In February I wrote an article about the Fuji Instax SHARE SP-1 Printer called “A photograph needs to be real: The beauty of the Fuji Instax printer“. In that article I shared my thoughts about “growing up” in the era of digital photography and how, recently, I had come to realize the value of the printed photograph. I discussed the impact an amazing printed photograph has on me, and also my desire to print more often. While thinking about some upcoming photography projects I was planning, and a photography trip I was about to take, I realized how valuable the Fuji Instax SHARE SP-1 printer would be. Thankfully it worked out that I could receive one before I left for my trip. I have to admit that I was like the little kid on Christmas day waiting for the courier to deliver the printer. I will always be the guy who nerds out on new gear, but this time it had special meaning to me……..
As my Twitter followers might know, I’m getting for a pretty big trip to South Africa, where I’m fortunate enough to be going on a Safari. I’m incredibly excited to have this fantastic photographic opportunity ahead of me, but it has thrown a wrench into my usual travel/packing strategies, in addition to making a couple photographic purchases necessary. I thought it might be of interest to do a bit of a travel diary, which has already been of some help to the process. This post has already been revised a few times as my packing strategies change. As ever, it’s important to start with a solid foundation. Game reserves present a unique challenge when it comes to keeping your camera steady. Most of what I’ve learned on the topic is from (re-)reading this piece from Thom Hogan, and another more recent piece. A key problem to solve is how to support your camera when you’re in the vehicle. I opted for Really Right Stuff’s new Travel Clamp Kit to affix to the rails of a vehicle like so……..
The Fuji X-Pro2 is the follow up to the original Fuji mirrorless. This new model packs a higher-resolution 24 megapixels X-Trans CMOS III sensor with a 1.5X crop-factor and 3:2 aspect-ration in a similar retro-style body which is now weather-sealed. This sensor forgoes an anti-alias filter thanks to its unique color-filter-array which is not prone to Moire artifacts. A revised hybrid shutter allows this mirrorless to offer shutter-speeds from 1/32000s to 30s, plus bulb exposures of up to an hour. It can sustain a full 8 FPS at full-resolution with a deep buffer for 83 JPEG images or 33 RAW files. The new 24 MP sensor offers a wide sensitivity range, covering ISO 200-12800, which is expandable to 100-51200. The X-Pro2 features a hybrid viewfinder which switches between a 2.4 megapixels 0.48″ EVF and a rangefinder-style OVF mode. It also features a rear 3″ LCD with a class-leading 1.6 megapixels of resolution to provide another sharp and precise way of composing and reviewing images or video……..
Source: Fuji X-Pro2 Review | Neocamera
This post covers the final day of a little Staffy called Buddha who was diagnosed with a very aggressive, advanced cancer around her organs, and as a result, was living in extreme pain and discomfort. The very difficult decision was made to have her euthanized in the most humane and respectful manner possible. My dear friend Nas sent me a message in the final few days of Buddha’s life asking me to document Buddha’s final day. Knowing full well how significant Nas’s dogs are to her I felt privileged to be asked to undertake such a special task for her. As I observed Buddha and the people who surrounded her at various points during her last day there were many ebbs and flows in her demeanor. She undertook all of her favourite activities this day, like going for a walk around her neighbourhood seeing all her favourite houses and people, having a bath, eating peanut butter, and getting pats from many of her friends……..
FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) is proud to announce that the new “FUJINON TELECONVERTER XF2X TC WR”, a teleconverter extending the telephoto area of some X Mount lenses*, will be added to the mirrorless digital camera “X-Series” interchangeable lens line-up in June 2016. The “FUJINON TELECONVERTER XF2X TC WR” is a high-performance teleconverter capable of multiplying the focal length of mounted lenses* by two. It features excellent optical design with a construction of 9 elements in 5 groups to maintain the optical performance of the original lens. Also, thanks to the unified design when mounted to a compatible lens, the teleconverter is weather and dust-resistant and operates at temperatures as low as -10℃. This makes it possible to be used with confidence outdoors when used with the weather and dust-resistant X-T1 and X-Pro2 camera bodies, and the XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR and XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lenses.
* Compatible lens (As of May 19, 2016)
XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR ⇒ 100-280mmF5.6 with teleconverter mounted
(Equivalent to 152-427mm on a 35mm format)
XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR ⇒ 200-800mmF9-11 with teleconverter mounted
(Equivalent to 305-1,219mm on a 35mm format)……
Source: Fujifilm Global
Although I love music, I am well aware of my shortcomings, politely speaking, in this matter. If I hired a music teacher and practised for years, I might be able to sing one song without turning the audience hostile and violent. I am well aware that singing will never be my strong suit, and that’s fine; however, I do have other strings to my bow. It is not a secret that “seeing” comes naturally to some people. Others have to work hard to achieve similar results. In either case, taking care of your seeing is a must. I often see talented photographers who stop challenging themselves, training, or practising their seeing. Over time, their seeing becomes lazy and stiff – more of a habit. On the other hand, I have met some people who had a rough start in the world of photography but they persisted and challenged themselves over and over again……
To be honest I have kept away from the blog for a long period now as we have been concentrating on developing our wedding photography business. So please excuse the long winded article. I am not a fantastic blog writer so please bear with me. As always happy to answer any questions you may have which you can direct to me on Face Book, Twitter or indeed in the comments section of the blog. Moving camera systems is not a decision any professional photographer takes lightly. Once you choose a camera system for professional use the addition of lenses flash systems and spare camera bodies starts to represent a very significant investment indeed and as professionals we need to make sure we get a return on our investment as well as ensuring we have the right equipment available to do the specific job we need it to do…….
From the moment I truly began to pursue photography, I strived to distinguish my work from the millions of images flooding digital media across the world. In doing so, I’ve always been an advocate of doing whatever it takes to get the shot. Whether that means hiking a treacherous mountainside all night to capture the beauty of first light from an unseen perspective, or hanging from an abandoned bridge 2,000 feet above the ground, capturing timeless moments are what I live for. Through my experiences, I have learned that photography is a key factor in the difference between being alive, and actually living. Abiding by this principle, I set out on road trip from Los Angeles to Seattle accompanied by two talented friends and an arsenal of Fujifilm X Series gear…….
I’ve been looking forward to the X-Pro2, Fujifilm’s flagship mirrorless camera, ever since switching over to the X Series 18 months ago. To understand why, you need to know a little about me. I’ve only really been taking cameras seriously for seven years. My first came in 2009, a slightly battered old Nikon D40. Three years, three Nikons (I upgraded twice) and three additional lenses (35mm, 40mm and 50mm fixed) later, I was tired of lugging around a giant camera, and even more tired of the small selection of good lenses available in my price range. I then tried out a mirrorless Sony camera, but Sony’s lens selection at the time was pitiful if you weren’t willing to spend big money. It wasn’t until an old colleague of mine showed me the Fujifilm X100T, a compact camera with a 35mm-equivalent fixed lens and an innovative viewfinder that’s both electronic and optical, that I knew what I wanted. Within weeks I’d thrown my Sony in a drawer and bought an entry-level X-M1 and a pair of lenses to give Fujifilm a shot……
Nick Cudworth is an internationally acclaimed artist based in Bath, with paintings and drawings in countless public and private collections around the world. Nick was born in Derby and achieved a BA Hons. at Chelsea School of Art. He has been a practicing artist for over 35 years. Nick also enjoyed an early career in music as a piano player with the band Siren and recorded several blues/rock and roll albums in the 1960’s on John Peel’s label. His successful reputation as an artist has been gained by having exhibited in group and one man shows in galleries throughout the world including London, Milan, Winnipeg and New York. He joined The Portal Gallery in Piccadilly in 1997 where he has since had several successful one man shows…….