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Three Lenses & Endless Opportunities – Lake Waikaremoana |
Sven Schroeter

You may have noticed I had a break from writing blog posts and street portraiture (I think it has been almost two weeks since my last piece went online). With x-mas approaching so quickly and the new year looming my energy levels are officially at an all time low (I imagine I am not the only one feeling this way at the moment), so in a desperate need of a little get away we hit the road driving. 7hrs from home, after driving along gravel roads, barely escaping death defying drops, surprise football sized road boulders and live stock running wild, we arrived at close to midnight at Lake Waikaremoana with five friends to conquer another one of New Zealand’s great walks. A three day trip heading into the hills reaching 1100m above sea level, and then descending down following the lakes edge for the last two days, battling sandfly armies. For this trip I threw my trusty XPRO1 and favourite X series lenses in my pack (14mm, 35mm, 60mm Macro) and hit the trails expecting very little. When walking through the forest from sunrise to sunset the majority of the day suffers from poor lighting, which most often governs the quality of images one can produce. But if you keep your eyes peeled amongst the chaos there are always brief opportunities if you are quick. I do not have alot to write on the experience as these trips are my way of switching off. When the most important thing for three days is just placing one foot after another, all modern day stresses leave your mind and refresh the senses. So I will let a few of my favourite images from the journey do the rest of the talking for me…..

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This Is The Fuji You’ve Been Waiting For | Fstoppers

….Final Thoughts

There are two reasons I grew to love the XE2 and why I’m likely to be placing an order for my own when I hand back the review model. First, the image quality is phenomenal. Yes, part of that is the camera body, and part of that is the glass but Fuji has done a great job of working it’s lenses and bodies together to produce outstanding results. I tested the XE2 with three Fuji primes (the 18mm, 23mm and 35mm), and the quality of glass of each is fantastic. If you’re looking for a light, discreet camera with some great glass to carry around for travel, street or just everyday shooting, the XE2 will tick all of those boxes perfectly and the image quality won’t let you down. The images you get from this thing are great, and while it’s not “cheap”, for the price of the body and some nice fast lenses, it feels like great value. Secondly, and almost more importantly, the camera just lets me capture the moments I want and is a lot of fun to use. A 5D and a bunch of L glass helps me do my job but it’s not particularly small, light and “fun” to carry about all day and use candidly. The Fuji on the other hand is so small and light, it’s almost impossible to have an excuse not to bring it out with you. People really seem to notice you less with a small camera like the XE2……

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Chile: Heading South | Michael McQueen

After some time with family and friends here, I have headed out on my own, just me, my motorcycle and my cameras. After much deliberation I decided to head south first, this means a couple of things.. 1. its heading into summer here so I’m not going to be freezing my a$$ off the whole time and 2. TORRES DEL PAINE or known best to some as Patagonia up first. Now when I say first, it’s gonna take me awhile to get there, it’s almost 2500Km away from me still, but I feel I will be taking the most scenic route there. Buying my motorcycle in Concepcion and riding to my cousins house in Los Angeles (not the one with the big HOLLYWOOD sign * that i once climbed *) and right now I’m in a city called Temuco. While in Los Angeles I went on a small adventure to a National Park. Laguna del Laja. Approaching the park the scenery was amazing, just a straight road heading towards a snow patched volcano. The park started out with huge gorges with green forest and an in season wild yellow flower, once in the park a mere 10min drive on the gravel road the sights changed drastically! It was turning into this black volcanic scape the trees were gone as were the flowers, it was just black everything…..

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Fuji X-E1 and my X100 hard at work | Simon Peckham

I have been rather busy over the last few days shooting Paddocks House. The second new boutique in the House collection chain. Having had the pleasure of shooting the fist hotel I was very pleased to be invited back to shoot the second hotel. The trusty Fuji X-E1 and the X100 combination worked a teat again. I use the 18-55 on the X-E1 for the wide shots and the X100 for the details and macro. Sometimes I will put the 35mm f/1.4 on the X-e1 if I need.. For me the details shots are undoubtedly my favourite for a shoot of this type. However this time round I have taken some time out and continued to push the boundaries of HDR abilities for my own work. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have had spending 2 days creating them…..

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Tokyo | Marko Vesterinen

Just finished uploading the images to my portfolio from my first visit to Tokyo. Such an amazing city! This time i only brought the X-E2 and the following lenses 14mm, 23mm, 35 and 55-200mm. Compared to my X-Pro1 i would say that the much improved EVF and the faster AF were the main things i noticed in real life shooting. I did shoot at high ISO:s a lot (3200-6400) I really like organic feel of the noise the x-trans sensor produces, very filmlike. All the images are processed in Lightroom 5.3 with VSCO presets…..

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A bit of New Orleans Voodoo with the Fuji X-E2 | Tom Grill

I am in New Orleans attending PhotoNOLA, the annual festival of photography that is held here. Having arrived a day early I did a mini tour of the city —  with my camera of course.  The sky below is the first subject to greet me on my taxi ride from the airport. Underexposing it gave the dark, ominous look, and a good start to a side tour I did to a famous New Orleans cemetery. All the photos below were taken with the Fuji X-E2 and 18-55mm zoom…….

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Jet lag, the Wall, and Random Images from Paris | Stephen Ip

Seeing as this is the third morning in the row that I’ve woken up at 3am, it’s safe to say that I’m still on Paris time. Speaking of Paris, what a beautiful city, eleven days and I feel like we only scratched the surface. Of all the cities I’ve visited, Paris is definitely the most photogenic. Funny thing is I feel like I hit a wall sometime during our trip, the photographic wall. The one that makes me want to put down the camera. The one that has made it hard for me to look at my images from the trip. And the one that has kept me from posting anything on the blog. It happens every year, so I know it’ll pass. Only a matter of time. Luckily, I did some editing in Paris so here are a few random images from our visit…..

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Christmas Market on the Champs Elysee | Jeff Carter

On the Champs Elysee towards the Place de la Concorde is the location for the annual Christmas market.  The stalls line each side of the avenue along with food vendors and a fun fair.  The whole area is lit by thousands upon thousands of Christmas lights, with festive music playing over the speakers along the Champs Elysee; the whole scene is very Christmassy…..

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Granja Cantagrullas | Through the lens of X-E2 | Rafael García Márquez

… In an inland Finisterre (end of the earth).

Ramiro (Valladolid, Spain), an inland Finisterre, as Rubén likes to call this little corner of inner Spain. He’s chosen this land to settle, to be where Quesería Granja Cantagrullas was to be founded. ¿who is this Rubén? He is a cheesemaker, but not an ordinary one. He masters his job. I’ve come here with a group of fellow photography enthusiast like me, in a visit organized by Piensa en Foto to know Granja Cantagrullasproject: a life project. Why do I say it’s not that easy to find someone like him? Not because in just two years he’s started from scratch a project that has led him to be one of the most renowned cheese makers in Spain. It’s not because he used to be working for UN (advisor in development projects) with no previous experience in anything related to cheese making at all. Not because, now that many Spanish young people are leaving our country in their quest for a future far from our unemployment huge figures, he’s decided to settle in a small corner of the inner lands of Spain. No, I don’t even say so cause he’s developed his mastery making cheeses working with methods far from the tradition in this part of Spain. Granja Cantagrullas produces cheese with raw sheep’s milk with a concept wich is far from the pressed paste cheeses produced in Castile (the region of Spain where Cantagrullas is). The qualities that make Rubén so special are his honesty, his self-confidence, his illusion and passion. And that is infectious…….

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Sitting, writing, smiling… Minolta! | Henrik Ersgård

Today it arrived! My new/old Minolta SRT101 with Minolta MC-rokkor 35mm f/2.8 and 55mm f/1.7. The fear was gone… All the gear was in excellent condition! Check it out. I mounted both the 35mm and 55mm and did some quick testing. Both lenses are a joy to use and the focus ring is very smooth. The build quality is excellent and I’m more than happy…..

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