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The Green And Blue

To tell the truth, there's not much of a story behind this particular picture. I had just arrived home after several weeks of being on the road. While I was away, I ordered a couple of new lenses for my Fujifilm X-Pro2 (that I love) that were waiting for me upon arrival. But I had been so tired from my travels, I didn't pry the boxes until well into the weekend. After a few days, I unpacked the new kit and headed out into the summer atmosphere. All I had to do was point the camera up and press the shutter to capture this gorgeous mix of green and blue.

When I test new lenses, I start by wandering around my yard and shooting everything in sight. I do this so that I can look over those photographs and begin to assess the strengths and the weaknesses of the equipment; to identify any issues with the hardware; and to determine whether or not I want to keep the product. In the case of these two new lenses, I loved them both (they are the Fujifilm Nano-GI XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR and Nano-GI XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR) and I will certainly be keeping them.

After shooting a couple hundred test shots, I reviewed them on my computer and then stepped away for a while, satisfied with the process. Later that evening, I came across this photo again, instantly falling in love with it. Almost as though I hadn't even seen it the first time through. In actuality, there's nothing special about this picture - it was literally a quick shot from the hip looking up at the sky with the intention of capturing some of the tree details. My aim was simply to assess the lens sharpness at the edges of the leaves. But there was something else about this photo that made it more than a test shot. When I looked at it, I could almost feel the slight breeze that so often passes through those trees. I could almost hear the creaking of the branches - the noise they make as they move in the wind. This picture immediately induced me into state of calm; the green and blue, like a comfortable place to retreat to. Permanently captured, still, and in two dimensions.