The 2024 Retro Project!

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I love teaching photography and I love sharing the joy of the craft!  I am preparing lessons for an upcoming class I will hold in Corbin, January 20th.  In preparing the new lessons I reviewed a lot of my images made in the last 12 years with digital photography!  I wanted to do a sound synch with 30 of my favorite images both technically and aesthetically.  After picking 30 of my favorites I checked the exif data and was shocked to learn that all 30 had been made with cameras at least 10 years old and all with 16 mega pixels or less.  The vast majority were with the Fujifilm X-T1, a couple with the Fujifilm X-E1 and one with the X10.  I still have 2 X-T1s, and the X10, since I no longer have a X-Pro 1,  I  have substituted the X-Pro 2, (which has 24 mega pixels). All of these are big steps down from ,y current main camera the X-T5 with 40 mega pixels.)


One of my favorite quotes which I use a lot in my classes is from Rod Planck, who said “Technique beats equipment every time!”  I know that is true and since I have become enamored with the advancing technology in cameras, I have bought the latest and greatest ones over the past decade.  I believe after this shocking revelation of my favorite images that with great technique these 12 year old cameras can still perform admirably!


So For the first 6 months of 2024 I will do all my imaging with the three cameras above;  Fujifilm’s X-T1  (16 mega pixels), the X-Pro 2 ( 24 mega pixels) and the X10, my first fujifilm camera that has with 12 mega pixels.


I will post images I’m making, with technical details, over the 6 month period and we can judge together just how well they can perform!


The images below are some of the images that convinced me to do this project!


Shot with the X-E1 and the 18-55 lens.


Shoot with the X-T1 and the 60mm macro lens.


Shot with the X-T1 and the 18-135 lens.


Shot with the X-T1 hand held with the 55-200 lens and Nikon 5T diopter @ ISO 6400!


I can’t wait to see what can be done with this gear and strict use of great technique!  Please follow along for the fun!





the pilgrim

8 Responses

  1. David+W says:

    What’s behind the camera is more important than the camera. It’s a lesson I’ve learned and seen proven regularity.

    I’m looking forward to see what new delights you will be sharing.

  2. Walter Willis says:

    Looking forward to this, Bill

  3. Dennis Mook says:

    Merry Christmas Bill. I hope your Christmas is meaningful and memorable. Also, thank you for your generosity in sharing your wisdom. I sincerely appreciate you. Photographically speaking, many of my favorite digital images were made with a 16mp micro4/3 camera before I bought my X-T1! It goes to show you that the latest and greatest don’t necessarily mean the most rewarding images.