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I’ve been shooting details of fine automobiles since the mid-70’s, first using the Nikon F and the original 55mm macro on Kodachrome. Over the years, these pictures have appeared in magazine spreads and even in a series of posters for a Japanese tire company. So this weekend, when the annual Concours d’Elegance show of great classic cars was held in Greenwich, CT, it would have been the obvious choice to have used my D800, as I did last year. But since the 60mm Fuji macro lens is part of my X-E2 kit, I decided to put it to the test.
Bottom line: superb results. And the total weight of all my gear was a fraction of what it would have been with a full-frame DSLR. In fact, I took the trouble of weighing both camera setups: the Nikon rig was more than three times the weight of the Fuji one. And that's before considering the heavier tripod you'd need to support the Nikon. These things start to add up quickly when you're covering an all-day event.
If you’re thinking that I’m blind to any shortcomings of the X-E2, here’s one that I’d really like to see fixed – flash compensation is one of the important functions that’s really complicated to get to on the fly in the middle of a shoot; how about getting that assignable to one of the function buttons?! And as for the electronic viewfinder, I had hoped to be using it far more than I am. Maybe that’s my shortcoming, rather than the camera's. But again, even at half the megapixels of the D800, the X-E2 absolutely delivers in terms of visual quality.
The one thing that stays the same regardless of camera – the stress on 72-year-old knees of shooting so much from a low angle. I only hope, dear reader, that you enjoy the fruits of my suffering.
Our friend Daniel Norton will be leading a demo in the Pro Department at Adorama's NYC store next week titled "Dedolight and 4K Shooting". Daniel really knows his stuff, and it'll be a great opportunity for you to check out Sony's new 4K camera and appreciate the characteristic look of Dedolight products. (Don't forget to pick up a few rolls of microGAFFER while you're there… we keep them well-stocked!)
RSVP for free through this link and enjoy the show on March 20th!
Many great photographers are known by their images, while their names may have no wide recognition. That’s even more the case when you’re talking about photographers who are no longer with us. Take Ed Clark, a mainstay of LIFE magazine from the 1940s through JFK’s presidency.
Now, and running through June 1, the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut has a wonderful exhibition titled, Ed Clark: American Photojournalist. The Bruce, as it’s known to locals, is a terrific museum and always is filled with superb art in all media from its permanent collection as well as travelling shows. It also has the great advantage of being a five-minute walk from the Metro-North train station and just off Exit 3 of the Connecticut Turnpike (I-95).
Ed Clark’s best-known image is of Navy Chief Petty Officer Graham Jackson, playing Goin’ Home as FDR’s body is carried by train from Warm Springs, Georgia, after the President’s death in 1945. But Clark’s range of work for Life covered the post-WWII rebuilding of Europe, the Eisenhower and Kennedy presidencies, small-town life throughout The South (Clark was a native Tennessean), and even some of the earliest pictures of Marilyn Monroe. The show at the Bruce Museum has a wide range of work, beautifully displayed.
Although Ed Clark (born in 1911) lived until 2000, he had to stop taking pictures more than 35 years earlier due to failing sight. I never had the privilege of meeting him and telling him that the reason I ultimately became a photographer was largely due to the images and stories he and his colleagues brought to my own small-town doorstep each week when LIFE arrived.