Here are some photographs from a London trip I undertook with my friend Colum Lavelle. I tested the Fujifilm X-Pro1 while I was there and was very impressed with the image quality and general feel of this lovely camera. This is definitely my new favourite travel camera. All the following photos were shot standard JPEG with some minor corrections applied in Lightroom……
Well, if your a regular follower of this blog, you’ve noticed that I haven’t posted too much in the last few weeks. No excuses either. No, I’ve been making some photos, not many but some. Nah. Not really sick, The VA with all the bad press, takes good care of me. We’ll i do have a passing but recurring illness. It’s a case of Igotlazytopostontheblogitis. Olivier was no help during this time of perpetual laziness. He just kept telling what needed to be done and the deadline. Ya know what I need from the world at this point of time is not photography and it’s not my intent to say everything is just a pretty picture. I am and have always been a CNN addict. That just means that I want to know what is going on in the world. The new effects me in different ways. For example, I am near to the Cold War in the Home front. Tanya and I don’t see eye to eye on the Ukrainian War. What does this have to do with photography? …..
So what camera should I use for street photography? Well… thats like asking what car should I use to go shopping in! The easy answer of course is any camera, though there is no doubt in mind that different cameras give different experiences, which in turn can be the difference between enjoying the experience or feeling like your trying to take pictures wearing boxing gloves. At this point I should say I’m attaching some pictures with this post, not to demonstrate anything I’m about to say, you can see the technical quality of my pictures as they’re all taken with the Pro 1, this post is about the camera as more than positive EV or how fast it can auto focus. This post has nothing to do with the cameras technicalities. It has taken me 3 attempts to find what I consider to be the perfect camera for my needs, though I am still searching and looking for different ways to indulge in street photography. So where an I at the moment? Well I’m currently shacked up with the Fuji X Pro1. In my humble opinion the closest thing you’ll get to the classic rangefinder style that seems so engrained and used by photographers worldwide when shooting street style……..
On Saturday we went sightseeing. First station was the Charminar. A monument and a mosque, the landmark building of Hyderabad conveniently located in the middle of a crossroad. Our driver offered to play the guide. We gladly accepted. We still stood out of the crowd like pink elephants but I saw some other tourist too. A couple of young Americans. But all the other visitors were Indians. Their admission fee is 5 INR instead of the 100 INR for foreigners. There is no need to protest though 100 INR is 1,20 EUROs or USD 1,66. After I climbed some narrow stairs I enjoyed the view from above but what really caught my eyes was the beautiful color and shape of the building. I thought that it could be the perfect background for some street shots. I tried to avoid attention but of course that’s hopeless. I’m white, I’m tall and I’m one of the very view with a camera. It seems today everybody is taking photos with either a smartphone or an iPad. At least in this part of the world……
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 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…..
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