Review: In Ex-Tee-Three!

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XT3…Ex-Tee-Three….see what I did there?

Pretty clever, eh?

A couple of weeks ago, I noted that I had a weekend visitor, the Fuji XT3, and that I’d provide a review.

And so it shall pass. Here’s my review:

I love this camera.

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I love how it feels in my hand. I love all the dials and knobs on the top of the camera to adjust ISO, f/stop and exposure compensation.

I love that, because I’ve been shooting with the X100T for a few years, getting to know the XT3 happened in a handshake. I took it out of the Borrowlenses box, put in the already-charged batter, and away we went.

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The last three images here came from the first hour I had it. To me, they are all keepers.

Renting a lens is one thing.

OK, I need a zoom. Thanks. Great. OK, I’m done. Here you go, it’s back.

Renting a whole camera…well, you may be committing to something then. Hard to not look for greener grass.

Is this the tool I need now? Should I get this?

Speaking of green grass and nature.

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When I decided to rent this, as a Father’s Day gift to myself, I wasn’t sure I really had anything to shoot. Thought I’d just bum around with it.

But then I set up a meeting with a young musician, Connor Bracken, down in Asbury Park, and I was able to do some portraits of him with it.

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And then I set up a Father’s Day shoot with the kids (technically, my wife tripped the shutter with these. I just art directed.)

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And then, I even got in some documentary/photojournalism work when our local barbershop opened for the first time in 100 days. As a bit of a surprise, our mayor came by to be the first customer and get a buzz cut! His daughter did the first swipe and Hector finished the job.

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So, aside from shooting an all-out show at The Stone Pony, I got to test this camera in my real world, how I’d pretty much use it.

And it was great. Even connecting it to sync up with my phone – sending an image from the camera to my Samsung via the Fuji app was flawless. So many times now when I shoot a band, they want an image to send out on social right before they go on stage. Yes, a snap with a phone can work, but I like to make a solid photo. To be able to send it to them in a few seconds actually is a big benefit now. My Canon app doesn’t work as well.

So, the XT3 gets a strong endorsement from me. So much so, I’m seriously considering selling my DSLR and moving to this Fuji system full time.

Stay tuned!

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JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 06.27.20

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How’s everyone doing with the new normal?

Washing hands as much as possible?

Staying close to home even if you’re area is starting to reopen?

And the biggie…wearing a mask?

This is it folks. To me, there’s not going to be some grand “Ok, we’re done with COVID”. Back to the way it was in 2019.

2020 has been a year of dizzying change on so many fronts – social, political, educational.

Seriously, who had all this on their 2020 bingo card?

This week I had two shoots – One self-generate, the other brought out by a ping from the lead singer of a band.

Both were very unique, and I’ll post about them in the coming days.

But both were done safely, within social distancing bounds.

And I got good shots, fun shots.

It can be done.

The normal is new. Embrace it.

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This Week’s Links:

What I Read This Week: Still working on The Rules of Magic. Started Opium & Absinthe on Kindle.

What I Watched This Week: We’ve redid a room in our first floor, changed it from being the little kiddies playroom to a new “Tween” video/TV room, with a big-screen smart TV. But Mom & Dad get to use it as well. We watched 1917 last night. It was only Ok to me. Cinematography was interesting but story overall…meh.

What I Listened To This Week: A bunch of Connor Bracken & Mother Leeds Band

What I Made This Week: One-pot smoky fish with tomatoes, olives and jasmine rice (are you cooking any more during this time of COVID? Or anything different? I’ve always cooked, but enjoy the NY Times Cooking emails I get to give me ideas.

NatGeo: Why Does Gordon Parks still resonate?

CNN: Cape Town Unfiltered (I still often think about my two weeks there in 2014)

NY Times: RIP Li Zhenshen 

NY Times: RIP Milton Glaser (My Six Degrees of Separation to Mr. Glaser was that I worked closely with one of this design students, Stephen Doyle, for a number of years.)

Connected: Milton Glaser on Beer Bottle Art

Listen: Dan Milnor’s podcast

Austin Kleon: Learn to be alone (kinda goes back to this new normal.

Tomorrow: Is National Camera Day

“That’s my technique with people. I’m sort of a fly on the wall. You try not to interfere, hang around, hope that they don’t even notice you, and if they do, they don’t care.” ~John Dominis, who would have been 99 yesterday.

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Midsummer

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“𝘙𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘪𝘥𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘭𝘪𝘦 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘴𝘴 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘯 𝘢 𝘴𝘶𝘮𝘮𝘦𝘳’𝘴 𝘥𝘢𝘺, 𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘶𝘳𝘮𝘶𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳, 𝘰𝘳 𝘸𝘢𝘵𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘭𝘰𝘶𝘥𝘴 𝘧𝘭𝘰𝘢𝘵 𝘢𝘤𝘳𝘰𝘴𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘬𝘺, 𝘪𝘴 𝘣𝘺 𝘯𝘰 𝘮𝘦𝘢𝘯𝘴 𝘢 𝘸𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦.” ~ John Lubbock

Happy Midsummer!

I know, I know…Summer, technically, just started here in North America.

So how could it be Midsummer?

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Midsummer is celebrated on June 24 and it’s a day that’s meant for us to appreciate all the gifts that nature gives us.

The summer solstice marks the longest day of the year and that lands on June 20, but because the old Julian calendar marked it differently, the date for Midsummer Day remains June 24.

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I’m currently reading The Rules of Magic and “Midsummer” was mentioned in there, so I looked it up.  Seems like The Bard had a loose connection to this day with his “A Midsummer Night’s Dream“. The holiday originates from Sweden, but it’s celebrated all over the world.

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I just like the fact that it’s a day to celebrate nature, as pagan-sounding as that may be.

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The days are long now. The evenings warm, the light soft and beautiful. Fireflies light up the darkness, stars pierce the night veil. Crickets sing, fauna grows.

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Get out and celebrate Midsummer today!

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Happy Father’s Day

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Me and Dad,  Father’s Day 1979

Happy Father’s Day to all the dad’s out there.

Been thinking about this guy today. As the year turned to 2020, I had a goal to visit my parent a bit more often.

I got up there in early March, and then the whole world went sideways.

So it’s been a few months. Gave him a call today to wish his well on this day, but it’s not really the same.

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Dad, August 2019

Hopefully, soon, I’ll be able to visit again, and maybe do a 2020 portrait.

Hope all the dads out there had a great Father’s Day!

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