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6 months ago 23


I’m wearing a new wrist band, pictured above, and it does relate to today’s blog entry, and much more!!  The website for this not for profit organization is :  I encourage you to go there and look into this great site. Alex Sheen, the founder, tells the heart rending story of his relationship with his father, and his contemplation of what his father had left him after he lost him to cancer.  In short the organization encourages people to live with integrity, to not make promises we can’t or won’t keep, to live by the words, “Because I said I would”.  I gave my two sons and son-in-law wrist bands and t-shirts and the article I read on a Southwest flight that started my involvement with the organization.  I want to make the world a better place and that starts with making myself a better man, and my first step, beyond a comitmenet to my faith,  is to become the man I want to be, and live by my words!


Now because I promised to not beat the Fuji thing to death, but keep the techy members of my readership up to speed, here is the latest Fuji introduction, the X-T1



I never thought I would complain that a camera company was coming out with too many great products, to fast!!  Well in the short year and half that I have been a Fuji owner and shooter, they introduced the X100 (which I never owned), the X10 which was my first Fuji, and it was so good I could have it as my only camera, except above  ISO 400 the noise just wasn’t good enough for available light work!  Next I bought the X-E1 and it was incredible, shockingly low noise, and wonderful files, second only to the D800!  That was the beginning of my love affair with the Fuji X-system!  I upgraded from the X-E1 to the X-E2 a much improved model all this within a year!!  I added the incredible X100s my carry around and travel camera whey want to go super light.  Finally I broke down and bought the original big boy, (only slightly larger) X-Pro 1, which I love as well.   I was sure my next purchase would be in 2015 when the X-Pro 2 is likely to arrive, but Fui threw me a curve, a big juicy one, they introduced this new SLR like X-T1.  None of this would matter if the Fujinon lens line was not so superlative.  I now own virtually everything they have made (so far) and every single lens has been one of the sharpest of that given focal length I’ve ver used.



So let’s take a look at the new X-T1




What do I like about this latest body?


1.  Much faster, bigger buffer, can shoot 8 FPS for up to 47 jpegs before it buffers out!


2.  Very much improved EVF with great magnification and the fastest redraw in the industry.  Looks like it will make using a EVF finally almost as good as a conventional optical viewfinder with many great advantages.  Specs: 2.36 million dot OLED .77 magnification. a lag time of only 0.005 seconds that’s less than 1/10th the current best for Fuji!



3.  Fully sealed from water, dust, and works in super low temps. (-10 degrees)


4.  Same Sensor and processor as my X100s and X-E2 both of which make superlative images with that sensor set.  Super high response times, and very low shutter lag.




5.  A fold out LCD panel done right, with hardened glass, this is something I’ve wanted desperately!




6.  Predictive AF for moving subjects that really works!


7.  Fully encompassing Magnesium alloy body structure, one of the best I’ve ever seen. (image below)



8.  A battery grip that improves battery life and give a vertical shutter release and additional control buttons.




9.  While I love the form factor of the classic rangefinder cameras, I did miss the SLR type set-up and this X-T1 brings that back, but in a small, well built  body.





10.  And finally Fuji owners finally feet the remote operation with iPhones and iPads with live view and all the remoter setting sand shooting options, tyke app is available from the  App Store.





All in all another dent in my camera purchases savings account!!!  If that were not enough the 10-24 f4 OIS lens and the 56mm f 1.2 lens are due out in the next two months!!!  The year is starting off pretty fantastic!




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One Last Point!!  I know I will get an email later today with this question,  ( ” You said you were switching to this system to save weight, but you already have bought 30 lbs. of Fuji cameras and lenses and say you will buy more.  Where is the weight savings??” )   So let me answer it now!


I will never be carrying more than about 15 pounds in the field for long walks or hikes.  I generally carry one body, ( with a spare in the vehicle), and just the two or three lens for the kind of work I’m doing.

Here are some lens body/lens combinations:


Travel (going ultra light)  Fuji X1oos only


Travel ( moderate system)  Fuji X-E2  18-55 & 55-200


Outdoor and Nature (walking or hiking)  Fuji X-E2, 14mm, 18-55, 55-200 and the 60mm Micro.


Outdoor and Nature (Driving to location)  Fuji X-T1, 10-24,  23mm f 1.4, 18-55, 55-200 and the 60mm Micro.


Available Light Work  Fuji X-T1 or X-Pro-1, 14mm f 2.8, 23mm f1.4, 35mm f 1.4, & 56mm f 1.2


Americana walk around (like Old Car City)  Fuji X-T1, 10-24, 23mm f1.4, 18-55, 55-200  (In a waist belt system)


Close-up Work  Fuji X-T1, 60mm Micro, Nikkor 200mm Micro (with a Nikon to Fuji X adapter)  Extension tubes and diopters


Hope that explains it a little better.



6 months ago 4

I have a confession to make.  Until I retired I was very busy, sometimes too busy for family and friends. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always appreciated my family and my friends, but the day to day grind made it very hard to devote as much time to them as I knew I should.  The last six months has been really great as I’ve had more time to stop what I was doing and say yes to many requests from my family and friends.  Being a husband, father, grandfather, and friend is a time consuming commitment.  I’m learning more than ever that you get out of relationships what you put into them.


Just recently I have finally gotten started with Facebook.  I’m still trying to get my Facebook page up and rolling after years of neglect, but the His Light Friends Facebook page has been a great daily way to stay in touch with some of the people that really matter to me.  I’m sure that a proclamation like that over the last few years wrung hollow, as I just din’t follow up on so many emails and calls!  It really wasn’t that I didn’t care, I just was being pulled in so many directions. I was watching TV the other night and started seeing the commercial for the Masters.  I was at every Masters for eight years!  I have to be honest I got a big smile on my face remembering that that is one more week of my life that I’ve gotten back every April.  April is spring flowers, full streams, and fun outings with my grandchildren and Sherelene, not golf!!!!


You don’t have to retire to put your time in it’s proper place.  It is matter of deciding what really matters, and then making plans to do the most important things, first!  I’ll be praying that you will be able to tame the clock!  Please believe me, the rewards are amazing⁄




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Photo Note:  Fuji X-E2 and the 60mm Micro lens.  ISO 1600

6 months ago 2

When Jim and I sit down to plan events for The His Light schedule, we try to pick places that will provide great shooting opportunities and fantastic experiences for our guests.  Last year I was honored to be the Keynote speaker for a great event in South Dakota called the Black Hills Shootout.  I me a lot of wonderful people and because Spearfish, which is where the event was based is so close to a lot of great shooting locations, I jumped at the chance to go out an spend a fews extra days in the region.  This is a fantastic area and I wanted to share a few images from that trip.  First though I wanted to tell you that I was inspired to add this great area to this year’s workshop schedule and we did something extra special!  Usually our six day workshops and tours are $1,295.  I so wanted people to discover this amazing place that we set the workshop fee at $995.  The trip will start in Wall, South Dakota the jumping off point for the Badlands and amazing landscape depicted in some of these images.



The multi colored Badlands and below one of the easy to approach and photograph wildlife. the Western Prairie Dog!



Out time in Wall will be spent at the famous Cowboy cabins, neat individual , cozy, and fun lodging right near the Badlands.  Wall is also home to the very famous Wall Drugs, a old time drugstore the size of a city block, filled with many great uniques shops!



After a few days in Wall we will move west to Custer State Park (the largest free range of Bison in America), The Black Hills, and Mount Rushmore!  While staying and working out of Spear Fish South Dakota we will shoot the absolutely spectacular Spear Fish Canyon!  Some of the most beautiful waterfalls I’ve seen anywhere!



Everywhere we travel their are interesting and exciting things to photograph!  Even the side of the road forests in the area are breathtaking!



This tour will be limited to twelve attendees and only 8 spot remain available.  I hope you will check your schedule and plan to join for the is amazing adventure in the beautiful fall color!!




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Ye, we even have a fantastic old fire engine shoot just out side of Rapid City!


6 months ago 8

I woke up to a snow storm this morning and it has continued through out the morning. All road including the interstate are slick and dangerous, so I will not  make it to Pigeon Forge for my 5:30 p.m. program today.  I hope to have clear roads tomorrow for my 3:00 to 4:00 program.  Sorry for the inconvenience.




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