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To Africa with the Fuji X-T1

In GEAR, News & Stuff, SEE THE WORLD, Travel by David41 Comments

My conversion to, and love affair with, smaller cameras is about as complete as it can be now. If the social media I’m reading is to be believed, it’s complete for many others as well. Photographers seem to be jettisoning their heavy DSLR gear in favour of smaller mirror-less cameras, and while I doubted I’d be doing so as quickly, …

Favourite Things

In GEAR, News & Stuff by David15 Comments

Between you and me, sometimes the whole Gear is Good, Vision is Better thing makes me worry that people think I don’t like toys, but if you know me at all, you know that’s just crazy talk. I like stuff. I’ve been accused of having champagne tastes, by no less an authority than my own mother.  So this, not really …

Starting with Filters

In GEAR, The Craft, Workflow & Technical Issues by David17 Comments

Banff National Park, Canada, 2014. I used both a full and graduated ND for this. When I first started making photographs, optical filters (the ones you put on the front of the lens, as opposed to software filters) were common. You’d screw them to the front of the lens and it was all pretty simple. When I sold most of …

MindShift Filter Hive

In GEAR by David4 Comments

Hello from the windy and rainy coast of Newfoundland where we’re enjoying the fallout from tropical storm Cristobal! A few months ago I starting looking for a better way to deal with my 100mm Lee / Singh Ray filters and the various things I end up cramming into my pockets – spare batteries, filter holder, cable release, lens cloths – …

Uinta Adventure Pack

In GEAR, Travel by David11 Comments

This is the new Uinta Adventure Pack from Gura Gear. I’m a big fan of their bags and have been using them for the last 4 years as my work has transitioned to more landscapes and outdoor adventure work. As that transition has occurred, the things I want in a bag have also changed. My main bags are still the …

The Mirrorless Post

In GEAR by David30 Comments

Fuji XE-1, 1/10 @ 2.8, ISO 6400, handheld. I’m convinced. After a week in Lalibela, Ethiopia, and a safari in Kenya, I’m ready to leave my heavy pro DSLR gear at home more often. I went to Ethiopia with a Fuji XE-1 and a Leica M (240), both with a small kit of lenses (18-55 and 55-200 for the Fuji, …

Mirrorless to Africa

In GEAR, Travel by David70 Comments

In a couple days I fly to Africa for almost 6 weeks. A week in Lalibela, Ethiopia, then to Kenya to spend 10 ten days in my beloved Maasai Mara to take my mother on her first safari, and then to Zanzibar for over two weeks to get my scuba certification and spend time with my camera in the water. …

Italy and the Fuji XE-1

In GEAR, News & Stuff, Travel by David38 Comments

I spent three weeks in Italy this month, making photographs, teaching, and looking for great food and wine. I took with me the Fuji XE-1 and two lenses, the 14mm and the 18-55mm, both from Fuji. I took them because I wanted a light kit, because for places like Venice I just won’t walk around all day if my gear …

Favourite Travel Accessories

In GEAR, Travel by David13 Comments

I spend enough time on the road each year to give the stuff I travel with some serious consideration, but travel’s tough enough on us that anyone that spends much time living even a little nomadically can benefit from the best gear. Here’s my favourite travel stuff these days. It fits the way I live and work. Got something you …

Northern Kenya on White

In GEAR, Images, Travel, Tutorials &Technique by David18 Comments

The images above are another sample of the photographs from this last month’s work in northern Kenya. I wanted something simpler than the environmental portraits I’ve done in the past. Something that isolated my subjects from their contexts and showed them, and their emotions and character, elegantly. Before I left I talked to the folks at Westcott, and picked up …