Weekend Stock Trip to New York City

Last weekend I did a quick trip up to New York City for a couple of days. My plan was just to get a way with my better half and enjoy the weekend walking around the Big Apple. And that is exactly what we did! Since I wanted to relax more than shoot I kept the gear light so here is what I took with me:

Fuji X-T1
Zeiss 12mm F2.8 (Just in case I needed it) I could have left this at home…
Fuji 16mm 1.4 (I knew I would use this plenty at Top of The Rock)
Fuji 18-55 ( A Fantastic take anywhere Lens! I Don’t leave home without it)
Fuji 55-200 ( For rooftop images, Central Park, etc.) I wound up leaving it at the hotel before leaving for the TOTR though as it would have been too long of a focal length for the low light encountered. That was a right call on my part.
2 ea, 77mm Polarizers
77mm step-up rings for each lens
7 ea batteries ( only used 3 full and 1 partially in 2 days of shooting) but better safe than sorry
4 32gb SD cards (only used 1 full, and 1 partially)
1 small Sirui tripod and ballhead that fit in my small bag just in case (never used at all the entire weekend)

NOTE: With the above kit over my shoulder messenger style, I walked for HOURS, everywhere, and I swear I didn’t even realize I was carrying a camera bag at all!

Left at home:
35 1.4
23 1.4
All of the lens shades, hoods, ND filters, macros, other step-up rings, balance of the SD cards, Flashes, triggers, bigger tripods, base plates, hand grips for the X-T1, Remote release, etc. etc. etc. You get the picture.

The weather on Saturday was just perfect for walking around; sunny, high sixty’s, blue sky, pretty and puffy clouds. On Sunday it was rainy, but even that was ok as we were headed home anyway but even that didn’t stop us from having some last minute fun – but I’m jumping ahead of myself.
Saturday morning we had a delicious breakfast at Astro restaurant on Avenue of the Americas and 55th. I had been there many times before as I had worked on various projects in NYC and had stayed at the very same Hilton as I was staying now. The Astro Diner is about a block away and given the opportunity to eat there is not one I would pass up. Anyway we had brunch there, then continued walking north into Central Park. Being it was a Saturday morning, and a gorgeous one at that, to say the park was crowded is an understatement but it was nevertheless a fun day. We spent several fun filled hours walking the lake. We had a run-in with a raccoon which tried to rob us of our bottle of drinking water when I stopped and put it down to snap a photo; and we had to literally side-step a horde of rats, yes, rats that were gathering scraps of food and stuff oblivious to the mass of humanity walking around them on the wide, paved footpath right in the middle of central park. After spending a couple of hours walking around and not even making a small dent in the amount of acreage of this huge, diverse park we headed back to the hotel to freshen up and take a break as that evening I had 6:30pm tickets to the “Top Of The Rock” at 30 Rockefeller Center! Up there, on the 69th floor there are some amazing views in every direction of Manhattan, the surrounding boroughs, and then some!

We arrived at 30 Rock at our scheduled time, and we shot up the elevator and were at the top by 7pm after passing the various security check points, as well as the kitschy photo ops where they try to get you to by prints of course. We did not. As you can see in the image, the views are spectacular. You can stay as long as you want which is fantastic. We stayed until dark. It was almost 9:45pm when we headed down the fast elevators and hit the street to walk back to our hotel. Along the way I snapped some more images of the street vendors, and other touristy photos just, well, because I could and I was having so much fun!

IMG_4741 2 IMG_4749 IMG_4766On a side note I have to mention the photographers and cameras I saw at the TOTR. Remember: I was up there for almost four hours waiting for the light, relaxing with my wife and having fun but always keeping an eye out for the unusual. I did see the usual gaggle of Canikons. Oh so many! I did catch a woman with a Pentax film camera and a 50mm Lens. After seeing what amounted to hundreds of cameras and iPhones I saw only one other mirrorless camera besides mine – an Asian gentleman with a Sony A6000. That was it! Where were all the mirrorless fans?! Represent!!!

If you’ve ever been to TOTR, or anywhere similar you know they have 2-3” thick plexiglass for you to see through, with spacing between each pane. Well, the spacing was just wide enough for my 18-55 with my 77mm step up ring to fit through at most of the panels, but I did have to remove the step up ring from the front of the 18-55 in order to shoot through some as the space between some of the panes were just to tight. The folks using dSLR lenses were out of luck – there was no way they were fitting a 24-70 or 16-35 through there; maybe a 24, 35, or a 50? . Heck, my Zeiss 12mm, and the Fuji 16mm were a tight fit at some of the open slots between the plexiglass panes. So if you are planning on going up there, plan for that! Bring along some fixed, smaller diameter lenses unless you enjoy photographing through scratched plexiglass. I also want to throw out there to all to not use your pop-up flash for the following reasons as the light wanes:

– The flash bounces off the plexiglass and messes your metering overexposing your image.
– The image, if anything is visible, will not show you anything in the background like the empire state building as it’s too far away!

If you want a photo of your wife who is posing oh so stiffly in front of the empire state building as you fiddle with your camera for ten minutes (yes. I’m speaking to you Mr. rude Asian man with the Canon and the 16-35, who was pushing small children out of the way to pose your wife, the one in combat boots) please, jack up your ISO, and open up your aperture, or drop your shutter speed, but whatever you do, don’t fire your pop-up like you did. Maybe she’ll give you some lovin’ later.

On Sunday morning we enjoyed a delicious, relaxing, and complimentary, full buffet style breakfast at the hotel restaurant before checking out. Even though it was raining and misty I wanted to do a little bit of scouting for my next trip as we were already in the city. The next trip will be in NYC but this time I’ll be working the southern tip of Manhattan – and the Battery area. I want to explore and photograph there. We drove around in the rain for a while until I found what I wanted and noted the address in my GPS for future reference. Since I was already there I took some photos while my wife drove around, or parked somewhere and read a book for a short while.

Overall it was a very successful trip photo wise. I have yet to review, cull or edit ANY of the Central Park, or the Top Of The Rock ones, but the few images I did manage to pop off in the rain while in lower Manhattan on Sunday morning before heading home are already available for sale! I can’t wait to find some time to edit the others I took at TOTR and in Central Park! I strongly suggest if you are going to be anywhere on the east coast, to make NYC a stop along your route – you won’t regret it.


Incident at the 7-mile Bridge, or Know your Rights as a Citizen and a Photographer

Location: Seven Mile Bridge
Florida Keys
Late September 2015
Perpetrators:  US Government, Florida State Troopers, Local hire Security Guards, German filming crew, Mini-Cooper Ad agency and Advertising Director, Florida Helicopters Inc.
Local Miami news (as the 7-mile bridge was closed to traffic in BOTH directions while filming the new 2017 Mini-Cooper ad was in progress)
and ME (the star of the movie)
The gentleman who followed me for almost two hours. And he was a super nice guy.  He just let me shoot, and we had interesting conversations– unlike the other guards.


The Setting:
 I’m down in the Florida Keys shooting stock and travel; I’m staying  24 miles south of the 7-mile bridge at a local resort. As part of my “shot” list I wanted to capture the old bridge and the new bridge with the surrounding area at sunrise as I had scouted it the day before on my way south.  Even that early in the morning it’s a 35-40 minute drive not due to the traffic, but the Big Pine Key, which is the protected Key Deer area has a 25-35mph speed limit from sundown to sunrise and it is strictly enforced.  Trust me. It is.
Since I had to drive north through Big Pine Key and Deer Key I’m up at 3am.  I already have my gear for the day (all Fuji of course) packed and ready to go. Shower, dress, make sure I didn’t forget anything and head out the door before 5am as the “nautical” sunrise was a 6:24am and the actual sunrise was at 7:15am.  I grabbed an expresso at a local Cuban restaurant and a pastel de guayaba and headed north.
The Situation:
On the north end of the “new” 7-mile bridge there is a small parking area;  This is the area I had scouted out as it had access to the “old” 7-mile bridge.  I wanted to walk out onto the old bridge and do some photography there.  The sky now has been turning a deep blue, and as I approached my turn into the old bridge parking area notice some activity in the parking area.  Now, I’m not the only tourist or photographer who wants to photograph from this location but funny thing is most of the vehicles were leaving, not coming in.  That was strange.  I also saw a bunch of black SUV’s butI didn’t pay any attention to them as I was focused on the sky and what I had planned to shoot.  Near the end of the parking lot there is short walk to the ramp onto the old seven mile bridge; I see several men and woman with a janitorial cart full of brooms, mops and assorted cleaning supplies.  Honestly I thought they were there to clean the facilities, but the other part of my brain was thinking:  There are no facilities here.  Anyway, I pull in to the parking lot and it’s eerily deserted — very unusual as it’s a gorgeous place to stop and admire the view and to photograph.  There was some activity going on near the ramp to the old bridge but I paid no mind.  Anyway I go into the trunk of my car and pick up my bag and my tripod and before I close the trunk I’m literally jumped by a rent-a-cop security guard who tells me I need to leave now.  I was taken aback!  What is going on here? Why are all these SUVs here?  When I simply asked why I was told it was a private event and I was trespassing.
Just for those that don’t know me I’m very casual, easy going, professional and relaxed.  However, don’t screw with me or my rights — that is where I draw the line in the sand.  I’ve been up since 3am, I have one shot at shooting this area before I head further south and I’m not leaving.
So very politely I told the security guard that I was on public property, and that I did not have to leave.  That did not go over well — he went off to talk to another guard, I’m assuming the head security guard.  Now, I have my X-T1 over my neck, my camera bag over my shoulder and I start out from the parking area to the entrance to the old bridge;  I got about ten feet before I had the head security guy cut me off and tell me I must immediately put my camera away and leave. Well, that was not going to happen so i sidestepped around him as I didn’t want to get into an argument at 6am.  He followed me.  I informed him that I was on public property and I was here to photograph and I would leave when I was ready.  These folks were out of control barking orders and demands at me to leave — which is why I saw all the other photogs and tourists leaving the area!  I understood now.
Anyway this guy followed me out onto the bridge and kept hurrying me up as  I think he finally realized I was not leaving.  I spent about an hour photographing the old bridge, trees, sunrise etc.  The entire time this guy was with me.  Off in the distance, on the old bridge I saw an entire film crew and a hovering helicopter.  I asked the guard (he might as well  make himself useful) what was being filmed.  He told me it was a TV commercial for a new 2017 Mini-Cooper convertible ( in a horrific and hideous mint blue/green BTW) and they were paying for the helicopter by the hour.
Once I was finished shooting I started to walk off the bridge, through the parking lot back to my car.   As soon as I stepped off the bridge I was approached by yet another security guard and was once again told, very loudly, that I must put my camera away.  Umm.  No, that wasn’t going to happen.  As soon as I said that, The four SUV’s that were off to my right just ahead of me in the lot, must have been radioed as they started up the four massive SUV’s and literally surrounded the Mini-cooper convertible like a wagon train protecting itself against an attack in an old western.
I could have been a dick and stopped to photograph the car but again, I’m a reasonable, calm person so I kept walking to my car– besides, I got what I came for so I figured I’d less these guys do their job.  I didn’t realize that by this time the Florida State Police had arrived to close the North and South bound lanes of the new 7-mile bridge as the television commercial was for the Mini to drive the across the bridge and to film from the old bridge, and the helicopter.  Anyway when I said I was not going to put my camera away the guard ran away and brought back the FSP trooper.  I must say he was extremely courteous, and when I asked him if this was still public property he actually acknowledged that it was so, and I was not obligated  in any way to put my camera away or leave for that matter, nor could he force me to do so.  Finally! Someone who knew the laws and citizens rights.  As I was headed back to my car he walked with me as his cruiser was parked next to me and we chatted about this and that for a few minutes.  Once I was in my car  he pulled out in his cruiser and blocked all traffic southbound on the new bridge, and another officer at the south end of the bridge blocked all northbound traffic so they could film the Mini driving all by it’s lonesome self across the clean, new 7-mile bridge with the beautiful couple smiling pretty.
By the way when I left the parking area and turned southbound back across the 7-mile bridge I was the only vehicle  except for a black Tahoe SUV that followed me all the way to the other end then turned around when I had reached the south side of the bridge.  I wondered what he would have done had I actually stopped ON the bridge to snap a few images…
The Solution:
Moral of the story:  Know your rights.  Be polite and courteous to everyone.  There is no need to be nasty or rude but don’t give in if you are in the right.  I was lucky in that the Florida State Police, at least the officer who approached me knew MY rights, and the situation didn’t escalate any further.  Had it been a know-nothing bully officer, I was prepared, and ready to talk or be ready to be taken in as I was in the right.
My biggest fear if that had happened was telling my wife I was arrested 😃

As I walked to my car this morning…

I parked in my reserved spot, picked up my bag, slung it over my shoulder and headed to the office. And then it hit me like a ton of bricks!  The X-T1 and several lenses are so light I hardly feel it!

In the mornings when I leave home I usually have over my shoulder a Fossil leather bag –  In it I keep my Macbook Air, my yogurt for lunch, and some basic file folders.  In itself the Fossil bag is rather lightweight.  I’ve had it since 2007 and it is still an amazing piece of luggage that I proudly use in my daily life.  Every now and then I’ll stick a Jill-E insert in the bag and carry my X-T1 with me.

Today, I packed a small $30.00 bag I found on Amazon.  It’s called the Lowepro Exchange Messenger for dSLR kit and essentials.  Here’s the link.  I bought this wonderful bag in July of 2013 when a very good friend of mine and I took a three day tour around coastal Maine; he carried his two Leica’s and assorted lenses in this bag.  After seeing how light it was, and the fact I was able to store it flat pretty much anywhere I decided to purchase one right there and then and so I did.

Today I’ll be away from home for a couple of days but had to go into the office first; Instead of my Fossil leather bag I instead packed my LowePro.  In the bag I loaded up my X-T1, the 18-55 lens, the 16mm F1.4 lens, the 23mm 1.4 lens, the Fuji EF-42 Flash with four batteries, and an extra two Fuji batteries for the camera, and my lunch.  The bag has very deep pockets, one has a zipper for additional security; normally, that would be where I store my SD wallet but since the X-T1 is packing a 32G card that allows for over 700 jpeg+raws I didn’t bother bringing any more along.

When I arrived at the office and picked up the bag out of my car with the always present Macbook Air I had to do a double-check to make sure I packed what I needed!  It was that light.  I remember the days pre-Fuji when I carried my Nikon D800 or D700, plus Nikon glass — or better (or worse) yet when I carried my Mamiya 645AFD medium format!  Heck, going back a bit further my old RB67.  Now that was a beast.  I actually smiled as I walked down the Philadelphia streets to my office.  It absolutely does makes a huge difference carrying a smaller mirrorless camera.  I don’t care if it is a Fuji, Sony, Olympus — whatever floats your boat, just try one!  I do not miss my dSLR’s or MF at all! Since I haven’t printed larger thant 24″x 20″ I haven’t needed more megapixels.  If I did, I can always work some photoshop magic though I try very hard to stay out of PS. CORRECTED – SEE LAST TWO PARAGRAPHS ADDED AFTER THIS WAS PUBLISHED!

With that being said I am awaiting the arrival of the X-T2.  As I am a travel, and stock photographer the 24mp sensor keeps me ahead of the curve and my images relevant when a clients wants a bit extra oomph.  Usually we can show them that 16.3mp is more than enough but at times, they are rather adamant about larger files.  If it were not for that I wouldn’t be upgrading at all!  With regards to the rumors here of a potential Fuji medium format camera my first questions are not resolution or megapixels but how big is it going to be?  What is the weight of the system?  How about lens weight? I am now totally spoiled by the compactness, and the image quality coming from my Fuji system and I would not go back, ever, to a Nikon or any other brand.

So, when I leave my office later this afternoon and head south for a couple of days I’ll still be grinning like a Cheshire cat!

I was going to end this post here then FedEx came in.  I sent out an image to be printed a while back and I just received it!  It’s a 30 x 20″ print of an image that was processed from a RAF file into a 95mb TIFF in Lightroom.  I thought about processing it in Iridient which I own but decided i would process it in the same app that I use for 99% of all my editing work.

Here, I’ve laid it across our conference room table in order to flatten it somewhat.  But I have to say it looks amazing!  I can COUNT the grains of sand, and you can as well just from these two iPhone images!  This is 30″ x 20″ and I think I can go up to 40″ plus so that will be the next round of tests.  I performed this print test to see how far I can push 16.3 megapixels.  I have to say, these results are truly amazing.  I’ve taken my glasses off and pressed my nose and eyes very close and it’s well, trust me:  amazing!FullSizeRender 2

in this image, taken with the X-T1 and the Unbelievable 16mm 1.4 you can count the grains of sand flowing as the water ebbs, under the shell, and throughout the image. It’s that clear here even though I used an iPhone for these two

Enjoy the rest of your day.



10 Things I will change that I learned on my 10-Day Road Trip

South Beach, Florida, X-T1, 18-55 lens
South Beach, Florida,
X-T1, 18-55 lens
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1.  Don’t pack so much stuff. Both in camera gear, and clothing.  I packed enough shirts, shorts, flip-flops to last me the full-ten days.  Guess what?  I didn’t use them.  For three days I was wearing a bathing suit — all day long as I was on an island.  No need for more clothing than that.  I also packed all my lenses and didn’t use them all either.
2.  Wear sunscreen.  I had SPF100 and being a Cuban, and easily tanned, I’m very, very dark.  And that’s cool.  I’m ok with tanning but parts of me did burn.
3.  Don’t pack so much photography gear.  I’m not talking about the camera and lenses here; what I’m talking about is all the other incidentals which quite frankly never got used.  I packed extra step-up rings, extra filters, extra tripod plates, you name it, I had it.  Except for those I “really” needed!  (see #4)
4.  Do pack duplicates of those items you can’t do without.  For example:  On Day 1, yes.  Day 1 at dawn no less I was photographing the Ponce Leon Lighthouse with my X-T1 on a tripod and my RR-90 Fuji remote.  Well, I had a “hissy” fit and yanked the remote as it was stuck on what I thought was one of the tripod legs, and wound up breaking it off at the camera.  Had to dig that out later that morning once I could see what I was doing.  That was my only remote. I wish I had packed a cheaper backup.   So lesson learned here:  1.  Don’t throw a hissy fit.  2.  Pack an extra of whatever you think is critical  if you are prone to hissy fits.
5.  Lenscaps.  Oh my…  Lenscaps.  I only lost one among all the lenses I used. However, finding them was a b*tch when I needed them in a hurry..  I would put them in pockets, throw them back in the camera bag, lay them on the car seat, etc.  etc.  Many times I wound up putting the lenses away without a lens cap — which to me is a big no-no.  My most used lens the Fuji 18-55 uses 58mm lens caps unless I have a 77mm step up ring attached;  I did take extra lens caps with me as I buy them four or five at a time on fleabay.  Unfortunately I spent about 8-days without lens caps on a some lenses as it wasn’t until I got home and literally dumped the contents of both my camera bag, and a small backpack on my living room floor, that I found the missing caps.   Luckily for me, other than sand I did no damage to the lens as I was very careful where and how I placed it in the camera bag.
6.  Wear a hat.  All.  The.  Time.   I did, and I was still miserable at times.  I had three different hats.  That big glowing ball of fire in the sky?  It felt like it was hovering 10 feet over my head.  Yeah.  It was hot. I could deal with the heat (92 degrees plus), the humidity and rain, but that sun.  Oh my.
7.  Get into better shape. Exercise, walk, whatever you need to do to get in better shape.   I was not in shape.  Unfortunately day one and part of day two I was physically ill around mid-day due to the sun and the heat.  I arrived at a particular location i wanted to photograph on day one,  mid-afternoon and I honestly could not photograph as I was dizzy and felt like I was going to pass out.  And yes, I took TWO coolers full of water, and Gatorade.  I drank in ten days two cases of water, plus about 15 Gatorades.  At other times I was so physically wasted at the end of the day due to the heat and blazing sun that I didn’t bother cleaning my gear of sand, grit and salt water when I knew I should.  I just showered, ate some dinner and went to bed.
8.  Sample the local foods and drinks.  I did.  Being a Cuban, born and bred, I sought out.  No.  I HUNTED out Cuban eateries.  And I’m so glad that I did!!!
9.  No more laptop.  This is something I’m going to try next time I do this type of road trip.  Why?  It’s just something else to worry about!  I packed my Macbook Air, instead of my Pro’s and a couple of 1TB external drives.  I worried about the laptop frying in the trunk of the car during the day while I was either driving, or out shooting. For the three days I left my car parked in a public parking area while I was away in the Dry Tortugas My laptop and the externals sat in the car.  Luckily, I had the car parked in a covered garage and was actually cool as I picked a spot on the 2nd floor, towards the center so there was a nice cross-breeze, and no sun hitting the car.
As I travel with a multitude of SD cards for my Fuji X-T1, I can take over 9800 jpeg + raw images before I fill up all my cards.  Keep in mind, SD cards can be purchased just about anywhere – albeit at a slightly higher price, but they are available just about anywhere.  Will I miss the laptop? Yes and No.  Yes, because in the evenings it’s always nice to load up Lightroom and look at the images you took and backup the cards.  No, because it is just another possession that can be lost, stolen or damaged. Heck, I worry enough about missing lens caps, I certainly don’t want to concern myself wondering if my computer is frying itself in a hot car or in the hands of a thief. When I was traveling with my Nikon gear and the 36 megapixel D800 I “needed” the laptop in many instances as the files were so huge.  I could only record about 360 jpeg +raw on a single sd card.  With the X-T1, I can cram 796 on the same size card – more than double the capacity! During this road trip I returned with about 5800 images so I had plenty of SD cards that came home unused.
10. In following #9, going forward I am only taking my SD cards plus my iPad.  With the iPad I can use the Fuji Remote app, or a new piece of software I purchased for the iPad called “Shuttersnitch”.  This software connects to the Fuji camera — without the Fuji remote app. If I want I can transfer images over to the iPad from the camera in order to post online, or to send them via email.  The Shuttersnitch software creates it’s own Wi-Fi connection to the camera and it contains built-in extensions that allow it to connect to my Smugmug, or Flickr accounts. I think what I like most is the fact you can change the settings so the app will only import a jpeg, not the associated raw file.  I find the Fuji remote app doesn’t do that… I also have the Google Snapseed app on the iPad in case I need to make any adjustments to an image before posting.
Next summer I’ll be doing  two weeks in Alaska, and a few days in Olympic National Park in Washington State.  I plan on following my 10-step plan above with just some minor changes – such as not having cuban food, but local specialties, etc.  As I mentioned I can record over 9800 jpeg + Raw images on my existing cards.  I may just keep an eye out for sales and pick up a few more SD cards just in case.  I may be able to control my OCD, but I can’t eliminate it all together and I like being prepared so I’ll probably add some more cards to my inventory.
So, in closing these were my lessons learned.   Hope this helps you plan a better, more enjoyable trip.

Ten Days on The (Sandy & Wet) Road with the X-T1 System

Well I’m now back from 10+ days down in the Florida Keys, Key West, and the Dry Tortugas. In a previous post I promised to record some stats with regards to what lenses I used and how many images were taken with each one.  Here we are:

Grand total images:  5,860

Fuji 18-55:  3,190

Fuji 16mm 1.4:  1,776

Fuji 55-200:  560

Zeiss Touit 12mm 2.8:  240

Fuji 23mm 1.4:  94

Fuji 35mm 1.4:  Zero.  Nada.  Zip

As i expected the 18-55 just rocks!  Images are amazing.  Solid, clear and sharp.  The 18-55 is just so darn versatile! The images below was taken with the 18-55 in case you were wondering.  To start, and end each day, the 18-55 was on the X-T1.  No questions asked. From there, depending on the situation, I would switch to another lens if warranted.  In my opinion it is truly a classic!  I love it!  In all honesty I was a bit concerned;  I even thought about buying or renting the 18-135 which is weather resistant as I wasn’t 100% positive about the 18-55 surviving all the sand, salt water and torrential rains. I’m glad I kept the faith and just used my 18-55. On the other hand  I’ve heard from quite a few folks that their copy isn’t sharp. That’s a darn shame because it is an extremely versatile lens no matter what.

Keep in mind, I was in and around sand and salt water 90% of the time I was down there– and for three full days I was on a small island, with four other individuals after the boat dropped us off, and in sand all. day.  long.  My biggest fear was damaging one of the lenses as the only one that I own that is weather resistant is the 16mm.  In future posts (as i just started reviewing images) I will show photos where I’m literally laying at the waters edge, with the camera on the sand.  Now of course my hands are coated in wet sand and salt water — but ALL the lenses performed great and are still working!  The only slight issue I had was with the X-T1 body.  I got some sand stuck under the on/off button and it was a bear to turn on or off.  That’s it.  Eventually it cleaned itself out because all is well. Each and every lens was used in sand, and salt water. I was at the shoreline, or physically in the water (see two images below) when photographing certain scenes for stock use. I had props that I had to place and organize, and when I was doing that, the camera was sitting on the wet sand.  That was my biggest fear – that I would mess up one of the lenses but I feared for no reason whatsoever.

Storm & Dual Rainbows X-T1, 18-55, 77mm Singh-Ray Polarizer to protect lens from rain and salt water 1/110th F4.5, ISO 200 Velvia Soaked camera and lens in salt water splash from boat and rain water.
Storm & Dual Rainbows
X-T1, 18-55, 77mm Singh-Ray Polarizer to protect lens from rain and salt water
1/110th F4.5, ISO 200 Velvia
Soaked camera and lens in salt water splash from boat and rain water.
X-T1, 18-55, standing in 4 feet of water. JPEG SOOC with zero adjustments
X-T1, 18-55, standing in 4 feet of water. JPEG SOOC with zero adjustments.  Clear huh?
X-T1, 18-55, standing in 4 feet of water. JPEG SOOC with zero adjustments
X-T1, 18-55, standing in 4 feet of water. JPEG SOOC with zero adjustments. Crystal Clear Waters.
X-T1, 18-55 @ 25.4mm, 1/2 second exposure, F3.6, ISO 200, Tripod, Remote, raw file processed as Velvia
X-T1, 18-55 @ 25.4mm, 1/2 second exposure, F3.6, ISO 200, Tripod, Remote, raw file processed as Velvia, pre-sunrise with stars in a clear blue sky

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Sadly I’ve updated my Gear Page Now

To reflect the fact that all the Nikon gear except the flashes are now gone to new homes.  Kind of scary actually — knowing I can’t grab that 36mp monster – the D800 –  anymore, or my absolute tack-sharp, clear, beautiful and heavy 70-200 2.8 VR1 lens.

I just picked up the Fuji 23mm 1.4 yesterday as I wanted something a little wider than my 35 1.4, but less wide than the Zeiss 12mm.  It was a difficult choice between the 23 and the new 16 but I felt the 16 was a bit too heavy and too wide for my taste.