Fuji have announced that the X-Pro 2 will be out in February and the reviews have been gushing with full praise. I came into the Fuji world of cameras a year ago and have really enjoyed the experience of using these amazing cameras.
I mentioned in a previous post how these cameras have transformed my knowledge and understanding of exposure etc. One thing I can say about these little box of wonder is that it has made me very excited about the future for my personal style of shooting.
I enjoy all types of photography, however, Steet Photography of people takes "guts. Candid shoots up close and personal is an art. The Fuji cameras almost make me invisible with a little bit of misdirection, as I learnt from Zak Arias.
Today was an exciting day because I had a breakthrough in shooting people on the streets using the X-T1 paired with the wonderful 27mm Pancake Lens.
The images below all feature my collection from today's outdoor adventure.
I just want to say, Fuji has done a wonderful job in raising their game in such a competitive market place. They are here to stay and I feel the X-Pro 2 will be a wonderful `addition to the Fuji family.
We are all connected...
Who are you connected to?
This Blog post draws inspiration from the title of an Ian Fleming short story, "A Quantum of Solace". It is one of the finest stories of human nature I have ever read or studied.
I realised that at our base level of humanity, we are all connected, there is no separation. When we loose a loved one or a relationship comes to an end, our instinctive need is to find and experience some measure of comfort to deal with our loss, our need or our emptiness. It is an awful human experience to have; and yet a required human experience.
When I saw the out pouring of thoughts and feelings on Facebook regarding David Bowie's passing I decided to revisit the artwork I had shot last year and to experience a place that has now become a shrine for a truly great resident of Brixton.
My experience today was extraordinary. The place was packed with people, their iPhones, taking pictures along side professional photographers with monster lens trying to sneak a shot; all united in the moment. A celebration of the life of a Brixton boy.
I too was connected in that moment.
I took shots of the artwork, now a shrine, the flowers and the crowd. I spotted one lady with tears in her eyes, she was sad, yet peaceful and serene. Photographers standing on benches and tables for a better vantage point. It was raining. Emotions were somber.
Through it all, I became intrigued by this outpouring of grief, love, sadness and expression. As I took my images, the eyes of Bowie's painting looked down on us all. I wondered what he thought of this all. He was connecting with us too!
A measure of comfort is hard wired into our DNA and it was a privilege to have this visceral experience today and to capture this moment.
I became present; let's make an effort to appreciate the people in our lives that matter most to us. Don't wait until it is too late. Send flowers today while our loved ones can still smell the roses.
As for David Bowie, I appreciated his genius for re invention, I loved his work on the Young Americans Album. I was blown away by his performance as Tesla in The Prestige. As showman, I appreciated his self expression.....without apology.
If there is one thing I will take away it will be...
To not remain attached to who I think I am.
I choose to be a fluid concept as a human being, ready to shift in the face of life, to create, to contribute, to love and to serve. Xx
I have been shooting with Fuji's mirror less cameras for one year now and I must say, I love it. I must also confess, I will not be giving up my love affair with Nikon Cameras any time soon. Like any love interest, there is faithfulness and integrity that makes the relationship special and long lasting - that's how I feel about my Nikon bodies and lens.
My relationship with the Fuji's brand of X-based cameras began out of curiosity with the X-100T. Having shot with this camera over the last year, it has transformed my photography. The reason for this simple - the fact there is no mirror in the small body means the image I see before shooting is exactly what will be recorded by the sensor.
Being able to see the image before recording it means that I have been able to make adjustments to the exposure either during manual shooting or when in Aperture Priority mode, using the Exposure Compensation dial. This simple visual confirmation in camera has given me an even grater appreciation for the relationship between "Aperture", "Shutter Speed" and "ISO Values".
I have been able to transfer this knowledge over to my Nikon D7100 and D750 with AMAZING results.
I loved the experience of shooting with the X-100t so much, I treated myself to the amazing X-T1 for Christmas. This came with the 18-135 3.5-5.6mm Lens and it is simply fantastic.
I felt very comfortable operating this camera as the menu system is almost identical to the X-100T. There are a few variations in terms of how I access the ISO etc - nevertheless, this is a wonderful piece of engineering.
This particular body is an Interchangeable Lens system, so like a DSLR, I now have the options of adding further Lens variations. I think I will enjoy this for now with the kit lens. It is compact enough for my needs and will feature a lot on my travels.
The image quality is first class, the form factor makes it almost invisible - it will be more so with a smaller Prime Lens like the 23mm or 35mm.
I am still learning about this camera and will document my experiences and images as I go along throughout 2016. For now it is welcome addition to my profession arsenal.
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