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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A weed shines brighter

There’s a lot in the neighborhood that every spring sprouts up these clusters of lovely purple flowers (Grape Hyacinth I believe), but every time I get around to going and taking a photo of them, they’ve been mowed down. Not this year!

So I went and shot some frames and was pleased with the color and the detail and was getting ready to head home. On a whim, I shot this one frame of a dandelion and I ended up liking it better than the flowers. Go figure.

The details: FujiFilm X-E2/Nikon Micro-NIKKOR 55mm f2.8 macro, 1/250th at f /2.8, ISO 2002017_March

May 2017

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Challenge Accepted!

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

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April 2017

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