This project, which I first started shooting in May of 2006, was born from my observances of the sheer humanity, the spectacle of the beach and it’s denizens. The beach… Where else do we work so hard at enjoying ourselves? We haul half a truckload of toys, tents, chairs, blankets, fishing poles, pets, food–you name it, just to get burned by the sun, stung by a jellyfish, knocked down by a wave and scuffed by the sand. Then, we head home exhausted only to ‘wash, rinse and repeat’ the following weekend. Since I live in Florida, am a photojournalist by trade and love to photograph people, this project was a no-brainer: out here, this is where life happens. It’s a place that transcends cultures, social status, age and race. Strip a guy down, put him in a Speedo and you have no idea if he’s rich or poor. Ah, life is a beach. Correction: Life is a Florida Beach. The work below is a sample of my most recent photographs from the larger project that I hope will become a hardcover photography book in the future…..
Die Chinesischen Kollegen haben mich sehr warmherzig aufgenommen und haben mich auch immer unterstützt. Ob menschlich, oder auch fachlich. Ich kann ihnen nur ein großes Lob aussprechen. Auch wenn manche Arbeitsweisen und kulturelle Aspekte für uns doch eher fremd sind, so hat die Zusammenarbeit wirklich gut funktioniert. Und wenn man der fremden Kultur mit Toleranz begegnet, so sind auch diese Unterschiede sehr gut zu überbrücken. Ich habe das Gefühl bekommen dass beide Seiten eher Neugierig, denn Skeptisch waren. Ich muss gestehen dass ich mich im Vorfeld doch recht umfangreich über die Kulturellen unterschiede informiert habe. So ist es zum Beispiel, dass sich die Chinesen morgens nicht die Hände schütteln. Es gibt ein good morning und das war es dann auch. Beim Thema essen sind die Sitten im Land des Lächelns ebenfalls anders als bei uns. Schmatzen darf man, ebenso wie schlürfen. Es wird auch keinen Guten Appetit gewünscht, sondern einfach gegessen. Nach dem Essen wird auch nicht mehr lange gequatscht. Man steht auf, verabschiedet sich und fertig. Daran muss man sich schon erst einmal gewöhnen. Bei uns in Deutschland bleibt man doch eher noch etwas sitzen und unterhält sich über das eine oder andere Thema…….
Each year over the 4th of July weekend there is a civil war reenactment at the Willamette Mission state park. I have been fortunate enough to attend almost every year (missed last year) and have a great time each visit. I have made friends, seen familiar faces, and had the opportunity to create new photos each year. This year I made it once again to the event and for the first time since I have been going, I had the opportunity to have my wife and son with me. They had a fun time and it was extra fun for me to point out different things to them that I had experienced in previous visits. My wife was so enamored from the event that she may indeed be looking into participating in it as some time in the future…….
I do a lot of close up and macro photography and have quite a number of macro lenses, mostly Nikon, but also Canon, Sigma and Tamron. I think I can sum up this entire review right here in one sentence by saying that this Zeiss Touit 50mm f/2.8 lens is as good as, if not better than, any macro lens I have ever used on any camera.Not only is its performance top notch, it is beautifully designed and may be the best looking piece of glass you’ll put on a Fuji X-camera — well-balanced, light weight, quick to focus, and with an easy-to-find and responsive aperture ring. Its results are what you would expect from a macro lens from Zeiss. It is sharp everywhere, even in the corners, and even wide open at f/2.8. The field is flat and distortion free, just as you would want from a true macro……
I recently spend one week camping in the southern and south western part of Norway, on the coast line from Kristiansand to Stavanger. It’s a beautiful area of Norway I think, especially in the summer. You don’t have the nice deep fjords of western Norway, or the mountains of North Norway that goes steep into the sea – but this part of Norway has its beauty of its own I think. I could have used a lower ISO and 1/60 sec and gotten a sharp image – but the wind made the grass swayed in the wind so I bumped the ISO to 800. Also I wanted to use f/16 to get it nice and sharp from front to back. I travelled together with my wife. She is pregnant, and that made some impact of what I could and could not do. Most of my photos were taken during day time, in harsh sun light. Not the best time of the day for taking pictures. Still, I managed to get out some mornings on my own and take som shots, while she was sleeping…..
Wie schon bei meiner Rezension zum Touit 12mm f2.8 gilt auch hier: Ihr bekommt hier die Meinung eines Anwenders zu lesen/sehen. Kein großer Techtalk, MTF Charts und Analysen von Vignetierung etc. Gemeinsam mit den beiden anderen Carl Zeiss Touits für das x-Mount habe ich das Zeiss Touit 50mm f2.8 von Carl Zeiss Deutschland testweise zur Verfügung gestellt bekommen. Wie ich ja schon an anderer Stelle herausstellte, besitze ich alle Fujifilm Pendants zu den Touits. Und auch wenn ich mit den Fujinons im Grunde sehr zufrieden bin, lohnt sich immer auch ein Blick in Nachbar’s Garten. Von den drei Touits finde ich jedoch, kann man das 50er am wenigsten mit dem Fujinon Pendant, dem Fujinon xf56mm f1.2, vergleichen. Zum einen wegen der fast 2 ½ Blenden Unterschied und zum anderen wegen der Makrofähigkeit des Zeiss Objektivs. Wahrscheinlich wäre hier der Vergleich zum Fujinon xf60mm f2.4 der richtige. Ich versuche mich also im Gegensatz zu meinem 12er Erfahrungsbericht hier mit Vergleichen zum 56er zurückzuhalten.Hier also meine Meinung zum Carl Zeiss Touit 50 mm f2.8……………
I’ve had my new Fuji 10-24mm lens for a month now and I thought I’d share a few thoughts and pictures with you. The lens is quite chunky and heavy by Fuji XF standards but still nowhere near as bulky as the Nikon 16-35mm f4 lens that I sold to fund this purchase. And am I glad I made the swop? Well the answer is a definite yes – not because of any huge gains in image quality but simply because I’m using the lens more that I was the Nikon. Essentially that’s because the Fuji X-Series is more luggable. I’ve chosen a few photos below from my first month, including shots from a beach holiday in Cornwall (the subject of an earlier post), a visit to the beautiful Lake District in the North West of the UK and also a shot or two from my hometown of Preston. All the shots here were shot in RAW and then converted in Lightroom. I’m still not convinced I’ve really got the most out of the lens yet and I’ve read some comments about in-camera jpegs being the way to go for the best results with this lens. That’s an option I’ll certainly be trying…….
The Fuji XT1 is definitely my favourite Fujifilm camera. It has a very descent dynamic range and everything already works excellent right out of the box. The auto-focus system is basic, but works well. I often use the focus-and-recompose technique: with AF set to center spot, I focus on my subject and then reframe the shot whilst keeping the shutter button half-pressed. There is a wide AF function available, but never really seem to use it with this camera. It’s also worth noting that the Fuji XT-1 is fully weather sealed (80 points!). As I travel much, it’s important that I can use my gear in all circumstances. I never have to worry about increased humidity or a drop of rain, it will continue to operate as expected. I often shoot landscapes and have found the color palette excellent and the lenses on par with anything produced by Nikon. Thanks to the excellent color registration of the Fuji XT1 16 megapixel X-Trans CMOS II sensor, there is plenty of information in thee RAW files for you to play around with afterwards. You’ll be able pull lots of shadow detail out too as long as you stay under ISO 1600…….
You know that the big day gets closer when the blue lines appear on the streets of Hamburg in the spring. 42.195 km of asphalt that belong to cars 364 days of the year. But not on that one Sunday of the year! More than ten thousand runners have started to practice and get in shape for month. But on the day that the blue lines appear everyone gets that tingling feeling in their stomach. Anticipation, excitement and plain old fear…
New member of Origami Collective: Fuji X-Photographer Marco Larousse
Fujifilm is following its plan to expand the XF camera system with high-quality lenses. Recently, the wide-angle zoom XF 10-24 mm was added. This lens will please especially landscape and architectural photographers. The widest aperture (f/4) is constant along the zoom range and adequate for typical applications of a wide-angle lens. The smallest aperture (f/22) will provide great depth-of-field without showing too much diffraction softness. The zoom ring has no marking for 16 mm (24 mm full-frame equivalent) but carries one for 20 mm (30 mm ffe), which is a little odd. Built quality is good and the lens feels solid. All rings operate smoothly without shaking. However, except for some parts (like the camera flange) this lens is mostly not made of metal. The provided lens hood is also plastic but feels sturdy and is nicely shaped. The front element and the filter thread do not rotate when zooming or focusing, which is important for a wide-angle lens that is often used together with a polarizer filter. Zooming and focusing are both performed mostly internally and so the lens never changes its size or shape (you can see some movement of the front element when zooming but the filter thread remains fixed)………