…. However when Scot originally turned up he had quiet a bit of facial hair and said he needed to shave but we then decided to keep the facial hair for a few shots to get some edgier portraits with more of a mean and moody feel too them , less clean cut…. I achieved this using the FUJINON LENS XF60mmF2.4 R on the Fuji X pro 1 with my ETC Source Four Junior and various gobo’s as the light source…….
I am getting lots and lots of e mails and questions about my switch from Nikon to Fuji! To be honest it could have been Canon to Fuji, it’s a change that needed to be made and the main reason was size and weight, following my fall on Skye last year I have been getting fed up carrying 20-30 Kilos of camera gear around, and also I want to change the way I work, for my future projects. It’s strange but if you go back through my blog, I have been having this dilemma for a long time, and way before all the big names in the industry made the switch! I just had to wait to finish a few projects before I could part with my D3s, and I wanted a camera system that has some great lenses! I was thinking Sony a while back but their lenses were just not up to it. When I got an X100 I was so stunned by the images and the lens Quality it was a no brainer! So before I went to Venice I sold all my Nikon Pro gear! I have to be honest here and say the only parts of the system I will miss are the D3s and the Sigma 300mm 2.8! I sold everything DSLR related, tripods and filters etc So am now completely DSLR free and will never buy another…….
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Street photography. Something which I’ve seen and heard about but never really gone into, I like the look of it for sure and the fantastic photos it can produce but one thing has always held me back. The fear! The past weekend I was in London to see Zack Arias and David Hobby talk about their Fujifilm cameras and how they use them, it was a great talk that was followed by lots of beer, but one thing at the talk really interested me and that was the street photography part of Zack’s talk. In particular his techniques and tricks for getting street photos, ways of taking shots of people without realising and that you will get caught one time or another but realistically people aren’t going to go berserk. So the next day with my Fuji X100 in hand and hangover in my head I headed out to the streets of London, I started with a walk along south bank where I got to find my feet with it, and before long I was employing some of Zack’s tricks and tips. Once I had got a bit more comfortable doing this I started to do some street portraiture where I would ask people to pose for me, this is a great confidence booster and a great way to improve your photography, very quick portraits on the fly with available light, really good fun, and a lot less people say no that you would think! After this I headed over to Shoreditch and up Brick Lane, this gave some awesome settings in which to photograph and some cool people to shoot, I would recommend going there as its just awesome! Overall I was really happy with my results from the day and I will be sure to use these techniques next time I go street shooting, which is likely to be this weekend when I’m in paris for Be Street festival, more on this on several future blog posts! Settings wise I used only the Fuji X100 and was mainly shooting on shutter priority, this seemed to work for me and the effect I was trying to go for, so thats Aperture set to ‘A’ mode and auto iso on up to 3200, then if I wanted some blur I could just click to 1/30th then back to 1/125th for a sharp shot, a very quick way of shooting, great for fleeting moments……
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Rather surprisingly, Karl Shaw leaves his Nikon D3X and various fast glass at home and takes his new love on holiday, the Fuji X-E1
I’m not sure whether it’s irony or Sod’s law that the one thing that is meant to guarantee a week or two of stress-free rest and recuperation actually causes us so much stress. Sometimes I think a holiday is more trouble than it’s worth. From deciding where to go, stepping off the plane onto some heat soaked runway, the logistics and planning that goes into our well earned time away is nothing short of a full blown military campaign. And don’t get me started with the ‘this time next week’ game and the ‘I must just delete the spam work emails’ while away. Bloody smartphones……
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It is said that life is a spiral, that at the end of our lives we have travelled around a Great Circle and returned to the place where we began. Sometimes it takes a sense of place, or rather a sense of Displace, to realise this. It was only on Aitutaki, as our guide explained a little of its history, that I fully realised I had been following the migration back to its source, taking the long circle back to Hawaiiki, following the humpbacks which come here each year on their long journey from the south. But then all our lives are journeys back to Source. The inkling had begun in Rarotonga when my friends had pointed out the seven waka (canoes) which brought Māori to New Zealand had left from Rarotonga. Now it seemed I had gone back one chain link in the journey. Aitutaki floats in the middle of the Pacific, a delicate turquoise shark’s tooth of islands and lagoon adrift on a vast purple ocean. I hadn’t heard of it before, but everyone I knew who had ever been there spoke in glowing terms. You are going to ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT. Their use of uppercase told me it must be special. I furtively looked at it on Google Maps, read a few brochures and promptly looked away before preconception could poison me. It would only be when I had my feet on the ground and could smell the ocean and feel the sea breezes that I could begin to get to know it, to hear what it had to say. But I sense the blue calling, whispering to me across the night…….
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The Xpro-1 was has been my go to camera for personal use for some time now. While I have used it at several weddings over this past year I have not made it my main camera until this past weekend on Friday (10/18/2013). In my previous post at a wedding earlier this year I captured some incredible images and processed lightly in photoshop to Black and White. This time was a little different – I knew the capabilities of the camera. It has this amazing ability to capture a wider dynamic range and this being a very sunny day I wanted to see how it would do capturing a white gown in such a contrasty situation. I also wanted to compare the white balance to my Canon 5DIII captures. My findings and now general assumptions are that the Xpro-1 is able to capture a more natural white balance, low chromatic aberration at low F-stops and the ability to capture a wider dynamic range. I have also found that my thought process during most photos with this camera are a little more planned rather than the spur of the moment capture I am usually doing with the Canon’s. Composition is also a little more accurate as I love the ability to level the camera in the viewfinder…….
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I have not been able to put this new XF23mm lens down. I’ve tried it on at least four different X-Series bodies and I love it on them all! Sharp and fast – what more could you want?? Focus ring has a limit (doesn’t spin 360) from close-up to infinity, click stops on aperture ring, sharp focus peaking, and hyper-focal scale. On sale now the lens is going to quickly become a classic and launches the X series into new ground with the street shooters and photo enthusiasts. I’ve always loved carrying the X100S and now I have almost the same set up, yet with an extra stop of speed. Check it out at a dealer near you……
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Now it`s time to show you some pictures from my recent trip to Portugal where I got the opportunity to test the new Fujinon 55-200 f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS lens. But first I want to tell you some background information to the journey. A good friend of mine, Nicole Kramm told me about the fun she had learning to surf. Every time she mentioned her adventures in the south of Portugal her eyes got that special look… So I remembered back the days (about 15 years ago) I was in the same situation. Heading down south, a surfboard on top of the car, looking for good waves in Italy or Portugal. Nicole´s tales about perfect lefts, glowing sundowns and the nice people down there made me dream. So I decided to pack my bags…
So where is the missing link between a rolling wave and the 55-200mm telephoto zoom lens? Neither of them is perfect! But some things are getting close! As Patrick La Roque mentioned in his review of the new XF23mm: “Damn, another winner” – this is also true for the XF 55-200mm zoom! I shot the most pictures on this journey with this lens. Not just because of it´s common range – no! It´s because the lens is really near perfection!……
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I have never processed a single roll of film, never. My last attempt at film, the snaps I shot on a roll is still stuck in the camera and have been for a while, I have no intention of doing jack with it, if I recall the film stock is Tri-X. I do however like the look of film as an artistic effect on digital images, simulating the look of old film stock using Plug-Ins such as AlienSkin can be a lot of fun. Every once in a while if the mood or image permits, I burn these looks to my photos. I have been an AlienSkin user for a while, it does what it does and quite well for that matter at least to my eyes and in comparison to other Plug-Ins out there such as VSCO which for some reason or another I never used, perhaps it is just the fact that I felt like in many cases I could achieve the same look with AlienSkin so I never bothered trying it, not to mention I don’t use these Plug-Ins that much to justify splurging on every Film Simulation Plug-In that touts being the closet to the real thing, like I said I use AlienSkin for the look I get not to actually replicate film stock exactly – in my opinion there is no such thing, sure these Plug-Ins are good or fantastic for getting close and that’s enough for me. Haven’t never shot film as already stated, who am I to say which or what is what in terms of how close to actual film? Just have fun with whichever you choose to use …..
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In case you didn’t know, I’ve been working on a documentary project on hunting in Belgium for about a year now. I know hunting is a bit of a sensitive topic but that’s the main reason why I started the project: to see how it really is instead of the usual polarized opinions. I haven’t done much for the project in the last few months but there wasn’t much going on to photograph either. But yesterday, the hunting season started again and so did my project. Last season, I shot mainly small game hunts. This season I will focus mainly on big game hunting and a series of portraits but I couldn’t pass the opportunity to photograph the small game season start in Les Vallons. These kind people have supported my project from the start and have opened a lot of doors for me to enter the pretty closed world of hunting…..
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