The Tuesday Photo Challenge is a weekly theme-based challenge for photographers of all kinds to share both new and old photography. This week’s theme is forward.
I struggled with the challenge this week. When I could visualize the word “forward” I could not capture a photo. Some of the participants posted images of things in motion or the tracks left by moving things. I looked for ways to do that this week. The roads near my home are narrow one-lane-ditch-on-side country roads. There is no stopping to take a photo.
I had nothing in my catalogue similar to any of these. I shoot mostly architecture, landscape, and macros. I have some images I shot during a high school football game but I don’t find them interesting. We only go to see our daughter perform in the marching band.
So what to do?
Post a randomly chosen image from the set of images of the marching band. I removed one of the field lights form the upper right-hand corner, applied a Fuji ACROS B&W filter, and used Nik’s Dfine 2 to remove some high ISO noise.
Both of these images were shot on a Fuji X-T2 with the Fujinon 16-55mm f/2.8 XF R LM WR.
UPDATE: After I posted this, I felt that an image of the marching band was more appropriate, so I added the band image as the feature image. I like the marching band photo better.
John Kanabay is the Founder of Kickside Martial Arts, Co-Founder of NJMAA, International Sport Karate Association (ISKA) World Breaking Champion 2016, and North American Sport Karate Association (NASKA) World Top 10 Black Belt 2015 in Martial Arts. I met John Kanabay over 11 years ago when my kids signed up for Tae Kwon Do classes at his school in Skillman. The kids had seen him and some of his students perform at the Orchard Hill Elementary School cultural night. It seemed like it took forever, but both kids achieved black belt status.
All of these images were shot on a Fuji X-T2 camera body and Fuji XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR lens I rented from Lensrentals. The Fuji XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR lens is a fast-aperture normal range zoom for Fuji X-mount mirrorless cameras. I rented the camera for a weekend to take some photographs during the 2016 Montgomery FunFest. It was also a great way to field test the Fuji X-T2 and Fuji XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR.
The Fuji X-T2 is a brand new and very modern mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (MILC). I had read the reviews but wanted to experience the camera for myself and compare this iteration of the camera to the Fuji X-T1 I rented a few years ago. I knew from reading many reviews that it had a faster frame speed and viewfinder but an article may not capture the experience of using the camera. The camera performed better than I expected.
I set the shutter speed to 1/2500, fixed the aperture at f/8, but let the camera adjust ISO as needed. I thought settings for auto ISO mode were in the menu system and searched for it in vain only to discover that this is set via the ISO knob. I knew from the previous night shooting the high school football game that high ISO images are good on the X-T2. The camera captured 8 frames per second. It can go up to 14 frames per second but I didn’t know how to change the setting.
The Fuji felt more robust but is 50g lighter (without lens) than my Nikon D5100. It’s much thinner too. The camera reminds me of how it feels to use my Pentax P3 or my father’s Asahi Pentax Spotmatic II. It has the look and feels of a classic film camera. I enjoyed operating the knobs. I had to fiddle with menus only a few times when setting up the focus points.
You can see a slow-motion action of these events on John Kanabay’s Facebook page.