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It’s day one with the new Fujifilm X100s and I’m excited to begin working with this tool. My first impression of this camera is that it’s a solid, weighty object with a feel of quality and craftsmanship. Nothing feels particularly cheap or tacked-on. My one initial “first impression” hiccup with the build might be the dial on the back – it feels a bit small and it lacks indentations which would provide a tactile response to navigating the menus when it’s rotated. Overall, this camera feels impressive; like the kind of thing I would pass down to my kids (if I had any) and if they turned into responsible adults one day who knew how to handle a quality instrument such as this. As soon as I load in a fresh battery I’ll take it for a drive!
In 2014 I plan to carry this everywhere I go, without fail: The Fujifilm X100s mirrorless digital camera. Built around a 23mm (35mm equivalent) f/1:2 prime lens, I will be forced to compose images without the luxury of “zooming in” to get the shot I want. Dorothea Lange said “A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera,” and I am hoping to sharpen my observation of and interaction with the world around me by using this tool. So begins my return to the glory days of photography.
Even though a little bit of Photoshop might have made these images more dramatic, here’s my favorite 70 scenic Texas photos – unretouched – from 2013. Each of these photos were exposed using only natural sources of light including the sun, moon, lightning, and fire.