The “First Stop” Toward Texas

Photographers usually know that the first few shots of any photo endeavor are usually the worst. It takes time to warm up, figure out what settings to use, and try to make sense of the scene in front of them. Tonight, as my friend Kurt Johnson (pictured above in his natural habitat) and I embarked on a journey to Texas, we stopped on the side of the…

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Fujifilm GF 110mm f/2 First Shots

No, this isn't a review of the GF110mm f/2 lens for Fujifilm's medium format system. This is just a tribute. I knew it was going to be good when I bought it earlier today, and I put it through some paces at the local botanical gardens and... well... you know the story. It's a REALLY good lens, and when it's paired with Fuji's 100-megapixel sensor... it just…

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The Truly Awesome Nebraska Sandhill Cranes – A Day Trip Photo Adventure With Nikon and Fujifilm

Around 20 years ago I headed out west to photograph one of the most stunning scenes you can imagine: the Sandhill Crane migration. For the month of March, these beautiful (but also kinda goofy-looking) birds fatten up in the corn fields along the Platte River before they head on out to their next destination. Photographing them isn't easy, and I remember taking my really crappy 70-300mm consumer…

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I Went to Atlanta… Here are Some Things I Saw Through My Nikon Z8

My man Kurt Johnson and I recently took a quick road trip to Atlanta. This was my first real trip with the Nikon Z8, the camera I bought after having the Nikon Zf for a few months. Initial reactions of the Z8 are very, very positive. Nikon's ergonomics are amazing, and this camera's feel is no different. It seems to stick in the hand with a grip…

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Fujifilm X-T5 Grips: Fuji Official Vs. SmallRig

https://youtu.be/XuWtxs23LJo If you’re like me and you love the look and function of the X-T5, but the camera’s grip hasn’t felt very comfortable for you, then a grip might be a good option for you. Since Fuji opted to skip on giving us a battery grip (which, Fujifilm, WHAT were you thinking?) - we’re left with the official Fujifilm grip, the MHG-XT5, and other aftermarket options. This…

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Night and Snow with the X-H2 and Viltrox 13mm

One of the old challenges with Fujifilm was access to unique lenses like the Viltrox 13mm f/1.4. There's nothing native in the Fujifilm lineup, and while adapting lenses is always something that can be done, it's just nice to stick the lens on the camera and know it will work the way it's intended. I rarely shoot with the 13mm, however. I've had it for a few…

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Affordable and Versatile: The Fujifilm 70-300 f/4-5.6 Review

The Fujifilm XF 70-300 f/4-f/5.6 telephoto lens is an absolute powerhouse at a fantastic price. First, we get an insanely useful telephoto range of 107-457 in full-frame terms. Then, we get 5.5 stops of image stabilization, which helps to shoot landscapes and more in lower light. We also get a linear focus mechanism, allowing for super fast and accurate focusing, and a weather-resistant designation which means it's…

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First Time Out with the Olympus 60mm f/2.8 Macro

Yes, I know the new kid on the block is the 90mm f/3.5 Macro from OM-System, but I’m a little behind the times. I picked up the older 60mm f/2.8 Macro lens for Micro Four-Thirds just a few hours ago, and headed immediately down to the local botanical garden to try it out. My first impression: this thing is tiny and light. I had the Olympus OM-1…

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The Moon in This Photo Is Awesome

I've been really into the concept of "layering" recently. It's the theme of this month's Photo Challenge in my community, which you can find here: https://positivephotocommunity.com/feed This theme is important to me because I want to keep improving as a photographer, and adding "layers" to photographs is one way to do this. You see, this photo is a good one. I like it. I put it on…

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Olympus OM-1: My New Bike Riding Companion

https://youtu.be/UKENrV7z8gI For years now, my spring and summer bike rides have been accompanied by the Fujifilm X100v. I LOVE that camera, but I've moved on to something quite a bit different: the Olympus OM-1 (actually created by OM-Systems.) The Olympus OM-1 is a more-than-capable camera that is small and light, and when I have the 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO lens from OM-System on it, it's one of the…

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