Dan Bailey Visit

Dan Bailey and his wife Amy were in need of getting out of the poor Alaskan winter Anchorage was having and made a shout out on Facebook, "Who should we come visit during our anniversary trip downstates?" I was the first to respond, so they came to Oregon and stopped by for a couple nights, before flying back to Alaska. I hadn't seen them since last year's Knik Glacier bikepacking trip. Dan is also a Fuji X Photographer and the main conspirator of my switch to and love for Fuji X cameras.

 Dan Bailey on the Oregon beach with the  Fuji X70 , shot with my X70.

Dan Bailey on the Oregon beach with the Fuji X70, shot with my X70.

Dan brought me a Fuji X hat!

We of course had to go shooting, at least for a little bit, the first night. A potential aurora show helped to get us out, admittedly.

 Double Superstars: Dan Bailey shooting the stars reflecting off water with his Fuji X-T1. Shot with my X-T1.

Double Superstars: Dan Bailey shooting the stars reflecting off water with his Fuji X-T1. Shot with my X-T1.

With temps in the sunny 70s in Eugene, we thought a camping trip on the Oregon coast beach sounded like a good idea. Halfway there, clouds overtook the sky and at the beach, it was under 50 and blowing rain. Alas, a day at the beach is a day at the beach, especially at the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.

We walked and ran barefoot for a mile up the beach, with the wind and rain at our backs before I said we should turn around, as the storm turned into a real gale and driving rain. We were completely soaked, but warm enough from running.

While not water resistant like the Fuji X-T1 or X-Pro2, I was thankful for my X70, as it's pocketable, including the tiny chest pockets on rain jackets. Pull it out for a photo and quickly stash away, no real need for WR. I wish Fuji made a 50 or 85mm version.

 Retreating on our beach walk, back to the car.

Retreating on our beach walk, back to the car.

 Frostbite enjoyed the day out, running in the sand and chasing beach birds (on a long leash).

Frostbite enjoyed the day out, running in the sand and chasing beach birds (on a long leash).

Thanks to Dan & Amy for the visit and getting us out despite the conditions.

 Check out Dan's work at  DanBaileyPhoto.com

Check out Dan's work at DanBaileyPhoto.com

  Jen  braving the gale.

Jen braving the gale.

All images taken with the Fuji X70 unless noted