This is a short blog about Lee Filters, 3 Legged Thing and Fuji, and how these companies changed the way I shoot. I run a company called Ideas & Images. We provide both images and ideas to who ever wishes or wants them. Mostly we work within the Fashion world, the slow world of the landscape photographer seemed so far away……. A while ago, I had a lovely e-mail from a lovely company who make Filters. Lee Filters popped down to see me and left me with a set filters specifically designed for CSC cameras. The Seven5 System filters are smaller than the normal 100mm system. The Filter Holder is designed for the compact system cameras and can hold the Lee Seven5 75x90mm filters. Lee also have a range of adapters for all the Fuji & Zeiss lenses. (The Zeiss pictured below is 52mm where as the 18 -55 lens is 58mm. Most of the lenses have different filter sizes). Being a more from the fashion world, I had NEVER used a filter in my life that was a not a screw on style ND, a Polariser or generic camera filter…….
With so much love, I bought this camera twice. I sold it twice. The first time I sold this camera, I thought I was better than that. Then I realised, I wasn’t. It’s the second time I sold it, I’m in love with someone else now. So, this is to tribute my love towards Fujifilm X-Pro1. The camera is brilliant. It’s quite big for a snap camera, but it’s not as heavy. It’s got great controls, but it’s not really a one-hand controllable camera. It has a great optical viewfinder, but I stopped using it almost straight after I got this camera. It has awesome dial controls, but they’re a little too easy to turn and number of times you have to check if the EV dial hasn’t been moved. Or if you’re using manual shutter speed, you have to check you are still in that same speed……
9 time Grammy award winner John Legend, performed at the recent Singapore Grandprix 2014. We were fortunate to catch his one hour live performance. Fantastic piano play, amazing band and fabulous singing! I brought my Xpro-1 to the concert as well, but given my longest XF lens is the 35mm 1.4, I decided to bring my old Minolta MD 135mm F2.8 lens mounted via an adapter. My trusty Ricoh GR covered the wide angle shots……
From today on, the Regional Government of Andalusia organizes the Photography Exhibit [TRÁNSITOS] during the European Mobility Week. #SEM14 #EMW14. I’m part of it with other Spanish photographers: Aitor Lara, Fernando Alda, Jesús León, Remedios Álvarez, Rafaela Rodríguez and Antonio Pérez.This exhibit is a journey through new urban models oriented to sustainable city development. A model where urban infrastructures are thought to make people’s (and not car’s) life easier. A high-quality functional user-oriented urban landscape. Really glad to be part of it with my series “Pasajeros” (Passengers/Transient). The passenger car of a train, the subway station, a cycle path or the street itself are characters in its own right in the pics, as much as the passengers in transit or waiting. Great company here and a wonderful opportunity to show my work in big sized prints (100x70cm). I’m most grateful for taking part of this…….
I’ve visited Old Delhi twice in the past 6 days. On both voyages, I went with a photographer friend whom I enjoy exploring Delhi with…he does his thing, I do mine, we swap thoughts, and we generally move in the same direction…be it a busy road, shady alleyway, or a muddy lane leading to the “cheese market.” On the first day, we arrived in the old city via the Delhi Metro at 7:20am. We gradually rose from the deep via 3 escalators and exited at Chawri Bazar…the largest, most hectic intersection in the old city. Its screw hadn’t come loose yet, but people were certainly on the move…mostly tiny school children in tiny uniforms holding hands and more school children whizzing past on motorcycles and tightly packed bicycle rickshaws. There was a general mood of excitement in the air……
Some nine years ago, when I decided to pursue photography as a career, it soon became clear to me that I needed a good base level in my work. An amateur photographer gets judged by his best images, a professional gets judged by his worst. I realised that I had to learn how to make my worst pictures good enough. I’ve spent lots of time and energy to raise that base level and over the years I’ve became capable of returning with at least usable images from pretty much any assignment, even when things go wrong. I still believe that this is a good thing and an essential skill for a professional photographer but we all know that playing it safe isn’t creativity’s best friend. About two years ago, I embarked on a long term personal documentary project about hunting in Belgium. I’m hoping to turn it into a book and an exhibition in 2015 but even if it turns out to be a success, I probably won’t make any money on it. The topic of hunting is rather controversial here in Belgium, so I don’t expect the project to become a showcase towards potential clients either. But it’s something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time: use my camera as a passport to satisfy my curiosity and the fact that I had a hard time understanding why anyone would hunt in this country. And even more importantly: no assignment, no client, no pressure, only … the luxury of failure……..
Nowhere has quite touched my soul like Cambodia. Four weeks of travels in ‘The Kingdom of Wonder’(The Cambodian tourist board slogan) has left me wanting more. The friends I made, the sheer fun of the place and the opportunities for photography yet fulfilled will ensure I return. Here is part one of a photographic diary of my adventure captured on the Fuji X-T1 and X-Pro1 cameras. Camera kit: Fuji X-T1 with 10-24 and 55-200mm zooms plus 14mm, 23mm, 35mm, 56mm and 60mm primes. I used the primes for my portraits (mainly featured in the next blog posts) and the zooms for landscapes……..
I’m a photojournalist by profession, a documentary photographer by choice, and a street photographer in my heart, but before all of that, I just love photography, and l love to take pictures. Enter in the Fuji X-Pro 1. Not too long ago I sold all of my DSLRs, fast glass and long lenses and purchased two Fuji X-Pro 1 bodies, the XF 18mm f/2 (approx. 28mm equivalent) lens, the XF 35mm f/1.4 (approx. 50mm equivalent) lens, and the XF 18-55 zoom lens, and I couldn’t be happier. For nearly two decades I’ve wanted a Leica film body (M6), but in my career as a newspaper photojournalist, and with all of the professional sports I had to cover, I just couldn’t justify the cost. In the late 90s, I bought the amazing Contax G2 and loved it dearly. But as film started to fade and digital started to pick up speed, the M6 dream also faded. I finally sold the Contax in 2005 while it still had value. When Leica released the M8, I realized that the price was significantly higher than the already pricy M6 (the M7 didn’t interest me), and that it was not a full frame sensor (I really wanted a 35mm Summicron), so I lost interest. Then the Leica M9 was announced which caught my attention, but I knew that as a working photographer I could never afford nor justify the cost of one camera and one lens, let alone a complete system. I love Leica, but it simply cannot be warranted in its cost (for me personally), thus it was out of my reach….
Worcestershire is a very cool and stunning part of the UK its also my home. It’s also full of heritage, Sir Richard Elgar, Worcestershire Sauce,and the civil war which started in 1642 had it’s first full battle at Powick bridge between Malvern and Worcester. There is also the fact that Britain’s only privately owned car company is based in the ‘shire. Morgan Cars history is long and renowned among true car enthusiasts, started in 1909 for the first part of the company’s life the made three wheeled cars, from racing cars to hill climb even lorries and vans. Then in 1936 the four wheel Morgan debuted and the design has kind stayed true. The pursuit of quality coach building and engineering is in every corner of this magic place, and the Morgan family still run the company so all of the tradition and heritage continues…….
This was my countless time of visit to Putrajaya however taking photos of the Seri Wawasan Bridge was my first time. I crossed the bridge a few times but just sitting inside car, never thought the bridge is that gorgeous and marvellous after I review the pictures that I took. At first I was kind of lazy to travel so far from Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya (~30kM one way) just to take the pictures of it. But, in the end of the day, it is worth every second of it and I will definitely explore more of Putrajaya again in the near future…….