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2 months, 2 weeks ago 27



I love the American flag, I photograph it every time I find a great one.  Why?  Because it stands for something bigger than ourselves.  Men and women far braver than I have given their very lives to hold it high, to preserve it, to help it stand!  Love of country is one of our greatest devotions, right under our Love of God, but above all else.


The love of friends is still very high on the list of our priorities.  It is that devotion that has led me to a very difficult decision, but one I must make.  Let me give an illustration to that point.  Let’s pretend that I have been invited to my son Scott’s house in Florida for Christmas with my entire family, Sherelene, all of my children, their spouses, and my six grandchildren.  I’m so excited to get to be with them!  My time with them is always so precious.  Then I get a call on Thanksgiving that the plans have changed, each of my three families and Sherelene are going to have to be somewhere else, but I’m still invited to their empty house and enjoy Christmas alone.  What do you think I would do? I’m sure you can guess!


I joined NAPP almost a dozen years ago, then worked with Kelby Media and now KelbyOne.  Over those dozen years I’ve met and adopted the teams into my family of close friends, a lot of people that were part of all those different iterations of the same company!  Business is a fickle thing and all kinds of things can happen to change the fortunes of a business, as sad as it is, it sometimes means some people have to be let go to help the company survive.  This has happened  several times over past few years.  A number of great people are still at KelbyOne, unfortunately the ones I was closest to, with the exception of Scott himself, are now all gone.


This is my dilemma, can I still go home for Christmas?   Sadly no.  I have decided to pull out of Photoshop World, and from Kelby One.  I’m not mad at anyone, quite the opposite, I am very thankful for all the great times I’ve had working with Scott and all his incredible team, for all those years.  I’ve loved taping classes, speaking at Photoshop World, meeting all the great members and Scott’s people have treated me better than I deserve!  I want to thank Scott Kelby for allowing me to be a part of such a great team, meet so many wonderful people and for being so kind to me.  I wish it could have gone on forever!


But, sadly, now I can’t go home for Christmas!




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2 months, 2 weeks ago 13



Summation:  The X-PRO 2 really shines and shows it’s 33% more resolution in  these examples!!  I love my X-T1s, I have three but they will get little less use now that I have this incredible instrument to shoot.  The bitingly rich resolution is just stunning. Micro fine detail and contrast is right up there with the D810, quite amazing.  I will walk you through the examples I shot, but the summation won’t change, this is one hell of a camera!!! (excuse my French!  ;-)


All examples were shot with the subject cross/side lit with a LED light panel as the light source to create side lighting to show the most texture. The tripod mounted X-T1 and X-PRO 2 were  mated with the sharpest lens I’ve ever owned, the 90mm f 2   All images shot at f 11  The rezed up images were taken to 6 foot by 6 foot at 100 dpi and a small section was cropped out of these blown up files.


In each sequence the first or top image is the X-T1 the bottom the X-PRO 2


Here we go:


Now the blow ups of these files:



Keep in mind these are 72 dpi images for the web, in  the full res files the difference as much more apparent.


Round Two:


Now lets get big and close!



Once against the X-PRO 2 files are about a 1/3 stop darker and sometimes the detail is hard to seebut it’s there.



Where it really matters is unreal world application, the X-PRO 2 and the 100-400 do their job well!




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2 months, 2 weeks ago 29



In order to compare the new 24.3 mega pixel sensor in the X-PRO 2 with the 16 mega pixel sensor of the X-T1 .  I photographed the same scene with the 35mm f 2 set to f 11 on a sturdy tripod and with the self timer on a solid floor.  I then rezed up the files to 300 dpi – 36″ X 24″ size and cropped out the yellow section below for comparison at large print size.


Let’s start at ISO 6400:


Now 12,800:


Finally ISO 25,600:


O.K. no more suspense, the top image in each category is the X-T1 the second the X-PRO 2.  My evaluation is that the X-PRO 2  shows significantly more detail in the fine detail areas, no surprise with a 33%  increase in mega pixels.  I would have thought that noise would remain stable, but it has improved dramatically.  the X-PRO 2 is at the very least 1 stop  better than the X-T1, maybe stretching to almost 1.5 stops.  Look at the black scissors, the X-PRO 2 not only has deeper black within noise to speak of, but much better texture detail as well.  I can’t believe I’m saying this but I think I might actually rely on 25,600 if I had to, it looks remarkably good!  How do you like those apples!!!!


None of this is rocket science, Fuji has found a way to process the noise even more effectively than before and sharpness and details have increased handsomely!  Win – Win!


Now, you may have noticed that the X-PRO 2 images are darker than the X-T1s .  Yet both were in the exact same lighting, both were shot at -1 exposure compensation same lens and f stop, f 11 and aperture priority.  I think the multi pattern metering in the X-PRo 2 has been improved, as they are more perfectly exposured than the X-T1, if you have another explanation I would love to hear it, but for now I will love the exposures I’m getting out of this camera!!!!




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2 months, 2 weeks ago 16



Tuesday night my family gathered with Sherelene and I, at our house, for a dinner and birthday celebration.  The occasion was my 70th birthday, 7 decades of life!  We had a great meal, some wonderful cake and ice cream and then my children and Sherlene gave me my birthday cards.  My daughter Catherine said, “You know  we can never surprise you with a gift, since you already have everything you want or have it on order!  But we did want you to have this from all of us.”  She handed me two printed pages that contained a list, it simply read;


For your 7oth birthday we compiled a list of the 70 reasons why we love you Dad….

All three of my children, their spouses, (now my children too!), and my six grand children all contributed to the list below.  Before you start reading it please know I’m not doing this blog entry to boast, brag or pat myself on the back.  No, as I told my collected family after they made me read the list aloud, that it was the greatest gift I have ever received, or will ever receive.  I told them that for my entire life I’ve tried to live up to the standard my father set for me, to be “that guy”.  That guy that loved God and his family, that treated others as I would want to be treated, and try my very best to set an example for my little ones.  More than a few tears were shed and laughter heard,  as I read the list.  I want to encourage all fathers and mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers to leave this as your legacy when you go on to be with the Lord.  I hope you enjoy this, I know it will inspire you when you apply it to your own life!


1) You have led by example

2) You shared your M&M’s

3) You always included us

4) You are creative

5) You are kind

6) You make us laugh

7) You are talented

8) You snuggled with us

9) You’ve taken us to see so many amazing places

10) You are a man of God

11) You’re not afraid to say “I’m sorry”

12) You are sensitive

13) You are inspiring

14) You make Christmas special for us

15) You taught us to appreciate nature

16) Your beard

17) You make peanut butter fudge with us

18) You watch movies with us

19) You watch football with us

20) You encourage us

21) Your generosity makes our lives better

22) Your willingness to do what’s needed

23) The way you love to create memories with the family

24) You always have our backs

25) Your unwavering faith in God.

26) Your unwavering love and admiration for Mom.

27) You’re a role model for the right way to be a husband/father.

28) You are a pretty good photographer (HAHA!)

29) Your sense of humor

30) Your courage in witnessing of  your faith

31) You taught us how NOT to react when UK loses *do not throw things

32) You taught us how to drive

33) You set the bar of integrity and hard work high in marriage

34) You taught us to enjoy the splendor of creation

35) You instilled patriotism in us

36) You keep us posted on the latest/greatest Fuji Products.

37) You taught us to dream big!

38) You taught us to believe in the power of prayer

39) You taught us even when you get older, you can still “play”

40) You taught us to love and admire good music

41) You taught us how to accept others, even Democrats

42) You taught us generosity for the less fortunate

43) You taught us to enjoy/embrace reading

44) You have never held back from showing us affection

45) You taught us even at our lowest/highest, to have faith and give thanks

46) You taught us to be quick to forgive, we all will have to ask for it sometime

47) You taught us laughter is the best medicine

48) You taught us to never impersonate an officer LOL!

49) You inspire us to see things with an artistic eye

50) You taught us not to touch expensive stuff man! HAHA!

51) You are dedicated to your family

52) Your Santa-like beard

53) You are a talented photographer

54) You are loyal

55) Your love for ice-cream sandwiches

56) Your respect for nature and outdoors

57) Your sense of adventure

58) Your luscious hair

59) Your love and respect for Nana

60) You’re a thoughtful gift-giver

61) Your faithfulness

62) Your honesty

63) Your great taste in music and movies

64) Your generosity

65) Your love for Chinese food

66) Your love for hot tubs and singing Broadway musicals while in them

67) Your love for cheeseburgers

68) Takehomeasack

69) Your love for guns

70) You love your family more than anything


I pray with all my heart that those things are true, and I’m thankful they didn’t make list of the 70 things they hate about me!  I love my family, my friends, and my brothers and sisters in Christ.  God has rewarded me with a good life, filled with peace, joy and the best family a man could ever ask for, and that, I certainly do not deserve.  Grace is unmerited favor, and I am a man living life chest deep in grace!




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