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FUJIFILM “X”PHOTOGRAPHERS Travel and Nature Summit/ Portland Oregon September 6-10, 2017

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FUJIFILM “X” PHOTOGRAPHERS TRAVEL AND NATURE SUMMIT FALL 2017

September 6-10  /  PORTLAND, OREGON

Thanks to Dan Bailey for providing much of this text. All images © Jack Graham

… and no, you don’t need to be a FUJIFILM “X” Shooter to join us!

_JGP0283-Earlier this year the 1st FUJIFILM “X” Photographers Travel and Nature Summit was held in Townsend Tennessee (in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park). It was a great success. We brought together folks from all over along with some of FUJIFILM’S top management and technical field representatives. It was a great learning experience for everyone how not only gained important information from the instructors as well as the Fujifilm attendees, but from each other. This concept went far beyond what Bill Fortney and I had last year when we came up with this idea. Our thanks to Dan Bailey and Karen Hutton (both Fujifilm “X” Photographers as well) for being part of the program! Click HERE for a short Video done by Karen!

 

Below is essentially what the summit coming this fall to Portland Oregon is about!

  • Sponsored by FUJIFILM and specifically designed for X Series shooters and people who are interested in the X Series, these workshops will teach you how to maximize your creativity and technical abilities with the Fuji system.
  • Featuring Bill Fortney, Jack Graham, Dan Bailey and Dan Westergren, ( all dedicated workshop leaders) and learn a wide range of photography methods and techniques from each of us and get firsthand instruction about how we use the specific features of the Fuji cameras in our own image making. Click HERE for Bio’s on each of us.
  • Through a combination of field sessions, presentations, image reviews and talks about a wide range of photography topics, you’ll learn not just how to expand your photography abilities, but how to make use of the specific tools and features found on the Fuji cameras.
  • PDX_MASTERThere will be plenty of opportunity for personal, one-on-one time with all of the instructors and informal time to chat and get to know not only the instructors, but the other attendees, as well. You are guaranteed to come away with many new friends! Also, there will be FUJIFILM technical reps and other personnel on hand to provide loaner equipment, enhance your learning experience and answer any questions (or give your own feedback) about the X Series gear. There will even be some free giveaways!
  • Late summer/ early fall in the Pacific Northwest is beautiful… sometimes too beautiful! We will get out to a few locations to learn to use what you have learned at the summit.
  • LAORJAGDN3_20100505_3750YOU DON’T NEED TO BE A FUJIFILM SHOOTER! If you’re an X Series shooter… GREAT!… or if you’re JUST curious about the Fuji system, and you want the chance to learn from working pro Fuji shooters​, then I highly recommend the “X” Photographers Travel and Nature Summit in Portland Oregon this September.

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  • Photography instruction specifically geared towards FUJIFILM X Series shooters. 
  • Exclusive and intensive, multi-day learning opportunity in a beautiful setting.
  • Field sessions, group presentations and personal image reviews.
  • Lots of time for informal, on-on-one interaction with the instructors.
    • Professional instruction in small group settings from 4 professional outdoor and travel shooters, all official FUJIFILM X Photographers 
  • FUJIFILM X Series cameras and lenses for you to try out

 

ITINERARY

CS_PDX_STJohnBr2_111121_HF8Each day will begin with a morning field session in any number of beautiful landscape settings, followed by a late morning presentation. After lunch, there will be 2-3 afternoon seminars that will feature any number of topics, and a feature evening presentation by one of the four instructors. In the evening, there will be lots of downtime for informal one-on-one time with the instructors and other attendees.

Each of the X-Photographers will give at least two focused presentations during the summit, and you’ll also see demonstrations by the FUJIFILM staff that will range from technical aspects and creative use of the X Series gear.

During the summit, you’ll learn a wide range of techniques and creative methods from a small group of long-time working pro photographers. They’ll provide insight about their own creative and compositional methods, as well as specific instruction on how they use the features and tools found in the X Series cameras. You’ll learn how to see and compose powerful imagery, and how to use the dedicated settings and creative tools in the Fuji system to expand your own creative photography boundaries.

 

​Possible Topics

  • Tips towards making better images regardless of subject matter or location
  • Composition: Seeing creativity and effectively arranging your subject matter
  • What makes for a truly compelling image
  • How to be proficient with the different X Series cameras and lenses
  • Camera Settings: Making sure you know what each menu setting does and that your camera is set where you want it to be.
  • How to make the most of the gear you already have
  • Specific instruction on the dedicated modes and creative settings on the X Series gear
  • How to pull together light, subject and background into single dramatic frameDuring the field sessions, you’ll work in smaller groups of 15 people and one of the X Photographer instructors. All attendees will have at least one field sessions with each of the instructors.

LAOREPDX_PM1YES WE DO IMAGE REVIEWS: One of the best ways to learn is to have your own images reviewed by a professional. We’ll have a dedicated block set aside for image reviews and you’ll have the chance to submit two of your photographs for review and comment by each of the instructors. (Images should be on a USB thumb drive, 1600 pixels on the long side.)

During the review, the X Photographers will provide personal feedback about your image and give you expert tips on how to improve or expand the creative or technical aspects of your imagery and shooting style.

REGISTRATION ….LODGING and SUMMIT LOCATION

The cost for this 3 ½ day event is $699.00

Lodging is not included in the price of the summit, Information on Lodging and Registration can be found HERE

We will be basing our event out of the Portland Airport Courtyard by Marriott


  • WHAT IS INCLUDED
  • All classroom sessions
  • Feature presentations
  • Image reviews
  • FUJIFILM X Series loaner gear and demos
  • Guided field sessions
  • Opportunities for one-on-one time with each of the instructors and FUJIFILM tech reps
  • Dedicated X Series instruction and support
  • The promise of amazing learning opportunities
  • WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
  • Travel/transportation to the summit locations
  • Personal camera gear
  • Lodging
  • Meals and alcoholic beverages, tips gifts etc.
  • Any guarantees of perfectly clear weather

Please consider joining us. For more information contact Jack Graham

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A BUSY FEBRUARY..Whidbey Island, Death Valley…. now on to March!

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ALL IMAGES MADE WITH FUJI XT-1 CAMERA AND FUJINON LENSES

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After Iceland and Norway in January 2015, it was off to Whidbey Island here in Washington for a 2 day event, followed by my first of two workshops in Death Valley, California.

_JGP2595-Edit-Edit-2-Edit-EditWe had a good and eager group in Whidbey Island for two full days of presentations and some field work. I really love teaching at the Pacific Northwest Art School. Not only are the folks there great, but the classroom setup is first class. The night before my workshop I was asked to do a presentation on our ULTIMATE ICELAND trips over the years to Iceland and now over to Norway.

A local writer did a great article for the Whidbey / Camino Islands webpage on my workshop. (I was so busy I didn’t get them my images, but the ones they writer shot were really good… he was on our workshop as well!). You can read it by clicking :http://www.whidbeycamanoislands.com/thingstodo/arts/art_class_pacific_nw_art_schoo/

 

Pre Dawn in Coupeville, Whidbey Island
Pre Dawn in Coupeville, Whidbey Island

I would like to thank the PNWAS for their support and friendship. I will be running more events there in the summer and fall this year. Please consider joining me there for some very special priced workshops. Click HERE for information.

_JGP2587-Edit-Edit_JGP2643-Edit-Edit-Edit-Edit-Edit-EditDeath Valley…what can I say? We were fortunate to have great light and  weather along with an exceptional group of workshop attendees. It’s great when the whole group “gets it”. What I mean by that is they all bought in to my theory of slowing down, enjoying the moment, simplifying your images and learning to see. I’m stressing these theories more and more each workshop.

_JGP2666-EditMaking the image is the hard part. The best equipment isn’t going to allow you to become an artist, it just gives you the chance to make successful images. Successful photographers have to deliver images from the heart, and tell their story.

10915239_805705402835598_6833343020276407047_nSpeaking of equipment. I continue to be blown away with my Fuji XT-1 and the sharp glass. The new 55-140mm F2.8 LM OIS 2.8 (80-210 in 35mm) is incredibly sharp. Having said that I just sold my 18-55mm and ordered the XF16-55mmF2.8R LM WR, a lens that will pair great with XF50-140mmF2.8R LM OIS WR.
We still have an opening in Iceland this summer if you can make it.

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_JGP2709-Edit-2 I had a cancellation on my SW workshop (Slot Canyons, Horseshoe Bend and Monument valley—more.) in April. Our Hunt’s Mesa / Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelley event has an opening as well, also in April.
I’ll be leaving in 2 weeks for the southwest again for my workshops with Bill Fortney in Nelson, NV followed by our workshop in Canyonlands and Arches NP.

PLEASE CHECK BACK OFTEN FOR UPDATES—Jack

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WINDY HERE IN LOFOTEN NORWAY — Red Fishing Cabins— 1st class living in an amazing area!

Some dramatic weather here on Norway’s western coast!   WIND–ABOUT 60 mph; SNOW–ICY DRIVING; The view from our cabin in Lofoten, Norway–Amazing!

These cabins have been reinvented into very comfortable accommodations with 2 bedrooms and a kitchen/-living room. Other than that, they are on stilts and the wind is so strong the place shakes a bit! It’s actually cool to be kind of trapped in the storm. Things should be over by the morning–however it’s still windy like crazy—lost power once—snowing—-crazy seas—the place is rockin’—but we’re cozy inside!  This is the view from our living room window just before sunset today (at 2:30pm!). Shooting was tough but I decided to make RED the color of the day!

INFORMATION about our 2016 photography workshops here will be coming soon

ALL IMAGES MADE WITH THE AMAZING FUJI XT-1 AND FUJI GLASS!

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MORE IMAGES: from today—-RED !

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WIldlife Photography with the Fuji XT-1-GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK

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AND FUJI & NIKON LENSES

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I arrived here in Jackson Wyoming last night (11/30) just in time for the snow to start. It snowed lightly overnight, perhaps an inch or two. Today I spent a few hours scouting in the Grand Teton National Park in preparation for my last workshop of 2014, which starts on Wednesday night.

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Fuji XT-1  Fuji 55-300  ISO3200 1/4000th at F8

This was my first experience photographing wildlife with the Fuji XT-1. I will be the first to admit I am far from being a competent wildlife photographer.  I also went in to say hello to my good friends in Tom Mangalsen’s gallery here in Jackson. If you want to see a great wildlife, as well as a landscape photographer, check out Tom’s work!

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Fuji XT-1  Fuji 55-200   ISO1600 1/680th at F16

I went into the park with the Fuji XT-1 and my Nikon 300F4 (450mm on the Fuji) and my 18-55mm 2.8 as well as the 55-200. The snow and changing weather really had the animals active (with lots more coming tonight!). Within 3 hours I found big horn sheep, elk, river otters, trumpeter swans, bald eagles and buffalo. The landscape was really beautiful as well.

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Fuji XT-1  Fuji 55-200   ISO5000 1/4000th at F8

Again, I am amazed at the sharpness of the Fuji glass and the ability of the XT-1 to deliver really noise free images up to 6400 ISO. I shot mainly with the 55.200 ( 78-300mm on the Fuji) The big horns at times were so close to the truck even that lens was too much! (When I stopped, they come over to lick the salt off the vehicle left over from yesterday’s trip on the interstate.)

I shot pretty much on continuous low, giving me a short burst of frames of which to choose the sharpest and best pose (Aperture priority). The snow added a nice touch, even though it was about 15 degrees!

So here are a few images from today… enjoy!   —JG

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Fuji XT-1  Fuji 55-200   ISO3500 1/160th at F8

FIve things I like about my Fuji XT-1

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Icelandic Horses FUJI XT-1 , FUJI 18-55mm 2.8
Icelandic Horses FUJI XT-1 , FUJI 18-55mm 2.8

It’s been 7 + months since I’ve been shooting ( exclusively) the Fuji XT-1. I am often asked why and what I really like about it.  Below are 5 things I really love about this camera. Yes, there are some things I’d really like Fuji to improve but overall it’s just a great camera that produces incredible images and is fun to shoot. My back also loves this system! Here are the 5 main things I love about the Fuji XT-1 —(All images we made with this camera)

1) I simply love the style and feel of the body itself. It brings me back to the SLRs of the past while letting me make the kind of images that we demand today. It is a bit of the “Old School” look and feel with the current technology. The FUJI XT-1 is lighter and smaller (and easier on my back!), compared to today’s heavy and bulky DSLRs. The controls of the Fuji X-T1 do not feel at all cramped. The XT-1 is just plain fun to shoot with while being well built  with a weather sealed magnesium cast body. This is one really good feeling and looking camera.

Fuji XT 1/ Fuji 10-24mm F4
Fuji XT 1/ Fuji 10-24mm F4

2) The electronic viewfinder (EVF) on the Fuji XT-1 is absolutely amazing. Its brightness and clarity sometimes makes it hard to remember I am looking at an electronically generated image. One nitpick is that there is a very (and I mean very) slight pause in the display when the exposure is adjusted. It’s a God send to be able to see my histogram before I shoot. (This should be a feature in every DSLR—listening Nikon & Canon?). It’s great to see my compensation change when I dial it up or down. This is only a feature in the higher end cameras by the competition. But  this isn’t rocket science. All DSLRs should function like this!

Fuji XT-1/Fuji 14,, 2.8
Fuji XT-1/Fuji 14,, 2.8

3) The Fuji X-T1 performs exceptionally well at high ISOs. I would challenge any full frame DSLR to compare images at a very high ISOs. I feel very comfortable shooting up to ISO 1600 knowing my files will be noiseless. Color and black levels hold together right up to ISO 6400. Slight noise increases do occur when shooting at 6400, but they are very manageable.

Fuji XT-1/ Fuji  55-200MM/ ISO 3200,  F 5.6 at  1/4000 sec
Fuji XT-1/ Fuji 55-200MM/ ISO 3200,
F 5.6 at 1/4000 sec

4) A great camera deserves great glass and Fuji has really delivered. The18-55mm (dare I call it a kit lens) is a fast (2.8) lens, extremely well built and produces incredibly sharp and well defined images. Compare it to any other “kit” lens available! I have found other Fuji lenses to be extremely fast and sharp as well. ( I own the 14mm 2.8, 10-24 F4, 55-200mm and 60m macro. I can’t wait for the new 50-140 F 2.8 weather sealed, with a collar mount 2.8 coming next month!) All Fuji lenses have metal mounts. Most of Nikon’s new lenses are plastic. Most of Fuji’s lenses are smaller and lighter than the competitions as well. One cool thing is that Fuji produces a road map of its lenses so we know what’s coming more than a year ahead at times.

Fuji XT-1, Fuji 18-55mm
Fuji XT-1, Fuji 18-55mm

5) Fuji listens to its customers more than any other manufacturer. Fuji has also done a great job of upgrading camera firmware while not forgetting about their earlier models. While other manufacturers make their customers buy newer models, Fuji has done it primarily by firmware. Additional functionality and features on the XT -1 were direct responses by Fuji to their customer’s suggestions. What a novel idea.

Fuji XT-1, Fuji 55-200mm
Fuji XT-1, Fuji 55-200mm

A few things I’d like to see Fuji change:

1) Make the back buttons a bit easier to manage

2) Improve battery life

3) Lock down the diopter adjustment

MORE IMAGES FROM THIS YEAR—all made with the XT-1 and great Fuji glass

Old Truck, Sprague WA.


Ice Cave, Iceland

Palouse WA._Barn

Southern Oregon Coast Sunset

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