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Late Fall

I figured I had left it to late for any fall foliage shots, but everything seems to be late this year. I sit here hunkered down due to the tornado warnings, looking at yellow trees still from my window, now mid November! We’ve even had a smattering of snow, call it upside down, backwards, it certainly is different! Fuji X-E1 + Voigtlander 40mm f1.4 Canon 5DmkII + Canon TSE 24mm f3.5 II

Agora in Full Frame

Amazing how time flies. The last time I visited the Agora it was when I started experimenting with m43rds systems some 2-3 years ago. Ironically I just sold the last of my m43rds equipment a week ago, great system, but lacked the depth of field control I personally like. In all that time I have been using my Canon, but switched over my smaller system to the Fuji X-E1. I love the X-E1 when paired with the fast primes, but as awesome as it is, the APS-C and smaller systems are no match for a full frame sensor, which remains for now my go to system when using a camera on a tripod. The last time ...

The Family Photo Album

Few things in modern day life can be created so cheaply and become so priceless. This is what the family photo album becomes. At no point in time can you really say when it achieved priceless status, maybe immediately, maybe years later, often at the time of a life changing event. We had such an unfortunate event recently and there was the family album to help out, priceless status achieved. We'll digitize the photos, it isn't ours, it belongs to the family and its keeper is my wife's mom to whom it will be returned for safe keeping. But at this point having achieved priceless status, the ...

Eyes Wide Open

Usually when photographing children I try to get down to their level so I'm shooting at about eye level with them, generally its a no-no to shoot children from a standing position. But as with every rule, there are times when its good to break them. That time is when the child is looking upwards at something, especially if you have soft light; i.e. a cloudy day. The nice thing about photographing a child from above when they're looking up is their eyes will naturally open wide, if the light is not too harsh, you should be able to attain good color in their eyes as a result. The case here was ...

RAW v's JPEG

I often get asked what RAW is and why would you wanna shoot RAW. Well, RAW is what it says, its the image that the sensor saw, un-altered in anyway, thats left for you to do in post processing. Generally I post process (via Apple Aperture or Adobe Lightroom, though I prefer Apple Aperture) all of my photos that make it to my Uh oh, it looks like your embed code is broken(http://flickr.com/photos/robsonj/) account, but I shoot JPEG+RAW, i.e. the camera saves a RAW file and a JPEG file for me for each shot I take. The camera applies sharpening, color saturation boosts and all sorts of other ...

The Threshing Bee

Its been a couple of years since I last attended the Threshing Bee. I had actually forgotten about it, but while browsing flickr I noticed a few shots of steam engines, a-ha, the Threshing Bee! As luck would have it, it was running through the weekend. That worked out perfectly for me to take the boys to see something cool for the day. I'd highly recommend attending the Threshing Bee in Sycamore, IL, it is on every August for 4 days, once a year. Its different, unique and for me as a Englishman, a unique piece of midwestern Americana to marvel at. All images shot with Fuji X-E1 & Fuji 35mm ...

A morning at Kline Creek Farm

We've been taking the kids to Kline Creek for several years now, its one of the DuPage Forest Preserves hidden gems. Kline Creek is an 1890 working farm nestled at the end of a limestone track in West Chicago, IL, not to far for us to drive to occasionally. From a photographers perspective, you can usually find something to shoot. From a child's perspective, there is always something new to learn and explore on offer. Over the past few years the kids have experienced and got to participate in sheep shearing, corn harvesting, corn husking, blacksmithing, egg collecting, 19th century baking, ...

Good Enough isn't Good Enough

In popped an email newsletter from my friend and photographer Willard Clay. Willard is a professional photographer in the truest sense and a photographer who I respect immensely. The gist of Will’s newsletter was with regard to the SunTimes photography department layoffs. I share Will’s view of this boneheaded development, but as a landscape photographer Will was using the incident to highlight the plight of the Landscape photographer in the digital era and I felt he drew the conclusion that today’s problem for the professional landscape photographer is that quality wise, average is ‘good ...

Rock Stars

After seeing his brother go to rock climbing classes for a couple of weeks, Ben decided that he to would like to try. Unfortunately he is to young to join the class at the minute, but that doesn't mean he can't free climb, and free climb he did! After some climbing Ben tired, so he had a rest while we waited for Cole to finish his class. All images taken with Canon 5D mkII + Canon 50mm f1.4