Mt Rainier with the FUJIFILM X-T2

I am up on Mt Rainier this weekend conducting a photo workshop. Daytime light has been somewhat challenging, but the first light of the morning has been amazing.  It’s the peak of the spring wildflower bloom here and at about 5500-5600′ the flowers are quite good. and have been providing some descent foregrounds.

Below are some images captured with the FUJIFILM X-T2. I’ve been using both  the 16-55 mm F2.8 as well as the 50-140

The X-T2 continues to impress.  I have no doubt this camera is going to give the big boys some healthy competition–JG




CAMERA BRANDS —Choosing a Photo Workshop !

Using ExifTool technology, an analysis of camera brands, lenses and how folks photograph ( data including most often used ISO settings, exposure etc) has been compiled. This information is based on about 6.7  million images from sites like Flicker, 500PX and more.

HERE are their findings. I bet you’ll find this interesting. Click on the camera brand on the tab ebelow the pie graph to see lens and camera data by each manufacturer.

Canon & Nikon are about 71% of the pie with Canon leading the way by about 5% over Nikon..



_EYE1155 jack giving direction_1A few years ago ( some thing really don’t change) I wrote an extensive article here on my blog regarding Photo Workshops and how to choose the right one for you. This discussion came up on the phone with a friend yesterday so I am going to re post it here. CHICK HERE to read it. I know it will help those of you looking for the the right workshop!


Below are more FUJIFILM X-T2 IMAGES taken on the Oregon Coast

all images                        ©Jack Graham, All Rights reserved

Monochrome images taken using the Acros Film setting in-camera







Back from the Oregon Coast/ FUJIFILM EVENT in SEATTLE THIS WEEK….

Rather than duplicate what I published on our FUJI “X”Photography Workshops Site, HERE is the link where you can read about it. I continue to be amazed by the performance of the X-T2 by FUJIFILM. There are many new images on the other site.

_DSF0373I am really getting spoiled. I have had 3 really great groups in a row ( Palouse , Whidbey Island and now the Southern Oregon Coast) Their images were outstanding and they all bought into my philosophy of slowing down, simplifying and enjoying the experience… in other words, becoming artist instead of camera owners!

It will be great to be with my great friends from FUJIFILM later this week here in Seattle as well as my com padre, Bill Fortney who;s also coming out for the event. Please give THIS LINK a read and come join us on Friday afternoon if you are in the Seattle area.

Below are some images from the the X-T2 previously unpublished-  notice the detail!-JG










I  received quite a bit of reaction to my blog post yesterday concerning the X-T2.  Last night I attended the VIP event in NYC for the formal “unveiling” of the camera. It was a great party and it was great to see my good friends at FUJIFILM  as well as other folks I know and respect in our industry

It sure was fun getting to shoot this camera for a few months before its formal announcement last night.I would like to thank my friends at FUJIFILM for the opportunity. I hope in some small way those of us who go to test the X-T2 and send along results to Fuji made a difference.

I got a lot of comments and requests to post more images I made using the X-T2.. I really tried to put the X-T2 through its paces.  While in the Palouse region of Eastern Washing I photographer a crop duster flying over an adjacent field.. Along with the X-T2 I used the Fujinon 100-400mm with and without the 2X converter. The image below is  Meta Data

016:06:09 06:51:36…..100-400mm @ 400mm    600mm (in 35mm film)

1/8000 sec, f8    ISO: 2000

WHAT WAS AMAZING TO ME WAS :in Wide Tracking the camera completely locked in and auto-focused perfectly at F8 !!!! impressive.


Anyhow below are some images showing the detail and ability to render what is to me a visible improvement over the X-T1, which is a very decent  camera.  All Monochrome images were made using the new ACROS film simulation setting…..Enjoy!!!-JG












I just published my article “FIRST IMPRESSIONS / FUJIFILM X-T2 on our website dedicated to Fuji “X”Photo Workshops ( which I conduct with my dear friend Bill Fortney).

CLICK HERE to read it……. I low this camera—YOU WILL TOO! —-Jack

3 days on Whidbey Island…

I returned home yesterday form a 3 day workshop that I conduct for the Pacific Northwest Art School on Whidbey Island. Whidbey Island is a sort 20 minute ferry ride either from Port Townsend or Mukilteo north of Seattle by about 1/2 hr. Once you get on the Island it’s like being in a different world. Thing are very pastoral and  a bit slower than the busy big city. The locals kind of pride themselves on that.



As in all my other workshops I not only stress the obvious things we all need to know about photography but I try to get my attendees to slow down, enjoy the experience and begin to learn to see images even before taking the camera out of the bag. This group really “got it”.

I have had few groups that produced the quality of work this one did. We had some great light to photograph the amazing lavender found at the Lavender Wind Farm as well as elsewhere on the Island.

I have more workshops scheduled in 2016 and five coming in 2017. Whidbey Island is a special place!–JG



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A Week in the Palouse, heat, cold rainbows and magic!

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What a time to get up to the Palouse. After finishing a week workshop traveling the cool but beautiful Oregon Coast, I left Portland Oregon on a 100+ degree day on Monday June 6th. Upon arriving in Colfax, WA that afternoon I found things about the same as Portland…. 100+ degrees. I always get into a location a day or two in advance of my workshop folks to scout the area. Even though I’ve been going to this location for many years, things always change. Barns fall down, some fields are left in fallow etc. So I get to all my locations to make sure my attendees have the best I can provide during the coming photo workshop.

_DSF1527-EditI am often asked how I know where to take my groups. My GPS doesn’t name any icon’s just things like “red barn 6:45AM, fence 6:15 am, grain silo 8:10pm. It comes from years of experience.

_DSF1118The Palouse doesn’t only feature endless fields and landscapers. There are many small towns with strong subject matter as well. Don’t bypass these locations when you get over there.

_DSF1315-2I am also a weather enthusiast. All nature photographers should be since weather and light are major components of success. That topic is for another article! Looking at he forecast for the end of the week I was quite excited to see temperatures cooling off and the potential for some rain ahead. Rain and clouds = drama. Drama = potential for interesting imagery.


My workshops typically run Thursday-Sunday morning. We normally have a “meet and greet” on Wednesday night, then get to bed for an early rise.


Above….Early AM “soft” light on the Palouse from Steptoe Butte

June offers some really long days. The good light in the Palouse is about 4: 40 AM or so 2:35 alarms are common. 10PM hotel arrivals after sunset are also common. That’s life as a photographer in this location in June, the days with the most daylight.

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After our meet and greet I suggested we take a ride up to Steptoe Butte instead of heading to bed to get one last night of rest. The sky was getting dark and my mind went back two years to a similar night when we up there for some amazing drama. This night was no different.

We drove up and began photographing the folds (rolling hills) of green wheat. The Palouse is a tough are to photograph if you’ve never been there. You’re not really looking for icons (Thank God!) you’re looking for patterns and textures.  I wrote an article, still here on this blog about this. Click HERE to access it.

_DSF1187-Edit-EditThe sky got darker and I yelled to my group that there is a potential for a rainbow and if there is it would be over there, pointing east. Well, it happened. Did we get soaked, yes, was it cold, yes. Did we get some great images YES!

_DSF1194a-Edit-Edit-2finalBy the way, you CAN learn to predict when and where rainbows might occur. It is possible to visualize where they will occur and be ready for them. What you need are some pretty violent squalls. Rainbows appear when light from the sun hit a curtain of rain and bend the light (refraction) as they enter the rain and again when the exit the back of the rain. To get a rainbow the light must be about 42 degrees back to the sunlight.

The rain offered some opportunities to photograph areas that are great when wet. It didn’t rain enough for us to not get on some muddy back roads but the weather really made this trip a great one.


My group were real troopers. They all got up early and went to bed late and were rewarded with some great images. I stress simplicity and slowing down in order to get some strong images, especially here in the Palouse. Doesn’t that ring true in the above image?


I always tell my folks that by the end of the workshop they will be learn a lot, go home with some great images, be tired and meet some new friends. All three were accomplished, thanks to them along with some great conditions.



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