It's December 23rd, 10 pm, and I am not done yet with this post. I'm tired so I apologize for the grammar and spelling mistakes that will be more present than usual.
The week started the same way as the last one: with dance. There was a Christmas show by the competition teams at our dance school. The lighting was dull and ugly. It is one thing you can't do much about. I used the GH4 with the 45mm and 75mm, the GX7 with the 20mm and the LX100. It was a really small theater with no room to move. I still got some good shots, but not up to the standard I usually set for myself.
Although I'm officially on a year long break from shooting clients in studio, I did a photo session on Monday. It was for my old boss and friend, so I knew it would be fun. It gave us a chance to talk. Shooting somebody you know has big benefits. The ice is already broken and he or she usually feels more relax. There is also a level of trust involved. He needed some corporate portraits. I used the Panasonic GH4 and 45mm for most of the shoot but finished with some close-ups with the 75mm. Those two lenses are so sharp. I love the 75mm. It is one of the best lenses I ever used. I don't use it often enough. That is one thing I should put on my new year's resolutions: use the 75mm more often.
I was working and did some post-processing too. I still took time to photograph Mya and Roxy.
My youngest one was beginning to feel better after a couple of days with the flu. We watched some TV and read some books together. When he fell asleep after lunch, I returned to my post-processing. That's one thing about being a photographer: using the camera is only the beginning of the work. Most of our clients have no idea how many hours we spend in front of the computer.
I love the last one of Roxy and Mya. They are so cute together when the cat stops bothering the dog.
OMG! Christmas one week early! Fuji Canada sent me a X100T, a X-T1, a 56mm f/1.2 and a 23mm f/1.4 for testing purposes. I will use those cameras for the next 3-4 weeks. Since I want to completely immerse myself in the Fuji World, I will try to shoot only those cameras for the next month. That is what you will see in the next Journey's posts. I also received my ColorChecker Passport from B&H Photo. I like Fuji colors, especially the new Classic Chrome. I want to build a Color Profile for the LX100 that will look like this film simulation.
In the morning, some birds came to my backyard. I went out with the Panasonic 100-300mm. It is a nice lens but I would like it to have a wider aperture. It's the price to pay to keep it small I guess. It is sharp but I have to go up in ISO to keep a good shutter speed for birds. There were rumors about a 300mm f/2.8 from Olympus at some point, but I don't know if we will see it someday. A 400 or 500mm f/4 would be nice too. One can always dream.
The bird photos were taken with the GH4 and the Panasonic 100-300mm. I shot the others with either the X100T or the X-T1 with the 56mm f/1.2. There will be a lot more pictures from the Fuji cameras in the following weeks.
I found time after lunch to go try the X100T. The cold made it a short try. I also started my color profile project. When I went shooting, I used the X100T and the LX100 for the same shots. I already made several versions of my classic chrome color profile for the LX100. I think I like self-punishment. Maybe it's a propensity for wasting time for useless things. I am like that and I love it... lol.
The sunrise was magical with some snow falling and fog. Unfortunately, I did not have time to take pictures. I was already late for my son's Hip-hop lessons. While he was having fun, I shot some "wildlife" photos of the pigeons ;-) with the Fuji X-T1 and the 56mm f/1.2. The bokeh and the colors are really great. I can't say the same for the auto-focus though. I won't pass judgment yet since it was the first day I was using the X-T1. After his lessons, I went by the river. The photo with the fence was completely over-exposed. I forgot to set the shutter to mechanical + electronic so I was maxed out at 1/4000s. To my surprise, I was able to save it in Lightroom. Fuji's RAW files seem very flexible. While I was freezing outside, Mya was sleeping inside. Gotta love being a cat.
With Christmas in just two days, my posting schedule might change a bit. The next 72 hours are going to be very busy and hopefully very fun too.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas! Hug your loved ones and tell them you love them. Don't imply that they already know. It's always nice to hear it.