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Two more from the iPhone series on Wilde Portraits

Sep 13, 2018

Now that I'm moving around like something close to my normal third or fourth gear, and Nan has signalled my recovery by ceasing to wiat on me, I'm anxious to get back to work. This posting offers up two more of Pam Wilde painting portraits in the window of Artists Emporium downtown Havre de Grace. It's a year-long project, anywhere from one to four a week, the results of which will be in a major showing at the gallery sometime in March.

     My series is more than a little bit speculative. There won't be more than a couple of dozen, the perspective and compositions are similar, they are shot with the iPhone, etc. At this point it's just for fun. While I do shoot kids of First Friday joining the Drum Circle or otherwise participating in the festivities, I’m avoiding it in this series unless invited. The image at the top is also a self portrait along with being part of the series – I hit a day where the lighting allowed for my reflection to be relatively sharp. The subject of the painting is Carol Zimmerman.

     In the image below Mary Ann Lisanti seems to be posing for a relatively serious portrait – actually my favorite kind.These rainy days seem to be creating clearer, more defined reflections – my hand holding the iPhone is clearly visible.

     Again, they have been added to the Havre de Grace Street page where they can be viewed a little larger – and are downloadable.


My Take on All the Recent Mirrorless Camera Announcements

Lots out there right now and, between the brand name fan boys and the shills who get a kickback from salse they initiate from their sites, it can be tricky to sift down to what's important. Especially when that is so subjective. All these cameras can produce great results today – so test/example images produced by professionals and reviewers are worse than useless. And all cameras have to make trade-offs, that is certain functions and capabilities are sacrificed in favor of othere. Heck, it's like buying a car – it's very personal.

     I did not expect to be adopting the APS-C Fuji mirrorless system, switching from my Canon full-frame DSLRs. But the minute the camera came into my hands almost two years ago, I fell in love with photography all over again. Fuji's new entry, the X-T3 is a major upgrade of my beloved X-T2. Normally I wouldn't consider making the move at this point – but they've introduced a back-illuminated sensor that is designed to reduce low-light, high ISO noise by two stops. That's TWO STOPS, wow.

     I do a lot of low-light. high ISO work. My X-T2 pretty much shows no detectable noise at ISO 1600, a small amount (very fixable) at 3200, some more difficult but often manageable noise at 6400, and even 12800 is occasionally usable. This will bring those numbers down between one and two notches. That is just freaking awesome. The rest of the camera improvements are simply the icing on that cake – and there is a lot of icing (except for the addition of touch screen – I can simply turn that crap off). And, again, thank you Fuji for NOT putting an in-body stabilizer in there – I'm one of a growing minority who absolutely hate it, preferring to use a stabilized lens when the need arises..

     So yes, I will be upgrading this Fall – the only question being whether I'll have to part with the X-T2 that has served me so well.