I think I learned my lesson of walking around for hours in the cold yesterday that I decided to stay in today. But, that turned out well as I was able to play around with my new 60mm macro from Fuji. I've had it for over a week now, but hadn't really had a chance to use it. So, I grabbed a couple things about the house and took a few photos.
I had a small asian style cup around and some jelly beans. Figured they'd make good subjects and food.
The first photo is a sort of closeup while this next one is a macro. The 60mm lens is not a "true" macro as it doesn't get to 1 to 1 ratio, but it does get close enough. Because it doesn't get that shallow I actually had no problem setting the camera (X-E2) to macro mode and using autofocus. With my Nikons I tended to stick with just manual focus as you could get much closer.
This is close to the closest you can get. Not bad at all!
Here's a different angle. Mouth watering yet?
Please note that all of these were shot under f8 as I wanted accentuate the depth of field.
I also had a nut blend laying around. These are a little larger, but figured they'd make good subjects as well.
Notice how the background just fades away. The cup is probably a good 12 inches behind the nuts.
Thoughts on the 60mm macro from Fuji:
- I like it a lot. Its sharp, contrasty, focuses quickly for macro work when you set the camera to macro mode. This tells the camera its looking to focus closely. When not in this mode it will travel the whole focusing range which can really slow it down.
- The build quality is fantastic. Its metal, has the aperture controls on it and a large focusing ring as well.
- Its a little larger than the 18-55mm, only slightly, but has a much larger lens hood.
- For a prime lens f2.4 is not the fastest, but it does produce some fantastic bokeh.
- If you're looking for a great portrait lens and macro lens this is the one to buy.
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Earlier today I headed out to Boston with a fellow photographer, Mike, of www.unitymike.com. We've know each other for a couple years now and as we both own mirrorless cameras we decided to walk around Boston with our new gear. The weather was very cold, but luckily the weather man was wrong and we got snow. We met up, got all our gear ready and hopped on the T.
I must say it was nice to walk around with someone who is just as passionate about photography as myself. We talked, mirrorless, new gear, Fuji, Canon, Nikon, and our businesses. We ate some good food, and then walked some more. And then stopped to eat, and then walked some more. And we even met up with another photographer friend of ours.
This is Mike playing with his camera. Actually I think he may have been taking a photo of me.
When we arrived in Boston we stopped to take a few photos in the station.
I'm by no means a street photographer, but I did try to take a few photos here and there trying not to be noticed, but I've decided its not really my thing. Fun to try it though, and I'll probably have to try some more in the future. When we left the station there was a fence with a lot of padlocks on it. I'm thinking it was some sort of memorial. Some had names on them and others were in pairs.
From there we made sure to have our gloves on as it got pretty windy. After a few blocks we decided to grab some breakfast. If you know me I never say no to food. So we stopped at The Pour House and enjoyed some breakfast.
The food was good, and the place had a nice vibe to it. I'd definitely go back if I'm in that part of Boston again.
After that we headed back out into the cold to walk around some more and take some more photos.
As we continued walking we reached Boylston st. We would continue on here to head towards the Commons. I saw this man cleaning up.
Its probably hard to tell from these photos, but up until this point it was very overcast. As we crossed the street to head up Boylston St. I turned around and saw this.
It was nice to see some blue out there. In the sun it definitely felt warmer even though there were still plenty of clouds out there. Walking a little further I saw this glass building reflecting the blue sky and had to try and capture it. Behind it it was still very overcast.
i found some other interesting looking buildings as well.
Walking a little further we reached the far end of the Boston Commons.
On the other side of the commons a group of bikes caught my eye.
We continued our walk and we found this neat looking alley. I could easily picture doing an urban themed photo session there.
A couple more block and we reached China Town. Here's my attempt at a street photo.
Two the right of the coffee house in the previous photo were these two phone booths. I have no idea if they were real, or not, but they were rather unique.
A block down the road we came across the entrance/exit to China Town.
So we continued walking. Here's another attempt at a street photo. To clarify this and the other photo I had taken before were taken "from the hip" and not by looking through the viewfinder.
As we continued on we came across a T stop that was under major construction. I think it was a stop on the Orange line.
This is another building that caught my eye.
As photographers we found and walked through many alleys exploring. In one of them we found this trash can and for some reason found it an interesting subject.
We then stopped at the South Street Diner to grab some food and to meet up with Chris, a photographer buddy of ours. I had a chicken and veggie quesadilla and some tea to warm up a little.
This is Chris. He's a wedding photographer based out of Revere, MA.
We left the diner and Chris and we continued the photo walk.
Our last stop took us to an italian bakery. I already forgot what I ordered, but it was quite good.
So the photo walk ended with a tasty treat. It was honestly a really fun day even though it was really cold out. At times the camera had to go back in the bag and gloves had to go back on to get warm temporarily to take more photos. A couple times it felt like we were taking the long way as well, but it was very enjoyable. I don't generally go to Boston to wander so it was nice to walk some new streets. We're planning another trip into Boston for next month and we're hoping it will be warmer then and to explore some other areas.
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- All photos were taken with the X-E2 and the 27mm lens.
Its been snowing a lot recently in Massachusetts and quite honestly has been limiting great photo opportunities. So I decided to see what kind of places would be nice to visit that were indoors.
I had heard of the Salisbury Mansion a while back, but had never visited. If you're local to Worcester its worth a visit. They offer a guided tour, at a good pace and they are very knowledgable. It was tough to keep track at first at it seems that with each generation the mansion changed a little. It was a store and home at one point, then an office building with living quarters, and then converted to a gentleman's club, and later to a full home again. And, it was originally located near where the Lincoln Plaza is today.
The last Salisbury ended up donating the majority of their wealth and belongings to the Worcester Art Museum. This museum was also founded by a Salisbury. The best pieces are split between the Mansion and the Worcester Art Museum.
Much of the Mansion has been renovated and re-arranged to help tell the story. Each room had significance and although their purpose changed over time it was put to good use. With the coming of road ways, trains and such its once ideal location in Worcester made it even less ideal. Over time Worcester, grew and grew and now is the second largest city in Massachusetts. And due to this, the Mansion is one of those easily overlooked locations. But, it holds plenty of significance to the history of Worcester and one of the most prominent families in the area.
So you walk in to a landing with stair case, a long hall a room on either side. This is where you meet the guide.
Next you are taken to the kitchen area where the tour officially begins. This is the store sign that used to hang out front of the building when it was a store.
The next room we visited was a sort of dining area for entertaining guests. There were some nice paintings there and furniture as well to see.
They had some nice pieces set up on the table as well. I always enjoy capturing these kinds of details.
The next room is a sort of library kept by Mrs. Salisbury. She would read her books there and write letters and things.
Then past this room you are back at the initial entry way. That leads to another room which was for social events. There is an adjoining room to the left that is separated by sliding doors which was often kept closed, but sometimes was opened up to entertain larger groups.
This chair is one of the prized pieces in the collection due to its custom nature. Notice the carvings of the swan. Throughout the house there were several pieces of furniture with animal carvings. These were a trademark of a furniture maker of that time.
The next room, which you can see behind the first chair photo held a few couches, a piano and a harp.
Then, its time to visit the second floor.
To the left is where the house staff would stay and straight ahead were a few of the bedrooms. Also, it was where the gentleman's club had their lounge which at some point had a bowling alley. This whole part of the house had been redone multiple times so each room had multiple uses at one point.
After visiting the master bedroom it was very obvious that this house had held a variety of families, served tons of purposes and had been redone, many times. Over time it had about 4 different exits, converted rooms to be made larger and more.
This is a kind of family room which was sometimes used for entertaining guests as well.
This is a view from the small staircase going down to one of the original entrances.
Then we headed back downstairs the same way we came. The guide was great and let me ask questions along the way. On the way down that initial corridor I saw these jars and got this photo.
It was really nice to be able to walk around the Mansion with the guide where I could go my pace, take some photos and ask questions. Being mid week there was no one else there which really helped. At some point I'll have to make sure to visit the Worcester Historical Museum as well which is affiliated with The Salisbury Mansion. And, another trip I'll have to head to the Worcester Art Museum to find some of the other original pieces from the Mansion.
Make sure to visit the Mansion if you're in the Worcester. These are only a few samples of everything I saw there. Lots more to see. Also, I hear they host small events from time to time as well as dressing it up for major holidays.
Hope you enjoyed my quick walk-through.
All photos were taken with the X-E2 and the 27mm lens.
For 2014 I have introduced a new wedding package.
I'm excited to introduce it as it has been a couple years in the making. The idea of offering a full day of coverage vs a set time frame has always been there, but I wanted to put something together that made sense.
THE CLASSIC is a full day of coverage from bridal prep to the last dance. The idea for The Classic came about with my earliest memories of great photos and reading national geographic magazines as a child. To this day I find those images inspiring. These are photos that are mostly black and white, but also some in color with really no editing. Reporters and travel photographers would capture the world as it happened. The photos told stories or shared a moment.
The last couple years I've been improving my way of taking photos and have found I enjoy doing more and more black and white photos. Something about them really speaks to me. So from my earliest photos to my most recent you will see that I have transitioned from almost 20% black and white to almost 50% black and white photos for weddings.
The Classic aims to bring out some stunning black and white images with some awesome color photos to complement them. Generally the ratio will be about 50/50, but that percentage can go either way depending on the client. With a full day of coverage by two photographers you will get a wide assortment of photos to remember your special day by.
My documentary style:
The Classic is made more timeless with my documentary style of photography. This means that I observe and walk around almost like a guest. I capture candids, a variety of angles and capture the event as a whole. Not only the wedding couple. This also means that I don't spend much time posing or drawn out formal photo sessions. I do believe that these are important and a must at most weddings, but capturing the flow and mood of the day is what I aim for. I won't get in the way, or tell people to stand and pose for me. Myself and the second photographer are there to document the wedding from start to finish.
What kind of gear I use:
I'm made a recent switch to the Fujifilm system. These cameras are smaller than large DSLR cameras. They are discrete and relatively quiet as well. The image quality is outstanding and it allows me to document the wedding day without bringing too much attention to myself. As you can see from the photo below these cameras look like old film cameras. I know looks are one thing (I've always like the look and feel of film cameras) but these cameras really get the job done. They really say, enjoy your day and don't worry about the guy with the camera. Also, these take fantastic black and white photos, so that doesn't hurt either.
Who The Classic is for:
The Classic is for the couple who wants a full day of coverage, an album and a large canvas to display on their wall. They want the getting ready photos of both the bride and the groom. They want the arrival, the ceremony and the celebrating of the newlyweds. They want to be able to enjoy the reception without having to be interrupted halfway as the photographers are packing up ready to leave. After the wedding they can expect a custom DVD of their special day and a 25 page Leather Album, and a 20x30 Canvas! It really is Classic!
Interested in The Classic? Contact me today.
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