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This series was taken Saturday for Memorial Day, 2016, in the United States.
Haven't been here in a few years, but when I do go, I always stop to visit my college roommate, T.K. Today the cemetery is very busy, a funeral is about to start, many family members are visiting graves, and a large contingent of grounds keepers are manicuring the lawns and headstones for the coming Memorial Day.
Taken at the Dallas - Fort Worth National Cemetery, near where I live and will be laid to rest, hopefully way down the road.
I tried to process all to a similar look, and I'm generally always happy when the skies are overcast. I was hoping for some magical sun to pop through, but it didn't happen, so you go with what you've got. Taken with the X-T1 and Zeiss Touit 32, a wonderful lens. Processed through Lightroom, Photoshop, and Nik Silver Efx Pro 2.

Remembering the sacrifice of the many, who have given their lives for freedom, here and around the world.

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Ok that's a strong statement... I am a former Nikon FX shooter (D800 + holy trinity). I am no pro, just an amateur who likes to get the best possible equipment (techy gadgety type). I confess, I am/was a pixel peeper, every shot I took had to go through lightroom before getting published to anyone, even my family and friends... I loved my Nikon gear, but I couldn't stand anymore hiking a forest path with family, my dog and a d800 + 70-200mm vrII over my shoulder. After lurking probably every existing fuji blog/post, I knew I wanted to go smaller, and I knew I could use the extra $$$ to a better end. So I did what I thought I would never do, I sold all my Nikon gear.

But then something happened... I got frightened to the point where instead of going straight buying a x-t1 as planned, I bought a D7100 with a 17-55mm and a few primes. A bit smaller than my FX gear, and with 3k$ extra money in my pocket... Lol!

But it wasn't small enough... So I finally ordered a Fuji X-T1, a 56mm f1.2, and a 35mm f2. And it was love at first sight!

Took a day or two to get used to this new gear, but wow... this is so game changer... I mean everything about this camera just leads you to shooting, without getting in the way... I just shoot... I have 2 young daughters, and everytime they had the huge Nikon bazooka aimed at them, they knew I was taking a picture, so they almost always "took the pose" for me... How cute...!

We spent last week-end camping with family around Québec city, and the x-t1 followed me everywhere... that alone is something... I snapped picture I now understand I would have never been able to get with my former Nikon gear. Then around the campfire at night I transfered my pics to my phone and published them straight to other family members on Facebook... I haven't thought even for a second I should get these through lightroom first... This is exactly when I understood how Fuji was about to "change my life"! Pictures of moment I would have never caught before, perfect as is, straight out of camera, and ready to publish... I must admit I wasn't expecting this much! And what a relief this is!
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Is there any way I can view Exif data in Photos on my iPad, IOS v9.3.2? I have looked at the apps in the Apple Store, but none of them get a good review!
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I know, it's a snapshot. :D Oh well. The beer is actually Ambergeddon, brewed by Ale Asylum. We just happened to use the Cahaba glass. Though my nephew is a co-founder of Cahaba, I've never tasted it. Alabama is a long way from here, and we can't get it... yet! X-E2, XC50-230 lens.

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hi, I have a 2010 MacBook Pro and after trying to install the latest OS update I can't get it to start up. I'm just left with the progress bar and the apple. I've googled and reset the pram but I can't get it to boot into recovery mode, option L doesn't work. I left it overnight but it's still stuck on full progress.

Yes there are photos on it and no I hadn't backed up recently or used time machine :(

Any suggestions?
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This image is no masterpiece, it will only be seen by a few individuals who would possibly say nice and pass on scrolling down the page; just another of the 1.8 billion images that I am led to believe are taken daily on mother earth.


It’s an image of a flower that sat close to the ground beneath its mother bush with just enough room to gather a modicum of light. It is clear that because of its positioning it would remaining in shadow for long periods as the sun traversed the sky. What left it even further from view is that it was hidden behind a privet bush and hardly visible to the public eye as they pass on by.


As an amateur photographer I have learnt as I walk to stare intently at everything which means, to the chagrin of my lovely wife, that I walk slowly and often stop to take in the view. On this occasion I spied this lovely flower set back and surrounded by dark green foliage. I was so struck by its beauty that I immediately sank to my knees, set my camera and poked it into the bush and carefully recorded the image.


I become totally immersed in the subject, no other thought entered my head, I gave permission for my mind to to let go and allowed my intuitive thoughts to take over the process of taking the image. The adjustment of light, focus and how to frame the scene suddenly left my conscious control. If the whole process lasted just two minutes then that is what it takes, but in that moment I could let go of the tangled morass of thoughts in my head and allow my intuitive thinking to take over. A serene, magical process of total immersion that required no artificial means to achieve, just the shear love of my hobby.
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the sunset in Sofia, Bulgaria, taken with Helios 44M-4
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Hi everyone. So I may have asked this before but I just cant remember. But a small issue came up over the weekend that leads me to ask. So over the weekend I shot a prom at The Palace of Fine Arts in SF. For those of you that have been there. Its beautiful in the dome and getting pictures there. So my issue is. The few ladies I was shooting for asked me if I can do a shot of them with the building behind. Using a 50mm olympus I had mounted, did not make this easy at all. So my question is. Im finding myself shooting a lot where people want the background. Such as golden gate bridge behind them, etc. Though the 50mm can do it, thats not always the case. So what is a good Fuji lens that you guys recommend where I can do this? I was thinking 23mm would be good for this. Stop it down and have my subject and the beautiful background in focus. But want more thoughts behind this. Thank you :)
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Sitting in the parking lot with my faithful pooch. :)

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I just took advantage of the Fuji rebate sale and added the 14mm. So far I am impressed. This is a shot I took this weekend from just across the road from my mailbox in St. George, Utah. This is nothing too spectacular, but reminds me of a chat that I had with some Canadian tourists a couple of years ago in Zion National Park (about 40 miles from SG) who had just been in New Zealand. Having just recently been in New Zealand myself (a country that I dearly love), I asked if they had seen Fiordland and what they thought. They commented that Zion National Park impressed them more. (To all you kiwi's, I think NZ is a most diverse and beautiful country and I had longed for years to visit Milford).
Anyway, my point is, that we all very likely have spectacular scenery that we take for granted. This is a vista that I have taken for granted.
I hope that we all can appreciate the beauty in our own back yard. My X-E2 and the Fuji 14mm.
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Chiba, Japan. XT-1 Taken this past weekend... 4:30am sunrises are pretty tough to manage the older I get.. :)

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I've been lurking around the internet combining bodies with lenses fit for wildlife.

The first try was a new Canon 70d coupled with a 400mm 5.6L. While the lens was a fantastic performer in terms of AF, I could not judge it's optical performance due to the bad quality sensor they put in that camera. I was so disappointed that in 2 days I returned both.

Then I flirted with the cheap but seemingly fantastic Tamron 150-600. Coupled with the D600/D610, it can deliver incredible results from what I see on Flickr. While the image quality and ISO performance would've been amazing, the weight of the combination seemed high at ~2800g.

Now, for the same price as both of the combinations above, but for 1kg less, I had the crazy idea to get myself a Fuji lens, the XF100-400. I just hope I won't regret not getting the Nikon combination...

I still need to sell my beloved X-E2 to get the X-T1 (WR), so if anyone's interested in an X-E2 at about 10k shots we can arrange something.

Also, I will come with a follow-up when I tried the X-E2 + 100-400 because there doesn't seem to be alot of information around about how this combination performs.
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Floating Harbour taken with X100T
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Shooting at one of south shields beaches, i came across this rock, kinda looks like a zombie head.
More so in black and white.
XT1 18-55mm

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I can't afford an X70 as I am saving up for an X-T2, so with cost being taken into consideration, I was wondering about a 2nd hand interchangeable lens body as a backup camera and for use as a kind of pocketable option when mated with 27mm.

Both the X-M1 and X-E1 are often on eBay for a good price. I know what the spec differences are, so I am looking for people opinion's on which they would recommend.
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One of the drawbacks of using RAW is the files are typically rather flat and insipid SOOC, nevermind you can develop them into a thing of beauty but its a rather uninspiring starting point. This has always bugged me, shoot an amazing scene and then have to face the lifeless RAW files, takes an edge off the thrill of seeing your pics for the first time and I typically don't like applying a normal LR preset (especially that tweaks colour) on import as sometimes it doesn't work very well and can can confuse things.

Anyway Adobe decided to get all the stock SOOC Fuji jpeg emulations setup and added to LR as camera calibration profiles, apparently this kind of thing has been there for many makes/cameras(I went and checked and Canon specific emulations are there for my 5D files, also work rather well) but I've never heard about it(or paid attention) until now.

People rave about the SOOC jpegs on Fuji bodies and then someone mentioned the emulations/profiles are in LR and the light bulb went on. Hearing I could get something close to those SOOC jpegs immediately on import with RAW made my heart race a little. A calibration profile is a lot more sophisticated and matched to your camera than a preset using sliders on the develop modules.

I tried it out and it works like a charm!!
The Astia seems to be a nice middle ground, Velvia is rather saturated and Provia is a little dull, horses for courses though. Easy enough to retroactively change the profile, it makes sorting the images for keepers so much more pleasant(possibly also easier) and a nice start to edit from.

I found out how to get each Calibration into a preset so that it can be applied to files on import. Also as a preset it make it easier to preview and apply them whilst in develop mode:
How to Get Accurate Fuji Colors in Lightroom

When making my presets I only ticked the “Calibration” box, doesn't seem necessary to check anything else,especially it may mess things up if you tick “White Balance” and on an image you edit the white balance and then apply the preset.

Apparently the profiles are also available for Adobe Camera RAW, ie in Bridge or Photoshop.

I noticed the presets I made using the X Pro-1 profiles work on my X-M1 files as well (selecting the native X-M1 calibration profile in the Camera Calibration module makes no difference) but only the profiles the X-M1 natively has in camera, emulations like MONOCHROME+Ye FILTER don't work. So it appears the profiles are perhaps a bit generic but still a great start point.

Has anyone compared how accurate these profiles are in comparison with SOOC jpegs?
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just received my X70 from Amazon, a bit late to go out with it having charged the battery....but its looking good..!
Though the two RAF files I took will not open on my Lightroom 5.7...which apparently is up to date?
(when I had an XT1 I had no trouble)
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Present gear is X1oos, X E1, 18mm, 18 - 55, 55-200.
It will be awhile before the budget will run to the XPRO 2 should I wait or pick up an XPRO 1?
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I am new to forum just brought a x10 I want small bag which I can fit camera in with hood fitted to lense.
I have case but won't fit with hood fitted.
Just getting used to camera wanted something a bit lighter than my s3pro
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OK, I give up -

I'm sure this has been answered before, and I had the procedure in an open browser window a month ago, but can't find it now -

** How do you use Kipon's FD to Fuji X-mount adapter so the FD lens stops down when you turn the aperture ring?

I have an FD 100-300mm f/5.6L lens I bought to use on an X-E2, and can't get it to stop down with the Kipon adapter I also bought.

Thanks for your help.
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Recently hired a 90mm f2 for my XT1 for some casual wedding gig shots, results have been fantastic, I hired just to get a flavor of living with this lens. The lens is a bit heavy on the body as its built very well although a vertical grip may balance it out, the color rendition and the out of focus areas are sublime in my eyes. At the moment I am feeling that my personal uses could be limited as I found myself quite far back from the subject, when sometimes I didn't want to be so in tight spaces I would be stuck. That said all the pictures I took with this focal length were great. I think I will get a 56mm for loan just to see the comparisons for myself, I am expecting great things and hoping the focal length works for me although I wasn't crazy about the 50mm Nikon DX I had but I image the color contrast & bokeh on the fuji will be on a different level.
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Something I haven't seen anyone complain about and is really starting to annoy me (not enough to give it up though) is the white font on the OVF in bright situations

Please Fuji, give me an orange option (or anything I can still see without having to shade it with my finger)

Other than that I still very much love this camera
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...for veterans everywhere.

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I don't shoot video and have reassigned the video button ( default Fn 7) to other duties. Now having gone the shooting and setup menus in detail, I cannot find a setting to record video other than one of the function buttons.

I don't actually need or want to make videos, but I'm still curious about how this can be done without assigning a function button. Comments?
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Last night with the X-T10 and the 18-55 lens...100% crops

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One by one, I'm going through my collection of adapted lenses on the Panasonic GM5 Micro Four Thirds body.

The Contax 100mm f/2 Distagon was the first one I tried, and it worked very well on MFT. The day I took it out was a tough day for photography, with flat, hazy light, but I was very happy with the results: Contax 100/2 and America's Cup - MFT

The Contax 85/2.5 Sonnar is magic on the full frame A7, and was nothing short of amazing on MFT. Sharp, contrasty, with all that great Zeiss pop: Contax 85mm f/2.8 Sonnar - On Pana GM5 (m43)

Yesterday, I chose the Contax 28/2.8 Distagon. I wasn't expecting to enjoy the equivalent 56mm FOV as much as I did. The "normal" FOV combined with the close-focusing ability of the 28mm (0.25m / 10") was a lot of fun. It was the classic "3 H's" here in NYC (Hot, Hazy, Humid), with temps in the low 90's F. I took my regular walk around Brooklyn Bridge Park, and found that the 28mm (56mm) gave me some new perspectives on an area I have photographed pretty extensively. I was, once again, impressed with the sharpness and contrast.

All with the Pana GM5 and Contax 28mm f/2.8 MMJ. All at f/2.8.

Bicyclette.
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Manhattan Bridge with Police Skiff.
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Master Lock "Selfie".
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Pier 5 Soccer Fields.
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Furled Genny.
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Foothills of the Rocky Mountains in south-western Alberta two days ago. I was visiting a ranch.


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1. Scar, on old trotter
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A couple more from the series.

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I just love this lens. For a 16mm f1.4 it's incredibly sharp and renders colours so well. And the AF is fast too. Just a couple of shots from the last few days. The first shot of the flower was shot at f1.4 at very close quarters. The second shot is of my son watching the football, using bounce flash from the EF20. Has anyone found a better wide angle lens or on that is as good?

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Hi all
Going for a walk this afternoon with xt1 35 f2 at a local market.
I find I am going through a phase of converting photos to B&W (silverfx) and I am reflecting on what are my guidelines for doing so should be.
For example, same photo colour and BW at f2.2 at 180
Not the best photo I am the first to admit, but am curious which do you think would have more potential; BW or colour, assuming if I composed it better. Thank you for any comments.

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When I got my first digital camera in the latter part of the last century, a 1.1 megapixel Sony Mavica, it recorded the images on 3.5in floppy disks. 4 images to a disk, it felt like I had gone back to the old 5 x 4 plate camera days, changing floppy disks. I decided to keep all the disks after transferring the images to my hard drive, in those days the post processing programs over wrote the the file each time you made changes. I still have all those floppy disks which, is more than I can say for all the photos I have taken since then, which led me to thinking that it might be a good idea to keep all my pictures on the SD cards, mark them with the date and location and store them in a box. SD cards are cheap and I will always be using new cards so no chance of corrupted cards.
I might just add that I don't take thousands of photos at a time.
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I stopped at one of our local allotments and took a walk around and chatted to some of the people working there, it is always a peaceful place that shows a lot of love and devotion to nature and some of its beauty.

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I took this today of a train engineer at Greenfield Village, Dearborn, Michigan.
X-Pro2 + XF35/2.0

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Last week I acquired a 50-230 mm for a price that I couldn't refuse. I already have the 50-140, but it's quite a beast and I figured the 50-230 would come in handy when I wouldn't want to take the weight. These last few days I've been playing with it and testing it on some wildlife (mostly birds) in the neighbourhood. Unfortunately, the 230 tele end is still a bit short and the autofocus a bit slow for bird photography (or I just need to get better at it, a very real possibility). I did, however, find some other subjects that didn't move as fast. Like eh, the sun..

Taken at the local lake (Kagerplassen). All photo's with the XC50-230 at it's tele end and mostly f/8. Do hope you enjoy them.

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I'm looking for a lighter & more compact tripod.

My current tripod is 8½ pounds and ridiculous overkill for my X=E1 so it mostly stays in the car. (Or house. It was bought mostly for a 4x5 camera.)

I suppose I could save some weight (and a lot of volume) by switching to over to a ball head, but it is still an awkward 30" collapsed. Or do I just need to make (or have made) a tripod sling?

Some of the Gitzo carbon fiber tripods look nice, but d*m they are proud of 'em. I'm not interested in paying the price of a 55-200mm lens for a three legged beast.
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