Backpacking the Winds with the FujiFilm XE-1

Sunset behind Cirque of the Towers, Wind River Range, Wyoming

The Cirque of the Towers, Wind River Range, Wyoming. Four-image panoramic composite taken with a Fujifilm XE-1, 35mm ƒ/1.4 lens and a Singh-Ray 3-stop graduated neutral density filter. » View Image in Archive

Note: What follows is a rambling review of the FujiFilm XE-1 and how I felt about carrying it on a six-day backpacking trip in Wyoming. Click here to skip the text and look at the photos.

On a recent six-day backpacking trip into Wyoming’s Wind River Range, I decided it was time to change my usual camera kit. Walking for six days at over 10,000 ft with two climbs above 11,000 ft had this sea-level photographer worried about the weight on his back. More weight = more fatigue = less motivation to photograph. I had to be merciless with the gear I was going to carry so instead of my “massive” Nikon D800 DSLR and lenses, I opted for a Fujifilm X-E1 body and two prime lenses.

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Moon Over Clear Lake, Wind River Range, Wyoming

Backpacking the Wind River Range

Using a graduated neutral density filter along with a standard ND filter brought the exposure of the sky in line with the foreground and allowed a longer shutter speed to blur the wind-blown surface of the lake.

I’m just back from a week of backpacking Wyoming’s wonderful Wind River Range and testing the new-to-me Fujifilm XE-1 mirrorless camera system. I’ll post again soon with more of my thoughts on the Fuji.

Technical Information

Moon Over Clear Lake, Wind River Range, Wyoming was photographed with a Fujifilm X-E1 camera and Fujifilm XF 14mm ƒ/2.8 lens fitted with a Tiffen 3-stop neutral density filter and a Singh-Ray 3-stop graduated neutral density filter. The exposure was 30 seconds at ƒ/11.

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“Fire”, Sunrise Orchards, Cornwall, Vermont

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Careful: his eyes will burn holes in you.

I photographed a man named “Fire” at Sunrise Orchards while shooting for The Apple Pickers portfolio. My modus operandi for this project was to use one studio strobe light to make portraits of the Jamaican workers in the fields as they worked. Most of the men were eager to have their portraits made, but some were reticent, probably unsure about what I was going to do with the photographs.

“Fire” was one of the shy ones, but eventually he gave in and stood for my camera. I got a nod and a handshake when I presented him with prints the next day.

Technical Information

“Fire” was photographed with a Nikon D800 camera and 105mm ƒ/2.5 MF Nikkor lens. The subject was slightly backlit by the sun and illuminated in the front with a Paul Buff Einstein monolight inside a 60-inch reflector umbrella, high up and directly above the camera.

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Using the Camera to Spark Debate

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Alexander Cort and Lauren Honican. I made this image the same day I shot the polarizing cover image for the Winter 2014 issue of Middlebury Magazine.

This image of Alexander Cort and Lauren Honican is an outtake from my recent cover story in Middlebury Magazine on student hunters at Middlebury College. The story was so provocative that the next issue’s “Letters” section was devoted entirely to discussion of the article.

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Flow, Otter Creek, Vermont

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Technical Information

Flow, Otter Creek, Vermont was photographed with a Sigma DP2 Merrill camera and a B+W ND 3.0 Neutral Density filter. The exposure was 15 seconds and ƒ/11 at ISO 100. The image was converted to monochrome using Adobe Lightroom 5.

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Flow, Otter Creek, Vermont, 8″x8″ image on 11″x14″ paper

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Flow, Otter Creek, Vermont is available as an 8″x8″ image on 11″x14″ paper for $99, plus shipping and sales tax for Vermont residents. The bare print is signed and titled and is accompanied by my suggestions for mounting and framing. You can buy your print by clicking the button below to checkout with PayPal.

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Alfred, Sunrise Orchards, Cornwall, Vermont

Jamaican Apple Pickers at Sunrise Orchards

Technical Information

Alfred of St. Mary, Jamaica; Sunrise Orchards, Cornwall, Vermont is part of my ongoing portfolio The Apple Pickers. I photographed Alfred with a Sigma DP2 Merrill and an Einstein E640 Monolight inside a large Photek Softlighter.

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Last Days of “Pane” Exhibition

PIER-5x7-Square-Show-Card-jacksongalIf you haven’t yet seen my exhibition The Pane in Empty Rooms at the Town Hall Gallery in Middlebury, you only have three days left. There will be a closing reception on Friday, May 9th for the first Middlebury Arts Walk of 2014. I will be there from 5:00 to 7:00pm to answer questions. I hope to see y’all there!

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Dr. John Bennett for Capital Magazine

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I photographed Dr. John Bennett of the Capital District Physician’s Health Plan (CDPHP) in Albany, New York for Capital Magazine back in December. Using a simple gray wall as a background, I side lit him using two monolights inside strip softboxes coming in from camera right and left, even with the subject.

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The Pane in Empty Rooms New Print Prices

A stand of white pines near the Robert Frost Cabin

White Pines, Ripton, Vermont. Fine art print prices start at just $50. Browse the archive to choose from a range of sizes.

The Pane in Empty Rooms exhibition book

The first ten customers to buy a print 24″x30″ or larger will receive this 12″x12″ book for free. The book features twenty-six toned black and white images over twenty-eight pages, comes with a written introduction, and is signed on the title page.

To celebrate the next showing of The Pane in Empty Rooms at Middlebury’s Jackson Gallery, I’ve lowered the prices on fine art prints from the portfolio.

Prices now start at $50 for an intimately sized 5″x6″ image on 8″x10″ paper and go up to $600 for a striking 30″x38″ print. All photographs are printed on archival, cotton-rag luster papers and are signed and titled in pencil on the back.

A full range of sizes is available by browsing the images in the archive.

Buy a Big Print, Get a Free Book

The first 10 people who purchase a print sized 24″x30″ or larger will receive a free copy of my 12″x12″ exhibition book.

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Pane in Empty Rooms 7″x7″ Exhibition Book

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The Pane in Empty Rooms 7-inch exhibition book

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The book features twenty-six toned black and white images over twenty-eight pages, comes with a written introduction, and is signed on the title page.

Due to popular demand, I’ve designed a 7-inch version of The Pane in Empty Rooms exhibition book. The original 12-inch version, which I released as a bonus for customers who purchased larger prints, was too expensive to print to offer at a reasonable retail price.

The new, intimately sized 7-inch book is identical to the larger book in every way:

  • 26 toned black and white images on 28 pages
  • Introduction written by the photographer
  • Signed on the title page
  • Printed by Blurb™ using their highest quality papers
  • $35 plus Shipping and Handling via USPS Priority Mail. Customers outside of the continental United States please contact me for a customized shipping quote.

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