Being lucky enough to own a VW Camper Van I have the huge pleasure of travelling in and around the UK on the weekends. This fits with my photography really well providing be with a rich and ever changing environment. I often choose places to visit based on interesting cities, towns and landscapes that I would like to photograph. Having a full time job in engineering getting to the weekend and spending it in another city is just fantastic. This weekend Mrs P (Michelle) and Bunnie the puppy Maltese and myself headed for the historic city of Stamford on the great north road between London and York. This is a town that has unusual features, not only does it have beautiful grand old and historic buildings, cobbled streets, and masses of history, its most striking feature on the landscape is 3 church spires. More of the streets and the photos in later in another blog because this item deserved a post of its own. I choose to shoot black and white, and found one of these beauties in the car park. The drop dead gorgeous Jaguar E-Type 4.2. Yep. Fully restored and simply stunning……..
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I’ve been exploring astrophotography a bit more with the Fuji X-Pro1 and have been tremendously happy shooting the moon at least. The next step in the evolution of astrophotography with this camera is to start shooting more deep sky objects. This is going to require a bit more effort, some tracking tools and some software tricks to make the images that I have in mind. The trick with fainter objects that require telephoto lenses or even telescopes to see is that the earth is rotating pretty fast relative to these faint objects. Even the moon being close in and shockingly bright (Remember that these images are f/12 aperture equivalent and 1/160 exposure at ISO 200), moves pretty rapidly through your field of view. Here is a movie of the moon seen through the same setup as the first image. Now if you imagine a much fainter object that requires much longer exposures (think multiple 30sec exposures equivalent to an hour of imaging time), you are going to need some way to compensate for the rotation of the earth. More on that in a later post…..
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I finally had the chance to lay my hulking hands on the beautiful Fujifilm X100s, the camera over which I have been drooling night and day for the last year or so. The camera that I always wanted but couldn’t absolutely afford (25 years old freelance photographer here, remember?). The camera that one of my favorite photographers of all times, Zack Arias, described as the “DSLR killer”. The camera that would surprise the hell out of me, but of course I didn’t know it yet. On January 9th, Fujifilm Italia agreed to be the main sponsor for my next big project, unCOMMON:Wheels , and I’ll be using only Fujifilm cameras while biking from the southernmost to the northernmost point of Japan starting from March 5th. They also agreed to send me a Fuji X100s a couple of months in advance for me to get acquainted with their system and cameras. Needless to say, I felt like a kid on christmas morning: the freaking happiest I could ever be! And with this new toy in my hands, I did the only thing someone can do when they are in such a hype : take selfies in public toilets with it!…….
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I found a piece of wood on my way back home from work. My idea was to capture one of my very first teapot from Yoshiki Murata’s Collection. It s called Mogake Sanban. I sinked the piece of wood into a course of a stream. Using Velvia filmsimulation and set my Fuji X-E2 to long exposure (15 sec)…….
Yoshiki Murata has been a student of Master Toji Ito. In particular Yoshiki is well-known in using the technique called Yohen (changed kiln), Tataki (knocking the surface) and Mogake (burning seaweed). Various Awards like the “Japan Sencha Craft Exhibition” and the famous “Choza Award Ceramic Art Exhibition”.
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Again, zero experience with paid food photography and Fujifilm X100s as my only workhorse camera. When I was doing my research, I haven’t found any real life test of a X100 or a 23(35)mm lens for a food photography, which is now my main motivation why I’m writing this post. Write a blog you wanna read, right? Since the restaurant cooks mainly in italian style, I knew I want honest, rustic&homemade feel to the pictures so for lighting I’ve used one old Profoto PRO-81 head with a 4ft octa from behind (I’ve read that that’s the easiest way to make food look shiny&moist) with a white foamboard reflector as a front-fill and a raw wood planks as a background. (The restaurant doesn’t have any good backgrounds or window light so that’s why I went this way)…..
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I had this idea to take a portrait of someone walking in a field. A shot like this is nothing new or revolutionary, but it’s a bit out of my usual space. I do not have the resources when it comes to acquiring models etc, as it’s not really my area of photography. So instead of using my poor wife again for the umpteenth time, I asked my cousin if she would be willing to play model and she was kind enough to agree and get up at 4am to catch the light on location at 5am. Saturday morning came, and after running a little late due to a small miscommunication, the weather was good to us and the sun sat behind the clouds for an hour or two for me to complete my testing of the 56mm……
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Part of Fuji’s original XF lens lineup launched alongside the X-Pro 1, the 18mm pancake prime has a bit of a reputation for being the worst of the bunch. The problem is this reputation really isn’t deserved. Sure it’s not quite as sharp across the frame as its 35 and 60mm siblings, but it’s a very different class of lens. What it offers is a really compact, wide view of the world with a bright f2 maximum aperture and crazy close focusing abilities. It can also produce some surprisingly nice bokeh. I’ve been shooting the 18mm f2 for several months – in fact it replaced my 18-55mm zoom as I prefer shooting primes and wanted something more compact. So far I’ve not been disappointed…..
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Having rented the Fujinon WCL-X100 Wide Conversion Lens for our trip to New York, I thought I would use it for a few long exposures during an afternoon visit to the Dumbo area in Brooklyn. As the sun began to set, I set up the X100S, conversion lens, and a 10 stop ND filter to shoot the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges. The good thing about the conversion lens is that the filter thread is the same size as the X100S. This meant that I didn’t have to buy an additional step up ring to use my ND filter. The bad thing is that you need to tell the camera the lens is mounted to get the right Exif data. Not a huge deal, but I did find myself constantly forgetting to switch this setting on and off during our trip. Aside from that though, I have no complaints about the Wide Conversion Lens…..
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I’ve been asked several times if the X-T1 is better than the X-Pro1. In certain ways it certainly is. But when you look at the X100S and the X-Pro1… Which one is better? There’s no answer to that. What’s exciting about Fuji’s lineup is that the differentiation doesn’t lie in cheaper bodies or artificial tech limitations for the sake of promoting the higher end. Beyond the natural evolution of the products, these are simply different cameras for different needs. There’s no good or bad here. The X-T1 is obviously the latest and greatest Fuji has to offer and it shows. After this weekend I’m over the moon about this camera. But the truth is we are absolutely spoiled for choice these days……
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…..so I went into my bag to get my trusty X100S. You see I purchased this little unit specifically for its leaf shutter. In case you aren’t aware leaf shutters don’t follow the same rules as focal plane shutters, you can use flash to almost an unlimited sync speed based on the camera. Remember that hand held flash units that use High Speed Sync are different than using strobes. HSS pulses the light so that their DSLRs can shoot at ‘high shutter speeds.’ (which in turn greatly reduces their overall power). I killed the noon day ambient with the X100S by shooting at a shutter speed of 1/2000th of a second at f4.5 ISO 200. Just like that I had the exposure I wanted for the shot. In this case I found that using a ‘wrench’ instead of a ‘hammer’ was the right tool for the job. This was my second time using the little Fuji for the DSO and I could not be happier. My other shot can be seen here……
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