Category Archives: Photo Tech

Sad to Sell this Lens


I’m about to post this Canon 100mm f2.8 lens on CraigsList so someone else can enjoy it. I don’t use it enough, but it’s fun when I pick it up and explore. Or show that unique detail at a wedding. I found a few examples. I’ll shoot these images on Fuji when needed going forward. Mushrooms discovered at dusk in my yard so in dying light cranked a Canon 5DMark3 up to ISO 12800 and got away with 1/25 shutter at f32. I was lying down with elbows braced against the camera body strap. The bird skeleton and dried ironwood […]

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 […]

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 […]