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    Tree fallen

    I love the sharpness and depth of field by the Fujinon 14 mm for shots like these.
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    I have been wanting to use the star rating system to express my pleasure in seeing the anger and determination in the face of this young woman, but for the past few days have not had the opportunity because I have not been on my desktop computer, but only looking at the site using my phone.
  3. I had another thought today: I'd like to see it with a lens that focused manually like the old ones and not by wire like they are now. Even on the 14mm f2.8 and 23mm f1.4 which both have a manual clutch mechanism, it isn't as good as the old manual ones.
  4. At some point, another X100 will be released. What I'd like to see is a newer 23mm lens, that sticks about 5 mm further out so it is easy to use the aperture dial. I'd like to see the ISO set from a button on the D pad, and the removal of the dial on the front hand handgrip and also from its current set up on the shutter speed timer. I'd also like to see a little zoom lens developed that can be screwed onto the camera's lens (like the TCL teleconversion lens), that runs from 35mm to 50 mm with about a half turn to move from 35mm to 50 mm. The aperture could be 2.8 and still be useful given the high ISO now available with the bigger sensor. This would hopefully keep the front lens of the zoom smaller than the current TCL 35 mm lens adapter. I know that there is the cropping ability provided in the camera, but I would prefer to retain the 24 MB ability. With the little zoom capability, I would probably sell my ever expanding kit of lenses and bodies and simplify things again.
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    Lonely Pine

    Of course. I forgot that the zoom was available. I tend to think of what lenses I use or would be likely to use. Rob
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    Lonely Pine

    Very sharp and well balanced composition with the bushes either side of the pinetree. Light just right to highlight the depth of the rim. BTW, what was the lens you have used as it shows a 13.8 mm and not the XF 14 mm? Rob
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    Angels Landing.

    That is one very 'challenging' day walk. The weather would want to be settled with no big cross winds. I've never been to the USA, but I think I'd rate that better than visiting the Grand Canyon. How many walkers do they loose each year???
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    Messmate eucalyptus now dead

    This one was probably a swamp gum, or messmate before it died. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eucalyptus_robusta
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    Tree detail

    Trees are among the biggest living things on the planet. One's like this have a whole ecosystem of insects, birds and marsupials (possums), living on them and feeding from them. I like to think of them as a vertical ecosystem, like a skyscraper in our cities. This one provides nesting hollows for parrots and possums.
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    Tree still alive

    I was staying on the far eastern outskirts of Melbourne recently and noticed these gum trees in the paddocks on several walks I made over a weekend. I think it is a common Red Gum, but am happy to be corrected. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eucalyptus_camaldulensis
  11. Thanks for your background information about the garden and how it came to be planted. The entire garden of 120 acres is quite huge.
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    Tree detail

    Close up of the bark of a dead gum tree.
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    Hoist

    Every Australian backyard used to have a clothes line hoist on which your mother put the washing to dry. It was a child's rite of passage to swing on the arms of the clothes line, fall off and break their collar bone. The resulting white sling was a badge of honour in primary school. The other memory is of mum screaming: "Don't swing on the clothes line."
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    Owen

    There is a white rendered wall opposite my house that makes a great backdrop for a portrait. When the sun is in the west, it is full sunlight and gave the effect I was looking for.
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    X-H1

    Plus a bigger body.
  16. In today's newspaper the following article on the street photography was highlighted. It has some good pictures of the work by Jon Lewis, from Sydney, Australia, and reports some of his approaches. His approach is corrective to the 'sniper, shoot anonymously' approach which results in grainy and contrasting images. His pictures are infused with a positive outlook on humanity and the place each person has in our society, whatever their background. The final picture of the article is a portrait of Jon - and he looks like he holds a X-Pro with about a 35mm on it, although the pictures in the article look like they were taken largely with a 23mm. The link is here. If that doesn't work this link should: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-12/jon-lewis-street-portrait-photographer-perfect-strangers-sydney/9408728 Rob
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    Boys on bikes after the storm

    The weather while on holidays at Barwon Heads was changeable and extreme. Too hot and then following the cooler change from the south, too cold and blustery. This was taken following the thunderstorm which was preceded by a hot day.
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    Barwon Heads

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    Barwon Heads caravan park

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    Barwon Heads caravan park

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    Moon beams

    I had hoped to see the moon turn red with the lunar eclipse, but the clouds were in the way. However, this sufficed.
  22. Recently I purchased the X-T2. For about a year I wondered about purchasing the X100F. Eventually I felt it was a head verses heart decision: my head said buy the T2; my heart said buy the X100F. I have very fond memories of my first Fujifilm camera - the innovative, quirky and frustrating x100. The X100 was so simple - yet offered so much in the one camera. With a few software updates it was really practical. But . . . it didn't offer the ability to change the lens. I missed the telephoto and a super wide angle which I had enjoyed using a film camera. Due to the limitations of the x100, I then bought the X-E1 with the 18-55 lens. It was going cheap because the X-E2 was coming onto the market and it provided a small body with a similar rangefinder viewer. All good. I quickly bought the 14 mm and it didn't disappoint me. After about a year, I gave the x100 to my daughter who lived interstate. She was very happy to receive it. It looked 'cool'. Her friends were envious, especially the art student men she rubbed shoulders with at uni. And it was used extensively to record her art development for her assignments. Toward the end of her undergraduate university degree, she took it to Indonesia several times. The most recent trip was for whole of 2017 to the outback of West Timor. The environment was rough roads, village living and no reliable electricity. She took great photos of the locals, the giant Komodo dragons and the landscape. It is still working fine. There is even, perhaps to the surprise of many on this forum, no dust in the viewfinder. The picture of the X100 above was taken yesterday before it disappeared into her bag again and went off to a week at the beach house of her boyfriend's family. The decision had to be made. My heart said, "Go the X100F". But the X-T2 beckoned. Common sense said, "Look, you have five great lenses: you need a body to use them on." True. I needed a better viewfinder than what the X-E1 offered, especially on a bright day, with a quicker refresh rate. I am a left eye shooter, and I was getting tired of the squint from my left eye and the mess left on the screen from my nose. The T2 solved all these problems. Its viewfinder is fabulous. I needed a better sensor and I wanted the Across and Chrome etc simulations which the X-E1 lacked. The T2 had them. However, the new camera had to be bigger than the X-T20, especially when the 2.2 pound/1 kg, 50-140 f2.8 zoom was attached, or even the 23mm f1.4. The T2 solved this balance and handling issue too. But I still miss the simplicity, the freedom that limitation ensures when you work with a X100. Every camera is designed with a particular need in mind which it will service. The T2 is, as one reviewer put it, ". . . like a Swiss Army knife or a 'jack-of-all-trades' camera." It certainly is. I know I must read the manual or buy Rico Pfirstinger's book of tips on how to use it. But I still miss the X100 series, the romance of just having that camera available to snap away or stop and frame a serious picture, knowing it is equipped to perform and will get it, I am going on a trip overseas for about 5 - 6 weeks in three months time which will require me to keep everything light and simple. There will be plenty of walking around old European cities, galleries and so on. It might then be the time to buy a used X100F to take with me.
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    FS: X100 VG condition how about $250 shipped?!

    Hi George, It appears you have forgotten to give us a price for it.
  24. You could start taking pictures of your dog or cat. Alternatively, you could grab an umbrella, one camera with one lens and head out for one hour to walk one mile (or 3-4 kms) and see what you can see. Do this several times a week, covering pretty much the same route but at different times of the day for variation. Its noticing the little things in the area that you live in. You live in a part of the world I'll probably never get to visit, let along live in. What's unique about living where you do? Drop in and befriend a few of the local shop keepers and after several weeks, ask to take their pictures for the local paper . . . The guy below provided the inspiration for me. Worth a look. Regards, Rob
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