Nov 102013
 
What you have attached to the front of your camera does alter your point of view

I’m building out my Fujifilm X-Pro1 kit and I was on the fence about the Fujifilm XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS.  When shooting for myself or traveling I rarely find a need for a lens longer than 90mm (in 35mm full frame equivalent field of view (FOV)).  The FOV on this lens is 82.5mm to 300mm — that far end not being a place I spend a lot of time.  Also, I’m not a fan of lenses that change aperture while they zoom.  Aperture, in most shooting, is the control that has the most impact on the “look” of the picture and many photographers prefer to have all the exposure controls stay the same over the zoom range, especially if they are using a hand-held light meter or are using flash units.

Space Shuttle

Space Shuttle Enterprise.  (100mm; 1/25 sec @ f/6.4; freestanding)

(Notes:  (1) Click on the images to see them more clearly — it makes a big difference.  The pictures in the blog body were automatically downsampled to lower resolution to fit the column width.  (2) All the larger images you see after the “click” were down-sampled in PhotoShop to 50% of original cropped size in order to save loading time.  (3) All the photos were shot with the Fujifilm X-Pro1 — all at ISO 3200 with the exception of the Boeing 307, which was shot at ISO 6400.)

Engine cowl detail.

Engine cowl detail of Dornier Do 335 A-1 Pfeil.  (172mm; 1/20 sec. @ f/6.4; freestanding)

On the other hand, constant aperture lenses are heavier and more costly.  The engineering is more complex, lens elements are usually larger, and that means that the lens, overall, needs to be beefier.  My Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II lens weighs 1,540 grams (3.40 lb).  The Fujifilm, on the other hand, comes in at only 580 grams (1.28 lb).  The Fuji is physically smaller, so hauling it around isn’t that much of a chore.  Both lens have optical image stabilization.

Self Portrait from Boeing.

Self Portrait from Boeing 307 Stratoliner…I’m the shape reflected in the propeller dome with the light at my feet.  Note the dust and lint.  (141mm; 1/40 sec @ f/8; freestanding)

Pondering the purchase, my research showed the Fuji lens was getting good reviews.  The image stabilization was reported to be very effective and the optics across most of the zoom range performed well.  Optical performance degrades a bit at the long end of the zoom, but that’s not as much of an issue for me.

Corsair.

Vought F4U-1D Corsair.  (149mm; 1/70 sec. @ f/5.6; freestanding)

So I wrote out a check (the advantage of shopping locally — PhotoCraft in Burke, VA) and the next day I visited the National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy facility near Dulles International Airport.  As some of you know, this is my lens and camera test venue.  The displays inside don’t change that much, but the lighting can be a real challenge….Fairly dim inside combined with the mixed-source lighting, so the photographer is presented with ample opportunities to really blow shots.  The longer and slower the lens — the more those opportunities present themselves.  (There are some photos from this session that will never see the light of your monitor.)

Cockpit

Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star cockpit.  (90mm; 1/17 sec @ f/5.0; supported by handrail)

So…Pictures close up.

Cockpit

Globe Swift GC-1A cockpit.  (200mm; 1/30 sec. @ f/6.4; supported by handrail)

View

Ryan PT-22A Recruit.  (156mm; 1/50 sec. @ f/4.5; freestanding)

Rotary Engine

Nieuport 28C-1 rotary engine & cowl.  Note the dust on the propeller.  (67mm; 1/15 sec. @ f/6.4; supported by column)

Tail Gunner position on the B-29 "Enola Gay".

Tail Gunner position on the B-29 “Enola Gay”.  (200mm; 1/40 sec. @ f/4.8; supported by handrail.  This is pretty much the extreme shot:  slow shutter speed, lens fully zoomed and wide open.  But the rivet and hinge detail still holds up well.)

Post Processing (PP):  Raw conversion by PictureCode’s Photo Ninja running inside Adobe Photoshop CS6 — includes Noise Ninja and some adjustment for detail and highlights.  Continued PP in Photoshop including conversion to a PSD file, curves (for a black point and, if available, a white point),  cropping,  color balance, etc.  A final pass with NIK Viveza 2, which gives you a last chance to see how the image looks and adjust lightness, saturation, shadows, etc.  Then saving for Web JPEG in PhotoShop.

Nov 032013
 
A Lens Test at a Familiar Venue

The Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4 lens was eagerly anticipated by many Fujifilm X-Camera users.  Fuji has paid more attention than is typical in developing a line of prime (non-zoom) lenses for this line of mirrorless cameras.  With a wide aperture of f/1.4 photographers will have more options with regard to depth of field — which is a good thing.  This is a very nice lens.

Walkway leading to the entrance of the National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center -- Near Dulles International Airport.

Walkway leading to the entrance of the National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center — Near Dulles International Airport.  (1/600 sec. @ f/5.6; ISO 200)

(Notes:  (1) Click on the images to see them more clearly — it makes a big difference.  The pictures in the blog body were automatically downsampled to lower resolution to fit the column width.  (2) All the larger images you see after the “click” were down-sampled in PhotoShop to 50% of original cropped size in order to save loading time.  (3) All the photos were shot with the fujinon 23mm f/1.4 lens on a Fujifilm X-Pro1 at the ISO values given in the picture information.)

NASM Udvar-Hazy observation tower viewed from the museum entrance.

NASM Udvar-Hazy observation tower viewed from the museum entrance.  (1/800 sec. @ f/5.6; ISO 200)

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Vought F4U-1D Corsair near entrance.  (1/20 sec. @ f/5.6; ISO 1600)

P-47D

Republic P-47D Thunderbolt.  (1/25 sec. @ f/5.6; ISO 3200)

Concorde front landing gear detail.

Concorde front landing gear detail.  (1/80 @ f/2.8; ISO 1600)

Floor of the museum near the entrance with Japanese

Floor of the museum near the entrance with Japanese Nakajima J1N1-S Gekko “Irving”.  (1/20 sec. @ f/4.0.  ISO 1600)

Curtis

Curtiss 1A “Gulfhawk”.  Notice the blue ceiling — the result of the differences in lighting, and my selecting a black point and white point (the pin striping) on the plane itself (warm light) which let the background go much cooler.  (1/25 sec. @ f/4.0; ISO 1600)

Walkway as airplanes land at Dulles.

Walkway as airplanes land at Dulles.  (1/300 sec. @ f/8.0; ISO 200)

Post Processing (PP):  Raw conversion by PictureCode’s Photo Ninja running inside Adobe Photoshop CS6 — includes Noise Ninja and some adjustment for detail and highlights.  Continued PP in Photoshop including conversion to a PSD file, curves (for a black point and, if available, a white point),  cropping,  color balance, etc.  A final pass with NIK Viveza 2, which gives you a last chance to see how the image looks and adjust lightness, color, saturation, shadows, etc.  Then saving for Web JPEG in PhotoShop.

Oct 192013
 
The British Museum, Victoria and Albert, and Mozart’s Requiem at Southbank Centre
The British Museum

The British Museum is the quintessential historical/cultural museum.  It combines an enormous collection of physical objects with unparalleled research facilities.  Some of the collection was gathered up during the height of the British Empire in locales where the indigenous leadership (if any) had little interest in saving historical artifacts — or was unable to stop the collection activities.  Some of those areas, now modern nation states, would now like their stuff back.  There is an overarching question as to whether or not the objects would still exist if they hadn’t been collected and shipped to England.

The British Museum's Great Court.  This was covered over in 2000, and now is the focal point for most of the museum's supporting activities.  The central structure used to be the museum's Reading Room. (Click image to enlarge)

1. The British Museum’s Great Court. This was covered over in 2000, and now is the focal point for most of the museum’s supporting activities. The central structure used to be the museum’s Reading Room.
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The Rosetta Stone...And a constant stream of viewers. (Click image to enlarge)

2. The Rosetta Stone…And a constant stream of viewers.
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Grecian Marbles.  (Click image to enlarge)

3. Grecian Marbles. (Click image to enlarge)

4.  Grecian Temple.  (Click image to enlarge)

4. Greek Temple. (Click image to enlarge)

5.  Assyrian lion hunting.  (Click image to enlarge)

5. Assyrian lion hunting — a sport for kings which also symbolized him protecting his people. (Click image to enlarge)

6.  Egyptian sculpture.  (Click image to enlarge)

6. Egyptian sculpture. (Click image to enlarge)

The Victoria and Albert Museum

An eclectic collection of modern and old.  Contemporary fashion and fabrics to ancient marble statues — and reproductions.  A huge collection.

7.  A tiny part of the collection, in just one gallery.  (Click image to enlarge)

7. A tiny part of the collection, in just one gallery. (Click image to enlarge)

Medieval oak sculpture.  (Click image to enlarge)

8.  Medieval oak sculpture. (Click image to enlarge)

Detail of a monument to Sir Moyle Finch and his wife Elizabeth.  He died in 1614 -- she in 1634.  His eyes closed -- hers open.   (Click image to enlarge)

9. Detail of a monument to Sir Moyle Finch and his wife Elizabeth. He died in 1614 — she in 1634. His eyes closed — hers open.
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10.  Moonrise over the Thames, from the Hungerford Bridge.  The white dome of St Paul's to the left, and the Shard on the far right above Royal Festival Hall. (Click image to enlarge)

10. Moonrise over the Thames, from the Hungerford Bridge. The white dome of St Paul’s to the left, and the Shard on the far right above Royal Festival Hall.
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Photo Notes:

Because of the way the blog software downsamples the in-column images, you need to click the images to see them more clearly.

  1. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Zeiss 12mm | ISO 800 | 1/50 | f/5.6
  2. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Zeiss 12mm | ISO 3200 | 1/20 | f/4
  3. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Zeiss 12mm | ISO 3200 | 1/60 | f/5.6
  4. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Fuji 18-55mm @ 18mm | ISO 3200 | 1/35 | f/4.5
  5. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Fuji 14mm | ISO 1600 | 1/45 | f/4
  6. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Fuji 18-55mm @ 30.2mm | ISO 3200 | 1/18 | f/6.4
  7. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Zeiss 12mm | ISO 1600 | 1/60 | f/7.1
  8. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Fuji 18-55mm @ 55mm | ISO 800 | 1/25 | f/7.1
  9. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Fuji 18-55mm @ 55mm | ISO 3200 | 1/20 | f/11
  10. Fujifilm X20 | 11.3mm | ISO 1600 | 1/9 | f/2.8
Oct 182013
 
The Courtauld Gallery, Paul McCartney at Covent Garden, the Fourth Plinth, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Courtauld Gallery

The Courtauld Gallery is a smaller museum with collections of Post-Impressionist, Impressionist, 18th Century, Baroque, Renaissance, and Medieval works.  It is located in Somerset House, where the Royal Academy was once located.

Paintings displayed in smaller rooms in what was once the main exhibition area of the Royal Academy.   (Click image to enlarge)

1. Paintings displayed in smaller rooms in what was once the main exhibition area of the Royal Academy.
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Joshua Reynold's "Cupid and Psyche" overlooks some of the Courtauld's silver.  (Click image to enlarge)

2. Joshua Reynold’s “Cupid and Psyche” over the mantle and some of the Courtauld’s silver.
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Coutauld staircase.  (Click image to enlarge)

3. Courtauld staircase. (Click image to enlarge)
Paul McCartney at Covent Garden

…So I was walking towards Covent Garden and noticed several news crews heading that direction.  And then, in front of St. Paul’s, the crowd.  I had no idea what was happening.  It turns out he was promoting his new album.

4. The crowd for a short performance by Paul McCartney — from the back of the black truck on the right.
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5. That tiny little head on the right: Sir Paul.
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 The Fourth Plinth.

The Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square never got the statue intended for it.  It is now hosts regular temporary installations.

The Fourth Plinth:  This is a BIG blue rooster.  The National Gallery behind, and St. Martin's in the Field to the right (with spire). (Click image to enlarge)

6. The Fourth Plinth: This is a BIG blue rooster. The National Gallery behind, and St. Martin’s in the Fields to the right (with spire).  (Click image to enlarge)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

A brilliant play at the Apollo Theater in the West End.  See it if you visit London.

Brilliant Play.  (Click image to enlarge)

7. Brilliant Play. (Click image to enlarge)

Photo Notes:

Because of the way the blog software downsamples the in-column images, you need to click the images to see them more clearly.

  1. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Zeiss 12mm | ISO 3200 | 1/90 | f/4
  2. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Zeiss 12mm | ISO 1600 | 1/30 | f/5.6
  3. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Zeiss 12mm | ISO 1600 | 1/20 | f/5.6
  4. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Zeiss 12mm | ISO 400 | 1/150 | f/6.4
  5. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Fuji 18-55mm @ 55mm | ISO 400 | 1/40 | f/6.4
  6. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Fuji 18-55mm @ 19.6mm | ISO 400 | 1/340 | f/7.1
  7. Fujifilm X100S | Fuji 23mm | ISO 3200 | 1/50 | f/5.6
Oct 172013
 
The London Eye and “The Shard”
London Eye

This is a repeat visit to the Eye, but it’s a great view and worth looking for new images to capture.

Through the London Eye logo.  (Click image to enlarge)

1.  Through the London Eye logo. (Click image to enlarge)

Using one of the pods as a set for a standup shoot.  (Click image to enlarge)

2.  Using one of the pods as a set for a standup shoot. (Click image to enlarge)

 

The "studio" pod reaches the peak during a break in the clouds.  (Click image to enlarge)

3.  The “studio” pod reaches the peak during a break in the clouds. (Click image to enlarge)

Looking down as our flight concludes -- County Hall on the right.   (Click image to enlarge)

4.  Looking down as our flight concludes — County Hall on the right.
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The Shard

The Shard is a multi-use building down the Thames from the London Eye in the London Bridge Quarter.  The tower has 87 stories and is 1,004 feet high — the tallest building in the European Union.  Working down from the observation levels are residence floors, a hotel, restaurants, and office space.  A visit to the observation decks is not inexpensive…But it is totally unique.

The Shard, seen from the Millennium Bridge (which spans the Thames between St. Peter's and the Tate Modern.  (Click image to enlarge)

5.  The Shard, seen from the Millennium Bridge (which spans the Thames between St. Peter’s and the Tate Modern.
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A view down from the lower observation deck -- looking down river towards the Docklands and Greenwich. (Click image to enlarge)

6.  A view down from the lower observation deck — looking down river towards the Docklands and Greenwich.
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Visitors on the lower observation level.  (Click image to enlarge)

7.  Visitors in the enclosed gallery, which is the lower observation level. (Click image to enlarge)

 

The upper observation, which is open to the weather.   (Click image to enlarge)

8.  The upper observation deck, open to the weather, is at the 804 foot level.
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Another view of the upper observation level.  The building extends above this level.   (Click image to enlarge)

9.  Another view of the upper observation level. The building extends above this level.
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Looking up from the upper observation level. (Click image to enlarge)

10.  Looking up from the upper observation level.
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 Photo Notes: 

Because of the way the blog software downsamples the in-stream images, you need to click the images to see them more clearly.

  1. Fujifilm X-Pro1 |Zeiss 12mm | ISO 400 | 1/480 | f/8
  2. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Fuji 18-55mm @ 30.2mm | ISO 400 | 1/600 | f/8
  3. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Zeiss 12mm | ISO 400 | 1/1200 | f/8
  4. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Zeiss 12mm | ISO 400 | 1/170 | f/9
  5. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Fuji 18-55mm @ 23.3mm | ISO 400 | 1/450 | f/6.4
  6. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Fuji 18-55mm @ 19.6mm | ISO 800 | 1/400 | f/5
  7. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Zeiss 12mm | ISO 800 | 1/480 | f/8
  8. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Zeiss 12mm | ISO 800 | 1/680 | f/8
  9. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Zeiss 12mm | ISO 800 | 1/450 | f/8
  10. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Fuji 35mm | ISO 800 | 1/320 | f/13
Oct 162013
 
Salisbury, Old Sarum, Stonehenge, and Avebury
Salisbury Cathedral

It was a overcast and threatening when we left London, and by the time we approached Salisbury, it was overcast, raining, and dreary.  Our guide had planned to visit Old Sarum first, but looking at the weather id didn’t seem like starting the day on a hilltop would be the best idea, so we went straight on to Salisbury Cathedral and made Old Sarum our second stop (one of the advantages of a smaller tour rather than the big motor coach tours).  The cathedral has the tallest medieval tower in Britain, and houses one of the four known copies of the Magna Carta.

Salisbury Cathedral -- View down the Nave from the Font. (Click image to enlarge)

1.  Salisbury Cathedral — View down the Nave from the Font.
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A reminder of life more than 2 1/2 centuries ago. (Click image to enlarge)

2.  A reminder of life more than 2 1/2 centuries ago.
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"Prisoners of Conscience" Window (1980) and tending the Shrine Tomb of Bishop Osmund -- one of three tombs brought here for reburial in 1226 from the previous cathedral at Old Sarum. (Click image to enlarge)

3.  “Prisoners of Conscience” Window (1980) and tending the Shrine Tomb of Bishop Osmund — one of three tombs brought here for reburial in 1226 from the previous cathedral at Old Sarum.  (Click image to enlarge)

Kids in the Cloisters on a rainy day...All kinds of medieval kit for them to try.

4.  Kids in the Cloisters on a rainy day…All kinds of medieval kit for them to try.  (Click image to enlarge)

Old Sarum

Still drizzling when we headed back to nearby Old Sarum…Blustery and misting when we got there…And then sunshine.  Originally a Neolithic site, this was an Iron Age hill fort and then the first location of Salibury.  The first Salisbury Cathedral was built here.

Outline of the original Salisbury Cathedral at Old Sarum, seen from the ruined fortress walls. (Click image to enlarge)

5.  Outline of the original Salisbury Cathedral at Old Sarum, seen from the ruined fortress walls.
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Stonehenge

Blustery, but sunny…

Stonehenge (Click image to enlarge)

6.  Stonehenge (Click image to enlarge)
Avebury

Something you won’t see on most tours…A neolithic henge monument consisting of three circles, one of which is the largest in Europe — about 1400 feet in diameter.

A portion of the Avebury Circle, including two gate stones. (Click on image to enlarge)

7.  A portion of the Avebury Circle, including two gate stones.
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8.  Panoramic of Stonehenge. (Click image to enlarge)

8. Panoramic of Stonehenge.
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Photo Notes:
  1. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Fuji 18-55mm @ 18mm | ISO 3200 | 1/9 | f/5.6
  2. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Fuji 18-55mm @ 28.9mm | ISO 1600 | 1/20 | f/5
  3. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Fuji 18-55mm @ 18mm | ISO 3200 | 1/15 | f/4
  4. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Fuji 18-55mm @ 39mm | ISO 800 | 1/75 | f/5.6
  5. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Fuji 18-55mm @ 22.3mm | ISO 800 | 1/220 | f/8
  6. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Fuji 18-55mm @ 37.4mm | ISO 200 | 1/600 | f/6.4
  7. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Fuji 18-55mm @ 35.8mm | ISO 400 | 1/340 | f/9
  8. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Fuji 18-55mm @ 23.3mm | ISO 200 | 1/500 | f/8
Oct 152013
 
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

This visit was planned, but not scheduled.  October weather in Britain can be unpredictable, so the first thing I checked on Day 1 was the weather.  It looked promising, so I got on the Tube and headed out to Kew Gardens.

Kew Gardens is more than just a big park.  It is also a world leading botanical research and preservation operation.  Most of what falls under the heading of “Kew” takes place in other locations.

However, the gardens in southwest London are exceptional in their own right.  This is a mix of formal gardens, research/educational plots, parkland, restaurants, glass houses, and places to just sit and enjoy.  Somehow, they have manged to all of this “right”.  If you appreciate plants, you can easily spend most of a day here.  If you are seriously botanically inclined, you will have no problem spending two full days at Kew Gardens.

(Note:  Because of the way the blog software downsamples the in-stream images, you need to click the images to see them more clearly.)

A pool, off to the side in the Princess of Wales Conservatory. (Click image to enlarge)

1. A pool, off to the side in the Princess of Wales Conservatory.
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2. Kew Palace and Royal Kitchens. (Click image to enlarge)

2. Kew Palace and Royal Kitchens.
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3.  On the north side of Kew Gardens, a viewpoint.  Beyond the fence is the River Thames and in the distance you can see Syon Park, the London home of the Duke of Northhumberland.  This spot is the terminus for Syon and Cedar Vistas -- long sightlines that run the width of the gardens.  Syon Vista terminates at the Palm House, one of two great Victorian glass houses.  Cedar Vista terminates at the Pagoda.  Note two of the hundreds of wooden benches spread throughout the gardens. (Click image to enlarge)

3. On the north side of Kew Gardens, a viewpoint. Beyond the fence is the River Thames and in the distance you can see Syon Park, the London home of the Duke of Northhumberland. This spot is the terminus for Syon and Cedar Vistas — long sightlines that run the width of the gardens. Syon Vista terminates at the Palm House, one of two great Victorian glass houses. Cedar Vista terminates at the Pagoda. Note two of the hundreds of wooden benches spread throughout the gardens.
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4.  About 1/3 of the way down Syon Vista from the viewpoint above.  Palm House can be seen in the distance. (Click image to enlarge)

4. About 1/3 of the way down Syon Vista from the viewpoint above. Palm House can be seen in the distance.
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5.  Near the location above is the Sackler Crossing, a curved bridge over a small lake.  This award-winning design features a vertical guardrail system which opens up the view without sacrificing safety. (Click image to enlarge)

5. Near the location above is the Sackler Crossing, a curved bridge over a small lake. This award-winning design features a vertical guardrail system which opens up the view without sacrificing safety.
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6.  A view from the Sackler Crossing demonstrating the impression of openness.  If you look closely at the bottom right, you'll see a small disk between every metal upright.  This is a lamp, so the entire bridge is illuminated with a gentle glow from below.  A brilliant design. (Click image to enlarge)

6. A view from the Sackler Crossing demonstrating the impression of openness. If you look closely at the bottom right, you’ll see a small disk between every metal upright. This is a lamp, so the entire bridge is illuminated with a gentle glow from below. A brilliant design.
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The dedication on one of the benches.  Sponsorship of a bench (for 10 years -- roughly the life expectancy of the wooden benches) is 5,000 pounds. (Click image to enlarge)

The dedication on one of the benches. Sponsorship of a bench (for 10 years — roughly the life expectancy of the wooden benches) is 5,000 pounds.
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8.  Visitors on a path, seen from the Xstrata Treetop Walkway. (Click image to enlarge)

8. Visitors on a path, seen from the Xstrata Treetop Walkway.
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9.  The Japanese Gateway. (Click image to enlarge)

9. The Japanese Gateway.
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10.  The Pagoda, seen from the Cedar Vista in the afternoon sun. (Click image to enlarge)

10. The Pagoda, seen from the Cedar Vista in the afternoon sun.
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11.  A panoramic view from the Kew Palace to the Orangery Restaurant. (Click image to enlarge)

11. A panoramic view Kew Palace on the left and the Orangery Restaurant in the center.
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 Photo Notes:
  1. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Fuji 14mm | ISO 800 | 1/55 | f/10
  2. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Fuji 18-55mm @ 19.6mm | ISO 800 | 1/50 | f/10
  3. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Fuji 18-55mm @ 52.7mm | ISO 400 | 1/450 | f/8
  4. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Fuji 18-55mm @ 55mm | ISO 400 | 1/220 | f/5.6
  5. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Fuji 18-55mm @ 18mm | ISO 400 | 1/480 | f/5.6
  6. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Fuji 18-55mm @ 18mm | ISO 400 | 1/480 | f/5.6
  7. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Fuji 18-55mm @ 46.3mm | ISO 800 | 1/170 | f/4.5
  8. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Fuji 18-55mm @ 40.7mm | ISO 400 | 1/25 | f/5.6
  9. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Fuji 18-55mm @ 19.6mm | ISO 800 | 1/200 | f/5.6
  10. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Fuji 18-55mm @ 18mm | ISO 800 | 1/450 | f/5.6
  11. Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Fuji 18-55mm @ 22.3mm | ISO 400 | 1/60 | f/11.0
Oct 142013
 

I finally figured out how to identify the first day of a intercontinental trip…The day of arrival doesn’t really count, so:  Zero.

Upon arrival...First things first.  (Click image to enlarge)

Upon arrival…First things first. (Click image to enlarge)

A walkabout after a nap in the hotel…Police car with siren blasting heading for the main entrance to the British Museum.  Then an Air Ambulance helicopter arrives…

Just touching down...  (click image to enlarge)

2. Just touching down… (click image to enlarge)

Oddly, for a city the size of London, this is the only air ambulance airframe.

Vertical Climb-Out  (click image to enlarge)

3. Vertical Climb-Out (click image to enlarge)

So on to something London-ish, then back to the hotel…

Pub  (click image to enlarge)

4. Pub (click image to enlarge)

 Photo Notes:

1.  Fujifilm X20 | 11.7mm | ISO 400 | 1/25 | f/5.6
2.  Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Fuji 18-55 @ 18mm | ISO 400 | 1/150 | f/4.0
3.  Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Fuji 18-55 @ 21.4mm | ISO 1600 | 1/75 | f/4.5
4.  Fujifilm X-Pr01 | Fuji 18-55 @ 16.5mm | ISO 320 | 1/35 | f/4.0

Aug 012013
 

Checking out some new lenses…

The Udvar-Hazy facility of the National Air and Space Museum (at Dulles International Airport) is a destination for me whenever I need to check out new cameras and lenses…In this case, three lenses for the Fujifilm X-Pro1 camera:  The 12mm f/2.8 and 32mm f/1.8 Zeiss Touits and the 60mm f/2.8 Fuji.  Although I have some regular subjects (for repeatability) any visit can take its own course.

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Beechcraft D18S “Twin Beech” (60mm lens.  1/200 sec. @ f/2.8.  ISO 800)

Below the entrance overlook. Curtis P-40E “Warhawk” and Vought F4U-1D “Corsair”. (12mm lens. 1/30 sec. @ f/5. ISO 1600)

Curtis P-40 nose detail.  (32mm lens.  1/70 sec. @ f/2.8.  ISO 1600)

Curtis P-40E “Warhawk” nose detail. (32mm lens. 1/70 sec. @ f/2.8. ISO 1600)

 

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King-Bugatti U-16 engine (Duesenburg) builder’s plate. (60mm lens. 1/180 sec. @ f/4.0. ISO 3200)

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Republic P-47D-30-RA “Thunderbolt” below Vought OS2U-3 “Kingfisher”. (32mm lens. 1/18 sec. @ f/4.0. ISO 1600.)

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Nose of Boeing B-29 “Superfortress” Enola Gay (note reflection of P-47D). (32mm lens. 1/30 sec. @ f/5.6. ISO 1600.)

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Boeing 307 Stratoliner engine detail. (60mm lens. 1/90 sec. @ f/4.0. ISO 3200.)

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Boeing 307 Stratoliner “Clipper Flying Cloud”. (12mm lens. 1/90 sec. @ f/5.6. ISO 3200.)

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Concorde Fox Alpha, Air France (entire plane in one frame). (12mm lens. 1/20 sec. @ f/5.6. ISO 1600.)

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Lockheed 1049F-55-96 “Constellation” (C-121C, West Virginia Air National Guard). (60mm lens. 1/210 sec. @ f/4.0. ISO 1600.)

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Ariel-1 satellite (replica from parts). (60mm lens. 1/125 sec. @ f/2.8. ISO 1600.)

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Space Shuttle “Discovery” hull detail. (60mm lens. 1/40 sec. @ f/2.8. ISO 1600.)

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Hawker Hurricane Mk. IIC propeller blade and spinner detail. (60mm lens. 1/75 sec. @ f/3.2. ISO 1600.)

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Grumman G-22 “Gulfhawk II”. (60mm lens. 1/55 sec. @ f/4.0. ISO 1600.)

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