Lunar eclipse (properly cropped this time

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Lunar eclipse in totality. This is probably just a bit more than what you would see with your eyes. Tough to tease out “reality

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Kicking off the fall season at Acme Theater in Maynard is “Self Help” (by Norm Foster).  This mad cap comedy is directed by Kevin Nessman and runs from September 18-October 10.   Visit Acme Theater for showtimes.

This was my second gig with the new Fujinon XF 50-140 f/2.8 lens and the first one in low light.  I still have a bunch of technique fine-tuning to do, but overall and as expected, the X-T1 AF found focus much faster and reliably than the XF 55-200 did under the same conditions.   I did the entire shoot handheld, and the stabilization on the lens is very, very good.  I’m looking forward to getting more experience with the lens and the various autofocus modes.

 

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Technical: Fuji X-T1, 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR lens, handheld.  Most shots were at f/2.8, 1/180, ISO 1600.  Wideangle shots were with the Fuji XS100, also at ISO 1600, 1/250 at f/2.0-f/4 depending on lighting.  All processed with Lightroom CC 2015.  Mostly minor exposure tweaks to deal with lighting variations, shadows +20 for most.   I’ve been experimenting with the camera profiles a bit.   For this indoor lighting I’m starting to lean more towards Adobe’s Provia profile.  Up until recently I had my own preset that behaved a bit more to my liking, but I think it’s time to go back “into the kitchen”…

 

After the main ceremonies of the River Day in Minuteman National Historical Park with Rep. Niki Tsongas and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, OARS sponsored a Water Wise Workshop for a group of 4th graders from Lawrence.  The primary instructor was Bill Froberg, assisted by Paul Goldman and Jessica Furbeck.

The OARS Water Wise Workshop participants were from a program called Groundwork Lawrence, which engages young people by connecting them to the environment through education, healthy food and stewardship.  For over a decade now the OARS Water Wise Workshops engage young children to learn about watersheds, water conservation, and their relationship to the natural world around them.

Today was Rep. Niki Tsongas’ 9th annual “River Day” where she recognizes the importance of the rivers that flow through her district (Assabet, Sudbury, Concord, Merrimack, to name a few).  Over the years we’ve participated in the event in some way and this year OARS asked me to photograph the event for them.

A special guest was part of this year’s event.  Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell was invited to participate in the River Day event and she paddled up to Egg Rock and then down the Concord River to the Old North Bridge for a series of speeches.

A group of 4th graders from Lawrence received their national park pass as part of the fantastic “Every Kid in a Park” program. They also got a bit of a history lesson from the Minuteman volunteers, including a musket firing. After the dignitaries had moved on, OARS sponsored a Water Wise Workshop for these future river stewards at the Old Manse.   (I have a separate article for those pictures.)

 

Technical: This was my first outing with the new (and expensive) Fujifilm XF 50-140 f/2.8 and, as anticipated, it is an awesome, tack-sharp lens.   I’m so looking forward to putting it through some low-light challenges tomorrow night at Acme Theater.   Telephoto shots were with the X-T1 and the 50-140 lens.  Anything wide-angle-ish was likely taken with the Fuji XS100.  Processed with Lightroom CC 2015.  Some have minor exposure tweaks.