Archive | August, 2017

More Fun with my Fuji

25 Aug

Billi sees her reflection and finally stopped barking.

DSCF4264w Osprey 135I’ve been playing with the X-T1 body and my Fuji 18-135 lens. OMG there are lots of settings to experiment with, so this photography activity may keep me occupied for a long time. I’ve taken a few pictures to learn about the zooming capabilities and quality of images. Looking from the deck at the cottage 250 metres partway across Buck Lake to Twin Island we sometimes see what I now know to be, a bald eagle and not an osprey, nesting, or possibly just perched and searching for a fish meal. I’ve used the deck railing to steady the camera, the image stabilizer is on and the ISO is 400.  Because it’s a small bodied mirrorless camera the lens mathematics of the Fuji 18-135 has an angle of view of 76.5° – 12° and the zoom is equivalent to most DSLR camera zoom 27-209mm lenses or about the same as an average pair of 7X 35° binoculars. I took two pictures to show the capabilities. My Fuji setup has excellent image quality and is certainly adequate for me to edit and crop to be able to get more magnification of wildlife. If the osprey had been any further away I wouldn’t even have noticed it; I needed binoculars to help me setup for the pictures.      

I’ve attempted some night photography with interesting first attempt results and discovered that my Photoshop Elements 10 software won’t open the raw Fiji files that I created. So with some trial and error and internet sleuthing, I’m now using RawTherapee program. Wow, now even more fun with my Fuji.

RawTherapee ( copied from Wikipedia)  is a cross-platform raw image processing program, released under the GNU General Public License Version 3. It was originally written by Gábor Horváth of Budapest, Hungary, before being re-licensed as free and open-source software in January 2010. It is written in C++, using a GTK+ front-end and a patched version of dcraw for reading raw files. It is notable for the advanced control it gives the user over the demosaicing and developing process. The name used to stand for “The Experimental Raw Photo Editor”; however that acronym has been dropped, and RawTherapee is now a full name in itself. RawTherapee comprises a subset of image editing operations specifically aimed at non-destructive raw photo post-production and is primarily focused on improving a photographer’s workflow by facilitating the handling of large numbers of images.


I’ve just installed the Fujifilm app on my phone so can operate the camera remotely. Setting it up to work was straight forward and simple; although my dog seems a bit perplexed by the operation.

Last night at the cottage I captured a night sky picture that thrills me. I’ve only seen the Andromeda galaxy with binoculars a few times in my life; it’s about 2.5million light years away. It looks like a fuzzy gob, not twinkly like star. The key to finding the location is the constellation Cassiopeia.  In my picture it’s in the upper right sweet spot. 

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Fuji X-T1

15 Aug

WooHoo. I’ve got some new toys to play with. An weather proof X-T1 with an 18-135 zoom lens. It’s a huge jump in photo quality compared to my reliable well used Fuji X10. I’ve always been thrilled with the Fuji durability and these mirrorless cameras can’t be beat for their compact size and sophisticated controls. The old X10 had a very steep learning curve because of the complex nested menus but so far the new X-T1 already seems friendly and familiar.

I expect that some of the new features, like the ability to send pics directly from new the camera to my blog using WiFi, will challenge my brain. I purchased a whole kit of toys to play and lean; complete with a spare battery, polarizer filter, Fuji EF-42 flash, and 2 high speed 32GB Lexar SD cards rated at 95MB/s just in case I get interested in the video capabilities. Camera Kingston is the local store where I’ve purchased all my Fuji products. The staff is awesomely knowledgeable and have always been happy to answer all my questions.​

The mirrorless Fuji X camera bodies are very compactin comparison to a DSLR body and with my equivalent 27-209 zoom lens I don’t need to carry extra lenses so the while kit is easy to carry and keep handy.​

The switch from my X10 to the new XT-1 isn’t very difficult.

I’m getting excited now

2 Aug

Later this evening 3 riding buddies are coming to Kingston to join me. We will leave together early in the morning to go to the NEVA rally in Pennsylvania.​

We made it safely to the campground, via two ferry crossing and a nice route planned by Phil, of many miles of paved twisties.​
 I met Yuval in the camp office and got the first shirt right our of the box.​