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The Defining Moment–Gearing up for Weddings

February 2, 2014 | One comment

With another year of wedding photography set to begin this March, I have taken some time to reflect and look back on the weddings of the past several years. Almost invariably, as I’m editing photos or going back through them months later, there is a single photograph that for me captures the spirit of the […]

Heavy Cream: In Search of Bokeh with the Fujinon XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 OIS

January 30, 2014 | 28 comments

Somewhere along the line, I decided that the ideal everyday Fuji kit for me was either the X-E1 or X-E2, the Fujinon 18mm f/2 XF R, the Fujinon 35mm f/1.4 XF R, and the Fujinon XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS. I was prompted to blog about this lens after I did Google search after […]

Oh Snap! Technology in Fast Forward!

January 29, 2014 | No comments yet

The other day, I was talking with someone much younger than myself about the movement of technology. I told them about my life before cell phones, the internet, and color computer monitors. I reminisced about taking a huge sleeve of cassettes with me on field trips, enough music to fill maybe 2% of my iPhone […]

In Search of Clear Skies

January 26, 2014 | No comments yet

Recently, I decided to take break from social media, namely Facebook. I don’t know how long the break will last, but I plan to keep it open ended. To be clear, I don’t harbor any ire towards Facebook or anything like that. It’s just that it can be such a time sink, and I already […]

Ordinary Exultation

January 24, 2014 | No comments yet

Photography. Seeing. Sometimes people suggest that photography is a matter of seeing. And I wouldn’t entirely disagree with that. Photography is about light and shadow, form, geometry, space, moments. It is about observing the world around you, really looking, and exposing natural patterns, designs, shapes. But lenses are not eyes, and cameras are not brains. They can’t filter […]

All Right, Mister DeMille…

January 16, 2014 | No comments yet

Back when I was shooting my Canon kit, I never owned a macro lens because I never had much need for one. I had the occasional need to photograph something close up at a wedding or just for fun, but I had extension tubes and my trusty, close focusing 24-70 f/2.8L, which could, in most […]

Of Fog and Sun

January 15, 2014 | One comment

It doesn’t happen often, but every once in awhile, I get the opportunity to go out and photograph, unfettered by job or child or worry. Free to focus on whatever I find, I can slowly suss out themes, motifs, and pay keener attention to the subtle changes of the landscape. For a normally extroverted person, […]

One Sunset

January 12, 2014 | No comments yet

“You only get one sunrise and one sunset a day, and you only get so many days on the planet. A good photographer does the math and doesn’t waste either.” ―Galen Rowell  

X-E1 vs. X-E2… since you asked

January 10, 2014 | 22 comments

Yeah, this is a gear post. Some folks have asked me recently about the Fujifilm X-E1 vs. the X-E2, and so here’s my way of responding. I was going to just move past talking about the gear for awhile since it is only contributing to an unhealthy fixation on the parts of photography that don’t […]

Polar Vortex Serendipity

January 8, 2014 | No comments yet

One of my favorite new shows on NPR is ‘Snap Judgement.’ If you’ve never listened to it, it’s definitely worth checking out. Not only is Glynn Washington a good storyteller in his own right, but he has also assembled a staff that finds amazing folks with amazing stories. A recent episode that I’d downloaded to […]