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I’d like to thank all of the shooters who sent me their photos and words from the heart. I am posting them on the IE blog as stated but I can only do so many a week. Anyway, the project continues and if you did send in, do so again and if you didn’t, why, what’s that about?

Send a photo from a shoot and a paragraph about the experience of making it to: streetshooter.us@gmail.com

Side Note. I also select from the mix of people that send in to get an interview in the magazine. I’m just sayin’.

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I almost forgot a most important item on the Fuji X30. The GRIP. This camera has the best grip I have ever used from any OEM. When you hold it in your hand, it has a very secure feeling Shooting a horizontal is very comfortable and when you switch to a vertical, the camera pivots very smoothly. This is critical and many cameras including Andre’ the Fuji X100s fails with grip holding procedures. When I test a camera, I put a wrist strap on it. WHOA! Not one of those cheapies I use a real strap made by the Master Himself, Luigi. So, with the X100s, the camera has a terrible grip and when using a wrist strap, it will slip out of the hand many times during a shoot. The Luigi’s wrist strap keeps the camera from getting airborne and falling to the ground. This will never happen with the X30. The grip is amazing and I wish, every camera ever made or that will ever be made had this grip on it.

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Then we are faced with the issue of the Thumb Grip. Ya don’t need it on the X30. Ya do need it on the X100s but….! The X100s with a thumb grip will make the camera safe and stable but will be an irritant in your pocket. I talked about this with Andre’ the Fuji X100s and he told me that with the thumb grip installed, he pushes himself against my leg because it’s a reminder that he belongs out of pocket and working. His firmware is more advanced than mine and I need an update.

The other method of course is a strap. You guessed it, I use a few different Luigi’s straps. My issue is that I am no longer allowed to wear a camera around my neck. I actually do wear Daido the Fuji X30 around my neck on a strap because he’s smaller and lighter and so far it’s ok and my Doc doesn’t know otherwise I would get sent back to the factory. So the camera really likes a wrist strap and you never have to worry about the grip.

Of course everyone is using the ACMAXX screen protector ao I need not mention that, right.

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Almost every button on the camera can be reconfigured to do almost anything you could want. That’s remarkable. I don’t do vids with a camera so the button on top is set to ISO. Hold on, we don’t just get to set ISO with the Fuji X30, ohhh no.. there’s some magic brewing in there. See, I use Auto ISO always. I use M Mode almost always. Here’s the thing. I get to set the Aperture and the Shutter Speed. I need to be able to do this because, well, I need to be able to have some control. I trust the camera to make me happy even if I choose a wrong proper exposure.

For example: I set 1/250 f/8. Daido the Fuji X30 says, danggit shooter, your exposure is wrong for this light.He knows I’m wrong and then he sees that he can’t change either the aperture or shutter speed because I’m in M Master mode.So, he thinks real fast with the great firmware Fujifilm has installed in him and he says.

Eureka! I can change the ISO because that’s my part of working and then shooter won’t get angry cause I proved him wrong with an under or over exposed photo. So, I’ll just adjust the ISO to make peace and harmony.

For me. this is crucial in a camera and many have it so why the heck am I mentioning something every other camera ever built has in it? Great question and here’s a great answer………

The X30 has not one, not two but three, count em’ three Auto ISO modes and each is configurable. So you can set one for daylight say 100-640, one to say 400-1600 and maybe ont from 800-3200 and change the minimum shutter speed on each and set the default ISO. Amazing and oh sooo useful. I very often over expose intentionally for my Dreamcatcher series. This will make it easier and more creative for me and I’ll use this feature a lot.

Tomorrow I’ll shoot a few X100s and X30 shots at 35mm and then we can compare them side by side. I think it will be interesting.

 

If ya’s have any questions or request, please post a comment and I usually answer my readers very fast. Have a good one and go in peace my friends.

 

 

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This is out of camera from DNG. I used the tilting screen and it’s very easy to see the photo from any distance you hold the camera.

There is much to talk about with the Fuji X30 and I’ll be posting steady about it for a while.  But,,, first off, the single most important issue to resolve.

I had a conversation with Daido the Fuji X20 and we agreed that he will leave his name behind as you moves forward to a new partner. He felt it only fair that the new partner name him, I agreed.

So he passed the name Daido to the new Fuji X30 on the shelf. So, the new camera has a name from a mighty warrior of the streets, The Mighty Fuji X20. I am not a liker of zoomie lenses and never use them on the street. One reason is that I don’t like them and I also don’t have any.

I got the X10 when it came out because I wanted it for family snaps. It quickly started to aggravate me because of the PP work. Bye little fella.  When the X20 came out I was very excited because it promised to fix the PP issues and it did. I used that camera a lot and it was a real winner. It gave me more than I asked from it in ease of use, interface, the ability to not intrude on my vision and IQ that I wanted for the work I would do with it.

I sold the X20 after 7 months because I was an idiot. I felt a loss from that camera that tore into my very essence. So when Olivier was selling his, it came home to me. It was named Daido from Tommi in a contest we had on my blog. I felt complete again. I had the X20 again.

See my street camera Andre’ the Fuji X100s and his new partner Ding the Coolpix A are great on the street and other things also but when I want to do garden shots, home shots, family snaps..the most important work any of us can do, I reach for the mighty X20.

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It’s just a very good camera for all around photos. I mean it can do everything within reason. When news of an upgraded version was getting worked on, I followed the news with optimism. Then the day came and the Fuji X30 would be released, I knew I had to have one. So, Daido the Fuji X20 went to eBay and a lucky shooter out west got him. A few days later the new Fuji X30 arrived at my compound.

Needless to say, when I first opened the box, it was like an old friend with some changes yet to discover but I was excited. I had some batteries charged from the X20 and thought I was ready to go. Nope, not exactly. Much to to surprise, the old batteries don’t fit but… the batteries from Andre’ the Fuji X 1oos do. I have 7 and never needed more than 2 so I put a charged battery in and immediately named the Fuji X30 Daido.

I went thru the menu and did the settings that I knew which is most and framed a few shots with the screen. After a few minutes I remembered that the X 30 has a tilting screen and eureka, sure enough. The screen is 3″ and very bright and contrasty without changing the setting from neutral. Amazing. The tilting screen is very smooth with no grabbing at any point.

I think Ray Sachs designed the screen cause he’s a big advocate of using it and actually turned me on to it years ago. He will love it and so will youse alls.

Then in a moment of sanity, and I don’t have many of them either but when I doooooo I saw the finder on the back of the camera. Now, I was like a virgin eye to a finder on this camera form. I was nervous. I was scared to put my eye to that hole. I breathed deep, moved the camera closer… slowly, closer, slowly closer and then stopped. I needed reassurance that I could handle the Fuji X30 look thru the new EVF experience.

Even Jimi has no Experience with this finder. So I waited till Tanya was out of the room because my reaction could be in many forms and I didn’t want to share this personal experience with anyone.

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So, when the coast was clear, I very cautiously raised the camera to my eye. At this point for real shooters, this is almost a religious experience. I took a breath and moved the finder to the eye position wondering how the world will change, how my photos will change in the future and how all things in my life will need reassurance and readjustment. The screen was still lit because it is set on Eye sensor but this gave me a warm feeling as I knew the screen was my friend and would not let me get into trouble. Then, just as all was going smooth as I drew the camera closer to where I could feel it touch my nose…. The screen went off. I knew that I was committed at this point. There is now no turning back, no longer shall my Fuji X30 remain a screen camera only. The truth is, I was making a move that would effect all human kind shooters from all walks of life and from all over the planet, I approached this experience with those thoughts in my eye, Heart and Mind.

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…and then….with reckless abandon I inched the camera close enough that my eye rest gently against the the piece that surrounds the pupil. The is like making love my friends. You either fit together or you don’t.

The eye piece felt like it was made for me to my specifications. My eye rested against it with comfort and ease, better than any other camera that came before the Fuji X30. I was just feeling the fit and hadn’t even looked at the EVF yet, one step at a time. Relish and cherish all that you do in life as if it’s the last time you will ever be graced by whatever it is you are doing.

For the average shooter, the first time experience will suffice, they will look thru the finder and think…cool man… and forget about it forever, just let it become complacent. Not I friends, no not I, I am not the do anything and let things get complacent kinda streetshooter. I will experience this as if never again and that way I will miss this camera until the next time I have it in my hands.

I opened ,y eye and low and behold, I saw the world as if never before. I say 100% of what the camera saw. I saw settings that could be changed to my liking without hassle. It was a revelation. Yes, the world thur the finder is 2 dimensional but there is a clarity on this finder that makes it appear sharper, brighter and contrastier than reality. I mean it seemed like I was looking thry a window that was large and crisp. I immediately moved the camera away from my eye as I knew that maybe Fuji found a way to capture reality and make it like those Turkish tents I used to see in the movies.

You know, a small tent on the outside but when you go in there a parking garage, airport, shopping mall etc. Only the Turks can do that and I think they helped with this screen because that’s how it feels. Like there’s more inside that outside… amazing.

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So I put Daido the Fuji X 30 down for a few minutes because I’m old and can’t handle this much excitement all at once. I will continue this saga tomorrow as I will be making more observations and need to write things down

Wait till you hear about the AF system and don’t forget the 3 mode Auto ISO and also the amazing ways to Configure the buttons and a then……………………………………………

Shooter out my friends………………………………………………………………………….

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Well, it’s been a while and still my back has issues that cause discomfort and frustration. Luckily enough today is the day I have my appointment with the Sports Therapist. I heard Dr Shioko left the VA here and went to Washington DC. So I figured, all the dreams are just that, passing fantasies that no longer fulfill an old shooters head and heart.  I got to the VA on time and waited in the waiting area for about 20 minutes. It was sparse and there was only 2 other Vets there and I was in front of them, I thought.

The receptionist called out a mans name and he went into a room. A few minutes later she called out the other guys name and he went into another room. I sat and worked on the iphoney and then I heard a voice. It was a nurse and she asked the receptionist how many more appointments were left. The receptionist said that him, meaning me and then nothing till 1330. It was now 0945.

So the nurse asked me to please step in the room and she did my blood pressure, checked my weight and said, Mr Springer, you lost 35lbs since your last visit. Is this intentional and does your Doctor know about this.

I replied, yes it’s intentional and my Dr’s are monitoring my weight and things. She ask me to sit again. Then as she was walking away, she said, Mr Springer.. Dr Shioko with be with you in a minute. ( ok look, I’m hitting 65 next Wednesday the 8th. It doesn’t take much to excite me and to get my brain completely awake and other parts and things awake also. Needless to say that I was glad the nurse did my blood pressure before this newsflash as the scale doesn’t go high enough to get a reading.)

The door opens, but it doesn’t open like a door in a VA Hospital, it’s opens like Audrey Hepburn comes thru it… there’s a cloud of gentle smoke wrapped around the frame as Dr Shioko passes thru and the angels with gilded wings blow gentle sounds thru the Trumpets from HEAVEN to announce that the Angel of Mercy has entered the scene. Of course she is wearing a white lace gown with Orchards that cover her body as gently as the snow flakes on the morning crocuses at winters end.

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Then, in the heat of the moment, reality sets in and the smoke turns to an illusion that encapsulates everything including my thoughts. Dr Shioko calls my name and ask me to come into the room. I walk in and as gracefully as a swan on a lake she walks over to me and hands me the gown. Please go into the changing room and then come back to the table, I’ll be back in a minute.

Now, Dr Shioko has 7 feet distance to get to the door. I make it to the changing room, get undressed, put the gown on, lock the locker with my stuff in it, come back into the room all in the time she walks 4 feet towards the door. She has 3 feet to go but and I’m cool and sitting down on the table. She looks at me and  smiles.

So I’m sitting on the table and Dr Shioko comes in and stands next to me. She says, Mr Springer, I must leave as there is an emergency I have to attend to. I will give you the choice of having an associate of mine come in and take care of you or I can make another appointment for you tomorrow morning. I asked her what time and she said, 0930.

She asked me if I could help her choose another camera because she feels restricted with the X100s and the viewfinder makes her self conscious making photos. Of course I said I’d be glad to assist and we could talk about things tomorrow. She smiled again and said she’s see me in the morning and that she would make it up to me.

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So Dr Shioko left the room and then this young woman  woman entered and let me tell ya…think Lucy Liu, yup thats right….. ‘m telling ya one damn thing… The VA gets a bad rap from everyone except those that it helps. Here in Philly, with these Doctors, in this Department, The Department id Called Heaven’s Door

I will update tomorrow about the actual treatment  and camera experience….. have a great one and…….

The One Shot Per Shoot Challenge is open to all….send 1 photo and a paragraph about the experience of making it to: streetshooter.us@gmail.com

seeyas tomorrow……….

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Well, I spent a few weeks getting to know Ding, the Nikon Coolpix A and it was very nice. Then I felt the desire to go out with Andre’ the Fuji X100 s. Well, that was a great reawakening and it was wonderful to be be out with my old friend…(even if he screwed with my head on the battery cover dropping off procedure.) All was well with the cameras in the shooter household. The cameras were clean and had charged batteries, they had fresh formatted cards in them and they were happy just resting on the shelf. I took my meds so I was kinds un-edgy, don’t ask Tanya cause she thinks I’m completely nuts… imagine that…hmmmm!

Even Daido the Fuji X20 is just comfortable on the shelf looking and sexi lil’ Penelope the Ricoh GRD4 in white.

So I went to bed to rest for the trip to the VA hospital where they talk to me and give me things to make me feel better. About 0200 I feel something knocking against my head. Tanya was sleeping and Barsik the Cat that’s 1/2 American and 1/2 Russian was sleeping too.

I thought to myself, the 45 is loaded so relax but this doesn’t feel like someone I want to shoot….

then, in a very quiet tone, ever so softly, I heard a voice in me ear I tell ya…. it said…. yo pop, I wanna go back on the street. It’s pitch black like Zone -1. I’m thinking with my brain that came home from vacation so I am working on all 4 cylinders again.

Yo pop, it’s me…. it’s Ding. I wanna go out and work but that funky ass X100s named Andre’ thinks hes the king of the hill….sheeeeeet!

He ain’t gettin’ in no pockets like me…..dang it, you could get Penelope and me in yer pocket……..

STOP! I said, Penelope is a lady and you don’t get to be alone with her in my pocket. Ricoh has enough problems with Ricoh/Pentax we doin’ need no Ricoh/Nikon things ’round here.

So I told Ding the Coolpix A to go back to bed and hi m and I can get to work for a little…. he said, ok pop, I’m gonna rest till you wake me… g’d night.

Now so far everything seems normal, right. I mean I know I ain’t the only shooter around that communicates with his cameras. But ya know… I can’t figure out, how the heck did Ding get from the office, down the hall, jump on the bed, talk with me and then make the hike back?

Fancy firmware I suppose.

So I grabbed Ding and put him in the little pouch that goes on my belt and took an extra battery that I will never need cause the Nikon Coolpix A has great power management. We walked around town and just kinda relaxed and was checking out the sites.

Ding was in my hand and he was reminding me how when I was a real photographer shooting film and bringing him contact sheets to the Museum that I need to always just look for my own stuff and not worry about anything from anyone else.

Then, at that exact moment, well, it was really a few moments later but it’s more interesting to make it sound like an instant revelation…. I see this big azz rat on the sidewalk. So I said to myself, self…lets try to find something interesting with the big rat in center city Philadelphia. I mean, there’s no ratz at all in center city and there’s no ratz in Philly even in City Hall. For real… this is a one in a million opportunity to get a shot of the next Mayor on the street. So Ding was ready and I set the Aperture and Shutter speed and Ding did the ISO. I looked up from behind… and the ears………CLICK!

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Ding was happy because he gets to be a part of the process more so than the other cameras,,,(shhhhhh he thinks he’s special cause he can get from the office to the bedroom and back without help…..)

Well we walked around and we snapped a few pics just cause we wanted to and cause he needs the exercise. Then he said to me… “Shooter, yeah you pop, don’t even think about pulling that One Shot Per Shoot crap with me…..” I started to get a little peeved, is that a word even? I told him, Ding, this is about me and MAYBE you making photos. I like talking to you and even my Shrink thinks it might be ok and we talk about that each session, but I need to concentrate and your bugging me.

I realized I hurt his feelings. I saw the lens sloooowly go back into the body and the lights go off. The screen was dark. So, being the Viet Nam Vet that I am I found a corner that no one was near and I apologized to Ding. I mean I damn near kissed his but… but couldn’t find it anyway.

Then, Ding came back to work… that cool whirl sound and the lens popped out quickly and with substance like any ,an..uh…uh…..sorry Judy.

He was ready, we walked around and we came upon the Dilworth Plaza Etiquette School of Walking with a book on your head. This student was doing really well and I made a photo or her progress but I soon realized she had not attended the nice language in the open space with many people around class. She spit out a few choice words of which most I heard and have adopted into my arsenal of vocabulary but there was a few she said that stumped me and even some people around were wondering what she was saying.

Anyway, I’m heading out again tomorrow for a few hours and Ding is the only Kat coming along for the walk.

Have a good one and The Inspired Eye Issue 14 is hot off the press. Also, I’ll be posting more post on the IE Blog for the shooters that sent in the photo and info. It’s a nice turnout and I’m damn proud and happy to know youse alls good peoples….

hopefully, youse can feel likewise for me…….. shooter, sayin’ good night Johnboy……………………………………………………………………

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, I spent around 3 weeks getting used to the Coolpix A. No doubt it is a nice camera and performs better than any camera need to for street use. It was nice getting back to the screen and I really enjoy that as it lends itself to photography better than any other viewing method. The camera is fast, focuses fast, exposes accurately, has minimal noise, all in all a great camera and worthy of the name “Ding”.

Well hanging in the closet I found my old Tamrac Velocity 4 sling bag. So I thought, what the heck… give it a shot. So I put Ding the Nikon Coolpix A in the bag and then low and behold, I tried to fit Andre’ the Fuji X100 s and guess what. The both fit nice and easy with no pinching at all. This is a very small bag and both cameras fit with 2 batteries for each, lens brush and micro fibre cleaning cloth and still theres some room. I was amazed but more than that, elated that I can carry both cameras and sling it over my shoulder. It doesn’t even hurt my neck and that’s really surprising.

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So I headed out and went for a walk on Market Street. After a little bit I pulled Andre’ out and man, I gotta say, nothing beats the experience of this camera. The Fuji X100s is a dream camera capable of doing anything asked of it and with no streets to the shooter. I love this camera and I really mean love it. It’s the best friend I’ve ever had and gets me into the zone of the here and now and works flawlessly to assist me getting the shot.

The above photo was taken in the matter of a few seconds, so fast that I couldn’t get the camera to my eye and not enough time to turn on the screen. Now, 35mm has been my natural FOV for decades and knowing that, I told Andre’ I need you on this…. well I raised the camera and click!

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So, I went out with Tanya so she could shop for her family. I had my Harley Denim Jacket on cause Fall is here and I’m not falling for that Fall stuff. When you leave it’s nice and warm and when ya have to head back, well… it’s cool. I’m too old to Fall for that stuff I tell ya, I’m too smaat. Andre’ said he wanted to go along just to get out of the house and I quickly agree.

Ohhh sorry, Andre’ is my Fuji X100s. He said he was tired of being in the house cause I was taking Ding, the Nikon Coolpix A everywhere. So I put Andre’ in the Harley jacket inner pocket and he’s happy cause he’s riding a Harley.

We get to Neshaminy Mall  and Tanya shops, I sit. Tanya shops I sit.  I sit, Tanya shops… endless cycle of well being. I’m sitting on the bench just checking things out and all the sudden………….

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……. this young woman that I think is around 30-ish is walking towards me and I look at her and think….nah, I’m never that lucky…… well low and behold…. she floats thru the crowd and gently like a Dove, lands on the bench right next to me. She turns to me and says, “excuse me sir, do you know anything about cameras?”

Well at this exact moment, my faith in The Lord and in mankind is restored. I turn to her and said, I know a little, what’s the problem? So she reaches into her handbag and pulls out a Canon S110. She says, it won’t come out. (Yes guys, that’s exactly my thoughts). So he hands me the camers and her fingers gently rub against mine. (At this point, I have solved, ebola, end all wars, cured the economy and everything that plagues the world.)

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So I turn the camera on and sure enough the lens will not come out.  She’s obviously distraught and I really feel for her, no really! She tells me her boyfriend is sill and he can’t make it come out.

(enter shooter the hero) I look closely and can see that something is wedged in between the lens barrel. So I asked her if she had a hairpin and she says no, all I have are these needles I bought for my mom’s sewing machine. (Thank you LORD for small favors) I take a needle and gently but forcefully, stick it in and work to pry the thing out. I manage to get it out and see it was a piece of salt from a soft pretzel. The camera turns on and the lens pops out and she says to me, you made it come out, how can I ever thank you?

As she is sitting there looking at me and smiling, Tanya is walking towards me. So the young woman stands up and thanks me very much and starts to walk away. Tanya looks at her and then turns to look at her from the rear just as I am doing and then gets right in front of me.

I immediately told her what happened and she say’s, I wanna walk down to Macy’s. I stand and walk with her thru the mall and as we get into the mall traffic, she reaches behind me and pats my bum. I don’t know what I did or how I did it but I averted another Russian American Cold War in the house.

But none of this is the point of the story. See, when we got home, I took Andre’ the Fuji X100s out of the Harley jacket pocket and I felt something still in the pocket. I put Andre’ down on the table and reached into the pocket again and GASP!!!!!!!!!

I saw the battery cover in my hand. NOOOOO!!!!!!! you don’t belong in my hand, you belong on Andre’.

So I went up to the office and looked at things thru my Schneider loupe. After about 10 minutes I manage to get the cover back on. I thought that maybe I should contact service but figured, I still have 7 months of warranty left so I’ll just wait it out. I did nothing to provoke this issue. It just fell off and I don’t know why. The issue is, if it falls off on the street, well, that won’t be pretty.

So I try to keep my pinky finger against the cover while working. It’s very upsetting but the camera is the most amazing camera and if I had to use it without the door, I would. It’s that good…..

Please remember, The One Shot Per Shoot is still active and you really should join the many that are participating.

Good Sunday to youse alls good peoples….. shooter out……………………………………

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We have a very nice response to this project and I have some emails explaining that this is making a difference. Some of the shooters are already on the Inspired Eye Blog and more will be posted every day. I am figuring out how to get this project and the participants into the magazine. I think that it’s a nice idea to get published but the real reward is in the discovery each participant gets by doing the work.

So, if you participated already, you can again and again because the discovery of your intent is an ever growing journey and now the roadmap is getting clearer.

For those that didn’t participate, it’s never too late and please consider doing this and see what happens. Can’t hurt nothing….

The idea of doing one shot per shoot is not to show you have discipline, it’s to show you what you are doing with your work. If you are always bogged down by the over abundance of images, this will show you how to sort thru everything and find the images are are borne from your intent.

 

Send your stuff to me @ streetshooter.us@gmail.com. A photo and a paragraph or so about the experience will do the trick….

More tomorrow……….. later my friends……..

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I’m making a challenge to myself and youse all shooters. The one shot photo project is just what it sounds like. One photo per shoot. Not one a day, a week, a month or a year. Simply put, one shot for every shoot you do. It’s up to you to decide how many photos you make CasinoinUS on a shoot but only one can be submitted per shoot. You don’t have to do this, you know it and I know it. This is something I learned from Ding McNulty and it has proved to make me focus on my work with a clear and clean vision. The thing is, it helps me to really commit to my images because I can only choose 1. I slowed down a lot back in the 70’s thru all my film decades. Now with digital, it’s like overabundance is par for the course.

So, if your interested, submit a photo under the One Per Shoot Project, send it to me by email (streetshooter.us@gmail.com) along with a statement about the photo and the experience of making it. A paragraph or so is cool. You can do this more than once soooo be awake and alert and find that ONE SHOT.

09-14-0162-EditIf  your up to doing this, then here’s what will happen. You will be put on the Inspired Eye Blog and have a chance of getting into the Inspired Eye Magazine.

The idea behind this is to create energy to work but not to have to make it a burden. This will actually tune your vision and help to eliminate boredom and loss of direction. If you make a good effort doing this, you will find a new strength in your work and vision.

I hope that youse will partake in this project as I am committed to doing it again, and again.. and again……

……………………………………………………end transmission, thanks again Ding………………………………………………………………………….. shooter out……………..

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Look, don’t get me wrong, ok. I really do love the X100s and it provides a wonderful working experience.

What, but everyone knows that already. Ok, ok! Andre’ is upset because I called the camera X100s and not it’s proper name, Andre’. He also said, “Look shooter,  everyone calls you Don or shooter. No one calls you the human or photographer and you wouldn’t be without me anyway.” So now I get it. Andre’ the Fuji X100s is jealous

09-14-0053-EditSee, word on the camera shelf is that there’s a new kid on the block. Yes, it’s very true. The Nikon Coolpix A has taken up residence on the current camera shelf. The new camera has been named Ding, after Kneeland Ding McNulty.

Ding mentored me for a while and gave me valuable life lessons and how to youtubemp3now.com have photography fall in love with me. He wasn’t concerned about my love affair with photography but wanted to make sure that photography and I had a life long symbiotic relationship. So I decided to name the Nikon after him. So of course Andre’ is upset and kinda jealous because he thinks he will get less street time than he used to get. Nothing could be further from the truth. See, both Andre’ and Ding will be out with me always starting Wednesday. Till then, Ding and I are reacquainting our selves as it’s been decades since we spent time together, at least on the physical plane.

09-14-0152-EditSee, for me it used to be a 35mm lens on my M Leicas. The when the digital imaging made cameras that worked like cameras, it seemed that 28mm was the preferred focal length. I still lean to the 35mm FOV but the 28mm FOV has a place embedded in my brain’s firmware. Well, now that my brain is back from vacation, I will have to update it’s firmware to the Nikon;s UI and FL and combine that with Andre’, the Fuji X 100s.

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There are thing for me to write about and I am excited again to feel visual freedom once again. Ding is proving to be a worthy companion and I hope in due time that Andre’ and Ding will get along.

At any rate, I’ll be posting more for the next few weeks as the discovery and challenges arise working with these two cameras.

Shooter Out……………………………