It was the 1st day of Spring in Melbourne, so that seemed a good reason for some street photography. Then the thought came to me re colour or black and white? With the release of the Leica Monochrom with a black and white only sensor in the camera, a new super 50mm lens and an incredible price tag for each, are there any benefits in it for me if I owned them? I am very happy with the quality of theFuji X-ProPro1 and its lens so what are the advantages ? Firstly although I visualise my street photos in BW there are also times that I come across subjects that need colour eg. my recent graffiti pictures. Also I frequently add to my stock pics in colour while doing street pics. Does that mean you have to carry 2 Leica M9′s one for colour, one for black and white. A very pricey proposition.
This week’s blog posts are kind of in two parts: having owned the X pro for a couple of months now, I have had plenty of time to get to know it, and for it to get to know me. I suspect we have reached the point where we have an amicable accommodation, and as a result it has become my daily. I now find that I really only get out the Big Boys Toy when there is a job for it to do (grand landscape, studio portraiture and the like). For the rest of the time my XPro-1 follows me everywhere. And, having had time to get to know its little foibles, I have come to a sense of how it works for me, and the way I like it to sit be set up. When I wrote my formal review, one or two of the people who came and visited the blog asked me what my settings were. I did not share these at the time, since I was still working them out for myself. But now I have had time to consolidate the way that I work, I would like to share this with you.
I've been to San Francisco before, and whilst I have enjoyed the view from the Golden Gate Viewpoint on a foggy afternoon, and taken the mandatory touristic photos, I really don't enjoy that type of shots.
Today, I've decided to post a selection from my latest trip to San Fran, where I explore the type of photos I enjoy taking - All with the X-Pro1, naturally!
Below are five (5) favorites from the past month - they are personal favorites, including a couple of portraits. Each was captured with the wonderful Fujifilm X-Pro1. I've included a few words about each image. The portability of the Fuji system allows me to carry all three primes with me a lot of the time, and the below shots show images with each: 60mm, 35mm, and 18mm.
The 8mm f/2.8 Fish-eye Lens for Fujifilm X-mount from Samyang is a fast, ultra wide-angle lens designed to work with the Fujifilm X series mirrorless cameras. Multi-coated lenses mean less aberration and sharp images and a built-in petal-type lens hood prevents unwanted glare. The minimum focusing distance is 1' (0.3m) and the angle of view is 180º. This affordable, smooth focusing, manual lens is perfect to explore the creative possibilities of the latest-model mirrorless cameras.
I' m not a big fan of the hot weather in New York City during the summer. In my opinion, it's humid, nasty, crowded, and smells a bit funky lol. Don't get me wrong. I love the outdoors... I just don't love it in New York City in the summer . So in general, I usually check out a few more indoor scenes. The other day, I went to the New York Transit Museum, and it was pretty cool. I brought along my Fuji X-Pro1 with all three lenses.
Peru university challenges the Vatican on name change. http://www.pucp.edu.pe/EN/images/. ONE of Peru's top Catholic universities has announced it will continue to call itself "Catholic" and "Pontifical," despite a Vatican ...
The Azure is expected to have 9 environmentally responsive buildings that seek to set a new benchmark for 21st century tropical living.
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Together with the new X-Pro1 firmware update, Fujifilm will announce also their two new cameras on September 5th, 2012: the mirrorless interchangeable lens X-E1 and the compact XP1 cameras (there is a chance that the camera will be called XF1).
There’s travel photography, and then there’s vacation photography. In the first you’re traveling to shoot, and your time and gear is chosen carefully to deliver great images. In the second, you’re just on holiday and like everyone else, you want to bring a camera along. This is specifically a review of using the camera on a family vacation – I wasn’t sent to England and France on assignment, nor did I spend lots of time there specifically going out to shoot. But I did want to bring a camera that wasn’t going to annoy me. Those of you who have been following along for a while will remember that it was a vacation trip to California last year that pushed me into looking for a smaller but high-performing camera. The willing but somewhat limited Olympus EPL2 has now been and gone, and it was the Fuji X-Pro1 (and 18mm F/2.0 and 35mm f/1.4 lenses) that made the trip with us across the Atlantic...
Excerpted from long but very interesting article by Master Curator Robin Good:
"Content curation will play a major role both in the way we teach and in the way we educate ourselves on any topic.
This article, builds up over my recent presentation on Content Curation for Education that I delivered at Emerge2012 virtual conference.
In that presentation I claimed that the adoption of "curation approaches" will directly affect the way competences are taught and the value that can be generated for "others" through a personal learning path.
In this article I outline ten key factors, already at work, which, among others, will very likely pave the way for a much greater and rapid adoption of curation practices in the educational / academic world.
These factors are:
1) An Overwhelming Abundance of Information Which Begs To Be Organized:
New digital literacy skills are of such great importance. They provide the mental tools for individuals to be able to evaluate, assess, filter and organize information in more effective ways than they have done until today.
2) A Growing Number of "Open" and Freely Accessible Teaching/Learning Content Hubs:
Learners will soon need some guidance in selecting the most appropriate course, instructor, approach and institution to achieve their goals most effectively.
3) From a Static, Unchanging World of Information To a Constantly Changing One:
a) Some of us dedicate their efforts to find, identify, monitor and update which are the most relevant "information sources", hubs or curators in every possible area of interest.
b) We equip our youth and ourselves with appropriate mental tools to be able to carry out such tasks.
4) Real-World Information Is Not Held Inside Silos Like Academic Institutions Pretend:
Curation fits in as a more appropriate approach to learning and to prepare for real-world work challenges, by allowing learners to construct meaning by having to research and to understand and to create new relationships between different information-elements.
5) Fast-Food Information Consumption In Rapid Decline - Curation Is the New Search:
Google has lost its "mojo". Search results have become increasingly unsatisfactory as they are often polluted by irrelevant, commercially-driven results or by large brands which Google likes to favor over small, independent and - hard to verify - information sources.
Researchers, educators and guides prefer to refer to trusted "curators" of specific information areas rather than to rely on Google-style secret and commercially-driven algorithms.
6) The Job Market is Rapidly Changing:
Outside of traditional "professionals" as doctors and engineers, companies recruiting new people are looking more for "skills and experience" than for degrees and certificates.
Today, the job marketplace requires people who can "think". People who can come up with creative solutions to unexpected problems...
Content curation offers a practical and immediately usable approach to help new learners train themselves in developing such very skills.
7) Alternative Certification Systems Are Emerging: Open Badges:
Here a few simple ideas.
Move from teaching and certifying to:
a) curating talent - breed new talent by providing motivated learners with the ideal conditions to study, research and develop new ideas.
b) curating educational resources for a specific area of interest / language / region / by creating and maintaining highly qualified "learning paths", and providing assistance, specialized training and resources, to those in specific need of it.
c) curating human guides, training future curators - by cultivating and supporting the development of skilled information-guides and coaches that possess the skills of a curator and those of a great story-teller.
8) Teachers and Professors Can Now Curate Their Own Textbooks:
Academic and independent teaching curators will design new textbook and teaching curriculums / learning paths. They will do so by selecting and pulling together the best and most relevant material in a variety of formats and configurations to satisfy the needs of many different "audiences".
These individuals will create also great collections of exercises, case studies, real-world examples, people's profiles and toolkits to further facilitate the exploration and learning of such topics.
9) Educational Marketplace Open to Thousands of Competitors:
There are now tens of learning marketplaces and platforms that allow anyone to offer and sell courses online. From WiziQ to Udemy the number of alternative services making it possible for anyone to deliver a "professional" course is rapidly increasing.
Today, anyone can become both a "resource", a supplier of content as well as a curator / editor / publisher of new curated content resources such as book collections, expert guides, curated and annotated lists of resources, examples, or templates galleries.
10) Growing Demand for Trusted Guidance Over Learning Content and Curricula:
Traditional academic institutions may indeed become trusted curators and guides to the greater universe of information out there, while specializing their efforts for a set of specific areas, needs and communities of interests.
With such abundance and variety (in quality) of educational materials, learners will soon express a growing demand for trusted guides to help them in selecting quality learning guides, sources, hubs and more than anything, curated learning paths and toolkits to explore and learn deeper about a specific topic.
This is where the opportunity for both sides lies."
Each factor is analyzed with more information, examples and external links. Read full, long and interesting article here:
Giuseppe Mauriello: Trunk Club is a service for men who want to look great without having to go shopping in stores or online.
From official website:
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Most modern cameras offer different image sizes in-camera, though all they really do is crop the top and bottom or sides. There are a few digital cameras that have sensors bigger than the lens’ image circle, which allow the diagonal angle of view for a given focal length to be maintained when changing crop; the main one of these is the Panasonic LX series of cameras. Put one of these on a tripod, slide the aspect ratio switch on the lens barrel and you’ll notice that the horizontal field of view gets wider than the 4:3 option, even though this is the native aspect ratio of the sensor. (It also means that you don’t suffer as much of a resolution decrease as you’d expect when changing aspect ratios). There is no point in shooting in another aspect ratio if all the camera does is throw away the extra pixels; you’re better off capturing as much information as you can at the time of shooting and then deciding later what crop would work best (assuming, of course, that you didn’t compose correctly at the time.)
The X-Pro 1 uses contrast detection autofocus (CDAF) compared to phase detection autofocus that is usually found in DSLR cameras. As I have shown in an earlyer post, I like to photograph at minimum aperture to create a shallow depth of field. And in those situations perfect AF lock is essential for good results. The advantage of contrast detection is, that it is very accurate when it locks onto the target. On my phase detection DSLR camera I have gotten used to pushing the shutter half way for 2-3 times before I trust that the AF locked correctly onto the subject.
So is the X-Pro 1 useless for moving subjects? Not at all! You just have to approach things differently to get good results! Here are my tips to get the best results from the X-Pro 1.....
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A special September edition of Deer & Deer Hunting Magazine will feature a contribution from Donald Trump Jr., in which The Trump Organization executive discusses his affinity for the outdoors. Trump Jr.