Playing with the Canon G7X MII

Sometimes you just need a play day, no serious photography, no pressure, no early or late hours.  Just good old fashioned snapshots with a little creative interpretation thrown in.  I had been looking for a great point and shoot I could throw in my purse and just have when easily available when I wanted to capture the moment.  I finally found it with the Canon G7X MII, and stumbled on a photography playground with their creative modes. Continue reading

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He saw. She saw. San Diego Zoo Edition

Mary I spent a very long weekend in San Diego to beat the heat.   We always like going to the zoo there, especially to see the Pandas.  In this edition of He saw…She saw, we visited our favorite animals.  Here is what you might see. Continue reading

Photography Project: Creative Zoo Processing

Photography renewed my love for the zoo.  I used to think it was a kid’s thing that parents had to begrudgingly do as part of the qualification of being a good parent.  Now I find myself jockeying with the kids for prime viewing spots (I do try to find a mutually agreeable arrangement, however sometimes it can be challenging when they are scrambling around my legs and monopod).  Our recent trip to the San Diego Zoo was a complete bust for me (as you can see from my “before” shots).  We had great overcast skies, but I couldn’t seem to find the zone.  So I thought I would turn my creativity to the processing side of the equation.  So here is my take on “zoo life”. Continue reading

Photography Project: Adding Texture to Photographs

Bike with basket

Texturing an image is something that requires not only time, but heavy creative mental space.  Its not easy to do, especially with hundreds of interesting textures, and a lot of “what-if” thoughts running through your mind. Continue reading

Photography Processing: Creative effects with Flypaper CEP recipes

Woman on bike with street lamp

I can easily get distracted by the next new thing – a new set of Lightroom presets, a fun Photoshop action, a new plug-in…..that I forget about the great stuff I fell in love with before.  As I started processing my Oxford photos, I rediscovered Flypaper’s recipes/presets for Google’s NIK product (and also managed to rationalize buying a couple of new sets of recipes). Continue reading

He Saw…She Saw…Lower Cataract Lake, CO

As you all know, one of the great joys of being a photography couple is seeing the world through each other’s eyes.  Usually, Mary is tight and telephoto, and I am wide-angle.  Here, we got crossed. Continue reading

Photographing with one lens

Flowers and old building in Oxford England

If you’ve been following us here long enough, you know that I love my toys.  I get excited about using different lenses, filters (yes Jack I still use my blue/gold filter), and gizmos (like a child’s prism).  You can probably imagine how I felt, when I found myself only being able to take one camera and one lens for a week in Oxford, England.  I was there for work, and had to limit my photography to the transition time to walk between buildings.  So here is what I learned, when I pushed out of my comfort zone of nature photography…..one camera, one lens, and the street.

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People ask me all of the time…what camera should I buy? Here’s the answer.

Mary with her Fuji XT2 and a Fujinon 50-140mm lens

Friends, family, and co-workers ask me often what camera they should buy.  It’s not an easy answer and involves a conversation and thoughtfulness on the part of the asker.  Here is how you might want to decide. Continue reading

Another weekend in Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park

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Our trusty red Jeep in front of the Parker Group

Mary and I spent the long July 4th weekend in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.  We were looking for bears and flowers in Sequoia and we made our first trip through Kings Canyon to see the waterfalls.  Here is what you might see. Continue reading

Am I a Fujifilm shooter now? Thoughts on the X-T2 and X-T1.

Bass Harbor Head Light

Bass Harbor Head Light

I bought a Fujifilm camera so that I could attend a Jack Graham and Bill Fortney Fuji X Workshop with Mary for Fujifilm camera owners in Mount Rainier National Park last year.  I have had my Fujifilm X-T1 now for well over a year and my X-T2 for almost a year.  Here are my thoughts and a short review: Continue reading