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Roncy blooms

Roncy blooms


Posted on Jul 6, 2014 in Toronto, X-E2

Flowers at a market on Roncesvalles

Flowers at a market on Roncesvalles

The learning curve has been a little steeper than expected, coming off of my Canon xTi, but I think I’m slowly getting the hang of my X-E2. I went on a short ride along Roncesvalles Avenue today thinking to photograph the entire strip. Of the dozen or so shots that I took, this was the only one I liked. I found that the day was a little overcast, and with a polarizing filter on my 18-55mm lens, the photos came out a little gloomy. Sure, I could have put the UV filter on and maybe cut through a bit of the haze, but I wanted to see what the photos would look like under these conditions.

EXIF data These flowers were at a market practically bursting with cut bouquets and potted plants alike; I regret not going to in to get some for my living room but I didn’t know how long I would be out and didn’t want them to ruin.

I shot in RAW, and applied the direct positive Lightroom preset to help punch up the colours a bit. While not tack sharp, I still think it turned out pretty nice. I can only hope that with each photo walk/ride that I do, my skills get better, if only to justify having bought this camera over one of the lesser models. I feel that I’ve barely scratched the surface with what this wee beastie can do but I have four weeks till I go to Denver. Hopefully by then I’ll feel a lot more comfortable and confident with this camera!

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X-E2: soft release button

X-E2: soft release button


Posted on Jul 6, 2014 in X-E2

Photo credit: amazon.com

Photo credit: amazon.com

Today in things I didn’t know I wanted but have decided that I need, a soft release button for my X-E2.

I first came across these wee doodads while hunting through Amazon.com for accessories for my new camera. As I’ll be going to Denver in a few weeks, I’m doing an order from the American site and shipping it to my friend who lives there. Amazon.ca has gotten a lot better in recent months, but it still pales in comparison to it’s elder sibling — these are available only on the American site.

One of the things I love the most about the X-E2 are its looks: the retro styling is killer; this is probably the sexiest camera I will ever own. Once I realized that one of these buttons could improve the quality of my photos (more on this below), I knew I had to have one. I looked at the soft release buttons on eBay that were available for a fraction of the price, but you know? They just weren’t as nice. I love the classic styling of the silver on black because it matches my camera perfectly (like the photo, I have the dual colour silver and black X-E2), that it had carved out designs on top simply sold me on the product. The hardest choice I had to make was deciding which one to get! In the end I decided on the three tadpoles design, as I’ve always had a thing for the number three  — my birthday has three threes in it ;)

What’s it for?

At first I thought that maybe these little buttons were simply a stylish accessory for the camera, that they didn’t really do anything functional. Apparently I was wrong!

  • the soft release provides the user a smoother shutter release, which means you can utilize slower shutter speeds with less camera shake
  • the soft release raises the shutter “contact point” and provides a more comfortable position for your finger
  • by making the “contact point” broader (i.e.: it has more surface area than with the default button), the force required to push the button is less, which also helps with camera shake

As someone who shoots primarily travel and street photography, I try and keep my camera kit as light as possible. This was the #1 reason I switched from DSLR to mirrorless, so the last thing I want to do is lug around a tripod when Im out taking photos. Anything that helps me to reduce camera shake and produce sharper images while having absolutely no impact on the amount of gear in my bag is a winner! That it’s $20 seems positively indulgent!

I won’t know yet for a few weeks if this does as Im hoping, so I’d love to hear from anyone out there who uses one of these little guys.

 

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X-E2 ♥

X-E2 ♥


Posted on Jun 13, 2014 in Photography, Toronto

I bought a new camera!

I’ve sold my Canon XTI and brought home a Fuji X-E2 (now affectionately dubbed The Wee Beastie), and woah, am I ever in love. It’s so light and fast, and even though I’m still figuring out what the hell I’m doing, takes great photos. I did a bit of a walk around Ossington Ave today, and am really happy with how the photos turned out. These are all as-is from the camera, save for the judicial crop. No other alterations have been done.

 

Ossington Avenue

Ossington Avenue

Unusual combination

Unusual combination

Black and white graffiti

Black and white graffiti

Pass.

Pass.

Spotted on Ossington

Spotted on Ossington

What the sign says

What the sign says

Hecho en España

Hecho en España

Rebranded yet again

Rebranded yet again

Let me guess who they're rooting for...

Let me guess who they’re rooting for…

Id love to know what this building used to be

Id love to know what this building used to be

Street art

Street art

Do it.

Do it.

YYZ, you know me

YYZ, you know me

Paws for days

Paws for days

D'Awwwlive

D’Awwwlive

First selfie with the wee beastie

First selfie with the wee beastie

More cat pics, because internet.

More cat pics, because internet.

Thank  god for that.

Thank god for that.

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