Hi everyone, and welcome to this blog post on my camera settings with the Fuji X System. It is a question I have received several times and it often comes up during workshops where I see so many folks struggling with their cameras and settings. Now, while the focus of this post is centered around my Fuji cameras, I will say that the best set-up is the one that works for you and makes you feel confident as you operate your camera. And in order to do that you need to learn your camera forwards and backwards, develop and understanding of how you want to approach your photography, and then work on it until it becomes automatic. The last thing you need to be doing when in the moment of capture is to fumble with your camera or the settings.
On a recent photo-walk I co-led with my friend Martin Radigan we were treated to a fortuitous opportunity to photograph combines working through a field of soybeans. Though I have watched single combines working a field this was the first time I have watched a group work in tandem to complete the harvest. The lead combine would enter the row and was followed at intervals by the other two. I can't say for sure how many acres this field was but it only took about 30 minutes to complete the effort.
Recently I made my annual trip to attend Photo Plus Expo in New York City. The event is all consuming and I often do not have time to get away from the convention to visit sites within the city. This years event was dampened by rain for the better part of the morning but a good friend suggested we have lunch at Blue Smoke down on Vesey Street, at Battery Park.
My total switch to the Fuji X System has reignited my love of making images. For quite some time I was questioning the work I was doing and in fact had become somewhat lethargic about photography. I concentrated purely on landscape photography often to the detriment of just picking up a camera to explore photographic alternatives.
For some time now I have been making fairly regular visits to St. Louis and have enjoyed getting out into the city on photo walks, or "photo parkour", as one of my colleagues has labeled the outings. Though we are not jumping through obstacles or attempting dare devil-like movements we are nonetheless discovering some amazing vantage points to take in the city.
When I made the ultimate switch to Fuji I did not imagine at the time that I would be off exploring the world beyond the grand landscape. Though landscape remains a primary pursuit I have enjoyed the blissful freedom of street photography, portraits, architecture, and the other ephemera of opportunities afforded by a camera system that simply gets out of the way of making images.