Black And White Photography, Joseph, Photography


Fuji X30 – 1/170 @ f/2.8 – ISO 200

After a great weekend of street shooting of with fellow Monochromia Contributors Laurie Buchwald, Robyn Graham, Stacy Patterson Fischer and Patti Fogerty I saw this playful little girl waiting in front of Madison Square Garden and had to grab an image. October 16th 2016.


20 thoughts on “Adorable

  1. Joe, I’m thinking I saw this image somewhere, but have not had much time to stop and view anything these past few weeks.
    She is indeed adorable! Such a great, great image!

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    1. Thank you Laurie πŸ˜€ I did post this image in color on Facebook so that’s probably where you saw it. I took this shot after I walked you into Penn Station just before you left. I came out and she was just so playful and kept looking in my direction so I had to take the shot.


  2. Joe, this is a wonderful image. Perfect for monochrome and she is adorable. I am curious about your camera. I have used and enjoyed a Sony RX100 for the past 2 years and sadly, it is on the fritz. Looks to be a known malfunction (unknown to me before I bought it) within the camera that can’t be fixed and drains the battery within hours of a full charge. So, I am in the market for a new compact camera (one that offers quality images but doesn’t need extra lenses or more $ to maintain plus can go easily with me). I know you rave about Fujifilm cameras and saw that this image was taken with the X30. I would appreciate any thoughts on this camera vs. the Panasonic Lumix ZS50 in terms of image quality, macro ability and overall performance. I feel out-of-sorts without my camera functioning and the overwhelming array of choices!

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    1. Thank you very much for your comment on my image Carrie and I hope I will be able to answer your question to your satisfaction. Your Sony has what is called a 1 inch sensor which is considered a small sensor camera. Any camera with a sensor size below APS-C is considered a small sensor. Large sensor cameras have a greater ability to capture dynamic range or subtle differences in the brightness of a scene. They also exhibit better high ISO performance than smaller sensor cameras. The Fuji X30 and Panasonic ZS50 are equipped with 1 over 2/3″ sensors which are smaller than your Sony RX100 sensor size (I think the Fuji X-Trans sensor on the X30 is a better choice than the Panasonic sensor). Theoretically this means your Sony should give you better image quality than the Panasonic or Fuji. I owned a Sony RX100 at one time and truth be told I feel that the Fuji X30 has comparible image quality. The Sony had better High ISO performance or better low light performance but not by much. The Fuji X30 will not be as compact as your RX100 because it does not have a collapsible lens (the lens does not retract into the body) but I think the Fuji has an advantage here because there is no motor to break or no delay in camera start up. The Fuji lens is tack sharp and it is a manual zoom. There is no zoom lever by the shutter button like the Sony or Panasonic. If you want to zoom the lens you twist it on the Fuji. It’s more accurate in my opinion and you can also just use the markings on the lens barrel to stop at preset focal lengths. You also turn the camera on by twisting the lens barrel. To make a long story short I have been able to coax a lot from this small sensor Fuji and it is one of my favorite every day carry cameras. If you are looking for a camera to use in low light without a flash the Fuji might not be the best choice. The highest ISO I would use this camera at is 1600 after that the images get a little rough if you shoot in JPEG mode. If you are going to use the camera in normal light it’s a great choice. The best thing to do is go to your local camera store and play around with one to see if it feels good in your hands. Macro capablilty on the Fuji X30 is great their are two macro modes. If you would like to see more images taken with the Fuji X30 you can visit my other sites and

      If you scroll through the images on those other sites all of the images should be labeled with the camera I used. You can also see if the Fuji colors are to your liking. I hope I have been of some help to you and if you have any other questions please feel free to ask.


      1. Joe! Yes, you have been a tremendous help and I so appreciate you taking the time to write this out. I have learned a lot through this comment and understand some aspects about the Fujifilm X30 that I didn’t know before. I don’t usually need to take photographs in anything less than 1600 ISO and honestly the Sony RX100 isn’t so good past that either. I like the idea of a manual zoom as well as less mechanical parts to worry about. I’ll definitely check out your other sites. Sadly, I don’t live somewhere where I can easily get my hands on one. But, I’ll continue to do research and keep learning. Thank you again, I really appreciate the time and thought involved here. I really respect your work and opinion.

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        1. I forgot to mention that you also have the Fujifilm film simulations available with the X30. The Fuji gets a little rough over 1600 ISO so anything under that is good (dont know if I clarified that). Program and SR+ mode use auto ISO (without controls) mode so if you do purchase one make sure you shoot in A (aperture) or S (shutter) priority modes once the light gets dim. A and S modes give you a way to control the minimum shutter speed and maximum ISO in auto ISO mode (configurable in the menus). If you cannot easily access one make sure you order it from someplace with a liberal return policy just in case you don’t like it.

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          1. Well, Joe, by the time you wrote “to make a long story short”, it was already too late. But guess what? I learned a lot, too. πŸ™‚ You’re a gem, Joe! πŸ™‚

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  3. I’m sorry, Joe, but all kids are adorable. Then they become teenagers! I do like the image, though. Great lighting. I love the subtle kick of highlights on her face.

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