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Focus Bracketing - FujiFilm XT3

It is cold and snowy in beautiful Colorado today so the activity was indoor photo experiment with focus bracketing.  I thought I would give it a shot (pun intended) with Fuji TX3 and see how it works.  It is a little tricky to set it up, but once you get the hang of what is happening it is not so bad.  Tripod is required! Be sure to use the electronic shutter to reduce camera shake.

Steps:

Set the drive to BKTIn the Shooting Settings Menu select Drive Setting > BKT Setting > Focus BKTSet Frames - this is how many photos you want to take.Set Step - this is the focusing steps. Think of the steps as 'slices'.  The camera shoots from bottom to top so set your focus for the first frame to the lowest part of the subject you want to capture.  The XT3 will shoot continuously for the number of frames and focus the number of slices.  Interval...I didn't use this.  My guess it is for a moving subject?    

What I discovered is that the Steps set at 10 works well if you are want…
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Red Rock Canyon - Colorado Springs

Second hike of the year.  Wore my long johns this time.  If you haven't figured it out already, I am not a winter girl. You would not know that considering how often I am out shooting in the winter. I grew up in the desert and I LOVE the heat!  Anyway, Red Rock Canyon Open Space in Colorado Springs is a place we have driven past a few times.  It just doesn't look that photogenic from the road.  I'm so glad we took a chance and explored the trails.  I definitely want to go back in the summer and hike.  The trail took us to a frozen lake.  Way cool!  The ice had cracked and looked like veins.

Camera: FujiFilm XT3








Roxborough State Park - Littleton

First hike of the year!  Took the tripods and Lee filters on a hike in Roxborough State Park. From what we remembered, the trails are paved so no mud.  I don't know where we got that from?  The trails were mud and ice.  Yes, we had the YakTrax (they clamp on to your boots and provide traction) so we were invincible. There was a line getting onto the park.  What?  It is winter and Colorado, there shouldn't be a line!  I guess that is what happens when you have population growth at 40 percent. We ate our mango and chicken salads in the car while we waited.  Erich was trying to get the smooth clouds using long  exposures with his big blocker.  I only have a little blocker so I didn't quite get smooth skies.  Although I did do some stacking, ND Grad with polarizer and little blocker, one minute exposures.  Got fantastic some fantastic skies.

Camera: FujiFilm XT3








Lee Filters - Boulder & Golden

Happy Christmas to me!  I not only picked up a Lumix LX100 but I got a new filter set up.  I purchased the SevenFive Lee Filter kit with a ND Grad and Little Blocker (5 stop).  I am a landscape photographer and should have them. That is what I keep telling myself.  Erich got some too, he got the 100 MM setup since he is using a full frame camera.  We are getting more into long exposures lately. We went to El Dorado State Park in Boulder.  It was cold!  We have some ProMaster gloves, really cool.  On the index finger and the thumb you can pull back the tip to expose your fingers to the freezing cold.  The gloves are not warm at all.  Lucky we didn't get frost bite.  What were we doing out there on such a cold day anyway?  Ok, it was warmer in the sun, we were in the shade most of the day.

Camera: FujiFilm XT3





Enough of freezing our asses off we went down to Golden to get some running river action.  It was warmer and we didn't want to lug the tripods so we played around with th…

New Camera - Lumix LX100

I sold my FujiFilm XT20.  Just didn't need it since I upgraded to the most excellent XT3. Well, I have been looking at waterproof cameras, a higher quality one. The FujiFilm FinePix I took to Costa Rica was ok, not great.  I guess I am just used to a bigger sensor and shooting RAW.  I know, I am still shooting cropped sensor with the XT3 but it works for me.  At any rate, I got way off track and started looking at Lumix micro four thirds point and shoot LX100.  It has a fixed F1.7 24-75 mm and it shoots RAW! I was looking for low light capability too.  The Olympus Rugged water proof was in my sights for a good while until I found the Lumix. I bought the Lumix.  It is an older model but not a lot of upgrades on the recent model.  Plus it was way cheaper and B&H Photo had it on a significant sale. It does not have an articulating LCD but that is ok, I am good with that.  What I really liked was the micro four thirds censor and the 1.7 aperture.  I LOVE the Macro on it! SO fun.  …