My Christmas Calendar 2018 looks like this… so far
… after 1 week and weekend full of new photograhy projects I first want to apologize for no or late replies to your comments and for no feedback to your recent posts.
Taking photographs of horses and dogs fills up a Lightroom folder very quickly. 500 images per shoot are the default, not the exception. Reviewing these images, selecting the “good” ones and doing basis adjustments in LR turns long days into long nights. The hit ratio at day 1: 50%, day 2: 70% day 3: 40% (bad weather) and finally the weekend: 80%. Lesson learned: a Fuji X-T1 can do the job, especially the new focus features helped a lot. I rented a Fuji 50-140 2.8 lens (70-200 2.8 FF equivalent). Can you do the job without such a lens? NO! Definitely NO! Shutter speeds of 1000-2000 crank up the ISO very quickly to 3600 or 6400. You get a lot of noise. At the end I used the “Manual” mode only. Set the aperture, set the shutter speed and than set the ISO. If you see an image in your electronic view finder it is time to think about single, area or tracking focus and single or burst mode. Continuous focusing is a must. On day 1 I missed nearly every chance of an image. I had to learn very quickly. Another observation: if I want to be successful (means earning money) in this area I need a Canon D1 X II oder Nikon D5 + a 70-200 2.8 prime lens. Now we are talking about 8 to 10K €. It is the only time where gear matters. But so far I am very proud of my Fuji X-T1. Smiles. Reinhold
Image 7/20 – In Love… storchs in the wetlands. I was lucky the day before. I came to a place packed with storchs. I own no long lens. So I had to go with my 18-55mm zoom hunting the fast flying birds. Used the new focus features of my X-T1 for the first time. It was fun and may be I go back on the weekend. Practice… practice… practice…
This image is part of my series: Develop my personal style
The first 6 images are already published. If you are interested… please visit my blog. Thanks in advance!
The remaining images are dedicated to Amy. I was inspired by her “birds in the air” shots. So I hope I am closing the gap between her skills shooting birds in motion a little bit. She is still master of the game! Go and check out her birdies. 🙂