Through The Years…

I began many years ago with a Minolta srT102 and then an XE-7. This is not including all the times I picked up my family’s Polaroid, Instamatic, and Brownie cameras as a child. No, the srT102 was the first to transform idle curiosity into a lifelong passion.

 

Photography has become my Yoga.

 

I am going to delve into the past far enough for only the photos you may see in Our Journey’s Flow. The present and how it relates to the future is much more important than resurrecting an irrelevant past of ego. Most of which I doubt I could speak about with much accuracy. However, I will give a list of cameras I had prior to 2006.

  • Minolta srT102
  • Bower-X
  • Brownie
  • Minolta XE-7
  • Pentax K1000
  • Minolta X-700
  • Nikon F3
  • Canon AE1
  • Mamiya RB67
  • Mamiya 645s
  • Minolta Maxxum X-9000
  • Bender 8×10
  • Minolta Maxxum X-7000i
  • Minolta DiMage A1
  • Konica-Minolta Maxxum 7D

 

My Separation From Nikon…

In 2012 while crossing the Olympic Peninsula, I found myself on top of a rolling granite boulder as I was climbing off trail towards a ridge near Appleton Pass. This event was to be a divorce from Nikon as my D300S slammed hard against the boulder while jumping to safety. The situation did not improve has I managed to body slam my camera three times on this climb, destroying a second lens in the process. The D300S still turned on and tried feebly to work with a cracked body and shattered LCD. The concussion had left it unable to focus properly and it could only over expose an image into near whiteness. I was mentally lost at this point, I had just killed my ego. Going through life without a camera in hand is devastating to me. Photography is the one and only addiction I have been unable to break free of. I go into deep depression and a few have witnessed me in this state of withdrawal. My hike was done until a camera could be found.

 

As always, Deborah came to my aid – She always does. That is what functional couples do. I don’t mind saying that I have no idea what I would do or be without her, I love her immensely.

 

I had been looking at Fujifilm cameras for some time and the search became much more serious. I liked the direction Fujifilm was going which was photography with a photographer in mind. Nikon, Canon, and the rest of the field seemed more interested in feature gimmicks and video. I want buttons not a menu. I want a camera not a robot and my faith was that the Fujifilm X-Pro1 held the answer to save us from the systematic death of the traditional camera.

 

A check from PPA insurance had just arrived and Deborah added to the gift of a complete Fujifilm system. To this day I have never felt regret for my decision in switching to X-Series. In fact, Fujifilm restored the passion that I didn’t realize I had lost for photography. It was amusing to realize that my XE-7 (known as XE-1 in Europe) of the 1970’s would be replaced by an X-E1 in 2013. Only this time it was Fujifilm and not Minolta.

 

What I Use Currently…

Camera:

  • Fujifilm X-T2
    • My default camera
  • Fujifilm X-T1
    • Now my backup camera
  • Fujifilm X-Pro1
    • The aging sensor has a distinctive look I like.
  • Fujifilm X-E2
    • Just can’t seem to let this camera go.
  • Sinar F1 4×5
    • Using for wet plate photography
  • Bower-X
    • Use to shoot 220 film
  • iPhone 6S
    • My Point-n-Shoot camera for quick sharing.
  • GoPro Hero4 Black
    • Video

Lens:

Lighting:

  • Yongnuo YN560lll Speedlight
  • Fujifilm EF-42 Flash
  • Fujifilm EF-X20 Flash
  • Fujifilm EF-X8 X-T1 Flash
  • Novatron Studio Light
  • Nikon SB-800 Speedlight
  • Cowboy Studio PT-04GY Radio Triggers
  • Yongnuo RF-602 Radio Triggers
  • Wein HS-XL Flash Trigger

Tripod:

Filter:

  • Lee Seven5 .03, .06. .09 GND Hard
  • Lee Seven5 .03, .06, .09 GND Soft
  • Lee Seven5 Big Stopper ND (10 stop)
  • Lee Seven5 Little Stopper ND (6 stop)
  • Lee Seven5 Polarizer
  • Lee Seven5 Hood
  • B+W Clear for all lenses
  • B+W Circular Polarizer, threaded

Camera Bag:

Accessories:

  • Really Right Stuff WPF-QR1 Flash Bracket.
  • Trigger Trap cable release
  • LensPen
  • Opteka Sensor Loupe
  • VisibleDust Butterfly Sensor Cleaning Kit
  • Rocket Blower
  • Sony Eneloop Batteries

Recharging:

  • Sundance SolarPowerFilm20w Foldable Solar Charger.
    • Charges Voltaic battery and powers the universal charger.
  • Power2000 Universal Charger.
    • Charges Fujifilm NP-W126, AA, and AAA batteries.
  • VoltaicV39 Universal Battery (now theV44)
    • Charges iPhone nightly for about 7 days.
  • BioLite SolarPanel 5+
    • Charges a portable battery.
    • Quick charges our phones.
  • Anker Astro E7 26800mAh Battery
    • Charges iPhone nightly for about 10 days

Apps:

Most of these work on iOS or Android. I am using iOS.

 

 

Author

<p>Longway is the trail name for Tim Todd and is quite fitting due to the fact that every aspect of his life consist of taking the longest route and time to arrive. For Longway the journey is the destination.</p>

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