Fujifilm X-T1 »» Lighten the Load

Posted in: Fujifilm, Fujinon Lenses, Gear Chat, It's In The Bag on October 28th, 2014

I really enjoy the portability of the Fujifilm X-T1 and the accompanying Fujinon X mount lenses. When I made the switch to digital 8.5 years ago, I got used to toting around what I thought was a huge camera at the time, the Nikon D50 and whatever lenses I had attached. My cameras and lenses only grew in size as I moved over to Canon, so it was great when I was able to use the Fuji X-Pro 1, but our time together was short. 2 years later, I found myself downsizing, selling off my two lovely Canon wide angle lenses in early 2014 and picking up the X-T1 and 23mm ƒ1.4 to start with, borrowing the 10-24mm ƒ4 a couple months later.

Early spring snowfall over a Parkland County farmland, including grain silos, rural Alberta, using the Fujifilm X-T1 and Fujinon 23mm ƒ1.4 lens.

On my way home one early afternoon, it was great to be able to stop off at one of the local farmlands in Parkland County, pull out the weather resistant Fuji X-T1 and the 23mm lens to bang off a couple of frames as snow was falling, adding very little weight to my Domke 832 bag. Let’s face it – I’m getting older, so those moments where I can lighten the load knowing I have a solid piece of equipment in tow, I’ll take them. I’ll save the shoulder / back breaking treks when photographing wildlife and other specific subjects needing my Canon bodies and lenses. It’s been great balancing Canon and Fuji for work. The Fuji X-T1 and X mount lenses make a great alternative to heavy gear and have become my perfect tools for daily use.

If you’re interested in the latest Fuji X Mount Lens roadmap, check it out!

See you in the field!

Always Scouting »» PWA Boeing 737 @ Villeneuve Airport

Posted in: Aviation, Scouting on October 27th, 2014

Ah, Villeneuve Airport. It happened again. A couple days ago I found myself wanting another glimpse of the PWA Boeing 737, so I had to head back for a short visit. A lot of construction work is underway at the airport grounds and surrounding area and this morning was no exception. I only had about 2 minutes before I had to walk back to my car to make way for some incoming workers. That’s okay, it was a good start to the day … well, that was until Google Maps sent me on the worst wild goose chase imaginable when searching for another airport on my way back home. Who said scouting treks were not adventurous, right?

The now retired Pacific Western Airlines (PWA)  Boeing 737-200 C-GIPW (Fleet #745) now rests at Villeneuve Airport, outside of Edmonton, during a late autumn morning in 2014, having flown for the last time on November 29th, 2013. The 737 will be part of the upcoming Alberta Flying Heritage Museum at Villeneuve Airport.

This is still not my ideal spot, as I don’t find anything too appealing about mounds of dirt and other rubbish, even when bathed in sunlight, but it’s all good – there’s always next time. When I was at at the airport after I snagged this shot, I was chatting with some chaps working near one of the hangers and it’s exciting to hear of what’s to come for the new Alberta Flying Heritage Museum.

See you in the field!


Wind Farms »» Pincher Creek Photography

Posted in: Canadian Rockies, Discover Alberta, Environmental, Rural Alberta on October 25th, 2014

This post, originally published in 2013, went missing and I honestly don’t know what happened to it, so I figured I’d repost it. Ah, those cheeky techie gremlins. Thank goodness for backups. 

There is a long list of reasons why I love being in the Pincher area. The Canadian Rockies swoon is probably number one, but it’s so very interesting for me to see agriculture in motion. With Alberta littered with wind farms. there is no shortage if you want to photograph the wind turbines. These Alberta wind farms are of course not without controversy and as an someone whose environmental concerns grow daily, seeing the prairies peppered with these structures has killed a bit of the wild fascination I’ve had with them for many years and replaced it with more of a growing interest and curiosity.

Alberta landscape, Alberta Prairies, rural Alberta, agriculture, farmland, sunset, gravel roads, Canadian Rockies, wind turbines, wind farms, Pincher Creek

I cannot deny when I was arriving in Pincher late at night, I was looking forward to sunrise so I could see not only the mountains, but the turbines. I originally had planned to be in Pincher to chase the wind, but when my main reason for heading south changed, I decided to just go with the flow. I had been trying to find the exact location of a monstrous wind farm I drove right through on the way to the US border in 2007, but with it not being 100% pinpointed, I figured because of our limited time in Pincher, finding that exact location will have to wait for another trek. Even though I’m still undecided on how I truly feel about the growing number of wind farms and I appreciate those companies and owners recognizing the environmental hazards they cause and trying to do something about it, I’m left questioning myself — do I want to continue to photograph these structures?

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