West Hartford Engagement Session

I had the great task of photographing Nina and Matt for their engagement session today. It was almost spring feeling out and as much as I like some clouds I was happy to welcome the warmth of the sun. Of course their was no sun in the parking garage to keep us warm. Just warm thoughts for those images.

This is a “two for” kind of session. Not only was it the first job with the Fuji X-E1 (yes I brought the Canon gear) but it was also a chance to spread my wings with the XF 35mm 1.4 lens. I have to say that I had more fun shooting with the Fuji then the Canon but the Canon held it’s own with a bit more speed. Anyway, some of you are here to see photos of the bride and groom to be. So sit right back and enjoy.

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It was an image that just presented its self, kind of.

Fuji X-E1 XF 35mm 1.4

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Fuji X-E1 Voigtlander 15mm 4.5engagment_session_040614- 004 Fuji X-E1 XF 35mm 1.4 (with a bit of Canon 550EX flash for dramatic affect! Can you feel it!)

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 Fuji X-E1 Leica 9cm 4.0 (Some of you know how I love this lens and I almost didn’t pull it out. So happy I did. The B&W was my fav. but the color is stunning) engagment_session_040614- 009 Fuji X-E1 XF 35mm 1.4

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Can’t resist a shot through!

Fuji X-E1 Voigtlander 15mm 4.5


XE-1 in the snow

There is a good chance that I will not have an opportunity to shoot in the snow till next season. To be honest, I was not wanting one at this point in the season. Spring is here but it doesn’t know it. In fact we had a nice snow storm that gave us an un-anticipating amount of 4 inches.  Well even though I want to baby this new Fuji I couldn’t resist an opportunity to go out in the back yard for a bit and see how it would do.

The answer is great. I was very happy to see that the meter did well under such bright conditions. I’ve become use to 2.5 or more stops of under exposure from the Canon 5dIII. All be it not always on it was not off as much as what I’m use to. The AF did well with all the depth of subjects with the XF 18-55. Oh, and yes I did do a few with the Leica 9cm and even a few with the Voigtlander 15mm. What I have below is with the zoom and the Leica. The 15 was great but I didn’t shine as well with it. Can’t win them all.

Now stay tuned for my next post. I just got my hands on a XF 35mm 1.4 and the silly photos of the dog look eye blowing. I think I’m in love.


Fuji 18-55


Leica 9cm


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Fuji 18-55

Just another Leica on a Fuji

I’ve become a bit addicted to my 1942 Leica 9cm f4 lens. This is a lens that I picked up when I first got into using rangefinder cameras. I had paired it with a Zorki 4K and was impressed with the IQ on film, even color. Now years later and an almost absent use of the lens and my rangefinder gear due to work, which has been Canon digital gear, it’s seeing new light.

Attaching this to my Fuji XE-1 has been an amazing experience, after some work. I was a bit sadden to see a whole lack of contrast. I have decided that it has more to do with the “film” than anything else. After a few tweaks of shadow and highlight I have been able to get images both color and B&W that please me just fine.

Both images were with the Fuji X-E1 and Leica 9cm

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A whole new world

Now having a camera that makes me want to create I hope to fill the blog on a weekly basis. Not that I haven’t had a great camera but most of the ones I’ve had that inspired me are film and as much as I try to shot film I don’t get to it as often as I would like.

The camera in question that has brighten my life is a Fuji X-E1 and a hand full of Fuji and non Fuji glass. This is a week or so old image from the Fuji until I upload what I did yesterday so enjoy and don’t worry, they will not all be of my kid.