My grandmother died in her sleep on Sunday. It was peaceful. She was surrounded by her family at home.
I’m here, now, at the house she shared with her husband of more than 50 years until he passed away in 2010.
Some of my favorite memories here are from watching the clocks tick to the next hour. There’s a giant grandfather clock in the entryway and a cuckoo clock in the dining room. Each would announce the arrival of the next hour with chimes indicating the time. There was something about these machines ticking away perpetually doing the exact right thing at the exact right time, seemingly forever.
The clocks have stopped now. My grandmother died in her sleep on Sunday. It was peaceful. She was surrounded by her family at home.
I’m here, now, at the house she shared with her husband of more than 50 years until he passed away in 2010.
Some of my favorite memories here are from watching the clocks tick to the next hour. There’s a giant grandfather clock in the entryway and a cuckoo clock in the dining room. Each would announce the arrival of the next hour with chimes indicating the time. There was something about these machines ticking away perpetually doing the exact right thing at the exact right time, seemingly forever.
The clocks have stopped now. My grandmother died in her sleep on Sunday. It was peaceful. She was surrounded by her family at home.
I’m here, now, at the house she shared with her husband of more than 50 years until he passed away in 2010.
Some of my favorite memories here are from watching the clocks tick to the next hour. There’s a giant grandfather clock in the entryway and a cuckoo clock in the dining room. Each would announce the arrival of the next hour with chimes indicating the time. There was something about these machines ticking away perpetually doing the exact right thing at the exact right time, seemingly forever.
The clocks have stopped now. My grandmother died in her sleep on Sunday. It was peaceful. She was surrounded by her family at home.
I’m here, now, at the house she shared with her husband of more than 50 years until he passed away in 2010.
Some of my favorite memories here are from watching the clocks tick to the next hour. There’s a giant grandfather clock in the entryway and a cuckoo clock in the dining room. Each would announce the arrival of the next hour with chimes indicating the time. There was something about these machines ticking away perpetually doing the exact right thing at the exact right time, seemingly forever.
The clocks have stopped now. My grandmother died in her sleep on Sunday. It was peaceful. She was surrounded by her family at home.
I’m here, now, at the house she shared with her husband of more than 50 years until he passed away in 2010.
Some of my favorite memories here are from watching the clocks tick to the next hour. There’s a giant grandfather clock in the entryway and a cuckoo clock in the dining room. Each would announce the arrival of the next hour with chimes indicating the time. There was something about these machines ticking away perpetually doing the exact right thing at the exact right time, seemingly forever.
The clocks have stopped now. My grandmother died in her sleep on Sunday. It was peaceful. She was surrounded by her family at home.
I’m here, now, at the house she shared with her husband of more than 50 years until he passed away in 2010.
Some of my favorite memories here are from watching the clocks tick to the next hour. There’s a giant grandfather clock in the entryway and a cuckoo clock in the dining room. Each would announce the arrival of the next hour with chimes indicating the time. There was something about these machines ticking away perpetually doing the exact right thing at the exact right time, seemingly forever.
The clocks have stopped now. My grandmother died in her sleep on Sunday. It was peaceful. She was surrounded by her family at home.
I’m here, now, at the house she shared with her husband of more than 50 years until he passed away in 2010.
Some of my favorite memories here are from watching the clocks tick to the next hour. There’s a giant grandfather clock in the entryway and a cuckoo clock in the dining room. Each would announce the arrival of the next hour with chimes indicating the time. There was something about these machines ticking away perpetually doing the exact right thing at the exact right time, seemingly forever.
The clocks have stopped now. My grandmother died in her sleep on Sunday. It was peaceful. She was surrounded by her family at home.
I’m here, now, at the house she shared with her husband of more than 50 years until he passed away in 2010.
Some of my favorite memories here are from watching the clocks tick to the next hour. There’s a giant grandfather clock in the entryway and a cuckoo clock in the dining room. Each would announce the arrival of the next hour with chimes indicating the time. There was something about these machines ticking away perpetually doing the exact right thing at the exact right time, seemingly forever.
The clocks have stopped now.

My grandmother died in her sleep on Sunday. It was peaceful. She was surrounded by her family at home.

I’m here, now, at the house she shared with her husband of more than 50 years until he passed away in 2010.

Some of my favorite memories here are from watching the clocks tick to the next hour. There’s a giant grandfather clock in the entryway and a cuckoo clock in the dining room. Each would announce the arrival of the next hour with chimes indicating the time. There was something about these machines ticking away perpetually doing the exact right thing at the exact right time, seemingly forever.

The clocks have stopped now.

What’s in my Camera Bag

I do these periodically when I get my kit in a place I feel comfortable with it. So here’s what I’ve got:

Quality is bad due to my camera being on the table, not actually taking the picture. Now, let me go through all the pieces one by one. 

The bag: Domke F-5XB: It’s small enough to not be a burden to put it on. It fits everything and it doesn’t look too much like a purse. The only modification I’ve made is to put Gaff tape over the red DOMKE logo on the front. I don’t like branding much when I can avoid it. 

The Camera: Fujifilm X-E2: I no longer own any canon gear (beyond my first DSLR body, the Canon Rebel XSi for nostalgia’s sake). This camera is extremely capable in low light and produces fantastic JPG files. I shoot in JPG exclusively using any B&W modes or the Velvia mode. I feel comfortable shooting between 800 and 6400 ISO for any situation. This allows the high dynamic range option to be turned on. Even in bright daylight, I do not venture into <800 ISO because the highlights or shadows will always be incorrectly exposed.

The Lenses:

  • Fujifilm XF 18mm f/2.0: This was my first Fuji lens. I struggled between purchasing this one and the 14mm f/2.8. I decided I would be happier with the lighter, smaller, faster 18mm lens. The extra stop of light is certainly helpful during concerts. The focus speed on this lens is the best of the fuji lenses that I own. It’s perfect for concerts without any hassle at all. 
  • Fujifilm XF 35mm f/1.4: This lens is absolutely amazing when focussed on the viewer. It’s roughly a 50mm standard focal length on the X-E2’s APS-C sized sensor. If I were to compare it to other 50mm lenses I’ve used, this surpasses everything Canon has on the market that I’ve tested. I haven’t used the Canon 50mm f/1.2 L, so I can’t speak to that, but the performance of the 35mm f/1.4 at 1.4 definately beats out the Canon 50mm f/1.4 at 1.4. 
  • Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2: This is my newest lens. I got it last weekend and haven’t had the chance to fully test it for anything beyond some street shooting. My initial impression is that it’s focus speed rests somewhere between the 18mm and 35mm’s speeds. The quality of this lens is fantastic. I’ve shot with the Canon 85mm f/1.2 (this fuji 56 is roughly equivalent to the 85mm focal length of the Canon on Full Frame). This lens beats that lens handily. I feel like I can get tack sharp images with this 56 at f/1.2. With the canon, I got the low-light performance but the images were always soft, even when focus hit. 

The Extras:

  • A Flashlight: Always useful in dark places, especially concerts. Having a flashlight makes you official to the crowd, even if you’re not. 
  • Business Cards: self explanatory. 
  • Ear Plugs: For use at concerts. 
  • Extra Memory Card: I use 2 32gb Transcend cards. I’ve never had any problems with Transcend. The cards are fast and reliable. When shooting JPG, I doubt I’ll ever reach the 32gb on a single card regardless. The primary reason for having both is to have the ability to switch out to preserve the state of the other card or if it dies. 
  • Fuji Batteries: I own 1 official Fijifilm battery for the X-E2. I bought two 2-packs of the Wasabi batteries for the camera, so now I own 5 of these batteries. On busy days, I can hit 2 a day. I like having the ability to have all of these extra ones on me though, just in case. 
  • Cell Phone Charger: This cell phone charger runs off of AA batteries (note, the additional AA’s below in orange containers). I have tons of AA’s and can keep them charged way more easily than some random power brick. I can also have several full charges on the battery and I could potentially buy AA’s and put them in here if I’m in a real bind. 
  • Sunglasses: I sometimes don’t carry these. If it’s not sunny, they don’t come along. 
  • USB OTG Cable: This can be used to hook the XE2 directly to my phone if I want to transfer a large number of photos. The Wifi transfer feature of the XE2 doesn’t have a good way to send all pictures to the phone, so this remedies that problem. 

Overall, I like this kit. It’s light and I can have it on me all the time without hating my shoulders/back. 

Any questions? 

Fuji XE-2 for Concert photography

This post will be short. I’m writing this while getting some food. This is my impressions of using the Fuji XE-2 for concert photography. Particularly, the most challenging band to photograph — letlive.

I’ll post photos sometime soon. I already have some on Instagram (@mcwttrs).

This camera can really hang. Its light enough to always be on me. Usually with the 18 f/2. That lens is so fast to focus, which is good because Jason moves. Its pretty sharp and very fast. The photos look like a full frame 24-70. And I don’t mean “equivalent” focal length wise. The photos feel like they’re from a full frame sensor. Its great.

The 35 f/1.4, I’m a bit more iffy on. The focus speed on it is terrible. I opt for manual focus with it 99% of the time and miss focus or the shot for the other 1%. That said, the pictures that come out of it look great. When you get focus, it’s perfect. For slower songs (muther), this lens is great for capturing emotion. For any other band, this lens could be full time.

The battery life is enough to get through a whole set of shooting on high frame rate and then some. I’ve had to change battery when flipping through photos post show, though. I’m carrying 5. I’ve never needed more than two, but the Wasabi ones are cheap.

I’m picking up the 56 f/1.2 tomorrow, and I’ll post my impressions about some other shows with it in the future.

The best thing about this system is how easy it is to blend in backstage at concerts with it. Its not intimidating in the slightest.