When you specialize in one genre of photography it is easy to get comfortable, box yourself in and become lazy about seeing. Contentment and self-assurance are one of the greatest enemies of a creative photographer. It is especially important for those who specialize in travel and landscape photography. Too often we see the same visuals, themes, places or even exactly the same compositions. An antidote to this frame of mind is to try new things even though they may pose a challenge or cause discomfort. Propelled by this aggressive attitude we decided to explore a different type of landscape – one that would not naturally lure the photographer but might provide a great visual reward. I found working with industrial landscapes a difficult but fascinating challenge…….
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 14mm F2.8
For me it’s important to be outside shooting regularly even if it’s not for commercial or paid work. Understanding how being outdoors makes me feel and think, is what I love to do with my time and camera. Less frames. More mindfulness. Being present in the moment and waiting, walking, looking for a special frame to happen. Looking for that amazing light. If it does not happen, then that’s also fine. I find that the constant changing environments, weather and lighting help me to see the composition and feel of the imagery differently every time. I like that each visit to a location new or regular, offers my personal work and creativity something new. It’s what I love to do. Does all of that ‘stuff’ really matter? Or does walking barefoot on sand, or looking across mountain views matter? It is where I’m the most creative and free as a photographer and a person. I never regret going outdoors. Images captured at Piha Beach close to Auckland city on X100T. 35mm. Processed with Fujifilm Classic chrome.The last image was shot using the camera Panoramic feature as JPG……
There is a place I visit regularly in Minneapolis, that’s Architectural Antiques. I know the staff there, they’re super friendly and always let me spend time in some dark corners hunting for treasures with my camera. This week I received the new Fujinon 16mm F/1.4 lens which prompted me to take the XT-1 out of the closet (I’ve been shooting at 23mm with the X100S and now the X100T for so long, I never even think of using a different focal length any more!). This is not a lens review, I don’t do those. I find them boring to read, let alone write them! Just a few pics shot with a pretty incredible lens which I am going to take on the streets once in a while now too. It will by no means replace my X100T for street photography. I don’t think the camera that will, is even born yet! This week the Architectural Antiques had some cool old film reels and canisters lying around the store. I had fun shooting them in very low light with the cool new fast prime. Photographers are never bored!…..
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 16mm F1.4
My first workshops in France for over 10 years got off to an amazing start. The Fuji X-T10 arrived the day before we left and that gave me the time needed to set it up just how I wanted (or so I thought). I’d spent a couple of hours working out how I was going to set the ISO without a top plate dial and how I was going to trim my exposure to 1/3 stop increments. I thought I had it sussed then I started shooting for real in France. It was only when I had shot with the big zoom, the small primes, in the dark and with flash that I had gathered enough experience to make the final changes to my X-T10 set up. All will be revealed below. Every shot I took in France was with the X-T10 camera (in silver)…….
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It’s been a hot summer! Here in Oregon we’ve been breaking heat records – consistently in the upper 90’s, some days over 100. With little rain, the lakes are low and the sky is a yellow haze. Vintage Instagram, no filter needed. Honestly, I haven’t pulled the little Fuji X out as much as I should. My excuse? Partly the heat, mostly the endless list of projects that seem to accompany summer. But there have been a few occasions here and there. My eldest, David, turned 18, graduated High School, and picked up his driving license – all within a handful of weeks! Certainly some proud dad moments there…….
I posted some of my images from the recent trip that I took to Nice, in the south of France last week. As I wrote, most of the time I just used my iPhone to take photos, mainly because we were there to relax and take it easy. I did have my little fuji with me too though, and I did get to take some shots with that too. At first I was having a little difficulty shooting with the X-E1. The reason was that the sun was really bright, and I was finding it hard to see both the viewfinder and the screen. Images on the viewfinder were really dark, and because I’m a glasses wearer too, my eyes don’t go right up against the eye socket, so sometimes the glare can make it even harder to see, but I’m not really sure what was going on. It’s possible that the evf in my camera is dying, as it was quite dim. Anyway, I eventually got used to it and interpreting what I was seeing with how it would turn out, but at first it certainly wasn’t helping the relaxing! I was longing for an optical viewfinder, and I really appreciated the old pentaprism view of the film camera I had with me. It’s not generally an issue in the normally dim Irish sunshine! ……
I had the car for just two days. After spending the night in Jindabyne, we had until midday to explore the Aussie alps. Blue Lake seemed a good destination for a sunrise, so we set out at 4am. Rain droplets sparkled in the night as we hiked. A blanket fog mingled with rain clouds, pushing the humidity well past 95%. Once your shoes got wet, they just got wetter. It was still too dark to see beyond the edge of the track so I imagined sweeping valleys and steep drop offs. Amongst some granite boulders I spotted a shy wallaby. Rain droplets sparkled in the night as we hiked. A blanket fog mingled with rain clouds, pushing the humidity well past 95%. Once your shoes got wet, they just got wetter. It was still too dark to see beyond the edge of the track so I imagined sweeping valleys and steep drop offs. Amongst some granite boulders I spotted a shy wallaby…….
Fujinon XF Lenses
It’s been a month now that we have spent a couple of days in Nice where we had great time. We did long walks in the city, visited few of its historical places and we had some amazing food. Oh, and the real french baguette, I know it’s „just“ bread, but I absolutely loved it. Every night on our way back to the hotel we bought few pastries and a baguette, even if we had dinner. By the third night my daughter Hanna said – „Daddy not a baguette again!“ – when she saw what I got from the bakery. What can I say, I didn’t loose weight for sure, despite the kilometres of walk every day. Overall we had a wonderful time and I also managed to capture some street scenes in and around Nice and Monaco. All images were taken with the Fuji X-Pro1 and the X-T1. Enjoy …..
I am an obsessive idiot. After spending hours considering, and blogging about, the perfectly minimal (yet complete) camera and lens combination to take with me on a family holiday in the UK, I ended up doing something entirely different. In my previous post I wrote about taking to the UK two camera bodies, the Fujifilm X-T1 and X-E1, and two lenses, the Fujinons XF 35mm and 18-55mm, in anticipation of every photographic possibility. I was proud of this perfect travel kit. Before we left for the airport, I slid the XF 27mm f/2.8 pancake prime lens into my bag. „Why not?“ I thought, „It is small enough.“ This impulse decision proved to be a game changer…..
Fujinon XF Lenses
In my previous post I described how I’d „dumped the ballast“ & gotten rid of all my gear, to „survive“ on just ONE lens – Fuji X100T’s 23 mm / f2 (field of view comparable to a 35 mm moderate wide angle on Full Frame). At first I found myself cursing my romantic dreaming and rash decision: When reaching into my bag for that subject-isolating telephoto or the all-encompassing ultra-wide I found … ? Yep, that’s right: NOTHING (coz the X100T was already in my hand ;-) But then I found that this self-limitation had a positive effect on my approach to photography. This was my first frame of shadows on a stone terrace, which had attracted my attention: Read on to find out more……..