June 13, 2021

Winchester

Now that we are firmly settled in out Fairfax City townhouse, the next focus is deciding where our next, and hopefully last home will be. The one thing that we are “fairly” sure of is it won’t be in Northern Virginia. Too many reasons to go into here, but unless the home of our dreams at a price we could pay appears, it’s not going to happen. So, we have been driving around Virginia, doing the “Home Tour” as we call it. Last weekend was kind of an extreme version of that premise as almost 2 tankful’s of gas were consumed in our travels across the area. Friday had us…

June 5, 2021

Fairfax City

’twas kinda short work week this week. Monday was Memorial Day, so that was a holiday and Friday was my bi-weekly day off. No traveling this week, but I was able to get 1 1/2 photo walks in this week. More about the 1/2 walk a bit later. None of the cameras has gotten a lot of usage since they showed up, thanks to the CoronaVirus, but the X-Pro2 and the XT-2 were a bit jealous of the usage that the x100f was getting, so the X-Pro2 was the camera ‘du jour this week. On Tuesday, the X-Pro2 was mounted with the 35mm f1.4 that was bought off of E-Bay…

May 30, 2021

Jed’s Old Millhouse

With life beginning to return to some sort of normalcy in this post apocalyptic COVID-19 world, last week was my first travel experience for work since the pandemic descended upon us some 14 months ago. We were traveling to the world renown Greensboro, North Carolina for a meeting with a vendor to discuss the work they had been doing for us over the previous year and change. Stepping rather trepidatiously, it was decided to drive vice fly, to progress as they say “One step at a time” into this brave new-ish world. It’s about a 4 1/2 hour drive either down I-95/I-85/I-40 or VA-29. The Virginia highway was chosen, as…

May 22, 2021

back to the pi’tures….

This weblog/site was erected primarily to discuss all things photographic. Well, as many folks experience, life has kinda gotten in the way of late. Luckily, many of the perturbations are working themselves out, leaving time and mental facilities available for the artistic pursuit of photography. Sometime last summer, in the midst of the Coronavirus crisis, a kind of life summary was begun with this post, Time. It was all well and good, and then, yet again, life interceded. The second part of the diatribe was dutifully started, but honestly I cannot seem to corral enough gumption to truly finish it. The post was to start with the early Fuji imagery…

July 15, 2020

Time

This is probably going to be a bit long, so get yourself a hot beverage, sit down and have a read. Like virtually the entire world, I was sent home on March 19th and told to “Socially Distance” myself from others. OK; Interesting. The non-stop cacophony regarding the COVID-19 pandemic from the Main Stream Media (MSM) had begun, and the short term implications were fairly ominous. The one thing the MSM revels in is what we call FUD in the technical business. Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt. But enough of that, this is about an awakening, of sorts. The first days were filled with a mixture of splendor/dread emotions. Being off…

April 1, 2020

First try at posting photos

Being home “Social Distancing”, I’ve had the chance to start to do some post processing of over 20 years of digital photos. To demonstrate my masochism, of course I started with the oldest photos. Taken in 1999 on a Kodak DC280 point and shoot. As discussed a while back, all this is being done in Capture One Pro v12. The more I use C1, the more I’m developing a love/hate relationship with it. After going back and forth between Sessions and Catalogs, I’ve finally come to a point where the Catalog containing my entire image library is behaving. Mostly. A lot of my “issues” were in attempting to use LightRoom…

January 1, 2020

happy new year!

The New Year, and debatably the next decade, has descended upon us. Happy New Year to anyone out there actually reading this other than me! Resolutions It’s a time of reflection and consideration of the year to come and perhaps embark upon new habits, processes, activities, whatnot. I’ve got my own two resolutions which I embrace seemingly every year, and unfortunately fail miserably at keeping. Those would be Using profanity and Talking to the other drivers in traffic. Some years are better than others, but I don’t honestly remember ever making it past the March timeframe before the resolution went by the wayside. Perhaps if I report on my progress…

December 24, 2019

woo hoo! three in one day

My workflow is firming up and I’m getting very comfortable with it. I’ve combined the information presented at dpReview in Fcracer’s thread about C1 workflow/post processing with Ian York’s thread about session management into the cornerstone of my Capture One workflow. My workflow is now designated into two different steps: 1) Ingest and post processing – Per your information, I create a session on a Samsung EVO USB drive using a file session template. It’s set up in a very similar fashion to Ian’s patterned after my photo folder arrangement on my NAS box. The images are imported from the SD card to the sesion folder on the SSD. Once ingested, I go through…

December 24, 2019

On a roll

To add to my initial post, in the interim I’ve bought both a 35mm f1.4 and a 20mm f2.0 which are relegated to the X-Pro1 as they are perfectly matched. I came across a X-T1 under warranty last year on e-bay on the cheap so I grabbed it, and the 18-55 f2.8-4.0 sees duties on it. These are well matched as well. When Fuji had the 55-200mm zooms on sale for $500 in the spring I succumbed to GAS and grabbed one of those  I’ve not had a lens with that much reach since I sold the Nikon kit, so developing an eye for it will take a bit of…

December 24, 2019

Getting to the task at hand

Hello all, This website was originally intended to be my blog about my photography. So with that, let’s get started with a bit of a review: I’m a fairly long term photographer, starting in college many years ago with an Olympus OM-1n. In those days I primarily shot Tri-x and have a plethora of negatives that I now need to digitize, but that’s a story for another blog entry. Dabbling with P & S digital cameras, about 15 years ago received a Nikon D-70 as a gift from a friend in exchange for some design work I had done for him. The D-70 is still in the family, with my…