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Morning Havre de Grace Railroad Bridge

Apr 3, 2017

And Folio Image Updates Update • Camera Notes – I just had to see what my new toy could do. This is a hand-held shot at F22, in poor light. Darned if it didn't work. And I get an easy 18x24 image from it, whew. If it comes across a little muted here because you, like me, don't keep your display set on bright-enough-to-to-kill like some, check it out on the folio page. Larger and bolder, very close to the way it will print. Pity I can't use that kind of widget on the blog. so…

In an effort to skirt around that issue:  Link to folio viewthen click on thumbnail for best black background viewing…

OR simply use the link below to see the same view – albeit with plain background…


Update on Folio Image Updates

I'm verging on finishing the folio index pages of Easter Island images. Very happy about that – and I also began work on my more local work – the Harford County section. That seem appropriate since today I'm adding a new image, the first in a good while. In fact I went ahead and started the set on the third page with the new entry. I'll work on updating the first two pages of Harford County as soon as I finish the Easter Island pages.

This is Page 5 of the Island images – transition from those in the book and those not. Click HERE to go there:

Camera Notes

It's a whole new world. Received a notice that a firmware (software that runs things like cameras, etc.) update was available for my new camera – Fuji X-T2 – that adds or expands 24 functions. That brought the instruction manual (they're digital now and go on one's phone or iPad) to 364 pages. A good excuse to go back to it and work through from the beginning, again. These updates are regular occurrences nowadays with these flagship models.

At first I was a little wary of the electronic eyepiece in place of the SLR real-view – no, I only rarely use the viewing screen in the back, just never liked those things. The electronically generated view in the eyepiece is high enough resolution that it simulates a "live" view (unlike those in some lower-end cameras) and at the same time, like the large screen in back, adjusts brightness to the lighting giving you an instant heads-up on exposure (yes, this can be turned off). Something I thought of as a negative that I was willing to accept turned out to be a very handy plus. And I can still get my quick view of the shot(s) because the camera senses when my eye is at the eyepiece – turning the back viewer off and then back on when you lower the camera.

Remember those little hyper-focusing guidelies on the top of SLR lenses? They're gone, replaced by a nifty little solid blue line at the bottom of the viewing screens – now that's progress.

I can't say enough good about this camera, by far the best thing I've ever used. And at this point I've only got the 18–55mm lens (that's 27 to 84 in old 35mm terminology). I have added a couple of extra batteries to my pocket kit though – it can eat a couple on a busy day.

Have I learned it all yet? No, that will take months. And even then there's those little capabilities one might use once or twice a year – but my manual is right there on my phone!

Ain’t she pretty?