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Fujifilm XT20 + Voigtlander 58mm f 1.4 (and bounce flash) for portraits

There’s no doubt the Fujifilm XT20 is an incredible camera, both in terms of use and output. It’s small, lightweight, powerful and versatile. So too is the phenomenal Voigtlander 58mm f1.4 lens. Compared with many other 50mm lenses I own/have owned/have shot with, this is one of the best autofocus 50mm IMO. It’s manual focus, so you need to be confident of shooting with and EVF and focus peaking (or similar aid).

I decided to take a few very quick portraits with the Fujifilm XT20,Voigtlander 58mm f1.4 and a LightPix Labs flash (manual only no TTL so all the settings must be set physically. The flash was bounced off the ceiling and the shutter speed was 1/125, aperture was f2.8 and ISO 1000. I use auto-ISO on Fujifilm cameras as you can program the minimum and maximum across 3 custom settings. Flash setting were at 1/16. No face tracking was available as its manual focus, however I did you focus peaking with the red option. And yes, children move and it takes some time and skill to nail focus.

Below are a series of colour and B&W shots. All were shot RAW in LR so no simulations were used, except for the first B&W which was ACROS + G filter. Click on photos for bigger. Enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fujifilm X Pro 1 – still relevant in 2017?

How I shot this with a 35 yr old flash

Wurtzberg Castle

I was recently in Germany on a cruise that stopped at the medieval town of Wurtzberg

This picture was taken with the Fujifilm XT2 and the 18 to 55 mm kit the lens.

Medium format digital – exciting but 

Medium format film photography was at another level for resolution and detail compared with the 35mm format. For magazine work, posters, and large format prints it was an understandable format……for film. Move forward to 2017, where even the resolution from an iPhone, let alone micro 4/3, apsc or full frame options, is more than most people will ever need. Online photo sharing and delivery is the #1 distribution channel for digital photos, even film photos that have been scanned. Other than extreme pixel peeping, billboards or large format art prints, where is the market for this? Or are we seeing the early stages of medium format sensors becoming much cheaper and better so that dslrs of the future will all be medium format allowing extreme cropping? I’m pondering this question as I’ve been watching several reviews and online videos from all sorts of people claiming this is the an absolute must have camera. Really? For what purpose? Who’s printing huge files for commercial work? I’d guess about a handful of people. Are the range of full frame and apsc cameras not coping? I’d like to hear your views on this, so please drop me a comment. Thanks.

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.