Square?

Sometimes I start to get in a bit of a rut with my photography and I look for ways to mix it up a bit. It doesn't always have to be something crazy, sometimes it’s really simple. A couple days ago I decided to shoot in square format for a bit. It was actually quite a bit more difficult than I thought it would be. Honestly I am not super stoked on any of these pictures but it was a fun experiment and I will play around with it some more for sure.

Testing the Fuji 16mm f2.8 in Downtown Denver

First off, this is not a review. I may do a full review eventually, but this is just a test and some observations. The other day I finally got the chance to take the new Fuji 16mm f2.8 WR out for a spin, and I will say right off the bat, I really like this lens. It took me a minute to get used to the wider field of view, but not as long as I thought. At least in a scenery like wondering around a city, it is perfect for capturing the whole experience. There is some distortion as to be expected, and it isn’t the sharpest lens at f2.8, but it is small, light, and a ton of fun.

I think the 16mm combined with the 35mm f2 would make a killer everyday and travel setup. I definitely plan on selling my 23mm f2 as I never really loved it and the 16mm replaces it for me. I am going to hold on to the 50mm f2 for now because it makes a KILLER portrait lens and I am not quite ready to let that go yet.

Anyways, its a fun lens, I am sure I will post more pictures from it soon…also I need to wander around downtown a little more than I currently do.

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Are Blogs Dead?

Do people still read blogs? When I first got in to the internet everybody had a blog and they were the primary way of communicating on the internet. Then came Twitter and Instagram and Facebook and it seems the blog isn’t as important as it used to be. I for sure have replaced most of my online communication with these services, but I think the blog might still be more important than we realize.

I think the thing that has me most nervous about abandoning the blog and embracing social media 100%, is that social media is fleeting. We have absolutely no guarantee that any service we are currently using will even exist in a couple years. I am all for using these networks but it makes me think we should also have a steady online presence of our own that will stand the test of time. Networks can come and go but hopefully a website will exist forever. I don’t think it should be taken for granted.

Cold Denver

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Last week was a bitterly cold week here in Colorado. It was no Polar Vortex so I realize I can’t complain, and I am not, but it was the coldest week in recent memory. The positive side of it is that I was able to capture some pretty cool images. This one in particular is one of my favorite photos in a long time. I like that it is almost two images with both sets of tracks, I like the truck on the right side and the silhouette of Denver on the left side, and I like the overal tone and vibe. I think I am going to print this one at some point, if even for my own archives. 

It’s already warmer this week and the snow is starting to melt, but that will provide photographic opportunities of its own.  

Street Photography is a Practice

Street photography is weird. At first you think you can just go out and do it, but pretty quickly you realize it takes a lot of practice to get good at. Thats where I am at now, I am am just trying to consistently go out and practice. I try not to go in with any expectations of good shots, I just grab my camera and go and practice. Some are good, and some suck.