i recently had the opportunity to attend a 3-day workshop with the awesome Andrew Scrivani on creativeLIVE. i’ve done food photography for several years and have always enjoyed it. Adnrew’s class re-awakened my interest in the topic, photographically.
i currently live in a space that has lousy (i.e. no) good daylight. so i opted for a simple one light setup in my workspace. using a nikon sb-800 with a shoot through umbrella, i created a series of simple, but tasty images.
here’s an idea of the lighting setup, thanks to the strobox app.
a nice, easy setup, which can be done in a very small space. i’d also like to mention these were all captured with the fuji x100s. i’m really loving this camera!
Posted in food photography, fuji x100s
Tagged 2013, blueberries, blueberry, food photography, nikon sb-800, nikon speedlight, one light, raspberries, raspberry, shoot through umbrella, strobist, tomato, tomatoes
this past weekend i met up with some photographer friends to do a pinhole exploration of seattle, including a few folks from portland who came up to join our little seattle group.
starting in west seattle we took the water taxi to the seattle waterfront. from there we made our way to the lovely smith tower. smith tower (wiki) was completed in 1914 and until the space needle was erected, it remained the tallest building on the west coast.
for a small fee you can ride the fantastic, ornate, manually operated elevators to the top, where there’s an obsveration deck with quite a view of the waterfront and surrounding buildings.
this is a handful of images from the fuji x100s, as i still have to get my film to the lab for processing. so look out for some pinhole images soon (i hope they come out!)
Posted in around seattle, fuji x100s, urban exploration
Tagged downtown seattle, fuji, Fuji X100s, Photostroll, photowalk, Seattle, smith tower, urban exploration, waterfront view, X100s
a few weeks ago I finally acquired a fuji x100s. i’ve already done a couple of posts including images from this fun little camera, but thought i’d do a post to focus on a specific feature, like ‘macro’.
i’ll keep it short and sweet, as it’s pretty simple. on the menu dial there’s a wee little flower, click that to initiate the macro feature. once you’ve done that, get the lens uber close to your subject, be it a flower or some frites, focus and shoot!
these images are pretty much straight out of camera, with the exception of a crop here or there in lightroom 4.4.
check it out, it’s pretty rad. i know there are fantastic macro lenses in the world, and this probably isn’t the best in comparison to those, but i have to say, i’m darn impressed!
It’s 3:00 PM on a Friday afternoon and I’m heading south on the I-5. Leaving the city of Seattle in my rear view, with the wonders of the Oregon coast ahead.
Long overdue I planned a tiny getaway with a good friend, an opportunity to get out of dodge and explore the coast a bit. Since moving to Seattle, I’ve actually done a few trips along highway 101, which loops you along the coast, at least most of the time. It’s rocky, dramatic and simply stated: Beautiful.
Around 9pm, we were crossing the Astoria-Megler Bridge, which is 4.1 miles long, we saw a beautiful sunset unfold. So we paused, at a marina there, to enjoy the sites and of course take some pictures.
We continued on to Seaside, a town about 7 miles from Cannon Beach, to stay the night. Saturday morning came pretty quickly, as I set my alarm for 4 am, with a goal to capture sunrise on the beach. We set out to Cannon Beach by 4:45 am and found the right spot to park and start exploring by 5:15. Surprisingly we were not along. There were several people there, enjoying the sunrise and even digging for clams.
These are a few of my favourite images, these were all taken with a Fuji X100s. I have some iPhone photos as well I shot about 2 rolls of film through my Zero Image Pinhole Camera. Those still need to go to the lab, so look for a follow up post with those soon (if they turn out!). These images were all edited with either Lightroom4 or Lightroom4 + Nik Silver Efex 2.0.
Sea Stacks at Low Tide
Sea Stacks at Dawn
Sea Stack in the Distance
Stacks in the distance.
Sun peaks + Clam Digger
Some might say I am really into my gear and toys, but I show a fair amount of restraint when it comes to purchasing cameras. I shot with the wonderful Nikon D200 for more than 6 years, it was a work horse and never failed me on the job, but last year I decided to upgrade to a D700… what does this have to do with a Fuji X100s? Not a heck of a lot, but I wanted to share, that I’m someone who firmly believes in upgrading when you have reached the limits of what your current gear can do.
I have to admit with the first Fuji X100 came out, I totally wanted one. With it’s vintage style and compact form factor, who wouldn’t? I had a couple of friends who’d purchased one and read many a review. They all said the same thing. It was a great step in technology, but it had some issues. I held off, for these reasons and I simply didn’t need the camera.
Just a few months ago the upgraded/updated Fujifilm X100S was announced. I read thorough reviews from Zack Arias and David Hobby, notes on DP Review and went to my local camera store, Glazer’s Camera, weekly to visit their demo model. I was impressed with the updates to the camera, the software and results I was seeing. And I decided to make the leap. With my continued use of prime lenses, and a desire to document the world around me, this is a fabulous addition to my arsenal.
I just received the camera today and decided to take it for a spin along South Lake Union in the Fremont neighbourhood of Seattle. I’ve done some minor edits in Lightroom, but for the most part these images are straight out of camera. I have to say I’m really looking forward to what I will be able to do with this little guy!
Fuji X100s – lake union
Fuji X100s – dock
Fuji X100s – stairs
Fuji X100s – dock2
Fuji X100s – Canal
Fuji X100s – Lake Union Sunset