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After Dark With The Fuji X100F

This week was the first 2nd Friday Art Walk of the season in Norman, OK.  This usually brings people out on the street and I thought it would be a good opportunity to try the Fuji out after dark.  The weather had been nice all week but turned a bit chilly on Friday so it wasn't as active as I had hoped it would be but I did take a few shots.  I shot most of these at F2 1/125 and auto ISO capped at 6400.  Not the greatest shots in the world but some good practice.

 

Favorite Place To Shoot

I went to New York City in 2015 shortly after I started shooting street to take an Eric Kim Workshop.  I'd have to say its a terrific place for street photography.  In Oklahoma City, I struggle to find interesting subjects to shoot but in New York City, I was overwhelmed with plenty of interesting subjects.  My favorite shot of the trip is of a homeless guy with a catchy phrase on his sign and as I approached, a tourist was carrying a small child on his shoulder.  I call it Just Say No To Crack, check it out and see if you understand why

 

Just Say No To Crack

Just Say No To Crack

I hardly ever take shots of homeless people but I couldn't resist this shot.  Strangely enough, this guy didn't like it and yelled at me all the way down the block.  It's the only time since I've been shooting that I've been challenged so far.  I'd like to go back this October but not sure if I am yet. I pulled this photo out of the archives to send in for Valarie Jardin's weekly challenge this week which is Eye Contact.  If you haven't check out her podcast or website, you should.  

Cameras and Coffee

I like good coffee, cameras, and nice weather.  Yesterday was a combination of all 3 here in Oklahoma.  I called up my friend George and we went to Hoboken Coffee  in Guthrie, OK.  This place is ran by Trey and Mallory and their story is an amazing testament to what a person can do with a small business in America.  You can read about it on their website.  Here is a shot of their place.

 

Best Coffee Shop on planet earth.

Best Coffee Shop on planet earth.

I took my new Fuji X100F and the  jpegs in this post are all Across R shots.  The light was great this morning as you can see it reflecting off the bags of coffee beans and Trey had the roaster fired up.  His wife, Mallory and their 3 girls stopped by to visit.  It was her 30th birthday. George and I used to work together, or I should say I worked while George had a position as the Postmaster in Oklahoma City.  We get together once a month or so to drink coffee and repeat the same lies to each other.  We are both Postal legends in our own minds.  It was an enjoyable morning and the weather was great.  A few additional pics below.  

 

Trey making sure the roast is perfect

Trey making sure the roast is perfect

Mallory and the girls.  A great American family success story.

Mallory and the girls.  A great American family success story.

Is It The Arrow Or The Indian

Being from Oklahoma, the phrase above is sometimes used to talk about the quality of the equipment versus the skill of the user.  For example, my dad once said when it comes to golf equipment, Jack Nicklaus could beat you with a crooked stick even if you had the latest and greatest set of golf clubs.  

I just recently got a new Fujifilm X100F as mentioned in my first post.  It may very well be the best street shooting camera available today with fast autofocus, 24 megapixel, those great Fuji film simulations, and the list goes on.  Will it make me a better street photographer?  Maybe, maybe not but if it motivates me to go out and make more pictures it might.  The initial thrill of a new toy, especially for a gadget guy like me, sometimes doesn't last long.  I've bought a lot of "stuff" over the years and also returned a lot after playing with it a couple of days.  I'm jealous of some the reviewers that get the latest and greatest stuff to play with for free.  Will the X100F be the same story?  I don't think so but time will tell.  For the time being, I'm really enjoying using it and has caused me to want to get out and shoot.  That's a good thing I think.  

 

Hollywood Corners, old store established in 1928 and recently remodeled. 

Hollywood Corners, old store established in 1928 and recently remodeled. 

It Begins

I've decided to start a new blog with the primary subject to be my photogrpahy and thoughts related to it.  I just got a new Fujifilm X100F for my birthday, thanks Shannon.   I had a Fuji X100T before and liked it but the new F is faster, better autofocus, and several other features.  I've enjoyed street photography as a hobby the last 3 years or so and I plan to get out and take a lot of shots with the new camera.  Here is an example of a shot I took this week.

 

Marylyn Zombie

Marylyn Zombie