Category Archives: Photography

Flickr updates and pix2015

I’ve been posting some pictures over on my Flickr Photostream lately, so if you haven’t taken a look lately head on over.

Just so happens to be that I’m up here in Seattle at the same time the DPReview magazine PIX2015 show is going on. I stopped in for a little bit to check it out, and got a good look at some new gear and good pictures. There wasn’t too much going on, but I got the impression that showing up at 6pm meant I was there after all the fun happened. Looking at the Fuji camera booth was nice, I enjoyed talking to fellow fuji-users and seeing what’s new. I also took a look at the new Sony full frame mirrorless camera and was pretty impressed. Maybe someday when I’m rich…

Art Sutch Photography

Art Sutch PhotographyIn Juneau today, I had a chance to stop in to Art Sutch Photography to talk photos with Art and have a glance at some of the cool goodies he has in his tiny store. Art is more than a wedding photographer, though that is obviously where he makes his money. He is also a diver, underwater photographer, nature photographer, and he runs the store. In the store he has some great equipment for sale, mostly Fuji and Nikon, tripods and goodies. He is actually the one who turned me on to Fuji digital cameras, which I am grateful for.

Art is a great guy to hang out and shoot the breeze with, with a cool attitude and a wealth of information. I always love my visits there.

If you are ever in Juneau and need camera gear, stop in and say hi to Art. Even if you just want to talk photography, you should still stop in and chat.

Malakoff Diggins State Park

View of the diggins from the loop trail
View of the diggins from the loop trail
Emily and I took a walk around the Malakoff Diggins Loop Trail today, it was a great experience. I have been to the diggins many times before, but never have I had a chance to see it from the inside. This isn’t a real hard trail, but it’s a good work out on a hot day. I’m not really sure how long the trail is, but I would guess that it’s around a three mile hike, or so.

View of the trail from inside the diggins
View of the trail from inside the diggins
For those of you who don’t know about the park, it’s located about 25 miles north of Nevada City, CA on mostly dirt roads. The drive out is on North Bloomfield road, which is paved to the Yuba River, then dirt up to the park, and it’s clearly marked along the way. The added bonus is that after hiking in the park you can stop back by at Edward’s Crossing for a swim! Head on out and take a look at some cool old mining equipment, support the state parks too!

4 wheeling jobs

There’s a pretty good article in the September 2014 issue of 4wheel & Offroad magazine about getting paid to drive offroad and such. As I’ve said before, I have dreamed of working for a 4×4 magazine since I was fifteen and haven’t stopped since.

It’s interesting that they brought up the point that jobs at magazines are going away. I work with National Geographic photographers and writers regularly, and they tell me much the same thing that Mr Morr has to say. Magazines have little staff anymore. They pay for contributions by people who can sell a story, and they have a small staff of writers who do the rest. The Nat Geo folks tell me that their used to be 15-25 people on the staff that would get assignments, but now there are only a couple. The whole magazine industry has been affected by digital media and many other factors, so now it’s rough going to make a career out of it. The folks I know that are making a career out of it are doing it by making a name for themselves, selling stories, traveling around a bunch, selling pictures and doing lots of networking. All possible, but like everything it takes real commitment.

I thought it interesting that the article missed talking about one key element that is a huge part of 4×4’s. Being a 4×4 mechanic. During the few years I worked at a 4×4 shop I met many people who invited me along on trips, I had first hand knowledge of most every part 4×4 related and in many cases I got to either drive or ride along in many of the 4×4’s I worked on. I’d say it’s the BEST way to be immersed in the offroad world.

Second to that the best thing is to find work that allows for copious amounts of time off AND pays well enough to support the 4×4 addiction. There are many examples out there, but the most obvious to me is working as a sailor. I have a six week on and six week off schedule, not bad right? Most sailors work something similar, 28 days on and 28 days off up to 3 months on and 3 months off. This allows for lots of wheeling and camping time. It’s something to think about, anyways.

Importance of filters in photography

Over the last few years I have steadily gotten used to taking pictures with different lenses, cameras and other equipment. One thing I didn’t realize until recently is just how much a filter can change a photograph. I brought my fuji along with two lenses and I haven’t had a chance to pick up any filters yet, but now I wish I had put more effort into it!

My skies are blown out and there are several times a week I go to grab an ND or CPL, only to find it’s not there! Blue ice? Not nearly as brilliant without the CPL. Blue skies over white glaciers? Where’s my 8 stop ND again?!

I won’t go out with filters again, that was so silly of me.

Some camera talk

It’s been a while since I talked about cameras, and I’m pretty sure I haven’t really talked about what I’m even using now!

After my Canon started acting up on me, I decided to make a switch to the Fuji x-e1. Canon makes great cameras, but it was pretty obvious to me that size and some other things were becoming more important to me. My plan is to keep my Canon lenses and maybe someday buy a full frame 5d or something similar, but for now it just wasn’t in the budget.

The advantages of the Fuji are pretty awesome, too. The thing is just the right size, not so large it’s a pain to carry, not so small it’s hard to hold steady. The sensor is incredible. I’m very impressed with the capabilities of this body, and it out performs my old 40d by miles.

Previous attempts at mirrorless cameras had given me quite a few “legacy lenses” or old film lenses to play with and since the Fuji has a viewfinder I can focus the thing much better than the Olympus I had previously. In fact, I’ve grown to really love the electronic view finder, even more than the SLR type.

Like I said before, currently I have only adapted 35mm film camera lenses, my current favorites being a Minolta 28mm f/2.8 and a Carenar 50mm f/1.8. Both have produced great results and with the Fuji’s ability to assist with focusing on manual focus lenses I have been very happy with this kit. At some point I’ll start to by Fuji lenses, but for now, I’m ok using the old guys. The first fuji lens on my list is the 10-24 due out in march. Wide angle legacy lenses aren’t so easy to come by, and if I’m going to pay a bunch I would rather buy new.

I’m fairly sure that cameras will all be mirrorless in the coming years, and that’s fine by me. As the technology gets better and better more folks will convert, and sooner or later the DSLR as we know it will be history. All for the better.