Down to Florida, Pt 2

April 12, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 200, 1/70 @ f/8

​One of my favourite locations for birding and photography in Florida is Circle B Bar Reserve.  Located just outside of the city of Lakeland, Circle B has an abundance of wildlife.  Species such as Purple Galinule, Roseate Spoonbill and Black-bellied Whistling Duck can usually be found, and most of Florida's common wading species are present in good numbers.

In addition to wetlands, Circle B also has large stands of mature oak forest, which are excellent for landscape photography!

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 200, 1/80 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/170 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/250 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/240 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/120 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/250 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/150 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/150 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 200, 1/1000 @ f/8

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/6400 @ f/5.6

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/2000 @ f/7.1

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/1250 @ f/5.6

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/35 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/1100 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/320 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/450 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/340 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/350 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/750 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/1900 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/400 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/950 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/50 @ f/4

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/125 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/800 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/850 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/25 @ f/2


Down to Florida, Pt 1

April 07, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/70 @ f/16

Last month, I spent ten days down in the Tampa area of Florida.  Like usual, I brought a selection of film cameras, but the digital gear ​that I brought for this trip was far from my normal selection.  Earlier in the year, I sold my Canon 7D and used the funds to purchase a Fuji X-Pro1 and a Fuji XF 35mm f/2 lens.  The Fuji is similar to a rangefinder camera, in that it has an optical viewfinder that allows you to see outside of the framelines, but unlike my film Leicas, it has an autofocus system.  The X-Pro1 is now my main camera for my digital personal work, and I ended up using it almost exclusively during this trip, not shooting a single frame of film during the 10 days.  Due to selling the 7D, the 5D became my camera for taking wildlife photos, which worked better than expected, but more to come on that in a later post...

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/640 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/125 @ f/4

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/250 @ f/5.6

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 800, 1/180 @ f/5.6

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 800, 1/170 @ f/5.6

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 3200, 1/60 @ f/2

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 1600, 1/160 @ f/2.8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 6400, 1/6 @ f/2

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 800, 1/500 @ f/5.6

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 800, 1/1000 @ f/5.6

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 800, 1/340 @ f/5.6

Canon 5D, Canon 400mm f/5.6L, ISO 400, 1/1000 @ f/7.1

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/600 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/320 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/1000 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/480 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/60 @ f/11

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/180 @ f/11

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/200 @ f/11

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/100 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/90 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/200 @ f/11

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/450 @ f/11

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/400 @ f/11

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/280 @ f/11

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/160 @ f/8

Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji XF 35mm f/2, ISO 400, 1/120 @ f/11


Winter on the Bruce, Part 2

January 28, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Nikon D610, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series-E, ISO 50, 3 seconds @ f/11

On the following day, I went hiking in Bruce Peninsula National Park.  I started the day photographing the shoreline near Wiarton.  This delayed my arrival at the park, but produced the first photo in this post, so I think it was worth it!  It was nearing 11:00am by the time I started out around the Cyprus Lake loop.  I had a lot of ground to cover if I wanted to make my goal of hiking to Halfway Log Dump.  The trail was packed down up until the Grotto, but it seemed I was the only person who had the idea of hiking out towards Stormhaven since the last major snowfall, and my pace dropped once I had to make the trail myself.  On the upside, this meant that there were no tracks in the snow, allowing for more photo ops!  I made a number of stops along the way, often taking 20-30 minutes to get everything ready for specific shots.  I was close to 3:30pm by the time I arrived at Stormhaven.  I pushed on for another half hour, but decided to turn back at 4:00pm, as otherwise I would have been hiking out in the dark.  I'd estimate that I made it halfway between Stormhaven and Halfway Log Dump.  I'll just have to make another attempt to get there next time!

Nikon D610, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series-E, ISO 50, 4 seconds @ f/11

Nikon D610, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series-E, ISO 50, 2.5 seconds @ f/11

Nikon D610, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series-E, ISO 50, 3 seconds @ f/11

Nikon D610, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series-E, ISO 400, 1/125 @ f/11

Nikon D610, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series-E, ISO 400, 1/125 @ f/11

Nikon D610, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series-E, ISO 50, 2 seconds @ f/11

Nikon D610, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series-E, ISO 50, 5 seconds @ f/11

Nikon D610, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series-E, ISO 50, 3 seconds @ f/11

Nikon D610, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series-E, ISO 50, 3 seconds @ f/11


Winter on the Bruce, Part 1

January 23, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Nikon D610, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series-E, ISO 400, 1/1600 @ f/11

I made the drive up to the Bruce Peninsula earlier today!  My first stop was in Kincardine.  I was up birding in the Kincardine area at the beginning of the month, and the shoreline has really changed since then!  The snow drifts along the beach are now taller than my car, and a long stretch of ice has formed along the lakeshore.  The marina proved to be a productive location, with a pier allowing me to get to the edge of the ice.  As you can see in the photo above, there were plenty of large ice drifts floating at the edge of the frozen shoreline!

All of the gear that I have with me for this trip is largely untested, having acquired most of it within the last few weeks.  I have a Bronica SQ-A, a medium format SLR, with 3 backs (two 120 6x6 and one 6x4.5) and 50mm, 80mm and 150mm lenses.  I also have a recently acquired Nikon FM (surprisingly the first Nikon I've ever owned), and a borrowed Nikon D610.  I have been mostly using the 50mm f/1.8 Series-E lens that came with the FM on the D610.  This is an interesting experience, since it is a manual focus lens, on a camera that has no manual focusing aids.  But this isn't really a problem, since most of the things I'm targeting for this trip aren't moving, and I am mostly shooting on a tripod.

I'll be heading up for a long hike in Bruce Peninsula National Park tomorrow, aiming to walk from Cyprus Lake to Halfway Log Dump, and back again!

Nikon D610, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series-E, ISO 400, 1/1600 @ f/11

Nikon D610, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series-E, ISO 400, 1/1600 @ f/11

Nikon D610, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series-E, ISO 400, 1/1600 @ f/11

Nikon D610, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series-E, ISO 200, 1/640 @ f/11

Nikon D610, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series-E, ISO 400, 1/500 @ f/11

Nikon D610, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series-E, ISO 400, 1/1000 @ f/11

Nikon D610, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series-E, ISO 400, 1/50 @ f/8

Nikon D610, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series-E, ISO 400, 1/80 @ f/11

iPhone 5S

Nikon D610, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series-E, ISO 400, 1/1000 @ f/11


A Walk in the Arboretum

January 20, 2016  •  1 Comment

Canon 5D, Canon 50mm f/1.8 II, ISO 400, 1/125 @ f/8

Well it's been a few months since my last post.  I was really busy with work over the holidays, but I have a bit more time to catch up on editing now that we're in January.  I've been out shooting regularly over the last few weeks, but have been almost exclusively shooting film for the last two months.  Later this week, I will have all of the required equipment to develop my own film, and with a dozen or so rolls waiting to be processed, I'll have plenty of film work to show in the near future!

Canon 5D, Canon 50mm f/1.8 II, ISO 400, 1/200 @ f/7.1

Canon 5D, Canon 50mm f/1.8 II, ISO 1600, 1/60 @ f/8

Canon 5D, Canon 50mm f/1.8 II, ISO 1600, 1/50 @ f/8

Canon 5D, Canon 50mm f/1.8 II, ISO 400, 1/200 @ f/8

Fuji XT-1, Fuji 35mm f/1.4, ISO 800, 1/100 @ f/4

Fuji XT-1, Fuji 35mm f/1.4, ISO 800, 1/180 @ f/2.8

Fuji XT-1, Fuji 35mm f/1.4, ISO 800, 1/1700 @ f/1.4

Fuji XT-1, Fuji 35mm f/1.4, ISO 800, 1/2900 @ f/1.4

Fuji XT-1, Fuji 35mm f/1.4, ISO 800, 1/220 @ f/5.6

Fuji XT-1, Fuji 35mm f/1.4, ISO 800, 1/140 @ f/5.6

Fuji XT-1, Fuji 35mm f/1.4, ISO 800, 1/200 @ f/5.6

Fuji XT-1, Fuji 35mm f/1.4, ISO 800, 1/200 @ f/2.8

Fuji XT-1, Fuji 35mm f/1.4, ISO 800, 1/3800 @ f/1.4

Fuji XT-1, Fuji 35mm f/1.4, ISO 800, 1/1600 @ f/2