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Thoughts on the X100F vs X100S

Upon my return to photography I quickly scooped up a Graphite XT2 which totally blew away and X100T. I shot both for about a month and an opportunity arose to do an even trade for an X-Pro 2 and I quickly scooped that one and along the way I sold the X100T and picked up an X100F so I could have matching sensors. In my mind I thought I was ok. A few weeks have passed already and I began to enjoy the X-Pro 2 so much so that I pondered selling the X100F. I mean, I like it but I like the vibe of the X-Pro 2 that much more. I didn’t give it to much though because I know myself, I would sell it and move on, but this time I wanted to slow it down, if you know what I mean. So I decided to see some of my images from a Cuba trip back in 2014 and re-process a series with Capture One 12 and I was totally blown away at …

Leica X1 a new journey

Followers of this space know I’ve been on an extended hiatus for quite a while – a year plus but I’ve been pondering the megapixel marathon all that time playing with my Lightroom library (40K) and processing a few hundred images from the multitude of cameras (31 total) I’ve owned over the last 7 years. My personal conclusion, megapixels are just not that important to create the imagery I want and what’s more important are the haptics and ergonomics of the actual camera body and control themselves that really give me the edge. Actually, when I shot with the D610 and its glorious 24 megapixels, yes I had an insane ISO capatilies and tons of resolution to crop but I quickly found out that I don’t really crop all that much (2-3%), I rarely print (something I’m definitely going to start doing but that’s another post), and I’m really ok with the ISO capabilites of most of the cams I’ve shot with. “C’mon Jorge are you serious” absolutely, when I scan my favorite images they …

Adobe Bridge and Photoshop Workflow

So if you follow this blog you’ll know I’m a huge fan of Photomechanic’s very impressive feature set. When it comes to culling and setting up a solid folder structure Photomechanic is the industry standard and over that last year I’ve been able to confirm this. Import you card/s and let Photomechanic’s do the rest. Personally, I’ve setup my folder structure as follows: Pictures 2014 2014.05.06 Project Name So once that’s set up I used to just import that folder into Lightroom 5 and go about my usual workflow. Fast foward to today and the “folder” structure is still there. As an aside. I don’t know about you guys but I’m a folder kind of guy. Folders in my world as in business give hierachy, structure, and lends itself to have complete system to organize information. Folks, photography is just like anything else. A little order and simplification goes a long way in finding and perusing your images from previous weeks, days, months, and years.

Fuji X100s and Zkin Mothman bag

As you readers of this blog know I have a penchant for camara bags and I recently came upon another great brand of bags – Zkin. The Zkin bags are made in Hong Kong and are built to last. So I decided to the get the black version of the Mothman which on the pictures looked totally cool and perhaps it could be the perfect little photowalk bag for X100/s. The question now becomes where does this litte bag fit into my lifestyle. That’s a simple one to answer. You know the times when you’re walking out the door and wish you could take your Fuji X100 or Fuji XE1 out for a walk, perhaps you’re running some errands with the lady of the house or girlfriend and you need something small, discrete, and I must say quite nice looking as well. Well the Zkin Mothman fits that mold perfectly.

Cullman Magic II Review and the Fuji X100/s

Cullman Magic II ― when Innovation meets Design, the ultimate travel tripod for Fuji X Series Cameras. It is rare to have products completely transform an aspect of your photography. Sometimes, its a lens that we fall in love, we absolutely love the bokeh, other times its a camera in and of itself very much like the Fuji X series but other times, its something we didn’t quite expect it would ― a tripod, in this case an amazing tripod for the Fuji X series cameras in my opinion ― the Cullman Magic II with the Cross CB6.1 ball head (with a quick release plate). The Cullman Magic II is an almagamation of technology and design both meeting at cross roads to provide a product that completely fulfills a need in travel photography and other uses as well. As we all know, tripod stability is of paramount importance in order to attain pin sharpness in our exposure and I can wholeheartedly say the Cullman Magic II provides that and much more .

Writing Workflow

When it comes to writing and establishing any sort of workflow, be it photographing or writing, certain applications make the task easier and such is the case of Ulysses III and Daedalus for iOS. I’ve tried just about all the writing applications in both OS X and iOS. From those, the most notables were Byword and iA Writer two popular applications that continue to do well in Appstore and cause a general hoopla all over the internet and iOS bloggers. I used both extensively but I always felt something was missing especially on the desktop. For me these aforementioned apps lacked the organizational structure I was seeking. I don’t know if its because I’m 41 years old but I like folders and the structure they give outlines, projects, email (imap), you name it, but such structure was exactly what I was missing on the Mac.