One of the main reasons I like photography is it allows me to explore a subject whilst hiding behind my camera. It’s like a shield, an excuse to go and do things I would not normally do “naked” without it. I wanted to meet some Sadhu, the holy men of India who dedicate their life to the Hindu religion. Giving up their past, to the extent that the person they were before is officially dead to the Indian government. I wanted to know all about them, any regrets, why do it and what’s it like to sleep on a marble floor for the rest of your life? Ever photo assignment delivers its own unique set of issues. After all, good photographers are part creatives, part story tellers and part problem solvers. This trip was to be no different. I had heard of holy city of Pushkar before and had always wanted to visit…….
This is the second part of my retrospective blog about a trip that took place in Greenland and Iceland two years ago. Equipped with X-T1 and X-E1 with 55-200, 14, 18-55 and 35mm lenses and little prior experience of landscape shooting I trekked some of the most beautiful landscapes on this planet. The trip was organised by Icelandic Mountain Guides. The Icelandic part of the trip was overwelming by its combination of increadible landscapes, light, weather, textures and colours. There is so much beauty packed on this island that once you have visited it – it will always stay in your heart. I was surprised to find out that X-T1 with vertical grip and 55-200 lens attached to it was used most of the time to reach as far and high/low as I could when in the mountains. 14 and 18-55mm lenses were used on a few ocassions when a grand view presenteditself. I guess it also reflects my personal vision of landscapes too. Also my apologies for those who expect large waterfalls – I have not selected any for this blog. The idea was to show Iceland the way it looks from a trek, on the go without a tripod, away from the main tourist path. Post-editing was done in Iridient Developer and Lightroom 6. Click on any image to adjust it to your screen size…….
This year I could not travel far, so this is a retrospective blog – two years ago I took my then brand new X-T1 and X-E1 (as a backup) paired with 55-200, 14, 18-55 and 35mm lenses and went trekking in Greenland and Iceland for three weeks on tour organised by Icelandic Mountain Guides. At that point I had little experience in landscape photography and did not know Fuji X series cameras very well. But they were light, compact with great quality sensors and importantly all this gear could fit into one Lowepro 102 AW sling pack withND filters, SD cards and 12 extra batteries. Long distance hiking for days puts certain demands on weight and size and for that Fuji X cameras were ideal. I had X-T1 with vertical grip and 55-200 attached in the main compartment of the pack and X-E1 with 18-55 in the smaller top compartment. The sling pack was always slung on my front, over the rucksak shoulder straps (38l Osprey Kestrel) on my back with my day gear. The combo was very comfortable and well balanced, so I had no restrictions in movement and could get either of the cameras out quickly to take a shot.Post-editing was done in Iridient Developer and Lightroom 6. Click on any image to adjust it to your screen size…….
It’s time for the next installment of my Scottish adventure. I’m sorry for the longish break, but life has a way of interfering. So, without further ado, let’s get back to the story.. Next, was the last morning we were going to enjoy on the Isle of Skye. As usual, I could not sleep past 6AM and was first to get up and managed to get some lovely shots of small things in the morning light. I didn’t have much time to play around though because we needed to catch the early ferry to Harris and Lewis, and we wanted to fit in a stop at another extraordinary place on Sky – Cuith-Raing (known otherwise as Quiraing). It is quite an amazing piece of landscape. We took an easy hike to get a better view and it was worth every bit of effort for the views were quite simply spectacular… The landscape is, for the lack of better expression, out of this world. So different and so beautiful… Too bad, we did not have too much time to linger and had to hurry up to catch the ferry that carried us to our next adventure…
The eyes of the world are on Rio. Welcome to the second installment of my travels through Brazil, covering our time in Rio De Janeiro and Salvador. Both are places that are like surrogate homes for me and of course, my wife’s childhood home that much of her extended family still resides in. If you’ve not already seen it, go check out my post covering the Streets of Rio with the XF35 F2. For this trip I packed a comprehensive but compact FujiFilm kit, comprising of my XT-1, XF16, XF35 F2, XF 56 1.2, and the XF90. Much like it was during our travels in Vietnam earlier this year, the XF35 spent the most time attached to my XT-1 because of its discrete size, speed, and excellent image quality. If the upcoming XF23 F2 and 50 F2 are close to the 35 F2 in overall quality and performance, they’ll certainly be making their way into my kit……..
Siamo tornati a Bologna un po’ abbronzati e con 1600 fotografie. Il viaggio è stato davvero comodo ed economico. Dato che non ci sono treni veloci che collegano Bologna a La Spezia, abbiamo preso due regionali che sono arrivati in perfetto orario. Come avevo anticipato nel precedente articolo il miglior modo per spostarsi è proprio in treno che da una Terra all’altra impiega circa 5 minuti, mentre in auto (risalendo la montagna per poi discendere) ci vuole più o meno mezz’ora. Le Cinque Terre sono un luogo unico al Mondo che sicuramente merita di essere visitato. E’ un paradiso per fotografi di viaggio tanto che ho potuto arricchire il mio portfolio con scatti nuovi davvero interessanti. La cosa che mi ha colpito di più è il fatto che si prestino ad ogni tipo vacanza: da quella più lussuosa e tranquilla a quella più all’avventura, a contatto con la natura. Ogni Terra ha una particolarità che sicuramente la farà preferire ad un viaggiatore piuttosto che un altro…….
This post has been stirring with me for a while. Reasons are multiple, but mainly it has been because of the timing of things. It’s no longer a secret that I have been testing the new Fujifilm X-T2 since mid april. As part of my testing I took the camera with me to Iceland on a trip that was planned for a while. I did a story for Fujifilm-x.com about using the X-T2 in this setting. You can read it here. But my intention with the Iceland trip had always been about something else than the X-T2. Being a HUGE fan of monochrome photography, and its strengths and weaknesses I really wanted to do a monochrome representation of my trip. I have seen images from Iceland done in monochrome from the likes of Jan Grarup and Ragner Axelsson when testing the Leica Monochrom……
Travel and photography are a match made in heaven. In fact, travel photography has been around nearly as long as photography itself and therefore has changed a great deal. Today we are blessed with such amazing equipment that we can go virtually anywhere easily, to shoot images. We can take cameras up mountains, shoot from hang gliders or drones, even underwater but it has not always been that way. Today we are going to take a look at the evolution of the equipment that travel photographers use. There are some pretty amazing photographs of locations worldwide from the mid 19th Century onwards. These are made even more remarkable by the equipment needed to create them. The two main techniques for photography in those early days were Daguerreotype and Calotype. The former literally required carry an entire darkroom with you on location. The cameras were huge and required big tripods to keep the camera steady during the very long exposures……
We watch Florence drift away through the dirt-streaked windows of the Regionale 3153 train en route to Foligno. Blue station signs proudly announce the names of their towns in large white letters as we pass through stop after stop. We pass Porcellino, skirt around the beautiful Lake Trasamino and two and a half hours later, we arrive in Foligno. The streets of the cities in Umbria wear their history well, with obvious nods to their medieval, Roman and Etruscan residents before them. Rock walls, stone streets and impressive arches wait around every turn. Gates that still stand to this day protected the residents of this fertile land when Hannibal’s feared Carthaginian army marched through central Italy on his way to Rome. Apparently, on the day Hannibal crossed this valley, the residents of the town of Bevagna were spared from his wrath because the Carthaginians could not see their city through the dense fog as they marched by. Fortunately for us, we were treated to far nicer weather and fortunately for Bevagna, we weren’t an invading army……..
Last November, my good friend, Dylan, invited me to travel to LA for the Adobe Max conference and am I glad he did! Not only was the conference amazing (I’m already registered to go back in 2016)! At the and of the opening session, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Photoshop, they announced that everyone in attendance would go home with a brand new Fujifilm X-T10 and 24-55 lens kit! As a Canon shooter, my initial thought was “That’s cool. Maybe I’ll sell it on Ebay and pay myself back for some of the conference.” But once I opened the box, I knew I was in love. It was built like a tank. The classic style, small size, a lens felt better than any Canon lens I own, and the dials—oh, the dials. It was such a departure from my Canon DSLRs where everything is on a screen. It was tactile, and although new, felt very familiar. I was smitten…I was in deep smit……