NYC monolith

Repeated, converging patterns make an office building in the heart of Manhattan as boring as the next, but they do make a nice frame for a picture if you can capture it to the point of tripping your eyes out. After getting an angle I was satisfied with, the blacks went darker and sharpening was added to make the building columns more pronounced.

Location: New York City, New York at 4:20pm on 4/20/14

Camera: Fujifilm X-T1

Lens: Fujifilm XF 23mm F1.4 R

Camera settings: 1/2000, f/5.6, ISO 400, 23mm

You may skate across the street

Fuji X-T1 | Fuji 23mm F1.4

I'll never understand why people skateboard in midtown Manhattan. Aside from the swarm of people, there are so many pothole death traps that you'll go for about one hundred feet, hit a pothole and lunge forward to your death as a cab kills you. Maybe this is a sign of population control.

A dude surfing his t-shirts

Fuji X-T1 | Fuji 23mm F1.4

Guess what? People sell t-shirts on the streets in NYC — that's not very interesting though. What is interesting is that I caught this guy in a  pose that makes him look like he's surfing among his shirts.

Side note: Anyone up for a Halloween Adventure in the middle of April? 

T Incoming and testing out the Fuji X-T1's continuous auto focus

Fuji X-T1 | Fuji 23mm F1.4

This was my first opportunity to test out the X-T1's 8 FPS shooting with continuous auto focus and it performed admirably. Sure, I know how to use my camera and the train was far enough away that the subject in focus wasn't difficult to lock on to, but every shot was perfectly in focus. 

I took this last weekend en route home from a nice day in the sun hanging out in the city before more tourists arrived for the upcoming marathon. I tend to avoid black and white except for when colors don't matter and I can assure you that this train stop did not have much in the way of colors.

Timbuk2 Snoop Camera Bag review: The hybrid camera bag

Timbuk2 Snoop Camera Bag review: The hybrid camera bag

Timbuk2 makes awesome messenger bags so the Snoop Camera Bag came with an interesting pitch: it’s a messenger bag and camera bag. It’s not a shocking proposal, rather one that most camera bag makers struggle with. Previous bags that I’ve used have focused on photography which created the annoyance of moving my gear around and requiring me to plan for a photo adventure. Tired of that, I decided to give this hybrid bag a try.

A funny story about The Lagoon in the Boston Public Garden

A couple probably wondering why everyone is so confused.

This past Sunday was warm enough to go outside and take pictures with my newly arrived Fuji X-T1 without the use of winter gloves. I caught this shot by surprise when the X-T1's auto-metering created a nice silhouette around a couple at the dock of the lagoon in Boston's Public Garden as the camera compensated for the bright sun reflecting off the ice. By the way, funny story about this spot.

Not much happens around this spot during the winter (all the action is at Frog Pond for ice skating) except for something I love to watch and laugh at. The lagoon is only a few feet deep, but visitors don't realize that and think it's a deeper, frozen lake despite only an inch or two of frozen water sitting atop the cement base. People cautiously walk out on to the ice while their friends and family yell to be careful or else they'll fall in. People are too excited to walk on the ice to realize the borders of the lagoon give away the depth of their "lake." Hilarious.

Not your standard suite of light painting

Most light painting makes me roll my eyes. Not because I'm a snob about the technique, but because so much of it is unoriginal and rehashed, which is why these images impressed me so much. There are so many levels to these images that I can't even fathom how they're done outside of the overused "Photoshop" fallback. If your explanation for an image is that it was "Photoshopped" and it wasn't, then that's some impressive work.

Fuji's new camera remote app in action

One of the few good videos showing the new camera remote app.

I've been looking around for a good video that shows the new Fuji camera app, which allows a large amount of camera control plus a live view from the X-T1 via phone or tablet. I'm hoping this is a new standard with new cameras and that older Fuji cameras receive this functionality in a future firmware update.

Snow Storm in Louisburg Square

Boston Snowstorm

Louisburg Square, home to neighbor John Kerry, is a nice exclusive part of Boston's Beacon Hill and one of the few parts of Downtown Boston with a lot of trees. It's still snowing here and it's all soft snow so it looks awesome outside. If you own a car in this area then you're too busy hating your life to read this.

You can now upload photos to 500px using the app. Finally!

500px's iOS app photo upload feature. Novel, huh?

500px's iOS app photo upload feature. Novel, huh?

I've always found it puzzling that a network for photo sharing had mature apps in most respects, but did not allow for photo uploads via the app. With today's update in the App Store, 500px has now included the feature in their iOS apps. Queue the inflow of selfies!

500px in the App Store

Fuji XF lens deals are live!

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If you've been saving up for or holding off on buying some XF lenses, then now's your time. Across the major sellers are some fantastic deals. It looks like all of the XF lenses that were released prior to this are on sale so that means no 56mm or 10-24mm. Myself, I bought a 23mm.

Fuji Rumors has a roundup of the deals with links to each vendor.

A very affordable, prime portrait lens for Fuji's X-mount by Samyang

Samyang has just released an 85mm f/1.4 medium telephoto prime lens for Fuji's X-mount system for $299. I've never used a Samyang lens before so I can't speak to the company's quality of glass or build, but for these specs and this price, it make a compelling argument.

Fuji's X-series camera history

Adam Griffith for PetaPixel writing about Fuji's growth and fame with their X-series cameras:

The story starts back in 2010. Fujifilm, a company with a long history of dealing in high-quality film and development products, has seen consistently growing sales in its electronic imaging products and has restored profitability to its digital camera business after structural reforms.

It's crazy to think that it only took Fuji a few years to go from a huge risk with the X100 to the newly announced X-T1, with both cameras really confusing enthusiast's wallets. So far, Fuji's X-series cameras have put fellow camera maker incumbents to shame with new features and an established and still rapidly growing lens system, all while matching or exceeding the image quality of its peers.