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My Other Hobby – Woodworking

One of my other/many hobbies is woodworking. I’ll admit that most of what I’ve built is not artistic, and many of my projects follow plans published in woodworking magazines (including Woodsmith and American Woodworker). I’ll also admit that much of what I built as a beginner was…well…crap. More recent pieces have found a good place in our home or the homes of our kids. My basement workshop has been a retreat from the stresses of daily life and a welcome space to practice a craft that I admired from a distance for many years. Woodworkers fall into two broad “tribes” – Norm-ites and Luddites. The former are followers of Norm Abram and believe that a power tool exists for every task. The latter group eschews the use of power tools. I’m an unashamed self-admitted Norm-ite.

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Fuji GFX-50S and Hasselblad X1D-50c Comparison

I’ve been using the Hasselblad X1D for two years, and in a fit of boredom and frustration during December 2018 decided to buy a FujiFilm GFX-50S and a few lenses to see what all the excitement was about. Plus, the Fuji cameras and lenses were being offered at considerable discounts to their regular retail prices and I’m a sucker for good deals.

Having been asked by several photographers for my opinion of the two camera systems (bear in mind that there are only a few idiots like me who will admit to owning both), I thought I’d summarize in this post what I’ve been telling them. This is not a review of either camera, just my comparison of the two, in categories that matter to me as a landscape photographer. The last statement is important because I don’t photograph sports or action, birds in flight, street or in a studio. I typically use a tripod and available light. My photographs of people are limited to candid portraits of my family.

Both the X1D and 50S were introduced about two years ago, have achieved some level of operational stability, have active online user communities, and share the same long-in-the-tooth 44x33mm [cropped medium format] Sony sensor (also shared by the Pentax 645Z and H6D-50c). So I’m late to the party with this comparison. Both Fuji and Hasselblad will undoubtedly introduce new cameras this year and make this comparison moot. Or not.

This is written from the perspective of a Hasselblad X1D-50c owner or aspirant who is considering the Fuji GFX-50S as an alternative.

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Custom Foam Insert for Hasselblad X1D Kit Using MyCaseBuilder

I’ve just completed a 3D project. No, not 3D printing. It’s a custom foam insert for a Pelican rolling case. I intend to use the case for both equipment storage and travel. Why not the Hasselblad Field Kit Pelican Case? It’s not wheeled, isn’t a newer Pelican Air case, doesn’t accommodate the XCD 21mm lens, is more expensive, and isn’t sized for the maximum airline carry-on dimensions. Plus, this looked like a fun project to take on during the hot and humid days of summer.

I used MyCaseBuilder.com to design and fabricate the foam insert. The insert fits a Pelican Air 1535 rolling case that meets the carry-on restrictions of most airlines and is convenient for automobile travel. The case is similar to the standard Pelican 1510, a case that I use for equipment storage. The new Pelican Air cases are lighter and more mobile than their standard counterparts. Having used “pick and pluck” foam inserts in Pelican cases in the past, I wanted to give custom foam inserts a try.

Completed custom foam insert showing gear placement

Completed custom foam insert showing gear placement

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Great Smoky Mountains in the Spring

The usual Great Smoky Mountains suspects – Cades Cove and Tremont – photographed in late April with the Hasselblad X1D and an IR-converted Sony A6500. The weather and atmospheric conditions were ideal, with early morning fog and great clouds. While the dogwoods were just past peak, I was able to capture a few remaining blooms. This park is one of the gems of the US National Park system and a photographer’s dream destination.

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FrameShop Script v1.1.0 – Adding a Watermark

FrameShop is a script for Adobe Photoshop designed to give the photographer/artist a variety of mat and frame styles for displaying digital images on the Web. The previous version of the script was described in detail in an earlier post on this blog, FrameShop Script v1.0.0 for Photoshop CC and CS6. This new version (v1.1.0) adds a watermark as a signature option, is available in localized versions for Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch and German language versions of Photoshop, and fixes bugs.

  • Watermark as a signature option
  • Localized script versions for Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch and German language versions of Photoshop
  • Fixed a batch mode bug that used the EXIF date and GPS coordinates from the first image for all the images in the batch
  • Fixed a bug that resulted in a vertical bar separator (|) in the EXIF text even when the associated EXIF tag was blank or undefined

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