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Starry eyed...

Posted by Nicky AC Decorte-Markerink on Tuesday, August 2, 2016, In : FUJI Xt1 
Cannot photograph the moon and then neglect the stars... I was fortunate in visiting the rolling hills of Northumberland County the other day. Beautiful landscape in central Ontario, Canada. There I found what I miss in suburbia where we live: starry skies!

Yet another great test for the Fuji. I brought my tripod, but forgot my remote control, so could only shoot at a maximum of 30 seconds, but with an ISO of 800 the camera did not disappoint at all. Best to aim the lens at the skies when ther...

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Moonstruck!

Posted by Nicky AC Decorte-Markerink on Friday, July 22, 2016, In : FUJI Xt1 
The other night I cycled home after a business meeting and saw this huge full moon in between the houses of suburbia. It was already too bright to photograph it, but I was sure that it would come back the next night. So I prepared my photo bag and went cruising for a good location.

We have been in Ontario now for over two years and I am still on the hunt for the best location for different circumstances. It took me awhile to find a lake-edge spot that would suit my purposes. My idea was not so...
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Adobe Camera Raw now reads my .RAF raw files! Hurray!

Posted by Nicky AC Decorte-Markerink on Saturday, July 2, 2016, In : FUJI Xt1 
Here I am, only weeks into buying the Fuji Xt1, and all of a sudden my Adobe Camera Raw software can read the raw-files it produces with extension .RAF... Ooh what? That is wonderful! Maybe my software was updated in the background, but I am not aware making any changes. This means I can work a lot faster, not having to convert using Lightroom but just jumping straight in with the Camera Raw editor! And think about the space I will be saving on my hard disks as well! Yey!! Mehappy!

Here is my ...
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A festival of colours

Posted by Nicky AC Decorte-Markerink on Saturday, July 2, 2016, In : FUJI Xt1 
When I still worked with analog film, Fuji was my go-to film brand. It turns out that now that we have entered the digital world, Fuji is still very good at capturing all colours of the rainbow in bright and lively shades. I took my photogroup to Graffiti Alley in Toronto the other day. And I am very happy with the results that were, again, sometimes surprising.

I worked mostly with my wide-angle 10-24mm zoom lens. Not ideal when you want to do a candid tele-shot but interesting when photograp...
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Fuji and long exposure shots

Posted by Nicky AC Decorte-Markerink on Saturday, July 2, 2016, In : FUJI Xt1 
I have been doggedly plodding on with the Fuji in the past two weeks and my focus has been on long exposure and spontaneous street captures. All of this to find out what I can get away with, where the limits are. I also talked to a guy at Fuji's about operating the camera via remote control.

It turns out that the Fuji cannot be used with Pocket Wizard devices (TTL1 and TTL5). At least not those I bought for my Canon gear years ago. It is a bit of a disappointment. Apparently the Nikon varietie...
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Bird in motion!

Posted by Nicky AC Decorte-Markerink on Monday, June 20, 2016, In : FUJI Xt1 
Through the years I have really grown to appreciate birds as subjects for photographs. The other day I wanted to see how the new camera dealt with them.

Below is one of the shots taken at Mountsberg National Park where I happened to arrive just when their daily show was beginning. I have visited them multiple times, but mostly in winter. This time they demonstrated owls and kestrels in flight. Like before, I did not have high expectations about the FUJI coping with these circumstances. The sho...
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Ambiance

Posted by Nicky AC Decorte-Markerink on Monday, June 20, 2016, In : FUJI Xt1 
When I researched the FUJI Xt1 extensively on the internet, I found many great examples of what the camera can capture. Getting there myself was another thing entirely as this blog documents!

On a recent walk however I managed to capture what I think is an amazing shot. And it proves that there is truth in what I read: the camera is very good at picking up ambiance in a scene. I was walking around in a national park in my neighbourhood and felt kind of bored. Nothing much was happening, it was...
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Working with the electronic viewfinder (EVF)

Posted by Nicky AC Decorte-Markerink on Monday, June 20, 2016, In : FUJI Xt1 
A general note about working with the Electronic View Finder.

The camera has the option of taking pictures in the classic way, by looking through the Viewfinder. Because this is a mirrorless camera, we cannot look right through the lens, as with the big DSLRs. The consequence of this is that what you see in the Viewfinder is an electronic rendering of the image as seen through the lens.

This takes some getting used to, if only because there always is a slight delay. The nice thing is that if of...

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Focus! Finally!

Posted by Nicky AC Decorte-Markerink on Monday, June 20, 2016, In : FUJI Xt1 
After my agonising first few days with the camera trials and software tribulations the fun is now back and I venture out in suburbia to see what I can capture.



Success! Finally! In focus and captured as expected... it may seem simple: some flowerpot on somebody's doorstep. But it is not that simple. At least not with a new camera that has so many options as the FUJU Xt1. But I am starting to figure this little darling out. First and foremost because I have set my focus mode to Spot AF. And I h...

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JPG versus Raw...

Posted by Nicky AC Decorte-Markerink on Monday, June 20, 2016, In : FUJI Xt1 
I have never believed in shooting just .jpg. Some photographers make a big deal of this. I do not. I like to be able to post-process my shots the way I prefer and not put my fate and faith in the "hands" of the in-camera jpg-processing computer. Raw files are minimally compressed by the camera and simply give me more to work with. So the materials on my site always come from raw-files unless otherwise indicated.

All digital images need some basic adjustments such as sharpening and sometimes cr...

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It is all about the settings!

Posted by Nicky AC Decorte-Markerink on Monday, June 20, 2016, In : FUJI Xt1 
Normal heart-beat now, feeling more confident after my total factory-settings restart with the new camera, I suddenly find that I am having loads of fun during my short excursions around the house. It is a mix of looking at the world in a different way and discovering what the my favorite camera features are.

Before I get into discussing the evolution of my FUJI shots, let me make it very clear that being successful with this thing is all, ALL about understanding the settings and not all of th...
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FUJI terminology - buttons and dials

Posted by Nicky AC Decorte-Markerink on Sunday, June 19, 2016, In : FUJI Xt1 
Let's make sure we are on the same page with this camera's naming conventions that do not always make sense to me...
Here are the names that refer to the settings dials and buttons on the camera.

Shutter Speed Dial




Choose your own speed, go for bulb (maximum = 30 seconds) or go automatic.

Sensitivity Dial or ISO value



Note that a low or extremely high ISO cannot be stored in raw format. It is unclear to me why this is. The lowest value is only 100, the 2 extreme high settings are H1 for 12800 and ...
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Focus: come out, come out, wherever you are!

Posted by Nicky AC Decorte-Markerink on Sunday, June 19, 2016, In : FUJI Xt1 
Blood-pressure back to normal, FUJI raw file converted to .DNG and now... drum-roll... ready to inspect one of my first shots on computer. They looked good on the LCD display, but the monitor will tell us if they are really of good quality. I will insert the first critical shot below. When this came up on my monitor I immediately checked that I had my correct glasses on. The photograph did not look good at all! It was not in focus, it was not crisp and sharp, the only thing that I liked was t...
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A rude awakening: what is wrong with this software?!?

Posted by Nicky AC Decorte-Markerink on Sunday, June 19, 2016, In : FUJI Xt1 


I have learned to never underestimate the power of reading the manual when buying new hardware. So, coming back home with my fancy FUJI cartons, I first unpacked the batteries, put them in the charger and then started reading and making notes.

Next stop of the journey: install the FUJI software from the DVD in the box. Pardon me? Seriously? This is brand new software for a brand new camera?! It felt like I had stepped into a time machine and it did NOT take me to the future! You cannot judge a...

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Going mirrorless with Fuji

Posted by Nicky AC Decorte-Markerink on Saturday, June 18, 2016, In : FUJI Xt1 
I have finally taken the plunge. Was humming and hawing for almost 2 years, in and out camera of stores, doing research online and have now bought a mirrorless digital camera: the FUJI Xt1.

The choice was not obvious. On the day that I went to my favourite camera store in Burlington (Duncan & Right), Ontario, I was shooting for the Sony Mirrorless (A7 series). There I was, ready to buy and... camera unavailable (on back-order)!
Oh No! What to do!! Buy on-line? Nope. With things like this I pre...
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Posts in this blog will only accept small-size copies of photographs made with the FUJI Xt1. To see a selection of a bigger size, check out my Gallery page!