If you live in Vancouver, you have to embrace rain as part of daily life. In fact, the winter months are usually associated with non-stop rain, sometimes for weeks. Such generosity in terms of wet weather could be viewed as a nightmare for a photographer … or it could be a great opportunity to challenge your photographic vision. In fact, Kasia and I promised ourselves that this year we would try to see differently and reach for hard and uncomfortable. As a result, last Saturday while drinking our early morning coffee and looking at the droplets of rain on our window, we decided to have a photographic date with rain. Here are a few images from our rainy rendezvous……
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December in Vancouver is usually marked by wet, rainy weather that drags on for weeks. So last Sunday when we got a tip that the sun might appear for a few hours we were eager to grab this rare opportunity. When we left the house it was still raining but I grabbed my Fuji X100S anyway. As soon as we arrived at Port Moody Rocky Point Park, the weather started to improve. The clouds were breaking up, giving way to the first rays of sunshine. At the same time and very unusually for the time of day, random patches of fog blanketed some areas of the park. What a great opportunity! We took some family and landscape shots – all with the Fuji X100S. When we got home, I started looking at the images and it dawned on me that three years after the debut of the Fuji X100/S camera, it’s still the one I enjoy using the most. It is still the camera I grab when I leave the house. It is still the camera that works with me unlike any other camera on the market (see our full review here). It’s not that I haven’t tried others. For a few days, I brought home the Ricoh GR. Sure it has very good image quality and a great lens but its plastic feel and lack of a viewfinder and dedicated knobs made me long for the Fuji X100S. Then there was the Nikon Coolpix A – a total non-starter for so many reasons I am not going to waste your time. Most recently, I tried an FF Sony with its 35 mm Zeiss lens. Sure, it had great image quality but somehow felt dry and uninspiring (and expensive)….
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Paris – Fuji X-Pro1 and Fujifilm Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8 R
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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 14mm F2.8
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We’re a few days into my first visit to Paris and I must admit that I’ve been a bit overwhelmed photographically thus far. Everything about this iconic city, from the Eiffel Tower to the cafe-lined streets is truly photogenic. As I finally begin to edit my images from the past few days, I’m finding that I prefer many of them in black & white. It’s not so much that they look better in black & white, but rather that they just feel right that way….
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Johnny and I had a wonderful 8 days in Paris earlier this month. It was our first time there together, and we were both completely overwhelmed with how beautiful it was. The city embodies elegance and culture – from the graceful trees to the architecture to the refined cuisine and the visible appreciation for the arts. We were able to visit the Louvre and see the Mona Lisa in person (an incredible experience), hike up to the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur for a panoramic view of Paris, enjoy a boat ride on the Seine, and walk around at the Eiffel Tower. We rode the Metro a few times, met for coffee with a couple of fellow photographers, and visited a flea market to admire some French antiquities. Other than that we just walked around the 11th Arrondissement a lot, where our hotel was, and enjoyed the cafe culture, the numerous camera shops and wonderful restaurants. I really feel incredibly lucky to have been able to travel to so many beautiful places this year. And more than that, to be able to share these experiences with the man I love, who is the most wonderful companion I could ever ask for…..
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Earlier this week I ran three seminars of three hours each entitled from Concept To Print. Many years ago, way back in the dying years of the last century, a photographer called Stu Williamson wrote a book with the same title and I borrowed it for this three hour workshop. My aim was to share the simplicity of creating beautiful images using continuous lighting and a 6ft stretch of hotel wall. I used just one hard light for the bulk of my shooting demonstration and went onto a multi light set up as the session evolved. After the shoot I downloaded the images into Lightroom and tweaked them prior to printing on my aged and slow ink jet printer. Here are a few of the images I shot….
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So let me share my “secrets” to getting great B&W results from the Fuji X100S with you. I started my photography with a cheap plastic camera from a grab bag and a roll of B&W film in the 70’s. I must have been 5 or 6 years old at that time. I guess that is where my emotional attachment to B&W photography started. But when I switched to mainly digital cameras I shot generally in color. This was in big part due to the fact that I did not like the in camera results that the JPG B&W modes produced. And once the color file ended up on my computer, I often just stuck with color. But since I own the Fuji X100S this has changed! The Fuji X-Cameras create superb color files straight out of the camera. But for the B&W lover in you, Fuji has also created some wonderful B&W filters…..
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Our trip to Seattle gave me an opportunity to really put the Fujifilm X100S through its paces, especially for long exposure photography. What I realized during our 5-day trip was that the X100S is not only my preferred travel camera, but also the ideal camera for my long exposure work. The built-in ND filter lets me extend my exposures without stacking another filter on top of my 10 stop ND. And its size and weight let me use smaller tripods which are more compact and easier to carry. In combination with its new X-Trans sensor, these small but important features have made the X100S the camera I reach for whether I want to take a quick snapshot or set up for a 2 minute exposure……
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After multiple attempts of “We should one day go take some photos together” at work, we finally managed to get some people together to go a bit photographing. Freiburg im Breisgau it shall be! It’s small and lovely city in the German state of Baden-Württemberg. That’s in the SouthEast of Germany, close to France and Switzerland – you probably didn’t know and that’s fine, it’s not so famous. But now that you know you should really visit if you ever come to the region. Wait, stop being a Baden fan boy. There was an underlying goal for myself: I was going to compare the Fujis! So I left my “big guns” at home and brought along my Fujifilm X100s as well as the X-E1 with the Fujinon 35mm f/1.4 lens. It’s the same camera family, they look comparable, the menus look identical and still they’re two different beasts……
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