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6 months, 3 weeks ago 5
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We just finished the first Master Class at Old Car City and the Southeast Railway Museum and I was thrilled with how it went!  I asked the five attendees to please give me a 2 or 4 sentence review and Richard Browne simply said in a word it was; and then showed this image from the railway museum above, Superb!  Thanks Richard!

 

 

Nancy Dill, who shot this stunning image above said;  “I appreciated being accepted, because I wasn’t and still fall far short of being a “master” photographer. But I did learn a great deal from my own attention to my photo in camera and especially from seeing others’ work and how they interpreted and processed the assignments. The narrowed focus of the assignments caused me to choose my shots intentionally, with the end in mind,  and to spend more time preparing to take the photograph than I might otherwise have done. I appreciated the candid and detailed critiques of my/our work, and I benefited from comments on my own photos, comparing your and others’ remarks with my own perception of the image we were evaluating.  Watching you improve an image helped me assess my own processing results.”

 

 

This image from Jerry Reese knocked everyone’s socks off!!!  Jerry said; “I really got my focus on the subject with the assignments, thanks for a great class!”

 

 

Jim Haverstock made this great image of the Cadillac hood ornament and commented;  “Bill is devoting his extensive years of photographic knowledge and personal experience to making a small group of photographers master shooters. The results played out during onscreen critiques for all to see. Each of us went home shooting at a high level, satisfied that we now were more complete photographers capable of master-level shooting. Don’t hesitate to sign up for this class.” 

 

 

Rick Coleman, already a wonderful shooter, joined us and showed this image from a previous trip, he commented: “Thank you again so much for including me in your Old Car City Masters Class Workshop.  I know I had kind of hit a spell where my photography skills were just not getting much better.  Your workshop gave me the boost I needed along with the tools and confidence to continue steady improvement.  That’s a gift I very much appreciate.”

 

 

Molly Faircloth made this stunning image of the butterfly doors on a engine boiler!  Molly said; “I have learned a lot and can see myself improving a lot the more I practice these principles set out in the class!”

 

The Masters class was a lot of fun to teach with such great students and the principles we applied really did help everyone to get a better grip on their work.

 

stay tuned for new locations of the Master Class!

 

We will have 2 spots available at the Master Class at:

July 31st to August 3rd  –  Close-up school in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Cades Cove.

 

….and 4 spots in the;  December 4th to 8th  Christmas in the Great Smoky Mountains

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

7 months ago 8
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Photo of Chester and I by Sherelene!

 

Next week Chester will celebrate his 6 month birthday and is very much a “big” puppy!  Weighing in at 50 lbs. and probably headed to 80 lbs. or more!  He is a real boy and loves Sherelene to death, clawing at the kitchen glass door when he sees her walking down the ramp to the kitchen porch after work!  In fact he goes crazy when Cassidy, Catherine, or Abigail drop by.  Catherine & Clint have a 2 year German Wired Hair Terrier water dog that is a little bigger than Chester, but he and Wrangler have become best of buddies and love to romp all over the back yard.  They stretch it out over my 3/4 acre yard and look like they are horses making the turns.  Both of them panting and sporting huge smiles!

 

 

 

 

I’m really looking forward to the Master Class in Old Car City with Jim Haverstock and a great group of participants,  but it will be my longest time away from Chester and I hate that!  He has a great vet that has a wonderful staff and he loves going there, so I know he will be fine!    If there is any separation anxiety, it will probably be mine!  Can’t say how much I’m looking forward to the class, though!!!

 

If you have a dog, then I’m preaching to the choir, but the relationship that we have developed over the winter has been something really special.  I’ve been home almost everyday and on a few short trips I took him along.  He is turning out to be the best buddy I had hoped for!

 

Thanks Chester for making my, already great life, even better!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

 

 

 

 

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7 months ago 6
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Fujifilm has provided us with a boat load of fantastic lenses, maybe none better than the XF 16mm f 1.4!  Now they have expanded the very popular and loved Fujicron line (*this is my term and the term used by many fans of these great f 2 lenses, not an official Fujifilm designation!!!).  So why make another 16mm when the current lens is such a great lens???  Well below is the f 2 series including the new 16mm f 2.8 lens!  The lens hood on the 16mm f 2.8 is included, the square hood on the 16mm f 1.4 is an expensive add on.

 

 

As you can see the 16mm certainly is a good match in terms of size to the other Fujicrons.  How does it compare to the 16mm f 1.4 in terms of weight?  The f 2.8 version weights 6 3/8 ounces while the f 1.4 version weighs in at exactly 1 pound.  You can see in the photo the top of the page the physical size difference.  The 16mm f 2.8 takes 49mm filters the f 1.4 version 62mm.  Both feel great on the camera body, the f 2.8 is nice and compact like all the Fujicrons!  The f 1.4 does have a clutch focusing ring that can be use for AF or manual, a plus, but the f 2.8 version seems to focus faster and quieter!

 

How do they compare in terms of performance?  The short answer is that in terms of sharpness they are very, very close!  The F 1.4 has two f stops more speed so it is certainly better at those two f stops!  Duh!!!  From f 2.8 on to f 16 I would say the faster f1.4 has a tiny bit more sharpness, but in practical terms I would call it a draw.  This is my great room with both lenses, see if you can guess which is which, both shot at f 11 from a tripod.

 

 

OK, which is which?  Before I reveal that keep in mind that at f 11 any well corrected lens should be close!  The top is the f 1.4 @ f 11 the bottom the f 2.8 @ f 11.  Next is a more important difference;  what is the depth of field (bokeh) like for each shooting as close to the subject as the lens will focus and then shoot wide open!  Guess again!

 

 

This time the f 2.8 is on top the f 1.4 below.  I think you will agree that both have pretty good out of focus bokeh, the f 1.4 does, and should, be a hair softer in the background but both looked great!  Look at the Route 66 license plate for a hint as to which is which.

 

So which should you buy?  That’s easy, if you want the absolute best performance and size and price are not an issue for you, the f 1.4 barely wins out, but it was very close!  If a smaller a lighter system is important factor for you, the f 2.8 is very, very close to the quality of the f 1.4 version and is much smaller, lighter and less expensive.  So it’s your call, but either one is a great optic, each with their own charms, I promise you will love either one!

 

What will I do?  I already have, I own both of them!  Different tools for different jobs!  GAS strikes again!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim