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Since I am now using my Sony and Canon systems, I have some Fuji gear for sale. USA SALES ONLY.

Please pass this one to anyone who may be interested. First come, first serve. Prices are open to negotiation.

Anyone interested can contact me via email

$975 – Fuji XT-1 Black Body – excellent except for one cosmetic scrape on upper ‘shoulder’ of the camera, but all systems function perfectly. Comes with original battery charger, 2 Fujifilm batteries, 1 Wasabi (3rd party) batteries and 2 Wasabi chargers, the tiny EX-8 flash for the XT-1, the CD, papers, manuals and original box (if that matters!) (sells new for $1299) also a basic remote release (Pro Master) with extension cord

$650 -Fujinon 14mm f2.8 Prime Lens – Excellent condition (sells new for $899)

$600 – Fujinon 23mm f1.4 Prime Lens – Excellent condition (sells new for $899)

$725 – Fujinon 10-24mm f4 lens – Excellent condition (sells new for $999)

$575 – Fujinon 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 Weather Resistant (WR) lens – Excellent Condition (sells new for $899)

$99 – Fujifilm EF-42 Flash. barely used (sells new for $159)

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Ireland in Spring #1

I’m leading my photo tour in south west Ireland with professional photographer Peter Cox. It’s been a wonderful tour so far with mixed weather, dramatic skies, and soft light, too.

Ring of Kerry

I love the fresh greens of Ireland’s landscape in May-June. The clouds were terrific this day, and created wonderful dappled light on the landscape. We’ve had long days but full of different type of photography opportunities, from villages to seascapes. I used my 24-105mm set at 24mm for this image.

Thanks for taking the time to view this, and as always, ratings or sharing of photos is encouraged!


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Cuba #1- Trinidad in Blue & Yellow

I spent a month in Cuba this year – mid-January to mid-February – and I came back with so many images. I knew I’d have a huge task ahead of me to import/organize, and edit/process. What I hadn’t planned on was a notice from my web server that my site was having ‘major issues’! Threatening to suspend my site, I had no choice but to dive in immediately to resolve the problem – whatever it was! I fell down the rabbit hole of code and wordpress, and many days later, emerged with it resolved! Sadly, I lost several blog posts from early January (still trying to get those back).

But I’m back up and running now, and I’m starting the new year again, albeit a little late! HAPPY NEW YEAR, everyone!

Because I was a leader on these photo tours, my mind was pre-occupied with helping others, along with staying on top of the logistics, and I was not always in a mental place to do my best work, although I did photograph. And, to challenge myself, I took only my new Fuji X-E2 system, in order to force myself to really learn it. If I’d had my trusty Canon system with me, I know I would have fallen back on the familiar.

I’m very happy with a bunch of images that I did create, and will be sharing them with you over the next two weeks. The group created some terrific photographs and we had a great time.



Update (Created with Fuji X-E2, and the Fujifilm XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS lens)

Cuba is all about COLOR – yes, there are definitely black and white photographs to be made there, and you’ll see a few from me on posts, but Cubans use color so much on their buildings, and they wear incredibly colorful clothing, and even their bicycles seem to coordinate with the walls! Seriously, it is full of color contrast, color juxtaposition, color harmony, and I love it. I am naturally drawn to color and graphic design, it’s a ‘theme’ that runs through much of my travel photography.

This man was standing at his open door, watching people walk by, and he was a great photo opportunity! Many of us first photographed him candidly, and then afterwards we decided to have him ‘pose’ and look straight at people. He started to take off his towel to get ready – and we all shouted “NO” simultaneously – which sort of shocked him – but we loved the towel! 

Thanks for visiting, folks!




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Flying Puffin_MG_5563


My photo tour group  in Lake Clark National Park this past July was such fun, and they were all really good photographers. We were there mostly for the bears, so the horned puffins (Fratercula corniculata) were an added bonus – if the weather cooperated. It did and we got to take the boat ride to the island. When we arrived it was quite foggy, but the closer to the cliffs we got the more puffins we saw. Soon, the weather cleared a little, but still gave us mostly bright, diffused light – perfect for bird portraits. They would zip past us in flight and we tried to get them in action, but that was clearly a challenge – we were too close in most instances! A few of us managed to get them in flight, but several of us decided to focus on the ones on the rock and watch their behavior. Like other birds, they would often poop just before they were going to take off – which is pretty funny but it’s true. We could see the body language and after a while could tell when they were about to pop off the rock. I managed just one good image this, and a whole bunch of great portraits of them interacting and sitting around on the rocks. What fun we had!

I made this picture with a Canon EOS 500mm f4 IS lens, on a tripod with a Really Right Stuff Pro 55 Ball head and a Wimberly Side-kick. It helps to have the right gear for a photo like this, but ironically we could have done some of our pictures (and did) with a 100-400mm or 200-400mm lens, just as easily, as in many situations we were able to get pretty close.


Enjoy and thanks for visiting,



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