David Cleland

Long Exposure Photography with the Fujinon 18-55mm lens |
David Cleland

I was asked my opinion on how the Fujinon 18-55mm zoom lens would fare in Long Exposure Photography setting. Equipped with my trusty tripod I thought I would capture a few very quick test shots using the Fuji XE-1 and 18-55mm lens. I headed to the my favourite location and the one I used for the cover of The Long Exposure eBook. Without any ND filters I shot a series of long exposure images between F/18 and F/22 shooting at up to 3 seconds with an ISO of 200. This image is straight out the camera with no post processing.I am shooting RAW with the X-E1 and have noticed that Lightroom 4 crops the X-E1 RAW files on import. It is easily fixed by clicking the “Crop Overlay” tool in the Develop module and setting the size to be “Original”. I did put the 18mm (prime) lens on the camera with ND10 filter attached but I actually found I missed the OVF of the X-Pro1 for final framing. It is probably something I will get used to but the real joy has to be just how light the X-E1 is to carry around, it is definitely noticeably lighter than my X-Pro1 (which isn’t exactly heavy!). It was liberating to be able to use the zoom lens to frame the shot. With a prime lens the photographer has to zoom with their feet which has obvious limitations at the base of a fast flowing waterfall. With the zoom lens I was able to get tighter (towards the 55mm end of the lens) and retain the f/22 aperture using the manual aperture mode (switch on side of lens).

Using the Zoom. You can view larger version of the photos featured in this post over in the flickr set. I was really impressed at the quality of the images even if they are only 2 second exposure captures at f/22.

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R-Space : Memory of Yarn (Fuji X-E1 and 18-55mm lens) | David Cleland

I paid a visit to R-Space with the X-E1 and 18-55mm lens to experiment in a different type of photographic environment. The R-Space Gallery was home of the ‘Mak-9 Things that fall in between exhibition‘ and currently houses the work of brilliantly talented Rachel Gomme a solo performance artist who uses knitting as a metaphor. Rachel was knitting constantly from 11am to 4pm and presented a year long knitting experience, a visual timeline in yarn throughout 2010. Today was the opening performance that offered visitors a chance to learn and take part in the creation of ‘the memory of yarn’ with tutors on hand to teach a number of different techniques. It was great to revisit this brilliant, creative space and catch up with what Anthea and Robert have planned for the months ahead. As well as visual installation each exhibit in R-Space is accompanied by a series of workshops and artists talks. It is a gallery worth following on Facebook. There were still some remnants of the Mak9 exhibition left from last June, this really is a striking location. Lotus Dewit’s amazing insects still remain on the old toilet. Scarily real, this is a place where time has stood still. A house filled with history is a perfect location for a creative space focusing on craft and visual arts and the R-Space team really maximise its potential. All photos were taken with the Fujifilm X-E1 with 18-55mm zoom lens.

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A few X-E1 18-55mm Examples | David Cleland


A few X-E1 18-55mm Examples by David Cleland (Flixelpix)

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Review : The Fujifilm X-E1 & 18-55mm Zoom Lens | David Cleland

When Fujifilm announced the new X-E1 camera I couldn’t help wonder where it sat in relation to the fantastic X-Pro1 that I had now grown to know and love. The X-E1 features all the power of the X-Pro1 but in a streamlined, reduced specification package and at its current price point is going to have a lot of photographers particularly excited. Both the X-E1 and X-Pro1 share the same software engine and stunning 16.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor. Both cameras offer the amazing low light quality we are used to and although they have remarkable similarities they also have some key differences that will attract different photographers depending on their specific needs and style.

Fujifilm have continued with the successful retro styling of the X range cameras it is as visually stunning as it is powerful. I will look at the differences between the cameras later. I opted for the silver option as I love the look of the X100 and view the X-E1 firmly as a replacement to the my first experience with the Fuji’s mirrorless camera range. The X-E1 is perfect for the shooter who doesn’t quite need all the features of the X-Pro1 and who wants to break into the interchangeable lens setup. Because the X-E1 uses the same sensor as the X-Pro1 the image quality is nothing short of amazing and it means the camera is already supported by Adobe Lightroom 4. I frequently receive emails asking how I find Lightroom for processing of X-Pro1 files and although I have read many photographers struggling with the format I still find shooting RAW and LR4 perfectly acceptable. To be honest if I had any major issue with the RAW files I would have moved back to shooting JPG. I have no doubt Adobe will improve their support for the X-Trans sensor in upcoming updates but at least there is support, Aperture users are still, sadly lagging well behind on support for the X-Pro1. Over the last year I have really got to the know the sensor and how Lightroom processes the files so much so I’ve created a number of Lightroom presets designed for using with the X-Trans sensor, see FlixelPix Grit and FlixelPix Mono……

Conclusion:
Although I love shooting at a fixed focal length with the [amazon_link id="B006UL00R6" target="_blank" locale="US" container="" container_class="" ]35mm XF[/amazon_link] being my favourite lens I foresee the 18-55mm will see a large amount of use for general day to day shooting. The [amazon_link id="B0092MD6S0" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]18mm-55mm zoom lens[/amazon_link] offers my favourite 23mm and 35mm focal lengths at the twist of a lens barrel and with the added four stop Image Stablisation I am not sure you could ask for more. If you are currently an [amazon_link id="B006UV6YMQ" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]X-Pro1[/amazon_link] owner and are looking at the [amazon_link id="B0092MD5ZE" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]X-E1[/amazon_link] as a second body then the kit deal that includes 18-55mm lens might be worth considering. As for the X-E1 it is everything you would expect from Fujifilm, a variation on a theme it offers an affordable version on the brilliant X-Pro1 with a slightly different specification perfect. Photographers looking for a good value, high quality replacement to their DSLR should look no further. Did I mention the photo output is stunning? Check the flickr set for larger versions of the photos in this post.

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Autumn Red 35 or 50mm? | David Cleland

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Poll : What is the perfect focal length?

Autumn is one of those few times of the year when I deliberately try and shoot into the sun. A a break from Long Exposure Photography I was playing with the X-Pro1 (35mm lens) and the Canon 5D (35mm lens), the Canon tends to be my video camera and the X-Pro1 for stills. Although both lenses were 35mm the X-Pro1 has a cropped sensor so the setup works more like a 50mm lens than a 35mm which is great. Over the past year I have really got to know the X-Pro1 I can control it more and I feel I get a better sense of what I have shot compared to my 5D. With the Canon I have to imagine the shot, the bokeh the detail whereas with the X-Pro1 I feel I can trust the EVF. I am constantly asked why I still use the Canon when I have the X-Pro1 but frankly there isn’t a camera around (in the same price bracket) that can beat the Canon 5D MKII or III for video quality and control. Even the onboard sound recording is quite remarkable. It is bulky, it is heavy but when it comes to video it is a price worth paying….


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The Tyrella Road | David Cleland

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The Fujifilm X-Pro1 is a remarkable versatile camera that can jump from capturing long exposure images to close up macros with very little user intervention. I headed out to St. John’s Point Lighthouse to try and capture it at low tide. I was late. I certainly had a bit more access than I normally have but the tide comes in a rapid rate. The was a bright day so I employed the techniques outlined in the long exposure ebook to try and cope with high levels of light but still be able to smooth out the sea. I also decided to go around the Lighthouse and view the Mournes from across the bay. It was a remarkably quiet and clear day, the mountains seemed closer than normal and almost in front of the clouds. I jumped around between the Fujinon 18mm and 35mm lenses throughout the visit.

All photographs were shot with the X-Pro1 and either the 18mm or 35mm lenses, check the EXIF out on flickr if you want to know more.

 

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My Favourite X-Pro1 Travel Photography Kit | David Cleland

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Over the last few months I have received a number of emails asking what camera bag I use with the Fujifilm X-Pro1 and also what equipment I include in my travel photography kit bag. I thought I would create a simple list of what I include in my travel photography kit regardless of the size of the trip.


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My Photography would be so much better if I just had… | David Cleland

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I’ve made a fundamental mistake. I knew there was a risk of it happening but it crept up slowly and without notice. Slowly I’ve traded studying the craft of photography with studying the equipment and technology….


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X-Pro1- Long Exposure Summer | David Cleland

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It takes a few days to embrace the summer holidays, I have all the photographic expectation brought by the freedom of time but sadly none of the energy. On these occasions there is only one location worth visiting and it has to be the old jetty at Oxford Island. I have been here dozens of times to try new cameras, lenses and filters, it is the one place you know you will come away with something of interest. I took both the 18mm and 35mm lenses. Using a 35mm lens for landscape work seems unusual especially given the X-Pro1 is a cropped sensor but I have found myself using ultra wide lenses less and less over the last few months.
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Belfast Summer means Rain | David Cleland

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Ask anyone from Belfast the first word that comes into their heads when they think of summer 2012 and it is likely to be “rain“.

It has rained non stop for a number of weeks and we have dealt with local flooding, bursting river banks and the cancellation of outdoor activities since Easter.

Today around Belfast it felt like November. People ducked between shops and shelter, we on the other hand decided it was time for a walk around the Cathedral Quarter to visit The MAC and the Oh Yeah Music Centre.
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