Just came back home to L.A. after 3 weeks in Italy and France. Had a fantastic time and loved every moment of the culture, food, architecture and history. Only brought the X100S plus three batteries and could not have been more pleased. Here are a few images from Italy and I’ll post some shots from France when I can go through them. Thanks for looking! Note: The Pompeii tattoo image is on the arm of our tour guide in front of the tattoos location with Mt.Vesuvius in the background. She was born in the area and is an archeologist who has excavated Pompeii. Her knowledge was immense and an incredible guide and I thought it would be fun to capture this image. The image of the large painted flower door with two rusting rings is from Venice. I thought it looked liked John Lennon……
A major impediment most new photographers face is that color is the default mode of expression. Not only are we inundated by color images in every possible medium, but digital cameras presume color as the chosen palette. The tragic fact of these defaults is that it interferes with the development of seeing subjects and places emphasis on the impossible task of trying to capture a color reality which makes little natural sense in two dimensions. The result is a great deal of frustration when the captured image doesn’t match the experience of color. Few cameras are available that address this problem. The Leica Monochrom is one of few. The Monochrom only records in black and white, and only displays its menus and previews in black and white. It’s the gold standard for capturing black and white—after film. However, the Monochrom body alone costs about $8k. That’s a lot of money to get rid of color. There are cheaper ways. The cheapest way to shoot black and white, of course, is to switch to film. Using a film rangefinder is one of the fastest routes to improving the composition and content of your images, and you don’t even need a darkroom…….
We’re almost there: tomorrow at 18h55 we fly to Frankfurt. Then it’s a train to Cologne and the adventure begins. I’d love to say everything’s packed and ready…. Sure… Like that’s how life works with three young kids in the house. But we’re getting there. Below is THE KIT: X100S with the wide and tele converters. I debated taking the X-T1 for a few hours, just enough time to realize I was reverting to exactly the same reflexes the X100 had liberated me from three years ago. Which lens do I take? This? No, that? No. Way. The reason I have the converters is because Fujifilm Canada is loaning them to me along with the X100S itself — I still have the X100 and they were nice enough to let me borrow this one for the duration of our trip. As much as I still love the original X100 there’s been quite a jump in performance since its release and I’m rather used to this by now. The X-T1 does tend to spoil a guy. The old X100 is fine for quick outings but Cologne, Venice and Rome? I might’ve regretted my choice along the way (even though I know the images would’ve been great)…….
It’s hot and humid here in the city this weekend–the summer’s last hard push before giving way to cooler, drier fall weather. The closeness of the buildings, the wide swaths of concrete, the subway–they all concentrate and hold the heat and humidity close to you, like a warm damp blanket wrapped around you. All images were taken with the Fuji X100s and the X-T1. Enjoy……
I really can’t give this camera enough credit for the impact it has had on my photographic life. It has made photography fun again, and the one thing I thought would be the biggest barrier (a single, fixed, 35mm lens) has turned out to be one of its greatest assets. The fixed lens has done two things for me: It has removed one variable from the process of making an image (focal length), and it has forced me to slow down and THINK about my photography more. I think my images are better for it. I also need to thank those who take the time to educate budding photographers like myself. We stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us, and I am eternally grateful…..
I’ve been using the Fuji X100S for about 16 months now, and I believe it’s one of the greatest digital cameras ever made! Obviously not everyone is going to agree with me on that, but here’s why I think so highly of this little camera: Firstly, I’m a die-hard film shooter, and lover of traditional manual cameras. I learnt the ropes on great 1980’s era SLR cameras like the Olympus OM1 and Nikon FM2, and I still find the direct manual controls and simplicity of these kind of cameras such a joy to use, not to mention the wonderful tones and colours I get from film. So I was never quick to jump into the digital camera market. I got some very nice results from Nikon DSLR’s like the D200 and D3; both were and still are great cameras, but were a very different beast to the old film cameras that I loved……
Third post in the series ‘the right instrument for the right job’. First we had the x100s for macro photography, then the a7r with a sigma macro lens for action sports. Now of course if I am about to embark in a caving trip in the Frasassi caves, during which I will be expected to get soaking wet and crawl through muddy tunnels, I will not choose a weather sealed body with a small weather sealed lens say like the A7R with the Zeiss 35mm. No. I want to go there with the Fuji x100s……
It’s about time I had a re-vamp of the ‘My Gear’ blog on the website, seeing as over the last year I’ve gone into a pure Fuji X system of X100, XE1 and XE2 plus lenses, it’s time for one of those awesome shots of lots of lovely looking gear laid out over a wooden background. If you are interested in seeing what I used to shoot then head to my original gear. Coming from a DSLR system to Fuji has been a great journey and one which has allowed me to expand creatively and focus on a system that brings me great joy to use and to talk about, I now feel my kit is ‘complete’ and I’m happy to take on any assignment with the above. I’d still like to try the 56mm and see how I get on with that but whats here is so enjoyable and can produce incredible images……
Every time before I pack my travel photo bag, I try to envision what kind of photos I expect to take on location for the job or portfolio work. In my early days of photography I was prepared for every possible photo situation by bringing most of my gear. I recall one time where I lugged 20 kg (40 lb) of DSLR gear in a backpack through Paris. That was an awful experience! Since my switch to Fuji X cameras 3.5 years ago, thankfully my travel photo bag has become a lot lighter. The night before this trip to Paris I decided on the following gear to bring:
- Fuji X100S
- WCL-X100 (wide conversion lens) for the X100S
- Fuji X-Pro 1
- Samyang 8mm f2.8 fisheye lens
- Fuji XF 14mm f2.8
That’s 2 camera bodies plus 4 fast prime wide angle focal length weighing around 1.6kg (3.5 lb)!!! Add spare batteries and ND filters and you’re still well below 2 kg (4lb) in your bag. That is only 10% of the weight of the gear that I took along a few years ago…….
I’ve had the pleasure of trying out some great new Fujifilm X Series Lenses that they sent to me recently and thought I’d post some street shots here before I review them over at my DCP Blog. The lenses are the tiny 27mm f2.8 Pancake, The super wide 10-24mm f4 and two converter lenses for my favourite street cameras the x100 & X100s. these two screw on lenses take the standard 35mm (full frame equivalent) lens down to 28mm or up to a 50mm. 28mm, 35mm &50mm are all great street photography focal lengths, so there’s pretty much something for every street photographer wishing to use the X100 or X100S. Reviews for each lens coming soon……