Weekly Photo Project – Conclusion

With my 365 photo-a-day project complete, I wanted to share some thoughts about it. Was it worth it? What did I learn? Would I do it again? I’m sure there are a number of you who have considered doing your own, so perhaps answering these questions will be useful insight to you.

One reason why I wanted to do this project in the first place was for practice. In the very first post I said, “Athletes practice daily. Musicians practice daily. If you want to be great at something and stay great at it, you need to regularly challenge yourself. This is just as true with your camera as it is with everything else.” A 365 project is one way to photographically exercise. It keeps you in camera shape and hopefully builds camera muscle. With each exposure there is an opportunity to learn. I do believe that I did improve my photography skills over the last year, at least a little.

If you do something everyday for long enough it will become habit. Picking up my camera and having it with me is now habit. Thinking photographically while I have my camera nearby is a habit. Capturing daily pictures is a habit. More importantly than all of that, taking note of the exposures I made and whether or not they’re good enough, and, if not, trying again a little harder to capture something better is now a habit. Those are good habits that I can thank this project for.

Something else that I gained from doing this photo-a-day project is I captured some pictures that I would not have otherwise captured. I forced myself to make some exposures “because I had to” and some of those pictures I quite like. I wouldn’t have made them if I wasn’t forcing myself to do so. This project increased my productivity.

My advice for someone who wants to do a project like this is, first of all, to do it. Actually decide to start and follow through. I took things one week at a time (which is why I called it “Weekly Photo Project”), so if I happened to fail at one week I wouldn’t feel like I failed the whole project. It’s easier to say, “I have just three days left” than “I have 147 days to go!” Taking things in small chunks was mentally very helpful. My advice would be to schedule breaks, perhaps once a quarter or maybe at the mid-point, to allow yourself the opportunity to guilt-free miss a day or week. I found that the winter, with its cold and short days, was the hardest. The second half of the project was much easier than the first because habits were setting in.

I’m not continuing this project because I have other things that I want to devote my time and energy towards. I will still be photographically exercising because I want to continue to build my camera skills, but it will be different exercises, such as the Film Simulation Challenge. It was great to do, and I’m very happy that I completed this project, as it was very beneficial to me, but I’m glad that it’s now over.

I’ve selected one picture to represent each week for the second half of this project. I did this already for Weeks 1-26. Some weeks I had several good pictures to choose from, and some weeks I had seven mediocre ones. That’s just the way it goes. I hope you’ve enjoyed following this project, and I hope that it has been an inspiration to you.

Week 27

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Snow Falling On The Ridge – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T20

Week 28

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Brush Strokes Over The Great Salt Lake – Antelope Island SP, UT – Fujifilm X-T20

Week 29

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Wide Load Chairs Out In The Cold – Uintah, UT – Fujifilm X-T20

Week 30

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Shopping Cart Return – Roy, UT – Fujifilm XF10

Week 31

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Silver Mountain – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T20

Week 32

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Lifting Morning Mountain Mist – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T20

Week 33

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Hat – Antelope Island SP, UT – Fujifilm X-T20

Week 34

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Fresh Neighborhood Snow – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

Week 35

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It’s Lit – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

Week 36

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Neon Reflection – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

Week 37

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Frozen Reservoir – Causey Reservoir, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

Week 38

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Oquirhh Rain – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

Week 39

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Vibrant Flowerbed – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

Week 40

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Colorful Cactus Blooms – Phoenix, AZ – Fujifilm X-T30

Week 41

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Yellow Palo Verde – Black Canyon, AZ – Fujifilm X-T30

Week 42

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Treeline Impressions – Eagle Island SP, ID – Fujifilm X-T30

Week 43

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Dark Cloud Over The Dark Mountain – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

Week 44

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Red Tricycle – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

Week 45

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The Corporate Ladder – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

Week 46

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Morning Mountain Rain – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

Week 47

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Blue Sunset – Antelope Island SP, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

Week 48

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Waterfall Into The Ogden River – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

Week 49

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Wearing Grandpa’s Hat – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

Week 50

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Monochrome Sunset – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

Week 51

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Traffic Lamp – Bountiful, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

Week 52

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Onaqui Wild Horses – Dugway, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

 

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Weekly Photo Project, Week 52

Here it is! These pictures are the final week of this photo-a-day project, taken one week at a time for 52 weeks. It’s very hard for me to believe that it’s over, but it is also a relief, and now I can tackle some other things that I’ve been putting off. There will be one more post, which will summarize the entire project. I hope that you’ve enjoyed seeing these articles and that this has been an inspiration to you in some way.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

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Hay Stack – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Asahi Pentax Auto-Takumar 55mm f/2.2 – 1/1700, aperture unknown, ISO 640

Monday, July 29, 2019

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Onaqui Wild Horses – Dugway, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 90mm f/2 – 1/1900, f/6.4, ISO 640

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

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Shopping Cart Car – Riverdale, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 35mm f/2 – 1/1700, f/5.6, ISO 640

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

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Pollen Collecting – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 90mm f/2 – 1/240, f/5, ISO 640

Thursday, August 1, 2019

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Jar of Coffee Beans – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 90mm f/2 – 1/140, f/5.6, ISO 640

Friday, August 2, 2019

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Sun Bee – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 35mm f/2 – 1/1300, f/7.1, ISO 640

Saturday, August 3, 2019

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Firesky Watchtower – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 35mm f/2 – 1/110, f/5.6, ISO 640

Week 51  Conclusion

Weekly Photo Project, Week 51

I love using vintage lenses. They add character to the image. Modern lenses are great, but they are also precision engineered, which means that they lack flaws. It’s flaws that give these old lenses personality. Each picture this week was captured with an old, manual lens attached to the front of my Fujifilm X-T30.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

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Antique Tricycle – Antelope Island SP, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Asahi Pentax Super-Takumar 50mm f/1.4 – 1/125, aperture unknown, ISO 3200

Monday, July 22, 2019

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Country Sunflower – Downey, ID – Fujifilm X-T30 & Asahi Pentax Auto-Takumar 55mm f/2.2 – 1/200, aperture unknown, ISO 5000

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

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Waiving Flag – Draper, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Asahi Pentax Auto-Takumar 55mm f/2.2 – 1/9000, aperture unknown, ISO 640

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

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Morning Coffee – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Asahi Pentax Auto-Takumar 55mm f/2.2 – 1/200, aperture unknown, ISO 6400

Thursday, July 25, 2019

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Coffee Beans – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Helios 103 – 1/200, aperture unknown, ISO 3200

Friday, July 26, 2019

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Summer Green Mountain – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Asahi Pentax Auto-Takumar 55mm f/2.2 – 1/200, aperture unknown, ISO 5000

Saturday, July 27, 2019

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Traffic Lamp – Bountiful, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & & Asahi Pentax Auto-Takumar 55mm f/2.2 – 1/2000, aperture unknown, ISO 640

Week 50   Week 52

Weekly Photo Project, Week 50

This week is represented by a hodgepodge of pictures. Overall these seven days were fairly productive, with the usual couple of barely-productive days thrown in. You might note that there are only two weeks left, which I’ve actually already completed, so in real time this project is finished, but I still have more to share on this blog. Expect those posts shortly, with a wrap-up article to nicely tie a bow around this whole thing.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

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Monochrome Sunset – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 35mm f/2 – 1/1600, f/5.6, ISO 640

Monday, July 15, 2019

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Faux Flowers Monochrome – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 35mm f/2 – 1/125, f/2.8, ISO 4000

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

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Kodak Flying Disc – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 35mm f/2 – 1/640, f/9, ISO 640

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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Cottonwood Sun – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 35mm f/2 – 1/200, f/13, ISO 640

Thursday, July 18, 2019

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Unlocked Gate – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 35mm f/2 – 1/3500, f/5.6, ISO 640

Friday, July 19, 2019

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Shelf Camera – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 35mm f/2 – 1/120, f/2, ISO 6400

Saturday, July 20, 2019

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Gold Medal – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 90mm f/2 – 1/680, f/5, ISO 640

Week 49   Week 51

Weekly Photo Project, Week 49

The first four photographs in this set are ones that I haven’t posted on Fuji X Weekly before. The bottom three pictures were in the Kodacolor film simulation recipe article, so you’ve probably seen them before, but I hope that you don’t mind seeing them again. Sunrise Over Lincoln Highway is a great example of how D-Range Priority can be a useful feature occasionally. In this case D-Range Priority Strong was selected in order to combat the extreme contrast of the scene.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

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Caged Flowers – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 35mm f/2 – 1/90, f/4, ISO 6400

Monday, July 8, 2019

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Empty Tables – Coalville, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 35mm f/2 – 1/125, f/5.6, ISO 800

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

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Green Field Fence – Coalville, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 35mm f/2 – 1/500, f/10, ISO 640

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

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Sunrise Over Lincoln Highway – Echo, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 35mm f/2 – 1/950, f/10, ISO 640

Thursday, July 11, 2019

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Renew or Replace – Riverdale, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 90mm f/2 – 1/3500, f/f.6, ISO 640

Friday, July 12, 2019

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Wearing Grandpa’s Hat – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 90mm f/2 – 1/350, f/4.5, ISO 640

Saturday, July 13, 2019

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Be The Light – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 90mm f/2 – 1/80, f/2.8, ISO 6400

Week 48  Week 50

Weekly Photo Project, Week 48

Unsurprisingly, this week had a few photographically productive days and a few that weren’t. That’s been a common theme of this project, and if there’s one thing that I’d like to further work on regarding all this is ensuring that each day is productive. That’s not an easy task because life pulls in so many different directions all at once. I think finding and taking advantage of the small moments tucked among all of the distractions and responsibilities is an opportunity to succeed at this, but it will take being more diligent and deliberate.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

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Highland Cow – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 35mm f/2 – 1/280, f/8, ISO 640

Monday, July 1, 2019

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Waterfall Into The Ogden River – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 35mm f/2 – 1/4000, f/8, ISO 640

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

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Rushing Light – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 90mm f/2 – 1/4000, f/6.4, ISO 640

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

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Garden Lily – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 35mm f/2 – 1/350, f/6.4, ISO 640

Thursday, July 4, 2019

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Breakfast – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 90mm f/2 – 1/110, f/4.5, ISO 6400

Friday, July 5, 2019

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Lakeshore Tree – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 90mm f/2 – 1/125, f/8, ISO 640

Saturday, July 6, 2019

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American Toyota – Syracuse, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 35mm f/2 – 1/125, f/4.5, ISO 2000

Week 47   Week 49

Weekly Photo Project, Week 47

As you can see, I’m pretty far behind getting these Weekly Photo Project posts out. I’m actually nearing completion of the project, as I have five more weeks after the one that these pictures represent. Two of those weeks have already happened, and the third will be finished tomorrow. That means, in reality, there are only two weeks left, which is just really difficult for me to imagine, yet I’m quite anxious for this to be done. The first two pictures below are textured pictures using the double-exposure feature of my Fujifilm X-T30. I included the third picture in my Diversity of Utah Landscapes article, so you’ve probably seen it before. The final four pictures are ones that I’ve yet to share.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

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Coffee Still Life – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 90mm f/2 – Double Exposure

Monday, June 24, 2019

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Bottle Still Life – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 90mm f/2 – Double Exposure

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

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Blue Sunset – Antelope Island SP, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 90mm f/2 – 1/125, f/4, ISO 5000

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

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Fake Dog In The Fake Grass – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 90mm f/2 – 1/1250, f/4, ISO 640

Thursday, June 27, 2019

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Boy On Couch – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 90mm f/2 – 1/125, f/5.6, ISO 2000

Friday, June 28, 2019

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Sunlight Over The Roof – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 90mm f/2 – 1/125, f/14, ISO 500

Saturday, June 29, 2019

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Suburban Fence Monochrome – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 90mm f/2 – 1/125, f/4.5, ISO 500

Week 46  Week 48

Weekly Photo Project, Week 46

If this week had a theme it would be red, as I used my Redscale film simulation recipe extensively. The last day is the only one that’s not Redscale, which is the only picture in this series that hasn’t already been shared on this blog.

I’m really looking forward to this photo-a-day project to reach its conclusion. It’s pretty close to being finished, as I’m on the home stretch. Six weeks to go, but really a week-and-a-half of that has already happened, I just haven’t posted the pictures yet, so in about a month I’ll be all done. It’s been a great experience, but I have other projects that I’ve placed on hold because of it, and I look forward to pursuing those.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

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An American Home – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 90mm f/2- 1/850, f/5, ISO 320

Monday, June 17, 2019

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Russian Red – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 90mm f/2 – 1/60, f/5.6, ISO 3200

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

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Red Cross – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 90mm f/2 – 1/125, f/3.2, ISO 800

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

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Orange Hill Under Red Sky – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 90mm f/2 – 1/7500, f/4.5, ISO 320

Thursday, June 20, 2019

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Small Wild Blossoms – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 90mm f/2 – 1/1250, f/5.6, ISO 320

Friday, June 21, 2019

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299 – Coalville, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 90mm f/2 – 1/8000, f/4, ISO 320

Saturday, June 22, 2019

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Morning Mountain Rain – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 90mm – 1/640, f/5, ISO 320

Week 45  Week 47

Weekly Photo Project, Week 45

In this week you’ll see examples of four of my recent film simulation recipes: Fujicolor Industrial, Faded Color, Faded Monochrome and Redscale. As you can imagine, it was a very productive week for film simulation creation. A few of the days were particularly photographically productive, too. Perhaps more importantly, I had a number of fun adventures. Even though you’ve seen these pictures before, I hope that you will still find this set enjoyable.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

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The Corporate Ladder – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 35mm f/2 – 1/200, f/5, ISO 800

Monday, June 10, 2019

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Makeup – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 35mm f/2 – Double Exposure

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

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Faded Daisies – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 35mm f/2 – Double Exposure

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

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Morning Coffee – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 35mm f/2 – Double Exposure

Thursday, June 13, 2019

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East Canyon Reservoir – East Canyon SP, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 35mm f/2 – Double Exposure

Friday, June 14, 2019

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Bank Time – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 35mm f/2 – Double Exposure

Saturday, June 15, 2019

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Corner Trunk – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 90mm f/2 – 1/550, f/6.4, ISO 320

Week 44  Week 46

Weekly Photo Project, Week 44

I must apologize because you’ve likely already seen most of these pictures before. The first three photographs were captured using my “Expired Eterna” recipe and the last two were captured using my “Fujicolor 100 Industrial” recipe, and the pictures were included in those articles. Even so, I hope that you appreciate this set.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

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Bright Storm Clouds – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Asahi Auto-Takumar 55mm f/2.2 – 1/250, aperture unknown, ISO 160

Monday, June 3, 2019

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Red Tricycle – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Asahi Auto-Takumar 55mm f/2.2 – 1/750, aperture unknown, ISO 160

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

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Lady’s Sun Hat – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Asahi Auto-Takumar 55mm f/2.2 – 1/420, aperture unknown, ISO 160

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

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White Arrow – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 90mm f/2 – 1/1000, f/8, ISO 640

Thursday, June 6, 2019

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Green Slope & Melting Snow – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 50-230mm @217mm – 1/1500, f/8, ISO 640

Friday, June 7, 2019

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Rosebud Sky – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 90mm f/2 – 1/4400, f/5, ISO 640

Saturday, June 8, 2019

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Leaves In The Sky – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & 90mm – 1/2000, f/8, ISO 640

Week 43