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Bubbles at The Open Sea - Monterey Bay Aquarium

This is the beginning of my blog called The Dump. I'm not really sure what its purpose is yet. I figured it would be a good way for me to dump photos that I don't feel like posting to Facebook or Instagram.

Here's a small collection of photos I took in Monterey with my (new to me) Fujifilm X100 I picked up off Craigslist for $250. Story Time: The guy I bought it from ended up being the guy at Samy's that always helps me out with rental gear. Nice guy. Small world, I guess. Anyways, carrying around my Panasonic GH5 with about $1.5k in lenses to take photos for fun seemed a little ridiculous, so I brought the Fujifilm X100 instead. Plus, I didn't want to be one of those people with a huge camera dangling from my neck and taking pictures I'll most likely never look at again. Warning: The next paragraph is about technical camera stuff. Skip it if you're a normal person. 

Peter B's Brewhouse Aftermath

Sea Nettles - Monterey Bay Aquarium

Red Pelagic Crabs- Monterey Bay Aquarium

For a camera from 2011 with a 12.3MP APS-C sensor, it takes some pretty awesome photos. I wouldn't be surprised if this blog ends up filled with photos from the X100. It's easy enough to use, but the best part is how portable and casual it is. People seem to get a little freaked out when you point a big DSLR at them. I've never had anyone say anything, but sometimes I'll catch people looking at my bigger camera and shy away. However, I didn't notice this with the X100 at all since it's a lot smaller and less aggressive looking. After using the X100, I've started to learn that a bigger camera ≠ professional. I've always known it, but it's nice to see such great pictures coming out of something so simple and small.  The hybrid viewfinder (Optical/EVF) is also really awesome. The grid on the optical viewfinder reminds me of Luke's monitor when he blows up the Death Star. After this trip, I liked the camera so much I decided to order a bunch of accessories. I ended up with a thumb grip, lens hood, and screen protector for the LCD. Now I take it everywhere with me. 

Pebble Beach Panorama - 17 Mile Drive

Lone Cypress - 17 Mile Drive

Ghost Tree - 17 Mile Drive

At what point does a blog just become an online diary? I get to rant on about things nobody cares about. You still reading this?