Scenes from around Niles Pond and Brace Cove OctoberCattails in the wind ©Kim Smith ©2015

Cattails in the windPainted Turtle Niles Pond ©Kim Smith 2015Painted Turtle

Brace Cove ©Kim Smith 2015

Gulls departing Brace Cove after the storm

Great Blue heron Gull Seals Brace cove ©Kim Smith 2015

Great Blue Heron, seals, and gull


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Song Sparrow and Finch ©Kim Smith 2015

Song Sparrow and Finch

Cattails in the wind -2 ©Kim Smith 2015



  1. Kim, I have resisted asking the following question because it always sounded like asking Monet “Yo, Claude, what kind of brush do you paint with,” but I would like to know your camera and particularly, your macro lens, since you obviously use a very good one. I have a couple of good Nikon D-SLRs but no macro lens that gives me any kind of results like you get with, among other things, butterflies.
    Thanks, Bill

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    1. Thank you Bill for that incredible compliment. No, I don’t have a macro lens The camera that I use day in and day out for everything is my Fuji XE-1, which came with a very good kit lens, the 18mm-55mm. A year later FUJI came out with the 55-200mm lens, which I also love. They are my only lenses. I don’t use the macro setting on the camera either because I am often going from close-up to a further distance very quickly. I have been eagerly waiting for TWO years for their 400mm lens; the release date for that is continually pushed back. It will be amazing when it does come out if it has the same beautiful glass with the same image quality.

      For a long time I had been looking for a camera with a large image sensor and one that was also fairly light weight for lugging around fields, which also had good image stabilization because if you wait to adjust a tripod while filming or photographing butterflies, you will miss the shot. I loved my 23mm fixed lens Fuji X100 and after reading piles of reviews because it was such a new line I took a chance with the XE-1 and have never looked back. Also, many of the dials are old school analog, with not a lot of fussy settings, which is very appealing as I am constantly adjusting the ISO, aperture, and shutter speeds. And I love the way it captures people’s skin tones, too

      My technique for shooting wildlife is “three baby steps forward.” I’ll take a photo from a distance, which will not be very interesting but if it flies away quickly then I at least have a photo to identify what species and satisfy my curiosity. Then move three steps closer and shoot, then three, then three, just trying to get as close as possible before it departs. If I had the 400mm lens, I wouldn’t have to work so hard!

      I have a pile more “Rules of Threes” that I made up for photographing and would be happy to share if you are interested. Thanks so much again Bill.


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