Italy has a way of becoming part of you. I feel that I carry little pieces of it with me everywhere I go, and undoubtedly, I am spoiled forever when it comes to pizza, pasta, and a good latte macchiato. These images were all shot on my trusty little digital, the Fuji X-E1 with the Fujinon 35mm f/1.4 lens. I experimented a bit here with a black and white post process. I was never much of a black and white person, but it grows on me lately. This Sunday Johnny and I leave for a week in Paris, and we plan to shoot a lot of film – both black and white, and color. I can’t believe that this little Indiana girl will be photographing the Eiffel Tower soon, and sipping café by the Seine …..
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I thought I needed to share some of the detail close up shots from the week on the Derbyshire Staffordshire border. From my earlier post with Fuji 35mm landscape shots I felt it is also important to complete the story with some details. I did not have a great deal of subject matter but I grabbed what I could and made the most of it. ….
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We spent three weeks in Tuscany afterwards, first in Poppi and then in the beautiful Val d’Orcia valley near Siena. During our stay we visited many places, one of my favorite ones being Montepulciano. Since we went to Poppi for the first time, we go to the same little cafe to enjoy a Latte Macchiato almost every morning. We were both very excited to go back. Not only for the best coffee in town but also for the time spent there. While we enjoyed breakfast we often saw the most interesting and storytelling characters and situations. Old men meeting there presumably for their entire lifetime, cracking jokes and picking on each other. Young children being lost in thoughts while enjoying a treat and a beautiful and endearing temperament of a culture so different from our own and yet so sincere and easy to relate to. I like it so much when life is simple and good. I brought my Fuji X-Pro1, Leica MP and Hasselblad on this trip, but I shot a lot more film this time with the Hasselblad and the Leica. I had my X-Pro1 with me everywhere when I didn’t bring any of the other cameras and therefore I can already share a few digital images while I am waiting on the film scans. It was interesting to see how different the flavor of these photographs turned out, especially compared to the pictures from France……
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I just came back from a few days in Kosovo and Macedonia and for the first time ever I brought only my Fuji X-E1 and 35mm instead of my Canon arsenal. I was a bit frisky about it at first but it turned out to be a challenging, yet very rewarding, experience …..
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Shot with the Fuji X-pro 1 with the 35mm 1.4
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As those who know me personally will know, my digital photographic life has been turned upside-down in recent months by my Fujifilm X100. This compact, high-quality big-sensor rangefinder-style camera inspired me in ways that no digital camera before was able to do, and completely changed my idea of what the digital side of my workflow should be. Loving the X100 and wanting to take things to the next step, I have sold off all of my Canon DSLR equipment and have now invested in the X100’s interchangeable-lens big brother, the Fujifilm X-Pro1. I’ve been shooting with the X-Pro1 and the 35mm (equivalent to a 50mm on a full-frame camera) f/1.4 lens now for several days, and have been continually blown away by the photos I’ve been getting from it. I’ve thrown it into several different situations – portraits, street, concerts, etc. – and have been learning how it behaves and responds. It’s everything I loved about the X100, taken to a new level……
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I woke up early this morning and the sun was shining for a change. The weather in London has not been so good this last week so I decided to get out early with my Camera. I took the the tube down to Waterloo and headed for the river. The sky was blue and the light was great, casting long shadows. It was the perfect time to walk along the Southbank as it was so quiet. I made the most of the light and incorporated the interesting shadows I came across. A few of my favourite shots below all shot with the XF 35mm lens and processed with VSCO film…..
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Learning to play guitar is road travelled by many but mastered by only a select few. It is an enduring journey where an obsession with the fine detail is the only route to success. Like mastering playing the guitar the actual construction of an acoustic guitar is an art form in its own right. Unlike playing the instrument few learn how to make a guitar and fewer still master the craft. Avalon Guitars in Newtownards is home to some of the finest guitar luthiers in the world, this bold statement isn’t mine but the endorsement of a number of the world’s best guitar players. I have been visiting the Avalon guitar factory for over twenty years and the same faces remain, masters of the fine detail they are the unseen artists behind many of the best guitarists and singer songwriters…..
Camera wise I started jumping between the X-Pro1 with 35mm lens and the X-E1 equipped with the 60mm macro. I was shooting wide open (f/1.4 and f/2.4 respectively) in an attempt to create focal points to each image. I was shooting RAW and converting each image to mono to draw out the detail of the woodgrain.
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The Fuji XF 35mm F1.4 R lens is one of the most popular lenses for the Fuji X Series. It was the lens that I was looking forward to most when I first purchased my X-Pro1, and I’m sure it’s a first lens for many people. It’s fast, it’s well built, it’s compact, and it produces fantastic image quality. Recently though, Zeiss has entered the game with their Zeiss Touit series of lenses. So far, Zeiss has produced two lenses for the X Series: a 12mm F2.8 and a 32mm F1.8. I really enjoyed my time with the 12mm F2.8. However, that’s not to say that Fuji’s XF 14mm is bad in any way. In fact, I’ve only heard great things about the Fuji. But the Zeiss is a great option as well if you want something wider than a 21mm equivalent. With the Zeiss 32mm, things are a little different because I believe the focal length is a lot closer to Fuji’s XF 35mm lens yet it costs $300 more. If you think about it, that’s 50% more then the XF 35mm, which many think is one of the best lenses for the Fuji X Series. Is the Zeiss worth the extra money?…..
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