It is hard to describe what draws us to places like Bodie. Maybe it is the beauty of the forgotten and rusty; maybe it is the dark history or a search for ghosts of the past. One thing is for sure – after documenting all major ghost towns of the West over the last few years we couldn’t be more pleased. Each ghost town provided us with great history lessons, unforgettable adventures and beautiful imagery. After visiting Sandon, Cody, Shaniko, Antelope, Elkhorn and Garnet, it was time to set our sights on Bodie – the largest and most popular ghost town in North America. Its reputation preceded it. Quoting from the diary of a girl who was taken to this infamous town: “Goodbye God, I am going to Bodie.” Bodie got its name from Waterman S. Body, who discovered gold in 1859 and started yet another gold rush. At its peak, the town had a population of 10,000. While most mining towns of that time couldn’t be mistaken for their elegance and law-abiding citizens, Bodie gained an especially bad reputation. Killings, fires, fights and robberies combined with 65 saloons offered all sorts of relaxation to stressed miners……..
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When I first went freelance I treated myself to some new gear. I bought a laptop – a necessary business expense – and a new camera, the Fuji X-Pro1, which at the time was on a special deal whereby you bought the body and an 18mm F2 lens for £999, and got a free lens from a choice of 27mm, 35mm or 60mm by redemption. I went for the 35mm F1.4. Financially, it wasn’t perhaps the best idea – I hadn’t completely got my head around how long it takes to get paid when you’re self-employed – but I don’t regret it. The weight, size, understated appearance and image quality of the X-Pro1 have made it feel like a great investment……..
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Maybe you have noticed on Facebook or elsewhere that I have sold my complete Nikon photo equipment and switched to mirrorless Fuji X in November 2013. I promised to write this article, explain the reasons that led me to the change and share my first impressions with the new camera. I know, there are tons of articles about Fuji X around the internet, but I hope also this information may help someone in his/her decision making…….
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A 5 story building transformed into a 360 degree panoramic stage of sound and video. A metro train converted into a moving spectacle of live music, loaded with speakers. An underground grotto-like former water cistern became the Mines of Moria from Lord of the Rings, complete with Balrog. And the final party featured thousands of ravers in a park, a big stage, DJ school for kids, oh and a sauna and a hot tub. What is this madness? This is Strøm. Strøm (Danish for power and current) festival is Scandinavia’s premier electronic music festival and features a wide and innovative selection of events, workshops and raves held all over Copenhagen. There is no festival like Strøm, it is a pleasure shooting for them and the events are often original. I shot for them in 2012, and in 2013 Charlene and I had an amazing week covering up to 4 events a day…..
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Finally I got time to put together a small set of B&W still life images inspired by a visit to friend’s rustic cottage and taken with my favourite camera and legacy lens: Enjoy! All images : Fuji X-Pro1+MC ROKKOR-PG 58/1.2+Iridient Developer+NIK Silver Efex Pro …..
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The new Fuji MHG-XPRO grip has just arrived for my X-Pro1, so I’ve down a quick comparison with the original Fuji grip, and illustrated how the new grip works with the camera. The original grip on the X-Pro1 – note that I had to support the camera to stop it tipping forward and resting on the lens/hood. The original grip fixes in place with a D-Ring, has a central tripod bush, but needs to be removed to access the battery/SD card. It does have a non-slip rubber material on the base, which is absent from the new model…….
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As the Fuji X-camera system continues to expand and improve, I find myself using it more frequently. I have been riding a bike in New York ever since I can remember, and always carried a camera with me when I go exploring the city, and a Fuji X camera system is the perfect size. I rarely need to carry a tripod on these trips, but lately have wanted to do some long exposures where a tripod is a necessity. Problem is that my normal Gitzo tripod isn’t really compact enough to fit in my accessory bag. So I began a search for very small, light-weight tripod that would still be sturdy enough to hold an X-camera steady. That search led me to the Sirui T-025X. The Sirui T-025X is a carbon fiber tripod that folds to just 11.8″ (30cm), yet opens to a 54″ height. It also has a number of other features I like, such as quick twist legs where you can open and lock all leg extensions with one hand motion — the same as on my favorite Gitzo….
There comes a time where your inner vision tries to meet with your outer vision. Of course at that time when all things just seem to make sense and just work together. Well, let me tell you something! At that time, what you don’t need is your camera to have a sense of humor, good or bad. This is why I talk about intrusions and the need to avoid them. The wrong camera at the time of the The Coming of The Joining and your not going to be happy. Think of it like this……. it’s summer time, all over the world, even in The Land of Oz. Your sipping you favorite beverage. Your wife, girl friend, partner whatever just wants you to be happy. “Sure my love, buy as many new cameras as you like. I think it’s a great idea.” See, in reality, at least the one I’m in…this is a dream come true. Your laying back just so relaxed, that maybe this is even better than Heaven, well…at least here on the earth. Then as you dreaming about the new FUJI XP5 that has a four speed and makes coffee….all the sudden…there’s a BUZZ around your head. It won’t stop…that nasty mosquito just wants to intrude on the dream and it does. You no longer relax, you wife, spouse, mate, partner etc is yelling at you again because on you computer screen is the new camera you want….
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Our community of readers and contributors are truly from around the world. While browsing, I stumbled upon a nice set of images about Semana Santa in Spain by Rafael Garcia.
Rafael, can you tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Rafael García, but please call me Rafa (I think we are acquainted by now :) ). I was born in 1970 in Zamora, a small city in Spain. Engineer. That’s my university degree and that’s my job. Since I was really young I had a crush on Fine Arts (painting, sculpture and music specially). I think my interest for photography was a natural move after all these years. I mean a move from just watching and enjoying to building up and creating something for myself. Now photography has become a passion, and that’s an understatement…….
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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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