July 11th, 0055

I'm still hoping to get to a point of completion setting up our house, buying new cars, helping my son enroll in classes, setting up medical visits, getting local licenses and permits, filing insurance claims, and so much more.. so I can get back to writing articles before the months end.  I have a ton of new gear to review including a review on Fuji's new x100, Craig Lamson is mulling over a Macbookpro vs.  Windows laptop comparison, Tom Tweedel will soon be off to China with the Fuji x100 where we hope to create a running blog with several updates a week, and we have a nice stock of well written articles on Thailand destinations written by our readers. 

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When I was in Hawaii this last June I enjoyed this view from the rear of my hotel.  I decided to see how the Fuji x100 hand holds at slow shutter speeds and I was pleased to say the least.  I'm really growing attached to this camera.

 

When I was in Hawaii this last June I enjoyed this view from the rear of my hotel.  I decided to see how the Fuji x100 hand holds at slow shutter speeds and I was pleased to say the least.  I'm really growing attached to this camera.

Fuji x100  @F2.8  1/6th  ISO 200

 

July 8th, 2325

A few days ago I sent my Fuji x100 on a field trip to China.  Tom Tweedel who has written many great articles about his travels in both China and Thailand for this site is soon departing for China once again.  He'll carry the Fuji x100 in addition to his Nikon D300 DSLR which hopefully will allow him to cover as much as possible.  The Fuji x100's image quality far exceeds that of the D300, especially at higher ISO's, but the D300 is faster to focus and shoot.  It will be interesting to learn which camera he chooses for which occasion and why.  And of course there will be the results.  As Tom sends in the occasional shot while in China I'll share them here, and when he's back we can look forard to more complete travel logs like we've seen before.  Enjoy your travels Tom!

 

A few days ago I sent my Fuji x100 on a field trip to China.  Tom Tweedel who has written many great articles about his travels in both China and Thailand for this site is soon departing for China once again.  He'll carry the Fuji x100 in addition to his Nikon D300 DSLR which hopefully will allow him to cover as much as possible.  The Fuji x100's image quality far exceeds that of the D300, especially at higher ISO's, but the D300 is faster to focus and shoot.  It will be interesting to learn which camera he chooses for which occasion and why.  And of course there will be the results.  As Tom sends in the occasional shot while in China I'll share them here, and when he's back we can look forard to more complete travel logs like we've seen before.  Enjoy your travels Tom!

 

July 8th, 0540

I'm still processing images from my drive across the states.  I thought I'd share this one as it shows off the auto white balance, shadow detail, and noise free characteristics.

 

I'm still processing images from my drive across the states.  I thought I'd share this one as it shows off the auto white balance, shadow detail, and noise free characteristics.

Fuji x100  F8 1/75th ISO 200

 

July 6th, 2320

If you follow the camera industry, which is normally as exciting as watching paint dry, you'll have noticed a new trend.  Small mirrorless cameras with big sensors are selling like hotcakes.  Who knew?  Okay, we knew.  We've always known that if we could get quality images from a small box, then this is better than getting the same quality images from a big box.  When choosing a camera we look at three things:  Image quality, size/weight, and the camera's interface as it relates to "getting the shot."   All else being equal, the smaller and lighter the camera the better, and mirrorless cameras are a huge step in that direction.  So it's no surprise to learn the companies offering mirrorless designs are selling more of them than DSLR's and their profit margin is greater as well. 

Some companies have resisted this trend.  Canon is one of them.  Perhaps they were using their market leading position to protect their turf, or maybe they thought (wrongly) mirrorless cameras would be a passing fad.  Today Canon announced in an interview they'll be developing a mirrorless camera as well.  You've gotta wonder how competitive it will be.  You can read the interview here.

 

Some companies have resisted this trend.  Canon is one of them.  Perhaps they were using their market leading position to protect their turf, or maybe they thought (wrongly) mirrorless cameras would be a passing fad.  Today Canon announced in an interview they'll be developing a mirrorless camera as well.  You've gotta wonder how competitive it will be.  You can read the interview here.

 

July 3rd 2000

Congratulations to Yingluck Shinawatra and the Pheu Thai party on their solid victory.  I'm sure we can all agree we hope Thailand wins.

 

Congratulations to Yingluck Shinawatra and the Pheu Thai party on their solid victory.  I'm sure we can all agree we hope Thailand wins.

 

July 2nd, 1055

I hope you all enjoy your 4th of July weekend! 

I'm 'almost' on schedule to start up the weekly column.  I had expected it to be the first week in July, but now it looks like it will be the middle of July.  I'll let you know once I set a date.  Most of my time is still consumed with events related to our relocation and I don't want to resume publishing until my mind and time is free.

One of the first things we're going to run is a visit to an amazing place I visited during my last weekend in the kingdom.  I really enjoyed this visit and I want to tell you all about it.  I think it could easily become my favorite place in Thailand.  Look for the special when we start up again.  For now here's one of the pictures you'll see.  People still ask me what I consider "critical focus."  Look at the 1:1 crop of the image below.  This would be a minimum standard.  The trick is, anyone can get this level of sharpness with almost any camera or lens.  It's all about techniques which we'll cover in the coming months.

 

One of the first things we're going to run is a visit to an amazing place I visited during my last weekend in the kingdom.  I really enjoyed this visit and I want to tell you all about it.  I think it could easily become my favorite place in Thailand.  Look for the special when we start up again.  For now here's one of the pictures you'll see.  People still ask me what I consider "critical focus."  Look at the 1:1 crop of the image below.  This would be a minimum standard.  The trick is, anyone can get this level of sharpness with almost any camera or lens.  It's all about techniques which we'll cover in the coming months

Canon 5d Mark II, 24-70mm  @F5.6  1/250th  38mm  ISO 400

 

One of the first things we're going to run is a visit to an amazing place I visited during my last weekend in the kingdom.  I really enjoyed this visit and I want to tell you all about it.  I think it could easily become my favorite place in Thailand.  Look for the special when we start up again.  For now here's one of the pictures you'll see.  People still ask me what I consider "critical focus."  Look at the 1:1 crop of the image below.  This would be a minimum standard.  The trick is, anyone can get this level of sharpness with almost any camera or lens.  It's all about techniques which we'll cover in the coming months

1:1 crop of above image

 

June 29th, 1550

I'm preparing to send my new Fuji x100 to China with a trusted friend to gather material for this site and I needed a protective hood and maybe even a case.  But Fuji accessories still aren't stocked with dealers and I needed one NOW!  Read this article about my experience with a clone filter adapter and hood from a Chinese company for only $30 USD!

 

I'm preparing to send my new Fuji x100 to China with a trusted friend to gather material for this site and I needed a protective hood and maybe even a case.  But Fuji accessories still aren't stocked with dealers and I needed one NOW!  Read this article about my experience with a clone filter adapter and hood from a Chinese company for only $30 USD! I'm preparing to send my new Fuji x100 to China with a trusted friend to gather material for this site and I needed a protective hood and maybe even a case.  But Fuji accessories still aren't stocked with dealers and I needed one NOW!  Read this article about my experience with a clone filter adapter and hood from a Chinese company for only $30 USD!

 

June 26th, 1235

We're still unpacking and doing a lot of work around the new house, but when I take a break and want to relax for a few hours I usually process images I've previously captured.  I've got a few images captured over the last 4-5 weeks and I pulled these two to share.  It was taken in Umpqua Oregon.  A simple picture, I liked the high contrast between the yellow flowers and dark mountain/sky in the background.

 

We're still unpacking and doing a lot of work around the new house, but when I take a break and want to relax for a few hours I usually process images I've previously captured.  I've got a few images captured over the last 4-5 weeks and I pulled these two to share.  It was taken in Umpqua Oregon.  A simple picture, I liked the high contrast between the yellow flowers and dark mountain/sky in the background.

Fuji x100  @F11  1/320th  ISO 200

 

Remembering my wide angle rules I tried to use a few flowers to anchor the foreground.  With the firt picture above I liked the deep view of the field of flowers against the contrasting mountain/sky background.  By simply squatting down I changed the perspective of the shot, lost the deep view of the field and gained a foreground anchor.  In this case I think I like the first image better.  How about you?

Fuji x100  @F11  1/220th  ISO 200

Remembering my wide angle rules I tried to use a few flowers to anchor the foreground.  With the firt picture above I liked the deep view of the field of flowers against the contrasting mountain/sky background.  By simply squatting down I changed the perspective of the shot, lost the deep view of the field and gained a foreground anchor.  In this case I think I like the first image better.  How about you?

 

June 25th, 0020

Fuji has 'just' released firmware version 1.10 for their x100.   I've already downloaded and installed this on my personal x100 and everything worked great.  I simply copied the downloaded file you can download here, to a SD card, inserted the SD card in my x100 and powered it up while holding down the "BACK" button.  From there it walks you through the firmware update process with ease. 

I'm happy Fuji addressed many if not most of the issues users have been having with the camera, but I'm sorely disappointed they continue to make "Auto ISO" selection a separate menu function and not part of your standard ISO selections (i.e. 200, 400 -- 12,800, Auto ISO).  What were they thinking?

 

Fuji has 'just' released firmware version 1.10 for their x100.   I've already downloaded and installed this on my personal x100 and everything worked great.  I simply copied the downloaded file you can download here, to a SD card, inserted the SD card in my x100 and powered it up while holding down the "BACK" button.  From there it walks you through the firmware update process with ease.