Several Species at Baltimore's MECU Pavilion (Formerly Pier Six)

As much as I’ve been writing about music stuff, I haven’t been doing much, if any, photography aside from cell phone snaps at work. Last night, I went to see Several Species, a Pink Floyd tribute band based here in the Baltimore area. As always, the put on a great show — better, in many ways, than an actual Pink Floyd concert. Like many venues, MECU usually has restrictions on what kind of cameras that the general public can bring in. The general rule of thumb is that the lens can’t extend more than 3 inches. So, I took along my Fujifilm X10 to use from my 12th row center seat.

The X10 is quite a few years old now, and it’s 12MP, 2/3 inch sensor, while excellent, is challenged in certain situations, like concerts. Still, I’m pretty happy with the images, despite the fact that some are pretty noisy, and that I missed/lost a few shots due to the slow auto focus.

What I’d really like is for Fujifilm to “grow up” the X10/X20/X30 series into a camera with a larger sensor — either 1” or APS-C — with an equivalent lens, for instance, an 18.5-75mm f/2.8-4.8 zoom for an APS-C sensor. Of course, that may make for a lens that extends greater than 3 inches…

Monochrome on the Shore

We drove across Maryland's Eastern Shore this morning. The sky was dull and overcast and sullen, spitting rain and cold. In short, it wasn't a day for taking pretty pictures. Still, we finally stopped and detoured a little and made the best of it. I'm wishing now I'd made a few more detours.

All of today's images were captured with the Fujifilm X10, and edited with either Photos or Snapseed on my iPhone 5.

Java Hafla and OnOne Fun

Last night was Java Hafla at Birdies, and as usual, I took some pictures. The "unaffected" ones are up on Facebook already, but I decided to have some fun and do some grungified versions using OnOne's Perfect Effects 8.5. (Click a thumbnail to view full size image)

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All images were made with the Fujifilm X10 camera with the EF-20 flash attached, and were pre-processed in Lightroom 5.4.

Sunday Morning Melt

I was sitting at the kitchen table after breakfast this morning and glanced out the kitchen window. The sun was blasting through the melting ice on the tree in our back yard, and I had to make some pictures. As usual, I reached for the Fujifilm X10 -- there was no thought of using the Sony -- and headed out onto the back deck.

Our back deck is completely screened in, so I was forced to shoot through the screens, creating a little bit of a "star filter" effect in some of the images.