Classic Chrome on the Street

As I mentioned in my last post, I like the look of my Fuji X100T's Classic Chrome emulation. In fact I like it enough that for a recent photo walk, I set up the camera to shoot Classic Chrome JPEGs and then left it there for the entire walk. For me, that's saying something.

As I've been doing of late, I went downtown early one Sunday morning. I like going on Sundays because parking is free, and I don't have to worry about returning before the meter runs out. I didn't really have a plan as to where I was going to go, so I just explored some new areas and shot wherever the mood struck. One other thing I did differently than usual was to bring a tripod so that I could shoot self portraits (NOT selfies!).

So here are a bunch of Classic Chrome photos, some just of architecture and/or trash, some self-portraits, and maybe even some of people (I don't remember, so I will be just as surprised as you as to what I find to post). I'll just keep adding until either I run out of photos that I like, I run out of time (it's almost 9 PM as I write this), or I get bored.

So the question in my mind is "Do I want to continue shooting in Classic Chrome mode?" I've set my X100T back to Black and White JPEG mode, and I feel happier when I chimp my images, so maybe I'll just stick with that. But still there's something about Classic Chrome that I like. I'm not sure what it is. So I don't know the answer. We'll just have to wait and see.

2014 Columbus International Festival

This past weekend I participated in the Columbus International Festival. My primary role was as a musician for the English Country Dancers performance, but I decided to bring along my Fuji X-E1 and 23mm lens. I thought there might be a good opportunity to get some street-type photos. It turned out that I was right. There were many interesting people doing interesting things.

When I first arrived I saw that there was some kind ceremony in progress. As I was preparing to go to a pre-performance rehearsal, I watched and listened to the goings on. It took me a couple minutes to realize that it was a naturalization ceremony. I'd never seen one, and I really wanted to get some photos. So I put down my instruments and made a beeline to a good spot amongst the other photographers.

After just a couple minutes the speeches were done, and it was time for the candidates to take the oath and become official citizens of the United States of America. During the oath I was able to shoot a couple quick frames including the one included with this post. Since I didn't know anyone in the ceremony, I wanted to be very polite to those who did, so I made just a couple shots and then got out of the way.

It was interesting and a bit humbling to see these people who must have dreamed of this moment and who had definitely worked hard to reach it. To me this was one of the most important scenes that I've photographed, and I hope I've represented it well.


Civil War Encampment

Last Saturday the 1st Ohio Light Artillery Battery A, a group of American Civil War reenactors, held an encampment at the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus. The weather was rainy, which kept the turnout of spectators low and gave Andi and me a chance to make photographs without too much distraction in the backgrounds.

I mainly used my Fuji X-E1 and Fujinon XF60mm f/2.4 macro lens. I kept the aperture pretty wide to further reduce background distractions by blurring them out as much as possible. Even though I shot the photos as black and white JPEG files, I processed them in Silver Efex Pro 2. I used one of its Antique Plate presets as a starting point to try to get a more authentic Civil War era look. From there I took down the blacks to be more to my liking and added a rough border. As usual I set the final black and white points in Lightroom.

Here's one of a couple dozen keepers. The rest will become available in my Flickr feed over the next month or so.

Civil War Encampment 1

Olentangy Abstract

Olentangy Abstract

Last weekend (or was it the weekend before that?)


Recently Andi and I went for a snowy walk at Ohio State University. Actually Andi walked, and I sauntered while taking photos. Regardless, when we do go for a walk/saunter, we usually park the car on the west side of the Olentangy River and walk across the footbridge to the trail on the other side. I always stop while on the bridge and look around for photo opportunities. I think it has something to do with my love for high places. When I looked down at the river, I saw amazing patterns in the ice, snow, water, and rocks. I shot several photos, and this one is my favorite.

It's snowing again this weekend. Maybe I'll have a chance to take another walk.

MPEX Columbus North Market Photo Walk

Andi and I went on Midwest Photo Exchange's January photo walk to the North Market in downtown Columbus, Ohio. We met Aaron, our fearless leader, and the participants for a short introduction concerning the "rules of engagement," and then we all headed out on our own to make photos. It seemed that most of the others were shooting pictures of "stuff," but I stayed strictly in street photography mode and took photos of people. Most everybody seemed comfortable with me, but a few of the vendors didn't like the idea. I found out later that they hadn't been told about us and what we were doing even though the market management had said they would do so. Still, my street photography persona was pretty effective. I had a great time and ended up with quite a few good photos. Here are several of my favorites.

Reflections (MPEX North Market Photo Walk #1)

Xhot L (MPEX North Market Photo Walk #2)

Ingredients (MPEX North Market Photo Walk #3)

Meat Eater (MPEX North Market Photo Walk #4)

Prizelawn (MPEX North Market Photo Walk #5)

Portrait (MPEX North Market Photo Walk #6)

Fearless Leader (MPEX North Market Photo Walk #10)