Distractions

The village of Leetonia in northeastern Ohio has a population of roughly 2000. One less, actually, with the passing of my grandfather last winter. One of his last wishes was simple: “Wait for it to get warm. Then have everyone over and have a party." Or at least that’s how I’m told it went. And it was because of this request that I found myself in Leetonia last month for his memorial service. He was a soldier, a coal miner, a husband, a father, a grandfather and a  friend to many. It was good for family to gather the night before the guests arrived. Death has always made me uneasy (I suppose because of the permanence of it), and I especially appreciated the distractions.

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Thanksgiving with the X-T1

My first trip with the X-T1 was a great success! It's just as light and portable as my Panasonic G6 was and in the case of the lenses they're even more portable since they're both primes. I always seem to have this dilemma the night before a trip: I'm sitting in front of my Think Tank Airport Essentials bag looking over my gear and wondering, "What exactly should I bring on this trip?" I have the 35mm film cameras and the X-T1, but then I wonder if I should bring along the Pocket Cinema Camera for video. Now we're talking about a tripod and maybe a slider and...ugh...you know what? Just the X-T1 it is. Pop on the 18mm, bring along the 35mm and let's just GO. 400 pics later, I was glad I didn't bring just the film cameras!

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