X-T1: A few days of shooting

X-T1 on the street

I’ve been shooting more, taking my Fuji X-T1 where ever I go. It’s small enough not to be a burden. The was the role of my Fuji X100, but it’s eccentric focusing and fixed 23mm f/2 lens were a little bit of a drawback. Photography is again becoming something I’m starting get passionate about.

I’ve posted a lot of my flickr steam in the last week. I’ve we’re not connected there, please follow me and I’ll follow you back. Are my photos good? Not especially, but I am able to capture what I mean to, most of the time. The above photo was not a fluke. I have no idea what the guy in the vulgar t-shirt is doing. Did he spot me and my camera and think, “See no evil” ? Continue reading “X-T1: A few days of shooting”

Hong Kong Rain and Luck

No Spray and Pray in the Hong Kong Rain

I’m not one to proclaim my photography skills from a mountain top. There’s not many photographers I know that act like all-knowing Gods. Those that do, I usually avoid. While I am not laden with obvious skill – I will admit to a lot of luck. Some of the best photos I have taken have been sheer luck: Right place, right time, that split-second chance of pressing the shutter button at that the perfect moment in time. Or, the luck of having a vision for a shot, reading the light, and then being blessed by the previous. I have never subscribed to spray and pray. Continue reading “Hong Kong Rain and Luck”

Lama Temple prayers, Beijing

Lama Temple, Beijing
Lama Temple, Beijing

Lama Temple is a gem. My favorite spot in Beijing. I spend some time in Beijing recently. Not my favorite city. Bad traffic and bad air, hordes of people, I find it hard to evening enjoy the vast history of the country’s capital city.

On my first trip to Beijing in 2009 I had a day off to roam the streets., I saw the usual stuff, the forbidden city, Tiananmen Square, wandered through a couple of hutongs. Typical stuff. I spotted Lama Temple, aka Yonghe Temple, aka Yonghe Lamasery and ended my day there. I do love me a good temple. From the craziness of Beijing, the place is a lovely respite. If you can overlook the tour buses and crowds, it does offer an interesting experience. Continue reading “Lama Temple prayers, Beijing”

Get over here!

Come with me! Fuji street camera, Mongkok, Hong Kong
Come with me! Fuji street camera, Mongkok, Hong Kong

I’ve been shooting with my Fuji X-T1 (aka my Fuji street camera) but I haven’t kept up with the blogging. Being on the road for three weeks – first Beijing, then Singapore, then Manila – hasn’t left a lot of time for blogging. I’ve thought about it, but that’s not the same as doing it. My Fuji X-T1 has been a companion, as has my 5D MIII. The Canon has stayed in the gear back for the most part. Go Fuji. Continue reading “Get over here!”

Fuji X-T1 on the streets

Fuji X-T1 - Playing in the Park
Fuji X-T1 – Playing in the Park

I drank the Kool-Aid and bought a Fuji X-T1. Damn you RC Concepcion and Zack Arias.

Let’s step back, this wasn’t a momentary lapse of reason (or GAS, gear acquisition syndrome). I’ve been looking for a smaller system to replace my Canon 5D Mark III for some time. Every system I looked at – Olympus and Panasonic Micro 4/3, the Fuji X-Pro 1 – none of them I liked enough to buy. There was always something missing that I needed. People rave about the M4/3 sensor, for me it’s too small. Let’s not talk about Nikon’s 1 series… Continue reading “Fuji X-T1 on the streets”

Travel Photography: Dubai Airport Lounge

Waiting at Dubai Airport
Waiting at Dubai Airport

Dubai Airport – how did I get here? You wake up and have no idea where you are. This happens to me often. I travel a lot, this happens. You don’t know where you are or how you got there. Once upon a time I saw a jet setting career as one that was super-cool. Now that I have it? Not so much. Be careful what you wish for…

Ah, Dubai Airport. I shoot a lot of photos in airports. Mainly because I spend a lot of time in airport. I don’t shoot in security or customs, I don’t want to end up in a jail cell. Airports are an international melting pot, a huge social experiment. People from all over the world, lost in their own little world. Dubai Airport more so than many. As Emirates hub it a bustling airport – as busy as the city itself. Continue reading “Travel Photography: Dubai Airport Lounge”

GPP and Getting back into the groove

Colorful wall in Mongkok
Colorful wall in Mongkok

I’m using GPP as a spring board. Getting back into the swing of things, photography-wise, is a challenge. I pick up the camera then put it down for a month. Regaining that passion, that drive, isn’t easily done. I have been reading The Passionate Photographer: Ten Steps Toward Becoming Great by Steve Simon. I was lucky enough to meet Steve at GPP in Dubai two years ago. Wonderful guy. I am hoping his book of wisdom will assist in getting me back on the path. Continue reading “GPP and Getting back into the groove”