End of Summer 2012 – with the Fuji X100
Hello Steve. For consideration, I am sending you photos that I took on my summer vacation. These days so many of us work so hard and we count ourselves lucky to get any vacation time at all throughout the year. I have not been on a vacation since last summer and I was just aching to leave the heated concrete jungle of NYC and visit my friends and family in Southern California. Dear to my heart are my nephews, Trevor and Kai, and my niece, Kiana. It was a magical day when the four of us packed up the car and drove out to Venice Beach to visit my old highschool friend, Vince, and his son, River. It was also a pleasure to meet Vince’s friends, Sam, Brigitte, and their son, Ashton, too. Together we all spent the day at the beach and had a sunset dinner eating fajitas and drinking margaritas. We made memories.
On my trip I brought with me the only camera that I own; the Fuji X100. I used to own the Leica X1 but I sold it because it did not have a built-in viewfinder and I was encouraged (by reading the reviews here) to purchase the X100. I was so pleased with the image quality of the Leica but I just could not deal with framing my photos through a LCD screen. I am so glad I made the switch to Fuji. For me, the image quality of the Fuji X100 equals that of the Leica X1 but the Fuji has better build quality and I can now frame my photos with the EVF/OVF. I find the menus in the Fuji to be a bit tedious and over complicated but I have grown to love the X100. Living in and photographing NYC, I find the X100 to be the perfect street camera. The Fuji X100 was a joy to use on my end-of-summer beach day too.
For these photos at Venice Beach, I used the Fuji X100 with a polarizer filter and I shot in full manual mode. I shot these photos with the intention of recording a memorable day with my friends and family but I was just so pleased with how the photos turned out. Like the ocean breeze, I find these photos to be simple pleasures. I used LR4 and Silver Efex Pro 2 to edit these pictures. I will make prints of these photos and frame them to give to my loved ones and new friends. It will be a nice token to remember our summer of 2012.
Thank you, Steve, for all your hard work and for inspiring me.