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Join me and +Armando Martinez on fun Photo Walk celebrating 10 years of Flickr! Looking forward to meeting everyone.

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Celebrating 10 Years Of Flickr With A Photo Walk! #flickr10  

If you are in Colorado, know someone in Colorado or need a reason to visit Colorado make sure to join us on Sunday May 4th at 5pm for a fun and free photo walk here in Denver. What you need to know….

http://www.thephotofrontier.com/celebrating-10-years-of-flickr-with-a-photo-walk/

#denver #colorado #photowalk #flickrlovers #flickr10photowalk  
Howdy from The Photo Frontier! If you are in Colorado, know someone in Colorado or need a reason to visit Colorado make sure to join us on Sunday May 4th at 5pm for a fun and free photo walk here i...
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This is the #panamacanal    via the #fujix  14mm.  It will be featured in our upcoming eBook, 'The Fuji X Field Guide''.  Sign up for our newsletter and we will let you know when it hits the streets.

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I updated my #fujix 55-200mm review with some new images.

http://www.thephotofrontier.com/fuji-55-200mm-review/
Gear & Tools Here's a listing of all the gear and darkroom tools that I use with my Fuji X-E1 & 55-200 Our Lightroom Presets(click here) Best & Cheapest X series Travel Tripod (click he...
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That'd be great man! I'll definitely drop a line if I get up to Denver. And please do the same if you're ever down in Albuquerque. Always love to find good people to ride with!
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It is always exciting when a project you funded gets the green light. I'm looking forward to my eBook, signed Polaroid and postcard!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1793038891/american-a-documentary-photo-book
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Weekend Ride - I'm planning a long ride in the Mountain here in CO on Saturday.  If all goes well it will be 100 miles and exactly 10k feet of climbing. Let me know if you want to join.  Wheels up around 7am on Saturday and should take about 6.5 hours.

#coloradocyclists
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+Barb Kellogg not today…I needed to keep my average power output close to 200 watts, so I couldn't really stop. 
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Moab, UT has been an annual visit of ours for the last 15 years. Although we feel like we have photographed and mountain biked everything it has to offer, we are still discovering new things when w...
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Thanks +Cindy Stevens hope you make it to Moab!
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One small step for photographers, one giant leap for photographerkind.

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Here's a cool read  from +Zach Wagner  for #fujix sport photographers. Check it out!
 
So, mirrorless can't do action, huh?

Last night I took my trusty (so far) Fuji X-T1 out for a little game of hockey.  A friend of mine plays, so I got a little practice shooting action and he got some free photos.  Some thoughts on using the X-T1 for action:

Camera settings:
ISO was generally either 3200 or 4000.  
Shot in jpeg (sharp +2, NR -2), processed in LR and Nik Silver Efex Pro.  No further sharpening was applied in LR, but 'structure' was added in Nik.
Continuous AF.
CH mode utilized at all times.
High Performance Mode on.
Focus Priority.
-2/3 EV dialed in, mainly so I could get a higher shutter speed and not go higher on ISO; pulled up shadows later.
Lenses used: 18-55 f2.8-4, 55-200 f3.5-4.8

Some thoughts on the venue: incredibly dark.  They only use half lighting, presumably to save money, so the lighting on the ice is incredibly uneven, and way too dark.  These guys pay for the privilege of playing, but the arena still can't give them full lighting for games.  Too bad.

How did the camera perform? 

Great!  As good as I could ever expect a mirrorless to at this point.  focus acquisition was quite quick, and once you start firing that 8fps, the camera held focus very well.  I took a total of about 1300 shots in 60 minutes.  And I wasn't even using the camera for quite a lot of the game, as I mainly just shot my friend, who was only on the ice about 40 minutes total.
Of those 1300 shots, I only had around 50-60 oof shots.  Keep in mind that some of this can be attributed to photographer error as well, so I call that pretty killer.

The EVF did quite well, though if there's a place where the limitations of an evf are made known, it's shooting action.  While the refresh rate was certainly high enough to follow the action, it's no ovf, plain and simple.  Often I would find myself sliding behind the action just a bit because the view in the evf, while great, was certainly not seamless.  
This is something I expected, and I can't say I'm disappointed with it in any way at all.  It is far beyond any mirrorless I've used in the past, period.

The 8fps burst rate is incredibly fast.  The fastest dslr I've used was 7fps, I believe, so this is beyond that.  

I did not take the camera off 'Focus Priority' the entire shoot, so I can't really do a comparison as to whether 'Release Priority' would have been significantly worse for the number of in-focus shots.  I'd be willing to bet that it would be a significant increase in duds.  
The only issue with doing Focus Priority, I found, was that it can take the camera that split second longer to acquire that first focus, so sometimes you press the button all the way to fire, and it doesn't start the burst right off.
But once the burst starts, as long as you keep your subject in the center or near the center of the frame, it seems to keep the focus incredibly well.  So I would say some level of anticipation is in order to get the best out of the camera, at least when utilizing Focus Priority.

The last thing I'll make note of is the heat issue (or rather non-issue) as complained about by some with the X-T1.  Consider the fact that I was in a cool ice hockey arena when I say this, but the camera never got anything other than slightly warm, if even that.

The lenses focused generally fast and accurately.  I didn't really notice if one was faster than the other, but that doesn't mean a difference doesn't exist.  Both are quite sharp, and both were obviously used at their widest available apertures at all times.

Thanks for reading/looking.  Please feel free to comment or ask questions.

Cheers!  
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I updated my ‪#‎fujix100s‬ review with some new photos.

http://www.thephotofrontier.com/fuji-x100s-review/

#fuji #fujix #travelphotography  
The Story I picked up my first Fuji x100 (pictured above) off of Craig's List years after it was introduced. I picked it up for three reasons…. I'm not going to lie, I thought it looked cool. I wan...
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Howdy,

My name is Justin Balog and I'm known for my free iPhone Photography Tutorial but I also tell stories, share photos, make movies, and help others learn a bit about photography every Monday through Friday over on my site.. HOSSedia.com


My eBooks

You can get my eBook, 'Big World Little Lens - The Complete Guide to iPhone Photography' for your iPad or .PDF here:

PDF - http://HOSSedia.com/flatbooks
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It will teach you everything you need to know about making great images with your iPhone.

The Way I See Things

The world is a beautiful place full of wonderful people. Seeking out its beauty and sharing it with others is what I do. If only to encourage others to do the same. There is something transcendent about art and beauty. It’s a common ground that breaks down the barriers that divide us. I’m a dreamer, but in my heart of hearts, I know if we all recognize and share the beauty of this world, we will make it a better place.

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I'm the author of the critically acclaimed iPhone Photography tutorial that has helped thousands of people make images they are excited to share with the world!  It is fun, easy, and totally free! You can find it here:

iPhone Photography Tutorial

Whenever I find something interesting that I think can help another photographer, I share it on my site in the 'How-To' section. 

Click Here to learn.


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You can stream a recent interview I did with Nik Radio where we discuss photographing pro cycling and my love of iPhone Photography. 

Click here to listen (steaming).
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First there was the wheel, then sliced bread, followed by the iPhone, and now Snapseed. Nik Software's 'Snapseed' for the iPad i

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This is what your local bike should be. Family owned and run for over three decades. I've been a longtime customer and have had nothing be great experiences at LVC. Great shop, quality service, and expert advice are the cliches I would use to describe it. However, the most important quality is they know your name. It's like the Cheers of bike shops. Well, except they serve bikes and not beers. You won't be disappointed!
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