I am really lucky to do what I do for a living and I take it seriouslyl. A huge risk of creating a business out of a passion is the possibility of repetition or even worse, burn out. One way that I challenged myself this year was to add a new camera to my bag. Anyone who has followed my personal work of daily life with my kids knows how much I adore the Fujifilm X Series of cameras, including the X100S and X-Pro1. I am not a gear-obsessive photographer and I prefer to be as minimalist as possible, but these cameras creates for me an intimate documentary experience that just doesn’t feel the same as a typical DSLR. As I approach the end of the 2013 season of weddings, gathering and reviewing some of my favorite images, I thought I’d showcase just a few that make me even more excited about being a photographer…..
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The Yamuna is one of the most sacred rivers in India. It is the river that graces the foreground of many timeless photos of the Taj Mahal. It is the river that runs through the megalopolis of Delhi and it is strangely one of the last landmarks I consider when thinking of Delhi. I find this odd. Is it possible to think of London without imagining the Thames…Paris without picturing the Seine…New York without the Hudson or East River? I’ve lived in Delhi for over 3 years and have never strolled the banks of the Yamuna. I’ve been to most of Delhi’s “Top Ten” and I’ve visited many dark corners and colorful monuments recommended by friends. This is such a huge city full of “undiscovered” places. While searching Google Maps last week for a new niche to visit, I stumbled on the blue streak that runs through Delhi. OH YEAH, the Yamuna! Let’s go there…..
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Over the last year, as I have gotten used to a downsized system I’ve grown a great deal as a photographer and I’ve come to realize that less complications really does lead to better vision. I started carrying a smaller system to protect my shoulder and so, at the end of the day, I would feel good instead of dog tired! I can’t express how much I appreciate that Fuji made this system, it is really meeting my needs, and, at least, in my opinion, my work has stepped up several levels. One thing is certain, I’m having the most fun I’ve had as a photographer! Now I will admit that I now own almost as much Fuji X system gear in weight as my Nikon stuff!! So where is the weight savings? I don’t carry all of it at one time, unless, it’s in the back of the SUV, which is th same way I carry the Nikon stuff! I have, (for now), new stuff keeps coming out, three distinct systems for different kinds of trips. The trip where I want to get great images, but don’t want to deal with even a small bag! I simply love the Fuji X100s and with the 35mm (equiv.) f 2 lens it works for 90% of what I want to shoot! It does good enough for “reasonable” close-ups, and the lens is tack, tack, tack sharp (that means really sharp!!) I carry a couple of spare batteries, a couple of chargers in my carry on luggage! A spare SD card, and I’m set! I do have a polarizer, but rarely use it on this camera, it just makes such stunning images, I enjoy not having the hassle! This is my go everywhere, shoot “almost” anything, desert Island camera!…..
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I’m a Fujifilm X-Pro 1 user. I’m also a Canon P and Olympus Trip 35 user. The Olumpus really is small. The Canon is about the same size as the Fujifilm. The mantra of today’ Fujifilm supporter is a rather sloppy orgy SLR hate. Why? The hump. And the size. Perhaps the crowd haven’t used an SLR camera before. The Fujifilm X-Pro 1 happens to be the same size as my Nikon FE, an SLR camera- in fact, an SLR camera that was never considered small. Yes, the mounting flanges are quite different. And yes the FE humps a bit. But the FE’s shoulder height is lower than the X-Pro 1’s even with buttons sprigging from the top. Minus the mounting flange, the body is also thinner. And again, the FE was never considered a small SLR camera. So what do Fujifilm fans mean when they think ‘SLR’? The above image illustrates exactly what is conjured up in their forgetful brains. Today’s digital SLRs are massive. Even Nikon’s smallest D3000 is bigger than the FE and X-Pro 1. The D800 is the FE’s modern analogue in terms of equivalent target market, build quality among other things. The trend started after Japanese makers started putting electronics into every nook and cranny they could……
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I got this lens a few weeks back . . The weather has been crap and only had one chance last week to try it out. Took these at my favourite local haunt . . . Going to do a lot more in the coming weeks . . .
The Lee System is brilliant, I have adapters for my 14mm,35mm and for my X100s . . Very quick and easy to fit, a bit of a hassle to keep clean but really happy with the system. So far I have the Big Stopper and a 0.9ND Soft Grad. These were taken with the 14mmLee Seve5n Filter System…
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Lately I’ve somewhat veered away from the technical aspects of photography in the blog, mostly posting short essays in between new Fuji gear reviews. But there is a point at which it might become too self-involved. I do realize that. So today I thought I’d break away from this and do a kind of anatomical review of one of those client shoots I never talk about, tech notes et al. I always ask permission to do it but I usually tend to shy away from posting client assignments. And since I’m usually knee deep in the immediacy of what I’m shooting, after a few months have passed it feels somehow irrelevant; I have a fetish for the here and now… Or maybe the two days ago ;) Last Spring I got a message via Facebook from Aida; she’d apparently been searching for a photographer for quite a long time, had just stumbled on my work and wanted to know if I’d be interested in doing a portrait session with her. We did a back and forth and I proposed that we meet to discuss what she had in mind. I don’t do cold sessions, ever — learned that one a long time ago. We had a wonderful time and settled on doing an exterior/interior shoot… But it was March: awful weather, crappy light and not a whole lot of it. Of course, when you don’t have a choice you deal with it, you make the best of what’s there; but if you can afford to wait, why bother? So we waited. And late April, the Gods of Light rewarded our decision……
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On a dark november’s evening like this I miss the Norwegian summer. So after posting lots of pictures from Thailand recently, I thought I’d post some street shots from Norway. These picutres were taken in Oslo during a thai food festival in June 2013 at Youngstorget. Some pictures are from the festival area, others from the streets nearby. Fast autofocus or not, I waited for this situation above to happen, and had already set my focus. I was waiting for one of the adults to move forward to give the street artist money. Then suddenly this girl with the colorfull dress and toy guitar jumped into the frame. Unfortuneatly I cut off the girls leg in the picture, but personally I like this anyway, with him following her with his eyes as she moves forward. I have posted this one before, but then it was the OOC JPEG which had blown out highlights in the background. This version is from the RAW file and post processed in Lightroom 5….
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I’m not sure if I need the Fuji 55-200mm lens, obviously I’d love to have it, I just can’t afford all the things I want. But I’ll definitely get the new 56mm 1.2 lens once it comes out. Meanwhile we are all waiting for it there are plenty of old lenses with similar or longer focal lengths to play with. My choices of vintage glasses are the Helios 58mm f2.0 and the Tokina 135mm f2.8 M42 screw mount lenses. On a Fuji X camera it translates into 87 and 203mm. They both built to last forever, apertures rings are nice to handle, focus ring is smooth on the Tokina, a bit stiff on the Helios, but it produces amazing swirly bokeh effects. Here are a few shots from the last couple of weeks taken with the Fuji X-Pro1 using both lenses…..
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As followers of my work will know, I have been shooting exclusively wit he Fuji X-Pro 1 for about a month now. My main camera is a Canon 5D mk3 (and I also shoot on film with an ancient and much beloved Hasselblad 500C and wooden Zero Image pinhole camera). I bought the Fuji primarily for lightweight travel photography, street photography and as a carry anywhere camera. However, as soon as I started to see the results it produced I was keen to see how it performed in my main shooting environment as a professional – the landscape. First a few caveats. This is not a full frame camera like the 5D mk3, the sensor is smaller and has a lower pixel count. The Fuji has 16 million pixels compared to the Canons 22 million. The aspect ratio of the sensor is the same as the Canon at 3:2. I am also mindful that the range of lenses available for the Fuji is far smaller than for the Canon, but more on this later. So I knew I was not comparing apples with apples……
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I like to shoot film and still shooting at least couple rolls a year. After reading that Ilford opened film processing lab in US I decided to try their service to test my favourite PanF+50 (35mm film) against my favourite digital sensors, Fujifilm X-trans and Sigma Foveon. Obviously I used my favourite cameras for the task: Fuji X-Pro1, Nikon FM2 and Sigma DP2M :)
Here is my results.
All test pictures were taken at camera’s/film base ISO, @f/8 aperture, using tripod and self timer. Fuji file and Ilford scan (jpeg) were downsized to 4704 pixels on the long side to match the Sigma file size……
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