Fuji’s Classic Chrome and the X-Pro 2

Fuji has done some awesome things lately. Their film simulations in camera have been interesting. It started with Fuji introducing Classic Chrome when the X100T came out. They made it a firmware update for the X-T1 also. I was intrigued by it. A lot of people have compared Classic Chrome to Kodak’s iconic Kodachrome film but is it really? You can’t buy Kodachrome anymore so shooting a roll of it and comparing it won’t work. So how do you compare the look of Classic Chrome to the real thing? I searched for the perfect preset for Lightroom to get that…

Fuji X-Pro 2 The Film Shooter’s Digital

Yes, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted. Excuses? Not really, I guess just a little lazy. When I heard that Fuji was coming out with the X-Pro 2, I got excited to say the least. I love Fuji cameras and I have written about the X-Pro 1 and also my favorite, the XT-1. I picked up the X-Pro 2 last week and finally got to go shoot with it yesterday. In a word, it was “Awesome”. This isn’t a technical review of the camera at all, it’s just my impressions of this camera and what I liked and…

Tabletop Studio Setup

In my last post, I talked about my Ikea hack for a small tabletop studio. I thought I’d write about it today because I really like this setup. I bought an Ikea kitchen cart called the Bekväm for $59.00. A great little cart with a really nice butcher block type top, 2 shelves and wheels on 2 of the legs. Oh, and solid wood! Once I got it put together, which was pretty easy, I was impressed at how solid it is. I knew that I wanted to add some way of attaching a backdrop so I drilled a couple holes…

Fuji X-T1 in the Studio

I have owned this wonderful camera since March and finally decided to see how it can shoot in a studio setting. Using both available light and also the strobes. I shoot primarily food photography, and try to earn a living doing it but that’s another story. When I was shooting with the Canon 5d MkII, I used the Canon 100mm macro lens for the bulk of my food shots. On the Fuji, I have the Fuji 60mm macro lens. Did the Fuji live up to my expectations? Boy did it except for a few quirky things. First off, I tried…

Why the Fuji X-T1 is Now My Favorite Camera!

First off, this isn’t a review of the X-T1. There are plenty of those out there. This is just my view on shooting with this wonderful little gem. I’ve shot with Canon for the past 25 years and also Nikon but in the past few months, I sold all the Canon gear including the 5D MkII and several L series lenses and also I sold the Nikon D800 along with the Nikon 105 macro and Tamron 24-70. Do I miss that gear, absolutely not! I don’t miss hauling everything around in a giant Lowepro backpack and having neck cramps from…

Cold Outside? Shoot Inside!

This winter has been especially nasty here in Kansas City. Right now it’s 7 degrees with some snow and sleet on the ground. Tonight, below zero temps. I am so sick of it to say the least. I love going outside and shooting but I must confess that I am a wimp when it comes to cold temperatures. In order to satisfy my desire to shoot something, I took a couple trips to a few antique malls. Score! I had the best time and antique stores are like a treasure trove of weird and vintage items just waiting to be…

Shooting with the Fuji X-Pro 1

A couple months ago, I traded most of my Canon DSLR bodies and lenses for the Fuji X-Pro 1 and also the X100S. You might be thinking, boy that was dumb but it was the best move I’ve made in a long time. I shot with the Canon 5D MkII and 7D for several years and I had a nice selection of L series lenses. I was just getting tired of hauling all that equipment around when I went out to shoot. I read review after review of both of the Fuji cameras and knew that I had to have…

Country Club Plaza

The Country Club Plaza (often referred to as The Plaza) is an American upscale shopping district and residential neighborhood in Kansas City, Missouri. It was the first shopping center in the world designed to accommodate shoppers arriving by automobile.[1] The 55-acre (223,000 m²) site is about four miles (6.44 km) south of downtown, between 45th and 51st streets to the north and south and between Broadway and Madison Street to the east and west. The Kansas state line is one mile (1.6 km) to the west. Established in 1922 by J. C. Nichols and designed architecturally after Seville, Spain, the Plaza comprises high-end retail establishments, restaurants, and entertainment venues, as well as offices.[2] The neighborhoods surrounding the Plaza…