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Wild Backyard

Living in the suburbs presents an interesting dichotomy. While it is a bunch of humans in big boxes, there is still the ever-present wildlife, who have adapted to having people around.

Our backyard on some days, is like something out of a Disney movie: various birds and animals coming and going. From the birds at the feeder (Chickadees, Finches, Cardinals, Grackles and now Red-winged Black Birds) to other wildlife in red and black squirrels, chipmunks and rabbits.

Tonight there was a couple of visitors, one being a new little bunny. We have a couple of domestic bunnies, and to see the wild ones are fun to see and forever welcome in the backyard. I grabbed my Fuji X-T1 and affixed the 60mm (my longest lens) to get some shots. And the chipmunk also made an appearance. Both these shots have an extreme crop to “zoom in”. The 60 is my longest lens, and I’m thinking its time to invest in something longer to get some better shots.

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The first shot

I still remember the first photo I made when I purchased my first camera (not counting the Kodak 110 I had when I was a kid), a Nikon D50. It was a snapshot of  some flowers in the back yard. As I upgraded cameras over the years, that first shot becomes more important. What will be the first photo with this new camera?

So yesterday, when the delivery man dropped off my new Fuji X-T1, I was in that conundrum again. What’s the first photo, number 001, going to be? This time is was our dwarf rabbit, Peanut, as she slept in the sun.

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I’m looking forward to more testing and working with this camera. It’s looking like a fun camera with lots of potential.

Bunny Kisses

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My walk around, everyday camera is a Fuji XPro-1. I have a couple of prime lenses for it, and although it took some time to get used to the quirkiness of it (being used to using a dSLR), I have come to love the camera and its quality.

Recently, Fuji announced a new 56mm f1.2 lens (85mm equivalent on a 35mm camera). Ooooh! I thought, that’s one of my favourite focal lengths. Well, at a price tag of $1300 after the Canadian government has its “fair” share, its a bit steep. I then had a second look at the existing 60mm (90mm equivalent) lens at f2.4. It is currently on sale, and at half the price, seems like something interesting. But, I thought, its only 2.4. But then I thought about it. My main Nikon pro lenses are maxed out at f2.8 (save a couple of primes). So, it is actually faster. And again, half the price. 

I spent a week looking at reviews and mulling it over, only to have the price win out, and picked one up. I can say I’m totally impressed and happy with it. I mean, just look at the photo above. That’s at ISO 3200, no crop. Looks great. And I noticed the catch light in the rabbit’s eye. I zoomed in, and I can see not only the lamp in the reflection, but my laptop as well.

The detail is in the eyes.

The detail is in the eyes.

 Yeah it hunts a bit on focusing in low light. In normal light its fine. I can live with it.