Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Fujifilm FinePix F770 Camera


This week I've been playing with the new FinePix F770 series cameras.   There are several models and colors of the F series camera which are Fujifilm's advanced consumer series cameras with a long history of performance and innovation.

One of the amazing new features is the mixture of the optical and digital zoom capabilities.  The newest cameras do this very well and even with digital cropping they can get the job done.  What sold me on this was the first series of photos I shot out the taxi window when stopped at a light near the Superdome.  The initial optical zoom of the F770/750 is 25-500mm and with the digital zoom it brings it out to 1000mm!  With further digital processing the camera can reach a staggering 68x zoom which is a 1700mm zoom from a camera which fits in your pocket.



 

From Zoom to Super-wide Angle, Full Range of Shooting is Available

Conventional digital zoom basically only re-sizes the optical image data, often resulting in lack of definition, but the new Intelligent Digital Zoom uses the speed and power of the EXR Processor to instantly sharpen image edges and reduce noise for images with natural clarity and crispness of detail across the digital zoom range.  All images are handheld with no massaging.  These are jpegs from the camera.  And yes the F770 series does shoot RAW, as well as many other neat features including 320fps video.  For a complete look at the cameras check out the site:
http://www.fujifilmusa.com/products/digital_cameras/f/finepix_f770exr/

But the page with the really neat tech info is here:
http://www.fujifilmusa.com/products/digital_cameras/f/finepix_f770exr/features/page_02.html













































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The statements, comments and opinions expressed here represent my own, personal views and are not endorsed by, or affiliated in any way with, FUJIFILM North America Corporation or its affiliates.

Stuck in Dulles with my Fujifilm X-Pro1


This week while heading back home I missed a connection and had to spend a night in Virginia.  I wasn't happy at first since I rushed and ran from terminal A to D and of course got there about six minutes too late.  So after getting my hotel voucher and $20 for food I began my journey out to ground transportation.  I missed the last departure so the airport was thinning out and this allowed me to basically wander and capture scenes which I am sure are familiar to many but with crowds.  The next morning began at 5am and the opportunity to catch a nice sunrise.  Hope you dig the shots.  Most were shot from ISO 500-1000.   All were with the 18mm 2.0 lens.
For me this was a great example of how the X-Pro1 shines as a camera since it was easy to carry and that made it handy throughout my travels.







Even the swans were asleep!




















I am an employee of FUJIFILM North America Corporation.
The statements, comments and opinions expressed here represent my own, personal views and are not endorsed by, or affiliated in any way with, FUJIFILM North America Corporation or its affiliates.




Weekly Email - 3-23-12 - Buildings as Art

It is easy to fall into a comfortable visual status quo while walking around our hometown area.  I'm trying to take a look at various parts of NYC with a fresh eye and see the unique characteristics and thought that go into the design of our city and the buildings which take up most of the landscape.

This week I looked out at a church (Grace Church) which impressed me in its detailed design.  I can't help but think that way back in 1846-47 when it was built that each and every stone was lifted and placed by hand to make the ornate structure we see here.   The coloration has changed over the decades and you can see that in the image.


Canon 5DII ISO 250 F/4.5 @ 1/420 - 200mm
FinePix X100 ISO 200 F/6.4 @ 1/200 - 35mm



Friday, March 16, 2012

Weekly Email - 3-16-12 - Wash Them Out

I've always been aware of the of the NYC reservoirs having grown up near them.  This week while visiting upstate I took another look at them and can see how the effects of 9-11 reach into all parts of our lives.

Almost 100 years ago State Officials completed the Ashokan Reservoir and created one of the major NYC drinking water reservoirs.  The reservoir was created and nine towns were moved or obliterated when the waters were ready to rush in.  Nowadays the area is posted with many obvious signs warning of the perils for entering without a permit and the property being overseen by the State.

So figuring that I don't need a "use" permit to take a photo I thought I'd check it out and share and image of one part of the dam and viaduct which so many people who have been to the area know and enjoy.  It's amazing to think that the water from 100 miles away travels by gravity feed to NYC to keep us all healthy.

In addition while enjoying the country I decided to pop a 680 second exposure of the starlit night sky which is so much nicer than the bland City sky.  You can see some birch trees and what I believe is a cloud with the star trails as the earth turns.


Fujifilm X-Pro1 ISO 250 F/7.1 @ 1/420
Fujifilm X-Pro1 ISO 200 F/11 @ 680 secs