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How I shot this with a 35 yr old flash

Nikon D700 portrait + Nikkor 105mm f2.5 & Nikkor 85mm f1.8G

Now this camera is 8 years old and the 105mm lens is even older and only manual focus. This was a quick shoot and I should have used some lighting or a reflector to brighten the faces. Irrespective, it’s not bad for an older setup. Individual shots were taken by the 105mm and others with 85mm f1.8G.

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Fujifilm XPro1 – my new favourite camera

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.

 

 

 

Overcome G.A.S. and tell a story

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.

Reflections and insights – Shot with XPro1 + 35mm f1.4 edited jpeg, had to manual focus as the AF wanted to keep focussing on the reflection. Using focus peaking was easy. Click for bigger view.

Fujifilm XT2 does everything well

I was hesitant before buying this camera. I waiting for 12 months to see if all the hype and gusto was going to fade. But it didn’t. In fact it just amplified. Then only recently Fujifilm created a firmware update that made the camera even more useful. Well that was it, decision made. It’s now mine.

Having owned many Fuji bodies in the past, plus a number of Fuji and legacy glass, I was familiar and very happy with what Fuji provided. But I still kept my dslr kit. Not any longer. This camera has replaced the dslr for me, for now. Well done Fuji. Here are some images captured with the XT2 in recent weeks. Click for bigger view. Enjoy.

Fujifilm XT1 + Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar f3.5

Can really old lenses work well on modern bodies. Yep – absolutely. This old Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar can produce beautiful images on the XT1, and you can sometimes find these lenses going for a song at a yard sale or in a thirft shop. Online the prices have risen significantly over the past few years as mirrorless cameras have grown in popularity. Click images for larger. Enjoy.

 

Fujifilm XT1 + 58mm Voigtlander + Magmod flash modifier – nice lighting option to soften flash

Remember the Fujifilm XT1 is only 16 megapixels but with the right lens and lighting you’d never know the difference between this and many other bodies with more megapixels and newer technology. Paired with the Voigtlander 58mm f1.4 manual focus lens attached via a K&F Concept adaptor, and with the aid of focus peaking, I decided to try out my new Magmod flash modifier mounted on an old Nikon SB800. Needless to say this is not a terribly practical setup as the SB800 is really too big and heavy for the XT1, however I wanted to see what the flash modifier could do paired with a great lens. Results were very impressive. Click pictures for larger view. Enjoy.