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In the Southwest with a Fuji x100t

In September I went out to Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park and of course, the Grand Canyon National Park. I did over 800 photos with my Fuji x100t and was able to thin them down to about 80 and then kind of got stuck there. I didn’t want to post all 80. I wanted to post maybe 10-20. I feel like I need to describe them or say something about each. Lets see how I do with that below.

The Fuji x100t is a fixed lens that is equivalent to 35mm focal length. I stopped with my full on Canon full frame camera with associated lenses and stuff after a trip down to Mississippi with my buddy Lowry. The back pack weighed 26 pounds with all my gear.

I. Am. Not. A. Pack. Mule.

I jumped to the Olympus OMD EM5 and liked what I could do with the camera, but I just never “loved” using it. Several photographers I follow suggested that the Fuji x100 would be their desert island camera. By that they meant if they could only take one camera and lens for the rest of their lives, the x100 would be the one. I gave it a go, and I love using them! Small camera’s that shoot in just about any light with minimal noise and practically no weight! I have enjoyed both the x100s and now the T. I don’t think I’m missing out on photos that I might get if I had more lens choices.

Anyways… here they are.  The timelessness of the region always makes me feel inconsequential. If I’m lucky I’ll be here till I’m one hundred. The Grand Canyon is 4 million years old. It will be here long after I’ve gone too…

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Arizona and Utah On Film Holga and Olympus Point and Shoot

I went out to Utah and Arizona to visit Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park and of course, the Grand Canyon. The square photos are all done with my Holga and 120 Portra 400 film while the rectangular photos are done with my Olympus Stylus Epic on 35 mm Portra 400 too.  The Holgas run about $29 and the Olympus stylus supposedly can be found in yard sales for a few bucks, but I’ve never seen one for that. It ran about $70 I think. The stylus is easily shirt pocketable  and great to have with you all the time. They were extremely popular back in the 80s and 90s for just that reason.

I think you can make a case for skipping digital and just shooting film especially for outdoors and sunny conditions.

 

 

Love the kind of distortion here
Love the kind of distortion here
Clouds make for better landscapes to me.
Clouds make for better landscapes to me.
Love the dynamic range from the shadows to the white clouds
Love the dynamic range from the shadows to the white clouds
Petroglyphs near Horseshoe Bend in the Colorado River
Petroglyphs near Horseshoe Bend in the Colorado River
Loved how this rock was on a stand.
Loved how this rock was on a stand.
Road cut near Page Arizona. I liked the contrast between the yellow sign, blue sky and red rocks
Road cut near Page Arizona. I liked the contrast between the yellow sign, blue sky and red rocks
Always shoot lone cows or trees! New Rule!
Always shoot lone cows or trees! New Rule!
Portrait Orientation
Portrait Orientation
Carhop and Cafe Hotel,  Hatch Utah
Hard to tell this from a full on digital camera
This road cut is about 25 miles or so out of Page Arizona. This photo is about the colors and shapes
This road cut is about 25 miles or so out of Page Arizona. This photo is about the colors and shapes
This is one of my favorite photos from the trip. Taken about 8000 above sea level in Bryce Canyon near one of the over looks
This is one of my favorite photos from the trip. Taken about 8000 above sea level in Bryce Canyon near one of the over looks
I had to do a photo of this colorful shed near Bryce Canyon Utah
I had to do a photo of this colorful shed near Bryce Canyon Utah
Sharpness is over rated anyways.
Sharpness is over rated anyways.

And the theme for the day is…??

I got a chance to get some photos that I’ve “seen” but not been able to shoot yesterday and today.  I had some problems with my Fuji x100t camera that came about from mysteriously pressing some buttons wrong. The thing about the Fuji is it expects you to know what you’re doing. The design is deceptively simple looking. You really have to pay attention or it’ll do exactly what you tell it to do, even if you don’t know some tech stuff you really need to know. I ended up resetting the camera and left it shooting finished photos instead of RAW photos. Anyways, for my non photo geek friends, I had to go back out today to reshoot these photos, except for the last one which came out fine as the finished photo.

The following  two photos are of the same location (duh) just different crops. What made me take the photos was the 3 plants on the railing. I’ve seen them there for a month and never made the time to do the photo. Had a nice conversation with the folks living there talking about me doing the photos, and why I wanted to do them. Photographers  don’t need to have permission to take photos of things plainly visible from the street. They can’t violate private property and if the photos are of copyrighted things it’s a little trickier, but, the plainly visible rule applies to public and private properties. Dave’s rule (actually Wil Wheaton’s) is Don’t be a Dick about it.

Compare this to the next one
Compare this to the next one

The second photo is a landscape crop. I like the plants still and I like the bush on the side echoing the shapes of the home itself too.

I liked the symmetry of this. And I really liked the three flower dishes on the railing. The whole point of the photo was the flower dishes in the golden hour sunlight.
I liked the symmetry of this. And I really liked the three flower dishes on the railing. The whole point of the photo was the flower dishes in the golden hour sunlight.
Beautiful light on the flowers
Beautiful light on the flowers
Flowers in pot on State Street in Dover, DE
Loved the cascading purple and white flowers
Horizontal version of the Flag and Flower photo nearby.
Horizontal version of the Flag and Flower photo nearby.

 

In general, I prefer landscape photos over the portrait layout, but this just works for me.

Parke Green Gallery Door and Plan
Cool little vignette on State Street
golden hour osage orange trees
Beautiful Osage Orange Trees in the sunset golden hours.
Sunflower in field of soy beans
This is perfect example of a weed being a plant out of place. This sunflower was one of 3 I saw in about a half mile of fields of soy beans.

 

 

Care to guess what the theme of the day(s) was? Leave it in the comments!