Rica, we visited the Natuwa Macaw Sanctuary where they work with injured and otherwise vulnerable birds. Its good work these guys do and you can find out more on their website.

In addition to having Macaws recovering in huge aviaries, many are rehabilitated and released back into the wild. There are a bunch that hang around the sanctuary – perhaps it’s the presence of so many of their brethren that makes them comfortable with staying. Either way, they’re beautiful birds.

These two scarlet macaws were keeping an eye on our group as we toured the grounds.

The details: FujiFilm X-E2/Fuji XF 55-200 @120mm 1/40th @f4.2, ISO 400 (This baffles me a little bit – I thought I had set the camera to increase the ISO if the shutter speed dropped below 200. So that wasn’t working or I had it set wrong. Aside from that, I have no idea how this is a clear shot. I simply shouldn’t have been able to hand hold 120mm @1/40th of a second exposure. Oh well – I’ll take it)

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June 2017

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