My friends and I decided to have our buddy’s bachelor party in Iceland. We took Iceland Air to fly into Reykjavik and I couldn’t help but notice the flight attendant closest to us. Now, I know what you’re thinking, yes flight attendants are generally good looking and there’s selection bias when hiring one. However, this was different. It’s wasn’t the uniform or all the cliche stuff, it was her eyes, big and bright blue, contrasted by the fairest skin I had ever seen and hair so blonde it was almost grey. Wait, here comes another one, with bigger and bluer eyes, and fairer skin, and blonder hair!!! And another one!!! This time he was a man!!! And yes, I am comfortable enough with my sexuality to say he was one good looking mother*^%#. I started wondering, “is everyone from Iceland this beautiful?” ……
Source: Iceland | Eyesland – Waleed Shah
Back when I first switched to Fuji around 6 months ago I was already pretty convinced that the X Series cameras would be ideal for travel because of their size and weight but at the time I wasn’t totally sure that I would be able to use them as my first choice landscape camera. I’d been using a Nikon D800E for a number of years and wasn’t sure whether the X System was really designed with landscape photographers in mind. In my last blog (HERE) I tested the image quality of the X-T10 with the 10-24mm and 55-200mm zooms against my Nikon and found that while there is obviously a resolution difference, the difference in detail and quality was negligible. Since then I’ve used both the X-T1 and X-T10 extensively for landscapes both at home in Portugal and while travelling around Indonesia for a month last summer. My first landscape shoot with the X-T10 was when I led a workshop for a sunrise shoot at Lisbon’s iconic Vasco da Gama bridge. I was impressed by how intuitive it was to use and……
Here is a preview of the photo shoot I did with Romane. This series was made at an abandoned site, in Verviers area! For this session, I tried to have a more natural approach. The photos were shot with the Fuji X-T1 and the Fujinon 56mm 1.2, made without flash or reflector. The photos were then treated with Lightroom and Photoshop……
This is quite an old project but thought it deserved to be resurrected….. One of the first concepts I did when I got the X-T1 is to try out some black light photography. I’ll tell you the story first… Then I’ll get technical. This was a collaboration between myself, Omar Hassib on video, Red Broad on make and up and our model and vocalist Pimms Brooke. Omar and I are from White Cube. I had heard of Pimms for a while and she’d been making a lot of noise in Dubai so I got in touch and asked to collaborate. We met on set for the first time and created this magic. I also met Red on set for the first time and we ended up working to together on a few other things that I may talk about in other posts. Knowing Pimms was a singer, I brought my guitar down to the shoot with me. I didn’t tell her about this… But I had planned to do a little behind the scenes music video. We rehearsed a few times here and there during breaks between the shoot and then did our performance for the camera…….
Winter has finally arrived in the UK over the past few days. What was a thoroughly miserable December is now very much in the past and the temperature has now taken a much more seasonal turn for the better. December was remarkably warm, leading to some of the most intense storms the country has seen in a long time. I spent a good portion of Christmas in the Lake District and saw the damage the storms caused first hand… I feel so very sorry for all of the people affected and can only wish them the very best as they try to rebuild their lives. Now that winter is finally here, the beautiful English countryside has taken on a wonderfully eerie and wintry glow. I love taking images during this time of the year… it feels like there is so much more mystery to the world! The following images were all taken today (January 20th 2016) during a short stroll in Worcestershire. I used a Fujifilm X-E2 with 35mm 1.4 lens and the images are processed in Lightroom using VSCO…….
This past week has been crazy. On so many levels. Last friday Fujifilm finally had the embargo lifted on the X-Pro2 and X70 among other things. This meant that I could finally scream out to the world how amazing these two cameras really are. And I got a chance to scream it out to A LOT of you! Thank you so much for all your kind comments, your curiosity for questioning and just general positive attitude. It means the world to me, and I have tried to answer all your questions as fast as I can. So now I sit and ponder. – What a ride………
A couple of weeks ago I had a e-mail from a publishing company wanting a few images to use taken on theXF90mm F2. It turned out that this was one of the very few lenses I didn’t have my self. I had taken a few images with a prototype version of the lens but nothing that really did show the lens of to the best. A few days later there was a knock at the door, the XF90mm F2 was here and off we went down to the New Forest to shoot some images. The XF90mm F2 is among the best lenses made by Fujinon. This goes for both the build quality & the optical quality. One question that comes up again and again is ‘should you use a prime lens over a zoom lens’. The XF90mm F2 is one of those lenses that shows just why primes still have the edge when you are looking for optical perfection…….
I am slowly getting back into the swing of things after a short Christmas break. Ryan (Barrett) had approached me before the holidays with the suggestion to shoot an emotional story, involving a male & female model. As I still hadn’t had enough play-time with the Arri T1, I was more than happy to schedule a shoot in the new year. It didn’t take us long to create a mood board and get a team together – consisting of some amazing creatives, namely Mary Kiely (makeup), Rachel Flanagan (Hair) and of course our female model Sarah O’Leary. Outfits were provided by Esquire Menswear and Be Fabulous Limerick. The shoot took place at Ash Hill House B&B in Kilmallock, a fantastic Georgian style mansion wich is run by the lovely couple, Nicole & Simon. Everything was shot using either the fresnels or natural light, or a mixture of both. Light modifiers, reflectors and diffusers were used as required……..
Again.. this is not that ‘big’ review this will be coming soon but a high res colour image & some images taken on the South Coast of the UK. I am currently writing two longer more indepth reviews of the camera, in the meantime check out this link if you are looking for the tech specs on the camera check out the blogs from these guys, Lovegrove, Kevin Mullins & FlixelPix. During the recent holidays we found ourselves working a lot and didn’t find the time to get down to Southampton to see family, however last week we did. We had the XF-90mm to shoot with as we had to shoot some images for Bright Publishing who are making some new Fuji Adverts. After we did these we jumped in the car and headed to Portland, stopping at Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door on the way…….
As this year comes to an end it is our turn to look back. Although 2014 was a year of transformation, search and renewal, this year could best be described as full-steam ahead. Our way of seeing has evolved and become more demanding. The general appeal of pretty, attractive, colourful and easy has gradually been replaced by unique, creative, emotional, difficult and simplified ways of seeing. As a result, 2015 was a year when the fruit of our 2014 detour ripened and we regained control on our route to seeing. Fortunately, we are not alone on this journey. You used your valuable time to visit our pages, view our imagery and read our essays. What a privilege! We are especially thankful for your commentary and for sharing your stories and experiences. We read them all and enjoyed every contact. There are so many people to thank for your generous support that it is impossible to name everyone. Thank you all. You know whom we are talking about……
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