MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: FUJIFILM “X” PHOTOGRAPHERS TRAVEL and NATURE SUMMITS 2017

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Folks,

For about 2 years now Bill Fortney and Jack Graham have been conducting workshops together dedicated to ONLY users of the Fujifilm “X” System. These have been extremely successful.

We have talked about taking the next step and making these workshops into a larger group event, with a different perspective on how the Fuji “System works for us and how it’s benefited our image making.

We put together a plan (and received the blessing from the great folks at the Fujifilm Corporation) to schedule 2 such Photography Summits, one in the spring 2017 and one in the fall Of 2017.

During these summits we’ll being in 2 more of Fujifilm’s “X” Photographers, great shooters and teachers to present programs and information in addition to Bill and me. That’s 4 “X” Photographers under one roof! Additionally Fujifilm has agreed to provide technical staff, folks from Fuji Headquarters (and perhaps some surprise guests) at each event. There will also be some cool give-a-ways at each summit!

_jgp1820-editEach summit will have some field sessions, talks on creative and technical use of the Fujifilm “X” System as well as generally photographic topics. Image reviews are a part of this as well. You’ll be able to spend time in these formal settings as well as informal groups during our time together. This event is NOT LIMITED to only Fuji “Photographers. If you are consideration making the switch this would be a great place to find out if the Fujifilm “X” System is right for you.

In a few days we’ll be rolling this out formally, launching our website and letting you all know how to register

WE WILL SEND OUT ANOTHER UPDATE ON THIS SITE WHEN OUR WEBSITE GOES LIVE (certainly be the end of the week) AND YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION FORMS ETC!

We are limiting these events to 60 attendees. Here is what I can tell you tonight

  • There will be two events, April 5-9 in Townsend Tennessee (Smoky Mountains) and another September 6-10 in Portland Oregon (Pacific Northwest).
  • Each event will be $699.00. Lodging , travel and meals are not included
  • We have secured our “team” of “X” Photographers for each event. You’ll be pleased to see who is coming. Details also by the end of the week.
  • Registration will open by the end of this week
  • Our website will be up and running ( all forms and information will go up on the site)
  • Registrations for these events will be on a first come first serve basis and will fill quickly.

So that’s the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT—– we are really excited and pleased to see how this project has come together so quickly and nicely.

Consider joining us!

Jack Graham & Bill Fortney

Postcards from Acadia National Park

Images and text ©Jack Graham

_jgx0045-editTo sum up our past 3 days here in Acadia National Park, Maine…all I can say is WOW!  First the fall color—about the best I have seen in many, many years. Living in the western part of America, I sure do miss the reds that appear when the fall leaves turn color in the East.

The weather has been great too…lots of rain, but at night, with great light during the day.

My workshop co-leader and dear friend Bill Fortney and I have had the pleasure of having another great group of Fuji “X” camera photographers here learning and making some great images as well. What a day…. what a workshop…WHAT A LIFE!! (Check out Bills’ site as well for more images!—click HERE.)

Bill and I have been shooting out new Fujifilm X-T2…production model—what a dream camera!!!!!!!! (More on how great this camera is coming soon!)….

_jgx0235-2I am really hooked on the Fujifilm 90mm F2 lens for close in images. It is maybe the sharpest lens I have ever used. I love the backgrounds that this lens (being a F2) offers.

Below are a few images from this week…. on to the Smoky Mountains on Monday for the Photo Summit then to Zion NP.  Maine to Utah in 3 weeks—how great is that!!!  Jack Graham

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Survey Please! Production X-t2…Images…..more

Folks,

img_main01Well I finally received my production model of the Fujifilm X-T2. I could totally post my review but it wouldn’t be much different from some of the the reviews with high praise found all over these days. Plus I need to get packed and ready for my next 4 and final photography workshops of 2016.I’m off to Acadia NP, The Smoky’s , Zion NP then to Whidbey Island over the next 4 weeks+ easy to enjoy making some new images! My quick review is—get your hands on this camera–you probably won’t let go!

Suffice it to say, This camera is 1) a worthy improvement over the XT-1. HERE is a good article outlining many of the improvements ( he left out one of the main differences–the X-T2 has a totally new processor and is drastically improved over the X-T1 )  and 2) the XT-2 is truly a  worthy part of the amazing lineup of cutting edge cameras from the FUJIFILM Company.

Please see some of the images below made over the past 3-4 months with the X-T2 Prototype I’ve been testing for Fuji–I really put it through its paces)

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Also, Fuji has asked some of us to ask you all to take a minute and complete the survey below. FOr you existing Fuji owners, one of the most amazing things about Fujifilm is how they listen to their customers. In addition other manufactures would have brought out new cameras rather than update their products with firmware upgrades. Please take a minute and thank Fuji by filling out their survey. it will also go a long way to help them brung us new product down the road. Please click on this link to get you to the survey. Thank you.: https://form.jotform.com/62875144495264

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The image below  is from a geothermal area in northern Iceland–it was very bright this day . I used a high ISO and fast shutter speed, along with putting the Shutter into the electronic Mode. Check out the meta data. Check out how it froze the mud splatter…. and best of all there was virtually NO NOISE in this image.!

FUJIFILM X-T2 /    LENS; 18-135mm @ 104.2mm    FOCAL LENGTH  156mm (in 35mm film)
ISO: 12800    1/20000 sec, f/8
Mode: Av  Metering: Multi-segment     White balance: Auto

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I am not a bird photographer, though when they are available, I do enjoy photographing them. I put the X-T2 through its paces  photographing some Navy jets doing touch and goes out on Whidbey Island. This image was made with the X-T2, the Fujinon 100-400MM lens along with the TACK SHARP 2X Converter.. The tracking was set on wife and the focus to continuous. I was AMAZE that the camera tracked this plane with NO PROBLEM . This is NOT a cropped image ( was shot on a tripod)…..I have NOT PROCESSED this file either (thats why there are still shadows etc)

FUJIFILM X-T2 / LENS: 100-400mm @ 323.2mm  485mm (in 35mm film)
ISO 1000     1/4000 sec, f/5.4  Mode: Av  Metering: Multi-segment Exp comp: -1/3

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Below are a few others that show off the X-T2  with lots of detail—-

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(above) 8 vertical images to for the Panorama

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we had incredible aurora in Iceland last month!

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(Above) Purple hue in the aurora is amazing to see and occurs during theShimmering Colors of the
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strongest moments of the display. It comes and goes quickly often in less than twenty seconds. Actually its  often easier to see it with naked eye than with a camera.

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More images with the X-T2/ FUJIFILM Event in Seattle this week!

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I just returned from a workshop on the southern Oregon Coast (Bandon South). Below are some images made during this event. I am still amazed at what the X-T2 is producing.

I’ll be one of 3 FUJIFILM “X”Photographers speaking ( along with my partner in crime and dear friend Bill Fortney.. and one more Fujifilm “X” Photographer) on Thursday night in Seattle at a VIP, invitation only event at AXIS in Pioneer Square. I’m honored to be asked. Continue reading More images with the X-T2/ FUJIFILM Event in Seattle this week!

FUJIFILM X-T2—-FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Images and Text ©Jack Graham, all rights reserved

The lone anticipated FUJIFILM X-T2 has just been announced. I have been fortunate to have been one of the “Chosen” Fuji “X” photographers to have a pre-production model of this new among camera for about quite a while. Impressive is certainly not enough to label this camera. It’s been one of the hardest things not to be able to talk at length about the new FUJIFILM X-T2 but finally, the time has come! Continue reading FUJIFILM X-T2—-FIRST IMPRESSIONS

The FUJI “X”SYSTEM 2016..watch the video !

Folks,

As FUJI “X” Photographers, Jack Graham & Bill Fortney , we are constantly asked “Whats coming”, “What do you guys hear from Fuji”. Well this video (CLICK HERE to WATCH) can answer lots of your questions. It also will give you an look into the quality of the products and how Fuji really cares and listens to its customers as well as potential customers. It’s all about the image. The results are in and there is NO disputing that the Fuji system makes things easy and fun. But most of all it allows us to be photographers and artist first and technicians and menu readers second. Check out this video by our friend Justin Stailey from Fuji.

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Pictured above (L to R) Justin Stailey (Fuji) Bill Fortney, Jack Graham, Geoff Hinze (Fuji West Coast Sales, Luis Navarro (Fuji Tech Rep, west Coast). Image from Fuji “X” Photo workshop at Mt Rainier 2015.

Featuring Jack Graham and Bill Fortney