Fuji XT1

It was time to lighten the bag. I am a loyal Canon user and have a Canon 5D Mark II which takes excellent photographs. However, the weight of that camera is back breaking even when I only have a few lenses in the bag. I had to make up my mind what to do, either give up photography or try something new. Now, I am not the kind of person who sits around an waits for someone else to do my work for me. I have met a few people like that and they never get anywhere in life and I didn’t want to stay in that rut. So, I purchased the XT1 mirroless and am not looking back.

The camera is very different than the Canon with dials easily accessible on the top the of camera. I spent last evening refreshing myself on what everything does and where all the settings are. The lens has the aperture dial, the speed and ISO are dials on top. I found the automatic bracketing dial and played with panning and multiple shots. The more I use the camera the more I like it. The true test will be how it handles in the landscape and how the photos turn out.

I am also going to try the Zone method this weekend. I am reading a book called “The Visual Toolbox” by David Duchemin to keep motivated and find ways to improve. Iowa as a landscape are not the most spectacular. We have a few locations but nothing like I have seen around this world. One of his lessons deals with the Zone method developed by Ansel Adams which is supposed to give me better exposure over the Histogram. I believe him but now the next step is to put it into practice. Since, I was first taught to use the Histogram and not the Zones. I have printed my chart and will try some experiments this weekend. Wish me luck.

The excitement for photography increases as the weather improves. I look out my window at my garden and think of all the flowers waiting for their close ups. Spring has sprung and the buds are starting to open on the trees. I believe an adventure to the river is in order for the first Fuji test.

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