Seattle at f1.4


I shoot my personal work with Fujifilm camera bodies. Recently I’ve been grabbing the XPro-1 body with Fuji’s stellar 35mm f1.4 “normal” lens. This lens on the Fuji APS-C (“crop”) sensor has the field of view of a 53mm lens used on full-frame format. The wide open aperture of f1.4 creates a super-shallow zone of sharpness. If we are close, you, the viewer, see the subject sharp against a softer surround. Sometimes obvious, sometimes subtle. It is very hard to achieve focus on the tiny slice of the scene you want to show perfect sharpness. There’s a rumor that Fuji is developing a 33mm […]

Just one shot today


I went down to Waimea town for an errand and to shoot a bit… could not “get going”. Town seemed deserted. Just took one shot. Two frames, with and without the walking couple. This one was better. X-Pro-1, 35mm f1.4, 1/4000 at f1.4 (wide open to help separate the cart from its surroundings.) ISO 400

Tesoro Tonight


Stopped at the Tesoro Queen K on my way home from the Kona Camera Club May meeting, Thursday the 26th.

Color depends on its lineage


What does that mean?! JPEG above, raw below. Fuji X Pro-1, 35mm f1.4 lens, ISO 200 (base sensitivity of the sensor) f5.6 Well, these two images are from the same “capture” or press of the shutter button and neither file was touched after they were 1. a 1/950 of a second glimpse by the sensor, 2. a stream of 1’s and 0’s created from tiny pulses of current in 16 million also-tiny buckets on the sensor. (This is the raw” file because it’s unrecognizable as an image. It’s the elemental form, not yet an image) 3. sent through a chip in […]

Hilo Walkabout


Not too many people out and about bayside. Everybody at the mall? Hilo wore muted colors with splashes of bright accent color today. Just able to shoot for about 45 minutes.

Kimo – will be missed


Went to Kimo’s Memorial Service today at St. James. He will be missed by many of us. Here’s Kimo. (Open the post for a pic…) He liked this picture, the result of a reflexive, rushed, rise of my little NEX5 to my eye as we walked toward each other. Thankfully the AF, usually balky in that rig, worked – or lucky catch. The 16mm Sony pancake @f2.8, 1/2000 sec. Kimo was caring, smart, saw the world differently than some and for that reason (and others) was a great friend to talk to. You made time when you ran into him. Expressive eyes. Knew […]

A Staunton Night


Sometimes I can’t stop. Good music or stimulating events “start me up” and once started I *have* to keep taking pictures. Here’s a Memorial Day concert a little while back in Staunton, VA, where my daughter went to college – fun to photograph people, the band,  and I was way too jazzed to stop and go back to sit, stop. Darker and darker as night finally fell, but Staunton is a great town for mysterious architecture, evocative street scenes. Brick, wood and imposing stonework buildings, cobblestone streets. Contrasts. So when the concert was over my “eye” was not. Its curiosity would not be […]