The x100s coupled with VSCO Film Packs makes for a compact and efficient creative tool. I photographed these two young musicians in Santa Fe this summer. They were quite good. Nothing like listening to a little boot stopmin’ rootsy folk while you browse local artisan offerings. They actually made an appearance in this movie I filmed while exploring the New Mexico landscape.
This is one of those luck moments that just fate decides for you. Luck for both of us. I photographed this gentleman as he hiked up to Delicate Arch with his wife. He was nice enough to pose for me. It seemed a bit late, but I figured they were chasing the blue hour. About 1/2 hour later, I ran into them again. It was pitch black and neither had a flashlight. They were a bit older and having a hard time navigating the terrain. So, I gave his wife my flashlight and my wife and I escorted them out. That’s how Karma is supposed to work I guess?
Photographer’s Note – This is a handheld shot with my Fuji x100s. The RAW file was brought to life using Lightroom 5.
There isn’t a better place on Earth to field test a camera than San Francisco. This great city has it all. Architecture…Landscapes…People…History…Culture. And all of it in spades. My new kit consists of a Fuji x100s and Fuji X-E1 coupled with a 55-200mm lens. I took that kit out for an afternoon around town, and here is what I found.
Long ago, a photography mentor told me to grab a Leica M series camera and shoot 100 rolls of film through it. He said that would be the best photography education you could ever ask for. I told him I had a Konica and shot way more film that through it. I’m sure it’s great, but also a very expensive endeavor. I guess that is why I’m so fired up about the Fuji x100s. It’s the ultimate digital learning tool. The form factor coupled with out of camera .jpgs (or VSCO film presets) makes for an incredible way to learn to see the world. I’m beginning to slow down, define my vision and then craft it with the tool more than I have before. I’m loving it! I hope that these little lesson in my own journey inspire you to try something new in your art.
Today’s Photo – I shot this early one morning on the beach near the Golden Gate Park. I wish I could remember the name of the place. It’s just south of the Cliff House. Do you know?