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Lance’s refuge for the homeless

I went for a walk today with the idea that if I saw anything interesting I could test the XPro1 and the new 50mm f2 Fuji lens – jpegs only. Initially I wondered past The Strand Arcade in all its yesteryear elegance and wonder. It’s a beautiful building full of beautiful shops, and makes for some great architectural images. But it wasn’t until I strolled past Martin Place and met Lance that my day grew richer. You see Lance runs a homeless refuge in Sydney designed to give homeless people safe refuge  – somewhere to sleep, eat and not be alone. According to Lance the local council had tried to shut the down a few times, without success. When I chatted to Lance for sometime what struck me was his passion and commitment to help others in need. Lance told me he has 10 children, but I didn’t feel brave enough to ask what circumstances led Lance to end up here. Interestingly Lance claims his organisation had successfully housed around 150 in the last year, claiming it was more than a whole government department had done with their largesse of resources. I asked Lance for a photo and he was obliging. I’m going to make a few nice prints for him and return with some donations for the refuge. Homelessness is rising and needs our attention. It certainly opened my eyes today. Oh, BTW, the camera was great too.


Chinese Garden Zen

See what a 50 year old lens on a Fujifilm XT1 can achieve šŸ˜ƒ



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Springtime in Sydney

Fujifilm XT1 + Nikkor 50mm f2 processed in Iridient Developer

What I learned shooting my first roll of film in over 20 years

Digital photography is ubiquitous. It’s everywhere. The rise of social media and phone photography is fuelling digital images at an ever increasing rate. New camera bodies and lenses are on a never ending quest of improvement, and gear war fans can be found on photography forums endlessly debating the pros and cons of sharpness, sensor resolution, the meaning of light, pixel pitch, micro contrast, color rendition, etc. Technical measurebating isĀ tedious and rather boring. Don’t misunderstand me, I love my Nikon and Fuji gear, selling my Canon gear for different reasons, but the digital process of image capture and processing is now no longer a challenge. As technology increasingly develops the challenge will continue to erode. Personally I needed an escape from the notion of pixels and sharpness. Enter the great film challenge.

Film. Old technology. No chimping (constantly looking at the back of a camera’s LCD screen). A roll of 35mm film has 36 exposures. It makes you think. It makes you consider not just aperture and shutter speeds but composition. You don’t want to waste a shot. It’s a considered decision. You have to wait to see your results. You have to learn to trust your knowledge. Now that’s a challenge. Will thisĀ make me think and beĀ a better photographer? A better observer? A better understanding of light? Am I mad? Is this a spiritual enlightenment or just some fad that will pass? Who knows, but I’ve started.

Step 1, acquire a camera. Luckily I found a Nikon FE2 on eBay from a great seller that will fit my Nikon 35mm & 50mm D lenses. Step 2, select film. Took a chance and acquired Ilford PanF 50 B&W thinking that the grain should be fine. Step 3, find something to shoot. These photos are OK, but nothing special or seminal. Just a first attempt.

So what did I learn?

  1. Take your time and find the subject you want to shoot
  2. Really understand the light you’re shooting
  3. Shutter speeds less than 1/100 will be less sharp – no vibration reduction etc – I was guilty of this a few times
  4. I probably won’t nail exposure properly until I’ve shot 5-10 rolls
  5. I probably need to shoot several rolls of different films to understand what I like best
  6. Its easy to over expose the skies and you have less latitude to recover this in Lightroom later

Here’s some examples (click for bigger version):

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Fuji XT10 portraits with 35mm f1.4 + 55-200mm all jpeg in low light

Fuji jpegs are incredibly useful, especially when you’re just shooting for the family trying to capture a moment. Here are some pictures taken with the XT10 + 35mm f1.4 or 55-200mm. All shots taken indoors with limited light and only slightly edited in Lightroom. Yes I would use raw +jpeg for low light and important pictures to allow a broad scope for my exposure mistakes. Enjoy. Click any picture for bigger.


XT10 + 35mm 1/250 f2.8 at 3200 with 35mm f1.4 – nice how well Fuji jpegs hold up at high ISO’s


1/250 f4.2 (probably too narrow – should have been 6.3) ISO 3200 jpeg on 55-200mm


1/250 f1.7 ISO 3200 jpeg 55-200mm – again very limited editing in Lightroom – shot using Fuji film simulation B&W+G


1/160 f1.4 ISO 800 with 35mm f1.4 jpeg edited slightly in Lightroom. Notice how sharp this lens is at f1.4!!!!


35mm f1.4 etc

Autumn leaves

I was cleaning out the pool after a few weeks of storms and rain, and noticed that besides the leaves being just a nuisance, the colours were very vivid and something worth capturing. Just a quick shot with the Canon 7dii and 50mm 1.4 processed in Lightroom.


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