A week or so back I shot another wedding predominately with my [amazon_link id="B006UV6YMQ" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]Fuji X-Pro1[/amazon_link] system. I’ve just got to the editing stage and wanted to pop up a couple of images that struck me and explain why; The first image was shot with the 60mm macro lens. I love this lens, and in fact, I think it produces the best optically out of the three prime lenses available. It’s pin sharp and in macro mode it produces incredibly clear close up images. I’ve been taking it along to weddings with me for a while and have used it occasionally but rarely in anger. Focusing of this lens is relatively slow (which makes sense considering it’s a macro lens) but I wanted to use it in this situation as I was quite a distance away from the bride during the preparation photography. I’ve shot this in JPG and and decreased the exposure compensation to remove most of the clutter in the background (there was bright streaming light on the brides face from a window at the front). I shot a whole sequence of wedding preparation photographs using the lens and I remain immensely satisfied with this lens. The second image was shot on the 35mm lens. Again, I’ve used the exposure compensation to a certain extent to affect the structure of the image. I’ve cleaned up a few more elements in the background to make the image stronger still (I think). I’ll be sharing a lot more images from this wedding when I blog it later in the month but in the meantime the [amazon_link id="B006UV6YMQ" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]Fuji X-Pro1[/amazon_link] remains a reliable workhorse for me as a wedding photographer. I’ve yet to see the [amazon_link id="B0092MD5ZE" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]X-E1[/amazon_link] but the reviews so far are also very impressive.
Back in the summer, when I was spending time in New Hampshire, I talked about my inability to “see” in black & white. While I do convert a shot to B&W every now and then, it’s not something I do with any regularity. Funny thing is, I LOVE black and white photography when it is done well. When the Leica Monochrome was announced this spring, I found the concept of a digital camera that can only shoot in B&W fascinating. While the cost of the camera is crazy high, especially for a black and white ONLY camera, I’ll admit that there’s something appealing to me about only being able to shoot in black & white. I’m convinced that after a period of time with the Leica Monochrome, I would be able to see in B&W and my B&W photography would improve as well. Fortunately for me, I can use my X-Pro 1 set to “monochrome” as a “poor man’s Leica Monochrome.” Given my recent disenchantment with the [amazon_link id="B006UV6YMQ" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]X-Pro 1[/amazon_link], setting it up as a B&W only camera for a period seems like a good way for me to continue to use it. Fortunately for me, I have one of the world’s most gorgeous models at my disposal every day. So, with the X-Pro 1 set to monochrome mode, I grabbed my girl and commenced with a portrait session. What’s so cool about the [amazon_link id="B006UV6YMQ" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]X-Pro 1[/amazon_link] is that using the electronic viewfinder (EVF) I can see the photo in black and white as I compose it. So I LITERALLY get to see the shot in B&W before I take it. It’s sort of like cheating, but I found it helpful. I’m very happy with the results from this “shoot.” In fact, I think these are some of the best shots I’ve taken of Fenway. I’m confident that if I keep using the X-Pro 1 in monochrome and I become more comfortable shooting in black and white you’ll begin to see more monochromatic shots on the site.
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My photoblog has been created exclusively with the [amazon_link id="B0043RS864" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]Fuji x100[/amazon_link] and the [amazon_link id="B006UV6YMQ" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]x-pro 1[/amazon_link]. I’m not a reviewer or a gear head. I just have the need to be making images and I prefer Fuji’s to any other camera I have ever owned.
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An oasis in Botswana’s harsh and arid Kalahari Desert, the Okavango Delta is one of the largest inland deltas in the world. Originating in Angolan highlands as the Cubango River before it flows into Namibia as the Kuvango River and eventually ending up in Botswana as the Okavango River, it breaks up into a huge labyrinth of channels, lagoons and islands, forming the Okavango Delta, a haven for wildlife seeking water and respite from the Kalahari. The water from the Delta never flows into any river or sea, and 95% of it is eventually lost to evaporation. We spent 3 days bush camping in the Okavango Delta, a definite challenge for a ‘soft’ city boy. There was no running water, no electricity and basically, no facilities of any kind. The bush toilet was a hole in the ground with a spade to scoop some dirt in. We could not use any soap or detergent for fear of contaminating the pristine environment so our swims in the Delta served both to cool us off from the unrelenting heat and to act as sort of a bath. Food was cooked on a wood fire, which was also our primary source of light in the evenings. In short, life was pretty basic. There was a cacophony of sounds to be heard at night lying in our tents, nature is surprisingly noisy. Cows ambling by, elephants calling, the mating calls of bullfrogs and of course, the sounds from a million insects around us, kept at bay by copious amounts of repellent around the tent since we were not taking our anti-malarials.We spent mornings and evenings bush walking and spotting animals in the wild but admittedly, the most enjoyable parts of the trip for me was simply lazing around the campsite doing very little and swimming in the Delta….
The story behind:
Adrian left his job as an advertising Creative Director in August 2012 to travel Africa and South America for a year with his wife, documenting these beautiful places with the Fuji X-Pro1.
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I recently took delivery of a nice and shiny Fujifilm X-Pro1 and today I got to really give it a good workout in some very testing conditions. We paid a visit to Warner Brothers Studios in Hertfordshire to see the Making of [amazon_link id="B005OCFGTO" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]Harry Potter[/amazon_link]. Armed with just the [amazon_link id="B006UL00R6" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]35/1.4 lens[/amazon_link] and the [amazon_link id="B006UV6YMQ" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]X-Pro1[/amazon_link] I set about capturing some of the fantastic sites on the tour.
Without wanting this blog to become just another of many (and better) reviews out there, I’ll keep things really simple. To say the camera performed well would be an understatement, it was brilliant. A very capable camera, that simply worked in very dark conditions with a mixture of lighting. It didn’t trip it up at all and I can’t wait to put it to work on our next wedding. As always I have added some of the images from the day and I hope you’ll take the time to comment. All images have had some minor editing. But pretty much what you see below is what you get from the [amazon_link id="B006UV6YMQ" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]X-Pro1[/amazon_link]. PS: If there are any [amazon_link id="B005OCFGTO" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]Harry Potter[/amazon_link] fans reading this that haven’t been on the tour, you really need to book those tickets, it’s fantastic!
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Two weeks ago I boarded a plane east. A red eye, means hopefully a nap or three as you fly cross country, with the hopes of a safe landing and a productive fun-filled first day. And that for the most part is how it played out. My flight landed just before sunrise on Sunday morning, and before I knew it I was headed to Brooklyn. A couple of hours later the gal I was staying with and I headed towards the subway for a bit of a walk and an adventure. We ventured across the Brooklyn Bridge and through various parts of New York, above and under ground. I was there for a bit of work and as a result of this didn’t get out and about as much as I might have liked, but below are a variety of images captured along the way. It’s obviously taken a bit of time for me to create this post, some of these areas may well look different today, as a result of hurricane Sandy, which hit the New York area just a day after I left. If you can, please donate to the Red Cross or similar foundations to help provide relief for the families and individuals affected by events this past week…
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I ventured into Manhattan last night, walked across the Williamsburg Bridge to the Lower East Side. It was very surreal, as the lights in Brooklyn were all on, but as I reached the halfway point across the bridge……..darkness. Yes, there were cars, and on major intersections, large really bright lights on generators set up by the city. But there were blocks and blocks of pure darkness, only lit by the moon and occasional car. Very few people were out. Those that were carried flashlights or candles. My friend Michael and I spent about six hours walking around and shooting. From 9pm until 3am, and plan to return again tonight.
Excellent lens! Equivalent 42mm ( 35mm format ) i actually like this focal range quite a lot, for me it just seems to work with my style of shooting. This lens is sharp wide open at F2 with a slight touch of softness. Fantastic performance on the X-Pro 1. Very good correction of aberrations without light falloff also wide open. Between f2.8 and 5.6 the optical quality is absolutely fantastic. A complex floating lens elements design. Nice bokeh wide open at F2-5.6. The 28mm F2 Minolta MD has great mechanical construction as with other Minolta lenses of this era. This lens is a gem. Hard to find on the used market, get it if you can. The lens balances well but a tiny bit front heavy on the X-Pro 1 but nothing to be concerned about, would be fantastic with the optional grip which will add some extra weight though not in the territory of DSLR’s with comparable focal length. As can be seen on the photo above, its a bit long compared to other Minolta 28mm lenses, its an absolute joy to use, nice smooth rubberized focus grip. Aperture ring has half stops as well…
More reviews of Minolta MF Lenses:
24mm F2.8 Minolta MC
28mm F2 Minolta MD W Rokkor-X
28mm F2.5 Minolta MC W Rokkor SI – 1st Generation
28mm F2.8 & 3.5 Minolta MD/MC/Auto Rokkor
35mm Minolta MD/MC/Auto Rokkor f/2.8
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One of the things that I have found the X-Pro1 has enabled me to explore more is the possibility of a new approach to my jazz photography. Because it is so good in low light shooting at 6400iso, and because it is so unobtrusive in use, I have been able to move amongst musicians in a way that I have not felt able to do before. There is also another ‘low noise’ side of the camera, the sound of the shutter firing is so minimal that it is not like the gun shot of a DSLR. In fact, at the touch of a button, it is totally silent. Musicians concentrating in an empty auditorium can find that sound of a DSLR shutter very distracting – and recording engineers or film crews will threaten to lynch you if you are not careful! Clarinetist Evan Christopher is from New Orleans (although born in California) and is one of the best around. These are two of the images I took at sound checks/recording of his group Django a la Creole a recent concert in Southampton using the 35mm lens at 1/125th @ f1.4. The iso was 6400, and I processed the image in Lightroom 4. I find that Lightroom is great for handling the raw files from the X-Pro1, and the black and white conversions are very simple. The tone control is as good as Evan manages on the clarinet!
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