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Leica X1 a new journey

Posted on September 25, 2016

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…

Adobe Bridge and Photoshop Workflow

Posted on May 6, 2014

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…

Fuji X100s and Zkin Mothman bag

Posted on March 16, 2014

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…

Cullman Magic II Review and the Fuji X100/s

Posted on March 5, 2014

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…

Writing Workflow

Posted on January 14, 2014

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…

Ricoh GR and DSPTCH Wrist and Sling Strap Review

Posted on October 13, 2013

I love my Ricoh GR and so I want to treat with some nice accessories but they most always enhance the user experience of this great little compact. Straps as you know there are a dime in a dozen as I searched and searched I stumbled upon a manufacturer that seemed to be on point with the style and usability factor that I was searching for. So with that said in comes DSPTCH the makers of this wrist and sling strap that take your Ricoh GR to the next level. First off, I love the braided wrist strap, its very easy to use in the field with a great feeling your camera strap won’t break off as its handled on the field especially through…

The Billingham Hadley Small Review

Posted on September 24, 2013

Today, I have the great pleasure to review a legendary bag. A bag that will bring back similar memories from the days you use to wear, or perhaps still do, an old favorite pair of jeans. That classic look, you know the type, the type that just matches with everything, it creases on the right spot, and just gets better with time. Its almost magical the way it just wraps around your body and simply does it job. Its job is simple ― protect your precious gear with decorum and of course great usability. Folks, please welcome the Billingham Hadley Small, in my opinion, one of the best camera bags in this size division. When I first opened the box my eyes simply could…