UCSB Arts & Lectures brings the world’s greatest talent to Santa Barbara. I was given the opportunity to shoot the season-opening event last night: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. I was nervous, and rightfully so. I’d never shot in the venue before, and I would have ten minutes, from a fixed position, to wrangle a couple of keepers.
Category Archives: Camera Settings
I suffer from gear-itis, and while I’m not seeking a cure, I do need to treat some of the symptoms. I’m grateful to have a collection of cameras, lenses, and flashes sufficient to tackle whatever assignment comes my way, but it also makes me lazy and indecisive, making technical rather than artistic choices.
As I described in the previous post, I’m testing myself (luxuriously) by trying to limit personal work to one camera body (Nikon D610), one lens (Nikon 85mm f/1.4), and black and white output. This is great gear – better than anything I’ve owned before, but this “deprivation” exercise helps me rekindle the passion I had as a teenager who could only afford one camera body, one lens, and black-and-white film – and had the time of his life learning how to SEE things photographically.
With all due respect to Chase Jarvis, we’re all sick of hearing that “the best camera is the one you have with you.” It’s just so irritatingly true. For those of us with too many cameras and too little vision, it’s nice to have rules about which camera to have with us at any given time.
I got the Fujifilm X100s last October to be my “carry everywhere” camera. Nevertheless, every time I’m about to leave the house, I agonize over which camera(s) and lens(es) to bring. Often, when I’m going to be out and about for non-photographic purposes, I remind myself, “This is what you got the Fuji for.” I then also remind myself to not end sentences with prepositions, since that is something up with which I cannot put.
Yesterday we visited a couple of wineries (and Ostrich Land!) in the Santa Ynez Valley. I was not going out to make photographs; I was going out to enjoy time with friends. This is what I got the Fuji for.
It’s confession time. After the frustrations of the December dance concert, I traded in one of my D7000 bodies for a D610, believing a full-frame camera would finally deliver the high ISO performance needed for dance.
Like many of my recent purchase decisions, this one turned out to be the right horse in the wrong race. The D610 is a marvelous camera that improves many of my images, but it does not solve my dance performance problems. Continue reading
The single-focal-length, non-interchangeable lens X100s has a macro mode. As I continue my testing to determine whether this is a good camera for a lazy, disorganized, impatient photographer, I have to concede that pressing the button twice (to engage macro mode) and then leaning close to a flower is a lot easier than going back to the house, changing lenses, stopping to check phone/computer, realizing I’m a little hungry, setting everything down to stare into the open refrigerator, arguing the pros and cons of staring into the open refrigerator with my wife, deciding to watch a movie, and forgetting that I had been outside wishing to photograph a flower.
For serious macro work, I would obviously set up the tripod, light diffusers, and micro-nikkor 105 f/2.8, but I haven’t done any serious macro work in 55 years and I don’t intend to start now. Oh, and I wasn’t in my backyard; I was in Carpinteria taking a walk, so I didn’t have the option of the 105 lens or someone’s refrigerator into which I could stare. X100s FTW.