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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.

 

Fujifilm XPro 1 – still a great camera capable of stunning images in 2017

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.