Moving to TerraMagnus

As I’d mentioned previously, I’m consolidating my personal blogging down to one place. I couldn’t really get the flexibility I wanted with, so I’ve been spending some time exploring my options.

Going forward, find me at TerraMagnus.

By John Kratz from Burlington NJ, USA. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

2018 Student Camera Project: An Introduction

“Magnus, I want to learn photography. What kind of camera can you recommend for a budget of no more than $300?”

This challenge is given to me often. And it’s surprising how many come up with the same $300 budget. Sometimes I hear $500, but that’s uncommon. Let’s stick with $300. I have some ideas about how to do this in 2018, but I’m going to actually try doing this myself and work with this camera to learn its ins and outs so I can be sure I’m recommending something that I would be okay with using myself. (more…)

Team Fujifilm

You’ve heard me sing praise of my aging Ricoh GR. And it’s true: the GR is a fantastic little camera, and holds up pretty well for something that’s almost five years old. But gradually I’m spending more and more time shooting a Fuji X-T2 these days.

This is not going to be a review. This is going to be a chance for me to share some thoughts about how the Fuji is changing my photography, and changing how I look at photography.


5 best practices for getting started with DevOps

(as originally shared at

Are you ready to implement DevOps, but don’t know where to begin? Try these five best practices.

DevOps often stymies early adopters with its ambiguity, not to mention its depth and breadth. By the time someone buys into the idea of DevOps, their first questions usually are: “How do I get started?” and “How do I measure success?” These five best practices are a great road map to starting your DevOps journey. (more…)

Oops, I did it again

I’ve been an avid photographer for about ten years now. For much of that time, I did photograph models. But about three years ago, I got tired of all the drama it brought to my life and so I took a hiatus from it.

That hiatus was broken on Saturday when I took Candace to the local park for a casual shoot. We used my Fujifilm X-T2 camera and a 50 year old lens, the Minolta MC Rokkor-PG 58mm f1.2. What this lens lacks in clinical sharpness and contrast, it makes up for with gobs of character. This allowed me to get images that really didn’t require much in the way of post processing, which is just how I like it.

Click below to see the full set.