Toronto. City of Scott Pilgrim, craft beer, trams, music and skyscrapers. But was it going to be a city prime for street photography? Or one where the hapless Brit with a Fuji camera get the ever-loving crap beaten out of him? In planning my photography expedition to the rust-belt town of Bradford, PA, it seemed odd to me that the cheapest way of getting there wasn’t to fly to Pittsburgh and coach it up but instead to fly over to Toronto in Canada and catch the Greyhound over the border. Once in Buffalo, it was simply a ninety mile road trip south. Not that I was complaining about getting the chance to see Toronto. I’d been a little in awe of it ever since that wonderful film Scott Pilgrim. It’s a big city and getting bigger, and if you go and catch a film set in New York, chances are its actually filmed in Toronto. But I didn’t have long there; a mere few days to hang out with a friend, drink some fine beer and go walking the streets, taking pictures. Unfortunately visiting Toronto didn’t turn out as pleasant as I hoped. Indeed, it was there that photography, for the first time, got me a nasty beating…
As a portrait photographer, I am always inspired by other photographers that have the ability to capture a portrait that is so compelling and thought provoking. It is a rare gift to capture the essence of a person within a photograph, really touching the hearts of those that view the portrait. I would like to introduce to you, a photographer that does this very thing, his images are so beautiful and raw. Harsh in presence, yet emotional while inviting you into a very personal space. I have always loved his work, so it is my honour to share with you all, Patrick St-Hilaire…..
The news that Fuji is bringing out two macro extension tubes for the X-System is both welcome and long overdue. Don’t get me wrong – the growth of the X-System in terms of bodies and lenses has been exponential since the X100 first appeared in February 2001. Who would have thought, when the X100 debuted at Photokina in September 2010, that today we would have sixteen Fujinon lenses plus more on the way, as well as third party offerings to fit on a range of bodies in both rangefinder and SLR form factors. Fuji has not let the grass grow under its feet by any means but it takes time and money to fill out a full system; Nikon wasn’t built in a day, after all…..
I got hold of this lens recently and have been having a play. I’m not a landscape photographer really but I still wanted this lens for weddings and to dabble a bit with landscape. I also think its a pretty useful range to carry around with you, despite the relatively large size of the lens. At the long end its a 36mm equivalent focal length and can be used to shoot people, and at the wide end, it can turn the ordinary into something a bit special because of the crazy wide angle. Anyway, here are some shots, so far I love the lens and its a keeper for me……
This Coffee Shop was one of my best experiences ever in my life. It’s located in Shibuya district. It was a magical place where we visited after a long walk in Tokyo. We loved it so much that in my whole trip in Japan I was eager to go back to Tokyo, just to visit this place. It’s like escaping in time in a way you never experienced. Initially I’ve read this place in the book “The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee”. I didn’t know that my Hotel was just next to this coffee shop until I’ve fired Google Maps. The Coffee itself was very dense. The barista spent something like 15-20 minutes just to prepare the Nel Drip. He used the kettle in a way I’ve never saw. It was like he was counting every single drop, slowly. He didn’t weighted the beans either. It was like he was born with that particular skill……
I’m glad to announce I’ve been invited to join forces with the amazing group of photographers who contribute to Origami Collective. For those of you who don’t know it already, Origami is a Collective founded by Jorge Ledesma focused on Street, Travel, and Documentary photography. Its composed of various Official Fujifilm X Photographers and other Fuji X users from the globe. Feel free to visit the site at http://www.origamicollective.com, my profile page, and peruse the essays that have been published so far. Expect my first one pretty soon. I’m both proud and humbled I was invited. Thanks to Jorge and the rest of the collective for thinking of me. Couldn’t ask for a better company to share with you all my stories…….
I’ve done it. The age of the 60mm is over, the time of the 56mm has begun. Here is a short review, a few sample images and a bit about why I’ve decided to change from the Fuji 60mm F2.4 to the [non APD] 56mm F1.2. I was in Birmingham recently on a trip to an SWPP mini convention, there I got the chance to have a play with all the latest Fuji gear, one thing I had my eye on was the 56mm, I’ve been reading reviews and comparisons for a while now and felt I really needed a hands on play to make my choice. I love the 60mm lens, its a great performer and you can read my review of the 60mm here, but there was one thing I wanted to be different about it, and it wasn’t the focus [because that’s one of the most complained yet unfounded things about this lens] it was simply; light gathering capability. The F1.2 of the 56mm was calling, and I could feel it while I worked. When shooting a wedding I usually have the 35mm lens around my neck and a bag on my shoulder, usually with a strapless body with the 60mm on it to grab for when I need a bit more reach. However I’ve recently found that this lens gets no use once the sun goes down favouring the much faster 35mm or [now sold] 85mm Samyang 1.4 lens, this left me in one of two places, either having to manually focus or not having enough reach…….
I’ve had a sample of the Fujifilm XF 50-140mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR Lens for a few days now but unfortunately our Toronto weather hasn’t been playing ball. Not that I want to be complaining too much though, my cousin in Buffalo tells me that they had to shovel her roof on at least two occasions over the past week. With this new lens Fuji now has a telephoto zoom to suit the three price ranges, Professional, Enthusiast and Hobbyist. Though those strict distinctions are a bit more blurry these days. My first foray into Fuji zooms came in the form of the Fujinon XF 55-200mm f:3.5-4.8 R LM OIS which I took with me to Belize this past year. With an effective focal range of 82-300mm (in 35mm DSLR terms) it put me right in the outer rim of a very handy wildlife/nature lens. I say outer rim because a true wildlife lens begins somewhere from 300mm into the 600mm range. Wild animals don’t like us very much except the ones that wouldn’t mind adding the occasional human being to their dinner menu…..
From 1981 to 2009, I used a Leica M rangefinder system continuously. As most practitioners of the art know, the Leica M, with its simple, optical view of the world, small size and ease of pre-setting controls, made it the supreme tool for street photography. In the winter of 2014, I finally got around to looking at the Fuji X system. I was especially attracted to the X-Pro1 body. Its optical finder and interchangeable lens capability really brought me back to my old Leica M system, which I had become comfortable with, for nearly 30 years of daily use. Over this past year since I’ve owned the Fuji X-Pro1, I’ve discovered a way to set up the camera to make it work for me. This is by no means the only the way to use the Fuji X-Pro1 for street work. But it’s what I’ve figured out from using the camera on the street, over dozens of hours. With this set-up, I’ve found the Fuji X-Pro1 becomes a quick-reacting, responsive and invisible partner for me, when I’m shooting on the street. Very similar, although not identical, in the way I shot with the Leica M rangefinder. In addition, I’ll also cover the equally important set-up choices beyond the camera and lens. Namely, the shoulder strap, camera bag or pouch, and the importance of great footwear…..
It’s officially here, and the 70-200mm F2.8 equivalent focal length lens from Fujifilm is ready to rock the boat. All adventure, portrait and sport photographers have been eagerly awaiting this one, and we managed to get our grubby little hands on one early to figure out how it handles. Canon and Nikon have been producing the leading lens designs in this focal length for years and it is probably fair to say that every professional photographer has one of their own. We have never been the biggest fans of the zoom lens and have mostly kept our distance from the current Fujifilm zoom lens lineup. But the versatility of a high performance telephoto option from the underdog was too exciting to overlook and pass up. If first impressions are anything to go by, this lens is stiff competition for any prime lenses which fall in its wake. The first thing you notice when grabbing for the lens is its weight, it is not light by any definition of the word…….