David Cleland

The Fujinon 56mm – Bokeh Master | David Cleland

In Conclusion

If you are looking for a lens that captures sharp images and stunning bokeh the 56mm is definitely the lens to go for. The perfect partner to the 23mm it has to be one of best lenses I have used in terms of performance and image quality. The 56mm is a bokeh machine that is perfect for people photography. It is a joy to use and will be a firm favourite on my X-T1 for sometime to come. I have set up a 56mm flickr set here that will grow over time……..

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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 56mm F1.2

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Belfast and Donegal with the Fujinon 10-24mm lens | David Cleland

There is a school of thought, I think incorrectly suggests that landscape photography needs to be a wide as possible. Although I disagree with this school of thought I’m aware there are times that an ultra wide field of view is essential to capture a scene. Sometimes the need to go ultra wide is down to an inability to get the correct distance from the subject other times it is about capturing the vastness of a scene. I’ve been using the Fujinon 10-24mm as the only lens locked to the Fujifilm X-T1. You can see just how wide you can go with this photograph of Poison Glen in Donegal. You can just spot the church in the left hand side of the frame and this was shot at 19mm!! …..

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Fujifilm Fujinon XF10-24mm F4.0

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The Fujifilm X-T1 Review | David Cleland


Does the X-T1 deserve the hype? Definitely. The X-T1 is a powerhouse that delivers stunning, pin sharp images with the almost breathtaking dynamic range we have grown to associate with the Fujfilm X-Range. I struggle to find fault and I hope you understand what I mean when I say I could look at it for hours, it is a remarkable piece of technology. The controls are extremely accessible on the body of the camera and there isn’t hardly an aspect of the device that isn’t customisable or adjustable. The viewfinder and LCD screens are stunning and if that isn’t enough you can even control the camera via live view on a mobile device. The X-T1 has all the bells and whistles and underneath is a powerful, remarkable image maker that is as usable in the hands of a new photographer as it is in the hands of a pro. The X-T1 is not only a top performer but it is a joy to use and the ergonomics are excellent. I am in awe of the Fujifilm X-T1 and don’t have the capacity to see where the company will take the X range from here. I know the lens roadmap is very exciting and I can see the X-T1 making a considerable dent in the digital SLR market. Notable is the fact that every photographer I have spoken to (who has used the X-T1) has nothing but love for what has to be the most desirable camera of 2014…….

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Remote Photography with the X-T1 | David Cleland

Cameras featuring WIFI connectivity are a relatively new phenomenon. The X-M1 was the first camera I used that offered a wifi connection to a mobile device such as iOS or Android phone. The Fujifilm mobile app enables the user to use the GPS feature on their phone to add geo-location data to images via wifi. This is quite a useful feature and I have been using it ever since the Freedom Through Photography project. See my review of the X-M1 for more information. Fujifilm have taken the wifi feature a step further with their latest app “Fujifilm Camera remote” for both iOS and Android. Although I have the other Fujifilm mobile apps (Fujifilm Photo Receiver etc) installed the new Camera Remote App is my personal favourite. The image below shows the X-T1 on a tripod with what the camera is seeing displayed remotely on my phone…….

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Silent Valley and the X-T1 | David Cleland

Having shot some music photography with the X-T1and 35mm Fujinon lens it was time to head to the stunning Mourne Mountains. The X-T1 is so fresh the major photo editing applications are yet to support the RAW image files. I far prefer shooting RAW and although I have used a number of different RAW processing applications I have a workflow in Lightroom that works so well I have decided to shoot JPG until Adobe roll out their X-T1 support. The purpose of the day was to get out into the hills alongside Silent Valley and on to Ben Crom reservoir so snapping JPG files with the X-T1 along the way made perfect sense. I packed my Lee filters, a small travel tripod and I was happy. It was a cold, dull day, I captured a couple of long exposure images of silent valley before we made our way to Ben Crom Reservoir. The colour of the surrounding landscape was as cold as the day. Using X-T1 for long exposure photography was a pleasure. (If you want to know about this technique check out the long exposure ebook.) I was able to use the T-mode shooting 20 second exposures at f/8. The dial to adjust the exposure duration is on the front of the camera and it feels like a really natural place for it to be…….

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Harland and Wolff at Night | David Cleland

Famous for boat building and not just the Titanic, the Harland and Wolff cranes (Samson and Goliath) are an established trademark of the city of Belfast. I had paid the area alongside the also famous Titanic film studios in the past, see here but I have never seen it quite like this. In December the Norwegian oil rig, the Blackford Dolphin, arrived all the way from Brazil following a three month journey. The sixty day contract to allow 600 workers to embark on a complete refurbishment under the Samson and Goliath cranes is worth millions. It could be a unique view for Belfast and definitely one worth seeing at night if you around the Titanic area. The Blackford Dolphin oil rig lights up the Belfast sky and even on a Sunday night, sparks from the welding work fall like snow….

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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 23mm F1.4

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The Essential Landscape Photography Kit | David Cleland

I often receive emails querying the suitability of a particular camera body or lens for landscape photography. To be honest my landscape photography set up is pretty simple and hasn’t changed very much over the last few years. I was going to name this article ’8 Essential items for Landscape Photography’ but considered the days I go out just with the X100s in its leather case. Therefore the following list are the things I normally take with me and my advice is to keep your gear simple and as light as possible. Heading out for a ten kilometre trek over rough ground means is challenging enough so I tend to keep things as minimal as I can……

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Low light Photography with the X-E2 | David Cleland

Exploring the Tyrella area of County Down is generally an activity confined to daylight hours. I felt it was time to venture out at the extremes of the day in attempt to see it differently. Developing my low light technique is something I want to focus on (excuse the pun) in 2014. It is a completely different approach and considerably more unforgiving than I expected.

The Mournes

I ventured out with the Fujifilm X-E2, 23mm and 14mm lenses. Read my review of the Fuji X-E2. Shooting at night is a different type of long exposure photography where you need to have the shutter open long enough for the landscape that is in total darkness to impact on the sensor. The problem, at the same time, is there can be very bright sources of light that have a major impact on the image when the shutter is open for so long……..

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The Rig: Fixelpix | Ledesma Photography

Who are you and what’s your profession?

I am an educator by profession and teach film and animation to the next generation of budding filmmakers. Photography is a hobby that is not only a great way to relax but really works well alongside this area of education.

What’s your rig?

I am a Fujifilm X fan, I love them. A few years ago I started to notice how often I left my DSLR at home because of the size and weight. It is hard enough to trek the Mourne Mountains and you aim to travel as light as possible. The Fujifilm X range has come on leaps and bounds since my first X100 back in 2011. I am mainly shooting with the X100s and the new X-E2. Lens wise I tend to stick to 14mm, 23mm, 35mm and 60mm. The image quality is superb and you can effortlessly carry them around everywhere. I actually only bring out a digital slr for music photography where I need the reach…..

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Review : Fujifilm X-E2 and XF Fujinon 23mm f/1.4 R Lens |
David Cleland

My first outing with the X-E2 involved packing the camera with the 23mm f/1.4 lens, the 14mm and 35mm lenses into my Millican ‘Christopher’ bag and heading for the stunning County Down coastline.
The Fujifilm X-E2
The X-E2 offers something special. I am constantly amazed by each generation of Fujifilm X camera. The X100 remains an amazing camera yet the X100s still manages to add considerable value. The X-E2 works on the same principle, the X-E1 remains a trustworthy and reliable workhorse yet the X-E2 adds a little extra magic. I packed the X-E2, the 23mm and the Fujinon 14mm wide angle lens…..

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