From today on, the Regional Government of Andalusia organizes the Photography Exhibit [TRÁNSITOS] during the European Mobility Week. #SEM14 #EMW14. I’m part of it with other Spanish photographers: Aitor Lara, Fernando Alda, Jesús León, Remedios Álvarez, Rafaela Rodríguez and Antonio Pérez.This exhibit is a journey through new urban models oriented to sustainable city development. A model where urban infrastructures are thought to make people’s (and not car’s) life easier. A high-quality functional user-oriented urban landscape. Really glad to be part of it with my series “Pasajeros” (Passengers/Transient). The passenger car of a train, the subway station, a cycle path or the street itself are characters in its own right in the pics, as much as the passengers in transit or waiting. Great company here and a wonderful opportunity to show my work in big sized prints (100x70cm). I’m most grateful for taking part of this…….
My name is João Marques i`m an amateur photographer living in Lisbon and i would like to tell about my experience, this holidays, in choosing which camera to take. So this year my vacations were on the beautiful greek islands of Santorini and Mykonos. When i was making my bag i had a hard decision to make, wich gear should I take? My options were carrying my heavyweight equipment: canon5d2+zeiss 21 2.8+sigma 35 1.4+ canon 70-200 2.8 IS II+manfrotto tripod+ lee filter set. Or go with my every day camera, the small, beautiful and excellent Fuji X100s. Since I had to take 7 flights in total, the choice was pretty easy, those were not a “photographic” vacations, my plan was to relax and bathing on the warmer mediterranean waters……
Specifications on paper look good and all but real world use is where its at (or at least for me anyway). You have no doubt heard of the Fujifilm X-T1 and you are probably here because you want to know how well it performs. Not on paper. Not just image quality. But the whole package. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in the following Fujifilm X-T1 review are that of my own alone. No third party has endorsed or paid/requested for the following comments. I am by no means a professional reviewer. The following article describes my experiences with the Fujifilm X-T1 as a professional wedding photographer. Worry not, this will not read like an infomercial. We’ve all seen Fujifilm’s endorsements. They’re cringeworthy. To some, I am an indecisive gear whore who would be a better photographer if I settled on something. Others have described me elsewhere as a nobody. Nevertheless, I hope the following comments will help you in your decision making process……..
I got a chance recently to exercise that natural curiosity in Spain. The history of the country alone is overwhelming especially for a country boy growing up in small towns. For a century and a half She was the prevailing superpower in Europe and had the largest presence around the world even longer than that. Her influence stretches continents away. Loathed to admit this but I did the “touristy” thing. I took a tour bus around Valencia and it wasn’t half bad. The heat and distance combined made running around on foot pretty unattractive plus we got on and off as we wished. I found out pretty quick that convenience didn’t always jive well with making photos. Being high up in the bus and constantly on the move made it challenging. Being inside the bus was worse since I shot through the windows……..
Fujifilm is taking an important step with the new lenses it recently announced, and with the lenses that will come in 2015. We are not talking about small and compact lenses but professional lenses with a complex design that can give you the best image quality while keeping size and weight as low as possible. I think that the presence of these lenses is certainly going to help the system take a big leap forward, but many users have also started to wonder whether one of the most interesting aspects of the CSC camera, portability, is at risk……
I had a chance to speak briefly with Torben Hondong of Fujifilm Germany today about the recently announced Fujifilm X-Series lenses and the future of the lens lineup at Fuji.
Stabilization in the 16-55mm f/2.8
I asked Mr. Hondong the question that everyone’s been asking: Why does the new 16-55mm f/2.8 not feature an image stabilizer? Mr. Hondong stated that the main concerns were to do with size and weight. To keep the high quality they wanted, the lens with a stabilizer would have been too large, both larger in diameter and length, as well as weight. He thought that the lens would have enough performance to be useful to photographers without having a stabilizer……..
I give this lens 4 out of 5 stars. I enjoyed my time with this lens but I’m going to sell it for something more compact and less bulky (*see UPDATE 1). It’s a little awkwardly weighted on the XE-2 and I found myself shooting only within the 10mm – 14mm range 80% of the time. So I’m purchasing the Zeiss 12mm f/2.8 Touit * — a nice middle ground that will take up less space in my bag. The Fujifilm 10-24mm f/4 is a high-quality lens that could definitely pass for certain professional uses but perhaps not for huge fine-art prints (though that’s up for debate). While compiling the photos for this review I almost convinced myself to keep the lens! If you don’t mind the extra weight and size or f/4 aperture, this is is fantastic purchase……..
Let’s face it, shooting architecture and landscapes is not something I feel comfortable with. However I’ve always been attracted by long exposure and sunset shots. Three things were missing so far in order to start an long exposure architecture project and I managed to get two of those already:
- the will (yep, got it eventually)
- a proper lens. The Fujinon XF 10-24mm f/4 has been delivered!
- filters (still missing those babies but it doesn’t prevent from training and shooting)
Unfortunately for me the 10-24mm I ordered came with dust between two lenses and I could only play with it for half a day before sending it back. The pictures below are a tiny set of what I could quickly shoot in the morning before going to work and during my lunch time in Paris…..
Too many times have I heard the complaint that social media, despite the connotation of its name, has rendered us more antisocial than ever before. Locked away in our rooms, we chat with individuals who play no part in our actual day-to-day existence, tricking ourselves into believing that our social life is much richer than it actually is. This is why Mathieu and I are both firm believers that the “social media cycle” isn’t complete until online relationships are taken offline. As friendly as you can become with people via a social platform such as Twitter or Google+, there is nothing quite comparable to meeting someone face-to-face……
The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Spain, Ireland, the USA, Canada and the UK–eight nations enjoying one another’s company under one roof in the cosmopolitan city of London, all thanks to relationships being taken from the superficial online realm to the geniune offline world. This is the true definition of social media, and the spirit with which LNDNWLK came into being……..
These are tentative steps, her first away from us; away from home. We spend a few hours moving in, exploring every nook and cranny, sharing her joy and excitement. But when the time comes for us leave… All that freedom becomes harder to bear. We walk away through tears and it’s hard but we know it’ll pass. A week from now, when we come back, she’ll barely say hello — too busy with her newfound friends. Letting go is the toughest necessary thing we do……