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Best of 2013 – Number 6

Cattle Ranch

The adventure that accompanied this image is what life is all about. A few friends decided to head out on a weekend road trip and this is what we found. We also shared quite a few laughs along with the way. I hope that this year you all get out on some adventures with your cameras and share some laughs.

Best of 2013 – Number 9

South or Currie Nevada

If you know me, you know I am a big fan of minimalism. This little tree outside of Ely Nevada was one of my favorite finds of 2013.

Evolution of the Fuji x100s

Fuji X100s Americana

X-Periment Update: I’m back and have downloaded a couple hundred photos from the x100s. First off, it worked like a charm. After the firmware update, everything seemed to move along like clockwork. Here are three quick observations.

  • 1) It was never a bother to carry.
  • 2) It was able to do everything I asked of it. Well, that a 35mm lens would allow.
  • 3) The artist in me has started to change. It’s subtle, but through this experiment, I began to evolve a bit. I’ll share more on that evolution in a longer blog post. Whether it is an idea for a new project, or a complete overhaul of my aesthetic is YTBD…but for now, something interesting is happening.

Here’s a photo I shot with the x100s, handheld and processes with VSCO Film Pack 2.

If you have any questions about the camera or the VSCO let me know. Thanks for following the X-Periment. More to come soon.

Justin

Reflections On The Past

Nikon 18-200

If you remember last week’s adventure in Americana, I shared some ideas surrounding using non-pro gear to have fun and make images. Well, this was another shot from that adventure. The sun was setting, and noticed the windmill in the distance. I initially thought about compressing the image by zooming in on the horizon. However, just up ahead of me were the tire tracks you see here. They were leading me right in to the scene. So I decided to run up the road, get low and grab a quick hand-held shot. Now, if I was shooting anything but a non-pro super zoom…no way could I have made that compositional decision within the few seconds Mother Nature granted me. Again, the lesson is feel the flow and forget the gear!

The Herd

Cattle Ranch

The #RoadTrip continues, more important so does the adventure with a non-pro Craig’s List lens. I’ve stated before that the Nikon 18-200 is one of my all time favorite lenses. This image is a good example of why. Had I been bothered with lens decisions and heavy gear, I might have missed this opportunity that mother nature presented. Again, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on glass. Just find a system you are comfortable with and have fun. By comfortable, I mean you know how to use it (so the technology doesn’t get in the way of your creative muse) and it’s not a burden to carry around. That being said…I’m really interested in the new Fuji X system along with the 55-200. For the focal ranges I primarily shoot, the Fuji system would be 1/2 the weight of my current Nikon travel kit. For me, that’s a BIG DEAL! More on that later.