So many new amazing cameras are launched every year. Yet one remains my personal favourite for its simplicity and ability to capture images with a sense of dimension. The Fujifilm XPro1 is still amazing. Paired with the wonderful 35mm f2 this self portrait with one hand illustrates the power of great light, great lens, and great camera. Raw files edited in Lightroom f4, 1/125.
I was waiting for a relative and had an hour to walk around under the Sydney Harbour Bridge with my XPro1 and 18-55 lens. No tripod in hand, I had to improvise. Sydney’s Vivid light festival was about to launch, hence the colourful cityscape. All these were shot raw and edited in Lightroom. Enjoy. Click images for bigger view.
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.
How did I not buy this camera earlier? I love the organic output it produces, and paired with the Fuji 35mm f1.4 lens it produces incredible files – jpeg and processed raw files. For me output is the most more important factor in creating an image. The files from this camera and lens combination are sublime, easily edited (both raw and jpeg), and the camera is fun to use. The following images were all shot with the 35mm f1.4 lens which creates sharp images with great contrast. Click images for bigger. Enjoy.
Photography is not just about acquiring sharper lens, new bodies, the latest lighting and new gadgetry just to make yourself feel like a more complete photographer. Photography is really about composition and conveying an idea to whoever may be viewing a picture. It’s very easy to get caught up in the gear acquisition syndrome (GAS) and at the same time there is so little discussion about the art of photography.
Since the days of film, photography has evolved from a slow and decisive process to one of immediacy, available to everybody with a decent smartphone. This raises the question …. “is photography really changing and his photography now evolving to its true and normal state”? And has technology simply enabled photography to move into a world where even the most amateur photographer with a cell phone capable of good pictures and can title themselves a photographer?
Photography used to be a process of shooting with film developing film and presenting pictures in a printed format on paper. Today overwhelmingly the majority of photography is taken digitally and shared digitally around the world from one device to another device in almost an instant feed. The question is “will this change should this change and does it really matter”?
Photography in essence is about communication. Yes it can be an art and yes it can be a profession, however at the end of the day images are some of the most powerful ways of communicating from one person to another. We all remember images in our minds and often we use complicated dialogue and text to do that, however the simplicity and beauty of an image is still the most powerful & memorable form of communication.
So forget being over technical and enjoy photography and think about what you’re trying to communicate rather than sharpness or buying a better gear. You’ll have more fun too.
I’m late to the XPro1 party. Very late. But I’m not disappointed. This camera with its older XTrans sensor is capable of some stunning images when paired with the great lineup of Fuji lenses. Although many tend to praise it for its people pictures, its very capable of taking wonderfully rich and divine landscape shots…even with the 18-55mm kit lens. Yes the AF is slower than the latest bodies, however it’s had some firmware updates that make the AF improve significantly. Check out these shots with that lens. Enjoy and click pictures for larger view.