Bob Rockefeller Photography

Trying Grav


Grav IconSo, I do need to try this Grav thing out. I wrote some time ago about what Grav needed to cause me to give it a closer look. In it I listed a number of key qualities I was looking for before I’d be comfortable giving it a serious try by re-creating this site with it.

So, how did it do?

What If Photos For OS X Is Great?


Aperture IconSo what happens if Photos for OS X and iOS turns out to be great? As in “insanely great?”

With the demise of Aperture as an actively developed product with a future, many serious photographers have already made their choice and switched to a competitor such as Lightroom or Capture One. I am using Lightroom; but I can’t say I love it. I never really have.

Switching makes sense after Apple neglected Aperture for so many years; leaving it to be “updated” without ever adding leading-edge features such as lens distortion correction, graduated filters, nor advanced image noise reduction. When you add that they pre-announced Photos, but said almost nothing about what its capabilities would be nor what market it would serve, no wonder there was a rush for the doors.

Off-Camera Flash For Fujifilm


Fujifilm EF-42One big gap for Fujifilm shooters is off-camera flash. Other than putting an EF-42 flash on a long cord (a Canon-compatible cable is reported to work well), there are no first-party choices.

Yes, the X-Trans sensor is capable of low noise high ISO performance and the Fujinon primes are fast lenses. But what options are available for photographers who need supplemental light? If the requirement is for TLL flash control, then the long Canon-compatible cord is the only choice. But if manual flash will work for you, or is your preference, then I’ve found several viable options

Next Stop, Fujifilm


Fujifilm X-T1I’ve left a long trail of camera systems behind me. That may be a good or a bad thing, but for me it’s time for the next move.

After some time with the very nice Olympus OM-D E-M1, I decided that I’d go back to my Nikon gear. And after a very short time with that, I knew that wasn’t going to work for me, either. The moment happened when I looked at my Nikon D810 with the 24-120mm f4.0 lens mounted and realized it was just too big for a walk-around camera.

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