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Fuji, Fotodiox and the Lensbaby Sweet 35

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I must admit that not all items in my camera bag get equal use. It has been a long time since I used the Lensbaby Sweet 35 lens, at least it feels that way. But before I go on, I must digress.

I have been a Nikon Shooter for close to 10 years. I know the buttons and controls in my sleep. But during the last couple of years many of my friends have been making the switch to the Fuji X system. It’s small, lightweight, the quality is stunning and finally it got to the point that I could no longer ignore the Fuji. So about a year ago I made the plunge and purchased the XT-1 and several lenses. Ever since I have been having a love and hate relationship with the Fuji. I love the Fuji because of all the items that I listed above. It’s just sometimes the controls are not intuitive to me. This has caused me to fumble at times when I should be in the moment. I’m sure most of this could have been avoided if I had locked myself in a room for a day and read the horrible little manual that seems to accompany any camera regardless of cost.

Let’s get back to the the Lensbaby. I have no idea what the market share is for the Fuji X- Series cameras, but at this point it must be small enough that Lensbaby has not opted to make a lens specifically for the Fuji. So I obtained an adapter from FotoDiox and it has sat in my camera bag for the better part of a year, that is until last weekend. I decided to finally try the adapter and the Lensbaby. It was wonderful, and once I was looking through the viewfinder it was the same as it has always been. The experience was seamless. I’m not sure when I will reach for the Lensbaby and Fuji combo, but I’m sure it won’t be a year.

The final image was processed using MacPhun Tonality Pro.   For a discount on all MacPhun products use the discount code “ROADRUNNER”.    Clients of Road Runner Photography Tours are eligible for a 10% discount on Lensbaby products.  Contact us for the discount code.

What do you do on a Road Trip?

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Recently I was invited to speak to the Charlotte Camera Club.   Whenever I travel with a camera I try to build in time to explore.  On both of my travel days I was able to explore some of the back roads near Charlotte.  I was not disappointed!  My discoveries included beautiful forests, old cars and, in the case of the image above, a beautiful fixer upper.   Truthfully this house is too far gone to restore but I could not help but marvel at the architecture.  The roof lines and the wraparound porch seem to suggest that at one time this was a beautiful house.

 

All the stops to take pictures added a few hours to my travel time, but the moments and the images made this a worthwhile endeavor.

West Virginia Wrap Up

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A couple of weeks ago we wrapped up a fantastic 3 day photo tour of West Virginia.  West Virginia is a wonderful location that is an easy destination from the Mid-Atlantic area, usually a few hours travel by car.  The Canaan Valley area is always the first spot to turn color and it’s a great way to kick off your fall color photography.   We had a great group of people and photographic conditions were quite nice.  One surprise for me was the number of people at Bear Rocks even on the weekday mornings.  It seems each year this spot grows in popularity.   Luckily I know the area well and was able to take the group to several other places that are not as well-known and as a result I think allowed for a more relaxed time with nature.

 Click here for a few additional images from West Virginia!

 

Our next tour is Cape May, NJ on November 1-3, spots are still available and it’s not too late to register.   Early November is a wonderful time to visit the beach, the crowds have gone home and conditions are still nice.

 

A Bear Cub in a Tree

 

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I know you are thinking I must have made a mistake with this blog’s title.  I was recently editing my pictures from a tour of the Smoky Mountains this past spring and, after going through about 100 bear cub pictures, I came across this shot.  While shooting the bear I noticed the moon was out and this line of clouds went right across,  so I snapped a picture of the moon and went back to shooting the bear.

 

I have two points or perhaps suggestions to make.  First, don’t be afraid to put your subject in the middle of the frame.  Sometimes it works just fine.  Second, take the time to look around.  You might just be missing a better picture if you are only aware of what’s in front of you.

 

Sometimes it’s better in Black and White

 

Here is a slightly different take on the Palouse Barn from my prior post.  With the sweeping clouds above the barn, I think this one looks better in Black and White.  I had pretty much finished processing the color version when it occurred to me that it might look better in Black and White.