Bud James Photography: Blog https://www.budjames.photography/blog en-us (C) Bud James Photography bud@budjames.photography (Bud James Photography) Sat, 23 May 2020 12:37:00 GMT Sat, 23 May 2020 12:37:00 GMT https://www.budjames.photography/img/s/v-12/u954522609-o824060828-50.jpg Bud James Photography: Blog https://www.budjames.photography/blog 105 120 Pandemic Lockdown Portfolio https://www.budjames.photography/blog/2020/5/pandemic-lockdown-portfolio I just added a portfolio of images I created during the history Wuhan virus pandemic lockdown. Concerned citizens held a "Re-open PA" rally in Doylestown, PA a few weeks ago, therefore, I thought it appropriate to include images from this event. 

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bud@budjames.photography (Bud James Photography) https://www.budjames.photography/blog/2020/5/pandemic-lockdown-portfolio Sat, 23 May 2020 12:37:00 GMT
"House Arrest" Continues https://www.budjames.photography/blog/2020/5/-house-arrest-continues I've been working from home for the past 9 weeks. That works for me due to the nature of my financial planning practice. The good news is that I am taking more walks in the various parks around us with my wife and our new Cocker Spaniel puppy, Dublin.

 

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bud@budjames.photography (Bud James Photography) https://www.budjames.photography/blog/2020/5/-house-arrest-continues Thu, 14 May 2020 22:07:55 GMT
Oktoberfest at Steel Stacks, Bethlehem, PA https://www.budjames.photography/blog/2019/10/oktoberfest-at-steel-stacks-bethlehem-pa We attended the Oktoberfest at the Steel Stacks, the site of the old Bethlehem steel mill, this past Sunday. Lots of German music, dancing, food and, of course, beer!

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bud@budjames.photography (Bud James Photography) https://www.budjames.photography/blog/2019/10/oktoberfest-at-steel-stacks-bethlehem-pa Thu, 17 Oct 2019 22:55:19 GMT
Completely Leica https://www.budjames.photography/blog/2019/9/completely-leica For the past 4-1/2 years, I have been a Fuji X shooter. I loved the design, features and image quality of this very impressive and reasonably priced system. After an initial stint with the E-X2, I have owned all three versions of the XT bodies, the X-H1, XPro2 and the X100S, T and F. I also owned a bunch of Fuji XF primes and zooms. This is the system that recommend to anyone asking me about upgrading from a pointandshoot or older digital DSLR.

I have many fantastic travel images captured with Fuji cameras, many of which are included in the recent portfolios on my web site. However, since high school, I have always wanted to own a Leica M camera. I satisfied that bucket list item with the purchase of my first M10 back in November 2017. Since then, I have shot almost exclusively with my M10 and fantastic Leica M primes. I will be posting portfolios shortly shot exclusively with Leica M.

For the occasional need for a long zoom lens, I kept my Fuji XT3 system. This is until last week when I got a great deal on an excellent condition, lightly used Leica SL and Leica Vario-Elmarit 24-90 lens. After shooting it for few days, I sold off my entire Fuji kit to MPB and KEH. The net sale proceeds got me close to reimbursing my bank account for the Leica SL purchase.

With the SL, I purchased the Leica SL M-adapter. Shooting M lenses, especially m
y Noctilux 50mm f0.95 and Super Elmar 18mm, on the SL are a real joy because of the excellent EVF and focus peaking system.

Now I am completely converted to Leica. It's a serious investment, but the Leica lenses seem to hold their value and with as good as they are, I see no need to look further. My GAS has been cured for the foreseeable future!


 

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bud@budjames.photography (Bud James Photography) https://www.budjames.photography/blog/2019/9/completely-leica Tue, 24 Sep 2019 09:23:03 GMT
Leica M10 to M10-P Conversion https://www.budjames.photography/blog/2019/8/leica-m10-to-m10-p-conversion

I dinged the top plate of one of my Leica M10 a few months ago. I'm not sure how it happened, but I think it was when the camera was on the floor behind me in my car and the camera rolled around. It was a small ding in the top plate and only cosmetic in nature.

Rather than replace the top cover, I opted to send the camera to Leica to have the full M10 to M10-P conversion. This conversion included replacing the top plate with engraving on the top instead of having the red Leica dot on the front. In addition, the conversion installed the new quiet shutter and touch screen which adds an electronic level.

I was without my camera for 7 weeks before it was returned to me by the Wetzler factory upgrade. When I got the camera back, it was well packed.

The camera worked great and the shutter is super quiet. Although the M10 has a quiet shutter compared to any DSLR, the M10-P is a whisper. Being a mechanical shutter, it is not silent like an electronic shutter, but it is very, very quiet. Perfect for shooting church interiors or other places where being quiet is appropriate and respectful to the venue.


 

Now that I've been shooting with the M10-P, I realized that the image metadata shows the camera model as the M10-P instead of M10 as before the conversion. Overall, I'm very happy with my decision to go for the conversion.

This will be the camera body that I take with me on our upcoming trip to Scotland and Ireland.

 

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bud@budjames.photography (Bud James Photography) body conversion Leica M10-P https://www.budjames.photography/blog/2019/8/leica-m10-to-m10-p-conversion Sun, 04 Aug 2019 14:48:53 GMT
Loving Leica! https://www.budjames.photography/blog/2019/5/loving-leica Since purchasing my first Leica, the M10, in November 2017, I have have shot almost exclusively with this camera and a selection of Leica primes. My most used focal length is 35mm with the Summicron 35 f2. The combination is small and compact although it is much heavier than my equivalent Fuji XT3 with 23mm f2 (35mm full frame equivalent) lens.

My travel bag now contains the M10, Summicrn 35, Summicon 75 and Summilux 50 lenses.

I took my Leica kit on my one month trip to New Zealand, Fiji and Australia in November 2018. You can check out my portfolios from this travel vacation in my portfolio gallery.

 

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bud@budjames.photography (Bud James Photography) Leica M10 photography rangefinder travel https://www.budjames.photography/blog/2019/5/loving-leica Tue, 14 May 2019 11:14:13 GMT
The "Leica Look" is real! https://www.budjames.photography/blog/2019/1/the-leica-look-is-real

After shooting with a Leica M10 and Leica prime lenses almost exclusively for a year, I now well understand the "Leica Look". The compact Leica rangefinder and Leica lenses have produced some of the world's most iconic photographs. Now that I own a Leica, I am really enjoying the shooting experience and most importantly, the image quality. 

I must admit that re-learning how to manually focus was very challenging after becoming so used to the fast autofocus of my Fuji X cameras. The percentage of sharp images was very low during the first week that I owned the Leica. It didn't take long to get focusing down and to use zone focusing for street photography. Manual focusing works fine for my shooting style as I don't normally shoot fast action like sports or need long lenses for wildlife. However, we did attend the Atlantic City Air Show in the summer. For this event, I used my Fuji X gear with the excellent Fuji XF 16-55 and 100-400 zoom lenses. For this reason, I plan on keeping my Fuji X system.

Leica images have rich color, detail, sharpness and micro-contrast that seem to give the images a 3D "pop" whether viewed on screen or in print. Please check out my recent Australia and New Zealand portfolios for images shot exclusively with my Leica M10 and four prime lenses: a Summilux 50mm, Summicron 35mm and 75mm, and Super Elmar 18mm. During this travel vacation, the Summicron 35mm was the most used lens followed by the Summicron 75mm.
 

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bud@budjames.photography (Bud James Photography) Leica M10 photography sum-micron travel https://www.budjames.photography/blog/2019/1/the-leica-look-is-real Mon, 28 Jan 2019 12:37:58 GMT
Posting selected images from Australia, Fiji and New Zealand https://www.budjames.photography/blog/2019/1/posting-selected-images-from-australia-fiji-and-dnew-zealand I’ve been working my way though the 9,000+ images that I shot during our recent month-long travels to Australia, Fiji and New Zealand. It was a great experience. 

This was the first travel vacation with my Leica system. I brought with me two Leica M10s along with a Summicron 35 and 75, Summilux 50 and Super Elmar 18 lenses. By far, the 35mm was the most used lens followed by the 75mm. The super wide 18 was great for images taken during a boat ride through Milford Sound on the South Island of New Zealand.

I also created a number of nice images with my Mavic 2 Pro drone. That is until I drowned the drone in a lake in Rotorua. But that’s another story for later.

Please check out my initial portfolio editions for the three countries we visited. There are more images to come.

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bud@budjames.photography (Bud James Photography) Australia drone Fiji Leica M10 New Zealand photography travel https://www.budjames.photography/blog/2019/1/posting-selected-images-from-australia-fiji-and-dnew-zealand Sun, 20 Jan 2019 17:14:14 GMT
Happy New Year! https://www.budjames.photography/blog/2019/1/happy-new-year I want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year!

I just added selected portfolios of images capture on my November travels to Australia, Fiji and New Zealand. This is the first trip that I used my Leica M10 kit. Carrying two Leica M10 bodies and four lenses in a Billingham Hadley One bag was a heavier kit than my Fuji X kit, but the resulting image quality of the Leica lenses was worth it. Check out my Australia and New Zealand portfolios so that you can be the judge. Please leave me comments.

To all of my website visitors, thank you for visiting and for your emails and comments.

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bud@budjames.photography (Bud James Photography) https://www.budjames.photography/blog/2019/1/happy-new-year Wed, 02 Jan 2019 11:50:22 GMT
Off to New Zealand and Australia https://www.budjames.photography/blog/2018/8/off-to-new-zealand-and-australia We are planning our next travel adventure. This year we are going to New Zealand and Australia. Our son is studying abroad for a semester in Auckland, New Zealand. We will spend a week in Australia before flying to Auckland, New Zealand, to meet up with our son at the end of his semester. 

Once we touch down in Australia, there will only be two continents left that we have not been to - South America and Antarctica. These remain on the list of future destinations. We have friends that live in southern Chili near the gateway to Patagonia. We are exploring the possibility of traveling to Chili and Patagonia before moving on to Antarctica. More on that later.

To help us prepare for our exploration of Australia and New Zealand, we have been bing watching travel video blogs on YouTube. Apparently there is a lot to see and do. 

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bud@budjames.photography (Bud James Photography) https://www.budjames.photography/blog/2018/8/off-to-new-zealand-and-australia Mon, 20 Aug 2018 12:51:46 GMT
The "Leica Look" https://www.budjames.photography/blog/2018/8/the-leica-look I have been shooting almost exclusively this year with a Leica M10 and several Leica prime lenses. My favorite lenses are the Summicron 35mm f2 and 75mm f2 and the Summilux 50mm f1.4.

After about 5,000 images processed with Capture One Pro 11, I realize what the "Leica Look" is that fanatical Leica shooters talk about. Leica primes are excellent and do render with fine detail and micro-contrast throughout the frame. 

When I pixel peep the Leica DNG files and compare them to images shot with my Fuji X system. The Fuji X images are fantastic, but the Leica images seem to pop off the screen (or paper). It is subtle but addictive.

For the moment, I am enjoying both systems for different reasons.

 

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bud@budjames.photography (Bud James Photography) https://www.budjames.photography/blog/2018/8/the-leica-look Sat, 18 Aug 2018 21:16:42 GMT
Leica vs Fuji X https://www.budjames.photography/blog/2018/8/leica-vs-fuji-x "Leica vs Fuji X" - It sounds like a great "click bait" title.

I checked off a long-term bucket list item with the purchase of my first Leica M, the M-10, in December of 2017. I had the desire to own a Leica M rangefinder since discovering photography in high school. Since I graduated high school in 1973, it's been on my list for a really long time.

I now have an assortment of Leica M lenses: Noctilux 50, Summilux 35 and 50, Summicron 35, 75 and 90, and the Super Elmar 18. Two months ago, I also purchased a second M-10 body. All of my Leica gear is black. Although I like the classic look of the silver/black M bodies, I went for total stealth.

In practical use, I have discovered that the Leica and Fuji are very different, but I love and use them both. Stay tuned for more posts on this subject.

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bud@budjames.photography (Bud James Photography) https://www.budjames.photography/blog/2018/8/leica-vs-fuji-x Sat, 11 Aug 2018 21:53:03 GMT
Leica M10 https://www.budjames.photography/blog/2018/4/lei I recently acquired the new Leica M10 rangefinder digital camera along with a few Leica lenses. The camera and lenses are jewels of precision manufacturing. I'm still getting the hang of the manual focusing. The initial image quality from my first images are nothing short of stunning. Please see my Longwood Gardens portfolio for some examples. The level of detail and sharpness is amazing and have a different look than the Fuji cameras that I have been using for the past four years. 

Leica invented the 35mm camera in 1925. A version of the Leica rangefinder camera has been continuously manufactured since then.

 

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bud@budjames.photography (Bud James Photography) leica rangefinder https://www.budjames.photography/blog/2018/4/lei Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:36:23 GMT
I deleted my Facebook account today https://www.budjames.photography/blog/2018/3/i-deleted-my-facebook-account-today In light of the continuous and egregious disregard for personal privacy and protection of user information by Facebook, today I deleted my Facebook account. It is very true with internet services that if the product is free, you ARE the product. The same thing goes for Google and the apps they offer. I'm done with Facebook.

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bud@budjames.photography (Bud James Photography) https://www.budjames.photography/blog/2018/3/i-deleted-my-facebook-account-today Sat, 24 Mar 2018 11:37:01 GMT
Leica https://www.budjames.photography/blog/2018/2/leica I checked off a long-term desire to own a Leica M camera with the purchase of the new Leica M10. I also purchased a few Leica lenses: Summilux 50mm f1.4 and Summicron 28mm, 35mm and 75mm, all f2.

The Leica M10 is a full frame (35mm) rangefinder body. All Leica M lenses are manual focus only. This is why the body and lenses are so compact as compared to a type DSLR. In fact, the Leica M10 body is about the same size as my Fuji X-Pro2 which is a APS-C size sensor in a rangefinder style body. However, the Leica body is much heavier than the Fuji body as the Leica body is made of brass. Mine is the "black chrome" finish as I think it is more stealthy than the silver and black body. All of my lenses are black too.

I getting used to manual focusing, but the quality that I'm getting from the excellent Leica lenses is awesome. It is true that images produced with the Leica M and Leica lenses have a unique look. Even when shot wide open, the Leica lenses are very sharp across the entire frame. 

I use Capture One Pro, now at version 11, as my image cataloging and processing software of choice. The Leica produces DNG RAW files which look great with very little adjustments in Capture One Pro. I just posted a new album of images shot with the Leica recently at Longwood Gardens.

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bud@budjames.photography (Bud James Photography) https://www.budjames.photography/blog/2018/2/leica Sun, 11 Feb 2018 10:52:22 GMT
Fuji X Series cameras and lenses https://www.budjames.photography/blog/2017/1/fuji-x-series-cameras-and-lenses For the past three years, I have been shooting exclusively with Fuji X series cameras and lenses.  Three months after the purchase of my first Fuji interchangeable lens body, the X-T1, I was so impressed with the small size, light weight and superb image quality, that I quickly sold off all of my professional Canon full-frame bodies and lenses.

Fast forward to today, my current Fuji X cameras are the X-Pro2, X-T2 and X-100T. My past three international travel vacations were shot exclusively on Fuji gear. The small size of the cameras and lenses combined with the quiet operation allow me to be more discreet when shooting street photography in the various countries that I have visited in the past three years. As I am 6'5", it's hard for me to "blend in", therefore, the last thing that I need is a large pro-level DSLR that makes a loud "clunk" each time I press the shutter button.

Although all of the equipment I currently own has a purpose, I am particularly fond of the X-Pro2 rangefinder format body with the excellent Fuji XF 23mm f2. This combination has replace my X-100T as my "street camera" because of the higher resolution sensor at 24 megapixels as compared to the X-100T's older 16 megapixel sensor. The other important benefit is that the focusing on the X-Pro2 is faster thanks to the more powerful image processor.

I'm looking forward to my next trip to Iceland and Denmark in a few months. I will take the X-Pro2 and X-T2 bodies along with the 23mm f2, 10-24mm f4, 16-55mm f2.8 and 55-200mm lenses. This kit all fits comfortably in my Billingham f1.4 bag along with my iPad Pro and accessories.

A major advantage of the using the X-Pro2 and X-T1 together is that they use the same interchangeable lenses and batteries. This way I have a back up in the case of a camera failure. Fortunately, I have not had any problems with my Fuji cameras, but it provides me with peace of mind to know that I have a ready back up. On previous trips, I traveled with the X-T1 and X-100T cameras. The X-100T is a great little rangefinder format camera with an excellent fixed 23mm lens. But if the X-T1 failed, I would have lost the flexibility of the various lenses that I had with me. The X-100T also uses a different battery, so I had to take additional batteries and charger specific to this model. Now I have less stuff to carry as the X-Pro2 and X-T2 take the same batteries and use the same charger.

 

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bud@budjames.photography (Bud James Photography) https://www.budjames.photography/blog/2017/1/fuji-x-series-cameras-and-lenses Sun, 15 Jan 2017 10:27:50 GMT
Fuji X-Pro2 joins my gear bag https://www.budjames.photography/blog/2016/1/fuji-x-pro2-joins-my-gear-bag I purchased the new Fuji X-Pro2 camera body a few weeks ago. I've used the camera almost exclusively for the past few weeks including a trip to Washington, DC to see the cherry blossoms in bloom. 

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bud@budjames.photography (Bud James Photography) Fuji X-Pro2 blossoms cherry https://www.budjames.photography/blog/2016/1/fuji-x-pro2-joins-my-gear-bag Fri, 15 Jan 2016 10:36:00 GMT
Fuji 35mm f2 lens https://www.budjames.photography/blog/2016/1/fuji-35mm-f2-lens I added the new Fuji 35mm f2 lens to my toolkit. I love the new lents because it small, light and focuses very fast on my X-T1 body. The added benefit of being a "WR" or weather resistant lens complements the weather resistant camera body. This lens focuses faster than the older 35mm f1.4 version that is one of the three original lenses that Fuji introduced with their first Fuji-X series camera body with interchangeable lenses, the X-Pro1 over four years ago.

I have been using this lens as my "walkabout" lens to try it out. I will be posting images on the site shortly.

Here is a view of the front of the 35mm F2 lens.

Fujifilm XF 35mm F2 lensThe compact 35mm f2 lens. Photo curtesy of LaRoque Photography.

 

Here is the lens mounted on the Fuji X-T1 body

The Fuji 35mm f2 mounted on the X-T1 bodyThe Fuji 35mm f2 mounted on the X-T1 body.

Photos are courtesy of LaRoque Photo. You can visit his excellent website by clicking HERE.

 

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bud@budjames.photography (Bud James Photography) 35mm Fujifilm XF f2 lens https://www.budjames.photography/blog/2016/1/fuji-35mm-f2-lens Sun, 10 Jan 2016 10:50:20 GMT
China and Japan 2015 https://www.budjames.photography/blog/2015/8/china-and-japan-2015 I just got back from a 2-1/2 week travel vacation in China and Japan. We started in Beijing and visited Xian, Guilin and Shanghai before flying to Tokyo, Japan. In Japan we took the bullet train to Kyoto for a very long day trip, spent another day in Tokyo before flying home.

I shot over 6,000 images with my Fuji X-T1 and X-100T cameras. I'm working my way through editing the images and will have my favorites posted in new albums on my web site shortly.

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bud@budjames.photography (Bud James Photography) https://www.budjames.photography/blog/2015/8/china-and-japan-2015 Sun, 30 Aug 2015 10:06:58 GMT
Just received my Fujifilm X-E2 https://www.budjames.photography/blog/2013/11/just-received-my-fujifilm-x-e2 I just got my new Fujifilm X-E2 body in black. I'm looking forward to using it today at the Kennel Club of Philadelphia Dog Show.
 
 
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bud@budjames.photography (Bud James Photography) https://www.budjames.photography/blog/2013/11/just-received-my-fujifilm-x-e2 Sun, 17 Nov 2013 12:27:23 GMT
Kennel Club of Philadelphia Dog Show https://www.budjames.photography/blog/2013/11/kennel-club-of-philadelphia-dog-show---november-17-2013 Today we are making our annual trek to the Kennel Club of Philadelphia Dog Show with my family. As dog lovers ourselves, attending the show provides a great opportunity to see and learn about all breeds and to speak to their owners and trainers. 

This will be the first event where I will be trying out my new camera kit consisting of the new Fuji X-E2 and X100S compact X-trans sensor cameras. I will be taking my Zeiss 12mm, Fuji 18-55mm and Fuji 55-200mm lenses for the X-E2. The whole kit fits into my new Billingham Hadley Large messenger-style bag with room to spare. This system weighs much less than my Canon 5D Mark III with 24-105 L lens and 16-35 L lens that has been my previous travel kit.

I will post an assortment of my best images here.

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bud@budjames.photography (Bud James Photography) https://www.budjames.photography/blog/2013/11/kennel-club-of-philadelphia-dog-show---november-17-2013 Sun, 17 Nov 2013 12:05:00 GMT