Fuji X T-2: The Magic of Beginnings

“And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” — Meister Eckhart

You might have read about my near horror story in a previous blog post, Fuji X T-2: When Support Helped Save a Vacation, but all turned out relatively well after the close call. This was my first major expedition with a nearly brand new Fuji X T-2 and I was anxious to see how it would perform.

I haven’t had a “state-of-the-art” camera in nearly fifty years. I had been using point-and-shoots with only a moderate interest in photography. I was generally a documentarian. I am now embarking upon the development my creative eye.

“You are never too old to set another goal, or to dream a new dream.” – C. S. Lewis

When we arrived in Portland, Oregon, the air was acrid and ash was falling from the sky and landing on our luggage due to the surrounding wildfires. We acquired an automobile and headed toward the coast. By the time we arrived in Astoria, OR, the sun was low in the sky; a saturated light grey. Little did we know that the coast was often grey and/or foggy.

One of my favorite photographs from this trip, was the very first one I captured in Astoria at the end of our first day. Our room was very near the Columbia river and the Megler Bridge. The area was, therefore, a waterfront and had many of trappings expected in such an environment.

As I looked outside the window of our room, I could see several boats that were in disrepair and in dry dock. The lure of these boats was probably the same as that which brings photographers to abandoned buildings. These boats were old and may not have been “sea worthy,” but they had character.

The sun was getting lower by the minute. I grabbed the camera and walked to the area with the retired Ladies of the River. One boat in particular caught my attention because it was stately even when adorned with decay.

I took a couple of pictures with the hope that I could capture the essence of the evening and the feeling I had standing next to this once dignified, yet working class boat.


A river boat in dry dock along the Columbia River, Astoria, OR

My first attempt with the X T-2 on our trip to the Oregon coast

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Metadata

File Name: DSCF0045.RAF
Capture time: 5:24:45 PM
Capture date: September 5, 2017
Exposure: 1/750 sec @ f/5.6
Focal Length: 18mm
ISO: 100
Fujifilm X-T2
Lens: 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS
Edited in Lightroom

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“I make art to show my soul that I am listening.” — Unknown

“Be helpful when you see someone without a smile, give them yours.” — Zig Ziglar

“And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” — Meister Eckhart

“Duty is what one expects from others, it is not what one does oneself.” — Oscar Wilde

 

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“Only the hand that erases can write the true thing.” — Meister Eckhart

“Experience is a good teacher, but she sends in terrific bills.” — Minna Antrim

“No man who continues to add something to the material, intellectual and moral well-being of the place in which he lives is long left without proper reward.” — Booker T. Washington

“Be wiser than other people, if you can, but do not tell them so.” — Lord Chesterfield

 

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“Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.” — Meister Eckhart

“There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.” — Kenneth H. Blanchard

“What is possible is not defined by what is probable.” — Mark Sanborn

“Establishing goals is all right if you don’t let them deprive you of interesting detours.” — Doug Larson

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“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit as vital to our lives as water and good bread.” — Edward Abbey

“And suddenly you just know it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” — Meister Eckhart

“The influential man is the successful man, whether he be rich or poor.” — Orison Swett Marden

“Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.” — Howard Aiken