June 1st, 0300

Fuji has responded to the many criticisms concerning the firmware of it's new and extremely popular x100 and has announced a major firmware upgrade is on it's way soon which will address many if not most of these complaints.  They didn't say exactly when, but judging by their past performance I'd guess within a week.

 

Fuji has responded to the many criticisms concerning the firmware of it's new and extremely popular x100 and has announced a major firmware upgrade is on it's way soon which will address many if not most of these complaints.  They didn't say exactly when, but judging by their past performance I'd guess within a week.

 

June 1st, 0245

Canon releases firmware updates for it's 5d Mark II and it's 1d Mark IV.  Firmware upgrades fix minor bugs and increase read/write speeds with the new UDMA7 Compact Flash cards.

 

Canon releases firmware updates for it's 5d Mark II and it's 1d Mark IV.  Firmware upgrades fix minor bugs and increase read/write speeds with the new UDMA7 Compact Flash cards.

 

 

June 1st, 0030

I was playing with the Fuji x100 at my hotel this evening about 30 minutes after sunset, or in other words when it was dark.  I was curious if I could handhold acceptable shots with longer shutter speeds.  I was pleased with the results despite a bit of blur caused by movement.  The x100 continues to impress.  I especially like the B&W rendition.

 

was playing with the Fuji x100 at my hotel this evening about 30 minutes after sunset, or in other words when it was dark.  I was curious if I could handhold acceptable shots with longer shutter speeds.  I was pleased with the results despite a bit of blur caused by movement.  The x100 continues to impress.  I especially like the B&W rendition.

Fuji x100  @F2.8  1/6th  ISO 200

 

was playing with the Fuji x100 at my hotel this evening about 30 minutes after sunset, or in other words when it was dark.  I was curious if I could handhold acceptable shots with longer shutter speeds.  I was pleased with the results despite a bit of blur caused by movement.  The x100 continues to impress.  I especially like the B&W rendition.

Fuji x100  @F2.8  1/5th  ISO 200

 

May 31st, 0730  (May 30th 1430 local)

Today is Memorial Day.  A day to recognize those service men and women who served their country, many making heavy personal sacrifices, and sadly others making the ultimate sacrifice.  I'm proud to have served in such fine company.  Thank you for your service and it's my wish we never forget those who gave so much.

 

Today is Memorial Day.  A day to recognize those service men and women who served their country, many making heavy personal sacrifices, and sadly others making the ultimate sacrifice.  I'm proud to have served in such fine company.  Thank you for your service and it's my wish we never forget those who gave so much.

 

May 30th, 2045

Today I attended my sons high school graduation in Hilo Hawaii.  Read my thoughts on the event here.  Congratulations Class of 2011!  Pardon the terrible pictures.  I messed them up somehow and combined with the necessary severe crops they look terrible..

 

Today I attended my sons high school graduation in Hilo Hawaii.  Read my thoughts on the event here.  Congratulations Class of 2011!  Pardon the terrible pictures.  I messed them up somehow and combined with the necessary severe crops they look terrible..

Fuji x100  @F5.6  1/50th  ISO 1600

 

May 28th, 1945

I'm sitting at a table at the "Capers Cafe" in Portland International eating dry toast and passing time till my flight leaves for Honolulu.  Tomorrow I attend my sons high school graduation which I've been looking forward to for some time.  We'll spend a few more days in Hilo as he says goodbye to family and friends and then we'll fly back to Portland together to start our journey across middle America.  Ultimate destination:  Central Illinois.  There, we'll meet up with my other son and start what I hope to be a very happy period of my life where I can be close to my sons and try to earn an active part in their lives.  The youngest will be attending university, the older is already teaching high school math.  I have no idea what I'll be doing but I'm sure I'll find something.

I've spent the last 5-6 weeks wandering around Oregon and taking in all that's changed, and enjoying myself more than I thought I would.  I'm not especially fond of living in hotels or restaurant food but soon we'll be setting up our new home and living on the road will be a thing of the past.

Life's journey's take us to many unexpected places.  I count on it.  The alternative is a life filled with boredom and little else.  My heart is still in Thailand, but it's always been with my sons.  I'm sure it will work out.

Over the last few weeks I've had ample opportunity to test drive my new Fuji x100 and I'm impressed.  Yes "it's not a perfect camera", but I challenge anyone to show me the perfect camera.  Warts and all, it's a very photographer friendly camera, fast to use, and it produces stunning almost 3d like images.  I love it.  Here are a few from an older elementary school which first opened it's doors in 1908.  No need for fancy new schools here, just  a solid education.

 

I'm sitting at a table at the "Capers Cafe" in Portland International eating dry toast and passing time till my flight leaves for Honolulu.  Tomorrow I attend my sons high school graduation which I've been looking forward to for some time.  We'll spend a few more days in Hilo as he says goodbye to family and friends and then we'll fly back to Portland together to start our journey across middle America.  Ultimate destination:  Central Illinois.  There, we'll meet up with my other son and start what I hope to be a very happy period of my life where I can be close to my sons and try to earn an active part in their lives.  The youngest will be attending university, the older is already teaching high school math.  I have no idea what I'll be doing but I'm sure I'll find something.

Fuji x100  @f11 1/36th  ISO 200

 

Over the last few weeks I've had ample opportunity to test drive my new Fuji x100 and I'm impressed.  Yes "it's not a perfect camera", but I challenge anyone to show me the perfect camera.  Warts and all, it's a very photographer friendly camera, fast to use, and it produces stunning almost 3d like images.  I love it.  Here are a few from an older elementary school which first opened it's doors in 1908.  No need for fancy new schools here, just  a solid education.

Fuji x100  @F11  1/30th  ISO 200

 

 

May 26th, 0010

Canon announces availability for some of it's newest and most sought after lenses including these:

• Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM: late July

• Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM: late August

• Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM: late August

• Canon EF 500mm F4L IS II USM: December

• Canon EF 600mm F4L IS II USM: December

Read more about it here.

 

Canon announces availability for some of it's newest and most sought after lenses including these:

 

May 24th, 1630

I found myself thinking a lot about how much I miss writing articles for this site and the weekly, and thinking about when I can restart both.  So far I haven't received enough reader submissions/features to keep the weekly going for more than a month, so I have to wonder if we'll continue or not.  I really enjoy writing for this site and the weekly and I'd be sad to give it up, but it's not something I can do by myself.  I'll have to give it more thought.

I'm still in southern Oregon and I'm pleased to say my car is now running 100%.  A tank of bad gas wiped out my injectors, two fuel pumps, blitzed the computer, and a lot more damage before the bad gas was discovered to be the culprit.  I've had great service from Crater Lake Ford in Medford, and not so good service from another Ford dealership not far away.  I think I'm going to write a piece on my good experiences because these people deserve recognition, and I think many would benefit from learning what a quality service department is capable of.  More on this later, maybe as early as the end of the week.

This Saturday I fly to Hilo Hawaii to see my son graduate High School.  He'll be coming back to Oregon with me, helping load the storage into a big 16 foot Uhaul truck, and then we'll drive across the states together to our new home in Illinois.  I'm looking forward to seeing him graduate, but more I'm looking forward to our drive together across the country and the next 4-6 years being there for him while he attends university.  My second son will be in the same town so we'll all be together.

The local grange silo continues to draw me in.  One building, many different angles, many different types of weather, times of day, and possibilities for unique compositions.  This could be any old building in your town,  You just need to get out there and see what you can find and what you can do with it.

 

I found myself thinking a lot about how much I miss writing articles for this site and the weekly, and thinking about when I can restart both.  So far I haven't received enough reader submissions/features to keep the weekly going for more than a month, so I have to wonder if we'll continue or not.  I really enjoy writing for this site and the weekly and I'd be sad to give it up, but it's not something I can do by myself.  I'll have to give it more thought.

Fuji x100  @F11 1/200th  ISO 200

 

May 22nd, 1206

I really liked the scene at the grange so I went back and tried again.  What do you think?   Sometimes going back to a scene and re-evaluating the composition makes for an entirely different picture.

 

I really liked the scene at the grange so I went back and tried again.  What do you think?   Sometimes going back to a scene and re-evaluating the composition makes for an entirely different picture.

Fuji x100  @F8  1/110th  ISO 200

 

May 21st  1315

I was out at last light and saw this scene of the grange.

 

I was out at last light and saw this scene of the grange.

Fuji x100  @F11  1/350th   ISO 200