John Bartlett, Ticonderoga, New York

John Bartlett, photographed for Kiwanis International. John heads up the Backpack Food Distribution Program at Ticonderoga Elementary School which provides local schoolchildren with backpacks loaded with food every weekend, delivering the equivalent of 45,000 meals every year.

I photographed John with a Fujifilm X-Pro2 and 16mm ƒ/1.4 lens. There was a Bolt VB-22 (Godox AD360) bare bulb flash to camera left inside a 46-inch Photek Softlighter, triggered with a Cactus V6II radio for high-speed sync. The exposure was 1/640 second at ƒ/4 ISO 200.

Going Wider with the Fujifilm X100T and WCL-X70

Even though Fujifilm doesn't list it in the specifications, the new WCL-X70 wide angle converter made for the new X70 also works (with some caveats) on the X100T.

Mead Chapel, Middlebury College, VermontThe X100T with WCL-X70 Converter produces angle of view comparable to a 26mm lens in full frame 35mm format. 1/300 second, ƒ/8, ISO 200.

For those anxious to dive right into the samples, head over to my image delivery site to view and download full-resolution JPEGs. Images listed as 19mm in the EXIF were shot with the WCL-X70. Those listed as 23mm were shot with the native X100T lens unaltered.

I share Alton Brown's distaste for unitaskers, so when Fujifilm Australia mentioned in an Instagram post that the new WCL-X70 wide angle converter designed for the newly released X70 camera would also fit the X100T, I became interested. One converter for two cameras is too good to pass up. Unfortunately, my internet searches turned up no high-resolution sample images of this combination, so I had no idea how well it would perform.

Long story short, I ordered the adapter and made my own gallery for the benefit of all the other X100 users out there who may be interested in going a bit wider than the WCL-X100 wide angle converter.

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The 'somebody-ness' of everybody

"You've got to recognize the 'somebody-ness' of everybody" – John H. White
Pulitzer-price winning photojournalist John H. White recently gave a talk at Middlebury College. Afterward, he took some time to connect with a young admirer.

You can learn more about John at the Lucie Awards page, look at some of his work from the DOCUMERICA project at Flickr, or his Portrait of Black Chicago at the U.S. National Archives.
"I'm faithful to my purpose, my mission, my assignment, my work, my dreams. I stay focused on what I'm doing and what's important. And I keep in flight—I spread my wings and do it." – John H. White

The Valkyrie's Ride

New Haven, Vermont (August 5, 2015) - #1 Auto Parts Demolition Derby at Addison County Field Days. (Photo © 2015 Brett Simison)
"You sit still too long, you’re out. The derby is all about hitting."

My photo story with text by Blair Kloman about the Addison County Fair and Field Days Demolition Derby is now online at The Warbler. Head over their and check out “Collision Course”.

Above is one of my favorite images from that set. There’s something about this blonde woman sitting proudly on top of her derby entry that reminds me of a Norse warrior about to ride her war horse into battle.

 You can view the entire selection of images in the Demolition Days gallery.