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1 month, 1 week ago 6

 

 

Sorry about that, Sherelene took a weeks vacation and decided it was time to catch up on the Honey Do list, NO VACATION!  I’m still sore!  Anyway just have a number of things  I’ve been thinking about and wanted to bring to your attention!

 

 

Number One:  I’ve now been using the Fuji 100-400 f 4.5-5.6 zoom for several months and I continue to find it amazing.   It’s amazing because it is so reasonably priced, considering what it is and what it can do.  If you shoot a Fujifilm X Body this lens gives you a fast focusing, extremely stable, (thanks to the extraordinary Optical Image Stabilization, 150mm to 600 mm equiv. lens!!!!   I’m 70 years old and hand holding used to be out of the question, I’ve gotten extremely sharp results at 600mm at 1/60th of a second!  I know younger, steadier photographers that have done it at a 1/15th!!!!  This a seriously high end performing lens for anyone needing to really reach out, want to know something even more amazing, it maintains extreme sharpness with both the Fuji 1.4 and 2 X tele-converters, that’s just sick!!!!

 

 

Number Two:  The new schedule for His Light and Jack Graham Photo Workshops and the Fuji Workshops is now posted on the Workshop blog and on Jack’s website.  Take look and find one to joins on!

 

 

 

 

 

Number Three:  I will be in Seattle Thursday night for the big West Coast kick off of the X-T2.  I was supposed to be in New York a week ago but got sick and could’t get there, better now, looking forward to seeing everyone and Jack at this next event, Jack and I are two of the three X-Photographers speaking at the event!

 

 

Number Four:   My Jay Masiel shot for this month!  Thanks Jay for inspiring all of us!

 

Blessings to all,

 

the pilgrim

1 month, 2 weeks ago 9

 

 

Some more images made over the last couple of months, really love this camera!  It’s all about image quality!

 

 

This is a serious camera!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

1 month, 2 weeks ago 13

 

 

I have been increasingly concerned, worried and fearful about what might befall America if we continue on the path we are on today.  Our nation is severely divided on politics, race, and faith.  God has blessed America and I believe He wants to continue to bless our nation, but real change must come, and not in our politics, but in our hearts.  We must replace hate with love, and strife with peace, and we can’t do that alone.  I ask you that starting this weekend that my readers would share this with everyone they know that is a believer and I ask that we start to pray fervently for God’s intervention in the trouble our nations faces.

 

I have been very stressed about preparing for the possible, and I’m afraid very likely, difficult times we could face as a nation and as a people.  I called my dear brother Dr. Charles Stanley this morning to share my concerns, and as always, He had a wonderful word for me.  He believes it is not to late for our nation to turn back to God and honor Him and He will honor our nation.

 

He gave me the scripture to read, and absorb into my spirit, I hope it brings you as much comfort as it has me!  God is in control, we need to be on our knees before Him!

 

 

Psalm 62    New Living Translation (NLT)

 

For Jeduthun, the choir director: A psalm of David.

 

I wait quietly before God,
for my victory comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress where I will never be shaken.

 

So many enemies against one man—
all of them trying to kill me.
To them I’m just a broken-down wall
or a tottering fence.
They plan to topple me from my high position.
They delight in telling lies about me.
They praise me to my face
but curse me in their hearts. Interlude

 

Let all that I am wait quietly before God,
for my hope is in him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress where I will not be shaken.
My victory and honor come from God alone.
He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.
O my people, trust in him at all times.  Pour out your heart to him,

for God is our refuge. Interlude

 

Common people are as worthless as a puff of wind,
and the powerful are not what they appear to be.
If you weigh them on the scales,
together they are lighter than a breath of air.

 

10 Don’t make your living by extortion
or put your hope in stealing.
And if your wealth increases,
don’t make it the center of your life.

 

11 God has spoken plainly,

and I have heard it many times:

Power, O God, belongs to you;
12     unfailing love, O Lord, is yours.
Surely you repay all people
according to what they have done.

 

This is the most serious issue I’ve ever brought before you, please join me in asking God to save our nation!

 

Be blessed in your pursuit of Him,

 

the pilgrim

1 month, 3 weeks ago 25

 

Finally, I can talk about it!!!!  For the last two months I have been shooting the new Fuji X-T2.  Today I can tell you all about it.  Now, there are tons of article coming-out that review all the features and and changes so i won’t hash all that out again.  What you want to know is should I buy one?  The answer is YES!  However there is more to it than that, so let’s get started!

 

Is it better than the X-T1?   Absolutely.  It inherits all the great advancements that came out in the X PRO 2.  With a 24.3 mega pixel sensor, a much faster processor, greatly improved viewfinder and LCD, better attention to the buttons and dials, and the deal breaker, the new focusing joystick it is a must upgrade from the X-T1.  Now a little love for the X-T1!  It is still great camera and I would not throw mine away, (o.k. I had three and I sold two)!  I plan to keep one around since I still love it and will find a good use for it!  But yes, Virginia, the X-T2 is everything you hoped it would be and more!

 

Is it better than the X PRO 2?  No, it’s just different.  It is better suited for those that enjoy a SLR type camera even though it is not an SLR, it handles and operates for those that are more comfortable  with that style camera.  The X-T2 has a better LCD, it tilts both horizontally and vertically!  It has 4K video!  The electronic viewfinder has faster refresh rate, almost twice was fast, and it is much brighter, and has more magnification all great things!  It is smaller than the X PRO 2, which is good or bad depending on which you prefer.  It has a much faster frame rate, with the battery compartment it will do a blazing 11 frames per second!!!  The battery compartment is also much improved, fits tighter, and has it’s own shutter release and joystick, much needed!  If you love rangefinder type cameras, the  X PRO 2 is still your cup of tea!

 

What am I going to do?   I am going to buy one!  Then I’m going to shoot it along side my X PRO 2 and decide which one will get a sibling!  Don’t I already know??? Actually the camera we had the opportunity to shoot early did not have the final firmware so they were less than ready for prime time.  This is normal, but I still will have to shoot a full blown production camera with the final firmware to know some of the things I need to see.  I know this much for sure, it is a very worthy successor to the wonderful X-T1.  I’m sure I will end up with a pair of them, and the X PRO 2 will be my other camera, but since I promised you I would always shoot straight with you, so I will tell you more after I’ve shot the production camera for a while.  All indictions are it is going to be the one you will want.  Dang Fuji, wish they hadn’t made the X Pro 2 so fabulous, both have there charms!!!!  Stay tuned on this soap opera!

 

What about Image Quality?  My estimation is it’s fabulous, all I could have hoped for!  But I will let you decide, these are images made over the last few months with the X-T2.

 

 

 

 

 

While this image below was not shot with the X-T2 it was shot with the X PRO 2 in Acros monochrome mode which is also in the X-T2 and is the greatest break through in forever for monochrome shooters, it’s simply wonderful!

 

 

 

So, to wrap it all up; The Fuji X-T2 is a fabulous edition to the Fuji X System!  It will be an even bigger hit than the X-T1 was and with good reason, Fuji did what they do best, they listened to the customer and made virtually every change we asked for and added some on top of that!  I guess I will be buying a pair of them!!!

 

Check out Jack Graham’s excellent review as well, on our Fuji Workshop Site:

 https://fujiphotoworkshops.com/2016/07/07/fujifilm-x-t2-first-impressions/

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim