Text and photography by Bert Stephani:
Gently at first, powder sugar
then more, much more
A thick white blanket muffling every last sound
Defeated by frozen water, the city goes to sleep early
A shovel digs into the frosted crust,
the sound of metal scraping the pavement
Life flows back into the city
through winding arteries of liberated concrete
White sculptures dotted around the city
Soon forgotten, liquid memories
Nothing lost, nothing gained
Just 24 hours of rare tranquility
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We’ve just returned from the CP+ show in Japan, where Fujifilm was kind enough to loan us a beta sample of its new 10-24mm zoom lens for the X-series interchangeable lens cameras. Although this is a beta (not final) sample, Fujifilm is confident enough about its performance to allow us to post images. We’ve prepared a gallery of sample images taken in various conditions at various ISO sensitivity settings on the X-T1 for you to take a look at…….
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We first laid our hands on the Fujifilm X-T1 about a month ago when it was announced. Now that we’ve had some time to shoot with it extensively, we’ve gathered our thoughts on using the latest X-Trans camera from Fuji. The X-T1 offers much of what the X-E2 does, including a 16 megapixel APS-C sensor with on-chip phase detection. More than that, it offers an SLR-style sculpted handgrip and weather-resistant sealing. Click the links below to find out what the X-T1 is like to use in the field. We’ve also added 40 images to a gallery of real-world samples taken in Japan, during and after the recent CP+ show in Yokohama. Click the link below to go straight to the gallery……
See on www.dpreview.com
When I was in Japan, I had the opportunity to have a couple of hours with a prototype of the new Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS lens. I don’t shoot a lot with wide angle lenses, so I’m definitely not an expert. But I’ll share my first impressions with you anyway. It wasn’t a surprise but the 10-24 is a pretty big and heavy lens (if you compare it to the other X-lenses that is). However in practical use, it wasn’t an issue at all. As we’ve come to expect the lens is really well made and has a nice quality no-nonsense feel to it. I really love the fact that it has internal zooming, meaning that it doesn’t extend when zooming in (like the 18-55 and 55-200). The constant F/4 aperture is also nice…….
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Having shot some music photography with the X-T1and 35mm Fujinon lens it was time to head to the stunning Mourne Mountains. The X-T1 is so fresh the major photo editing applications are yet to support the RAW image files. I far prefer shooting RAW and although I have used a number of different RAW processing applications I have a workflow in Lightroom that works so well I have decided to shoot JPG until Adobe roll out their X-T1 support. The purpose of the day was to get out into the hills alongside Silent Valley and on to Ben Crom reservoir so snapping JPG files with the X-T1 along the way made perfect sense. I packed my Lee filters, a small travel tripod and I was happy. It was a cold, dull day, I captured a couple of long exposure images of silent valley before we made our way to Ben Crom Reservoir. The colour of the surrounding landscape was as cold as the day. Using X-T1 for long exposure photography was a pleasure. (If you want to know about this technique check out the long exposure ebook.) I was able to use the T-mode shooting 20 second exposures at f/8. The dial to adjust the exposure duration is on the front of the camera and it feels like a really natural place for it to be…….
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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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