A quick reminder of my previous life living in Cambridge, England. Shot on the Fuji XE2.
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Some images taken with the Fuji XE2 on the streets of Cambridge
Cambridge Autumnal Colours, upturned Kayaks and Fifty Thousand Poppies - quite an interesting day.
On Thursday of last week I headed into town, armed with one camera (Fuji XE2) and one lens (Fuji 35mm f/1.4). The forecast was for bright sunny conditions, perfect (IMO) for a spot of street photography with a plan for high contrast black and white.
Now while street photography is something I enjoy, I would not say it's my strongest area. Still I find that by walking about with the Fuji on the street it is really helping to train my eye to see much more from a photographic point of view. On top of this the challenging conditions that you can sometimes be faced with (harsh light, act fast, changing settings) can only help in my other photographic pursuits.
By the way today I picked up the Fuji X100T for the first time - oh my. Now there is a camera that I could see myself with without too much argument. Ultra thin with an fast f/2 23mm (35mm in old money) lens. Seems the perfect everyday camera to throw in your bag or pocket. I think it would be perfect for some portrait work of fans at the various sporting events that I cover in my day job.
Dear Santa ..... :)
Anyway, some images from my walkabout town. As I said earlier all shot on the Fuji XE2+35mm f/1.4 combo. Shooting jpg with B+W(+Y) film simulation.
Headed into Cambridge yesterday, travelling light with just the Fuji XE2 and 35mm f/1.4 lens. Was actually planning on shooting a bit more, but we got a little waylaid at the Cambridge Beer Festival. Oh well ...
Anyway, before the beer had a chance to flow I snapped a few shots, albeit mostly of my wife (who hates me taking her picture). All images shot with the Classic Chrome Film simulation, a setting on the Fuji I'm slowing beginning to love (it's taken a while).
The only modification to some of the images is a slight vignette added - everything else is straight out of camera. One pain point on the Fuji XE2 is the maximum shutter speed of 1/4000 second. On brighter days when you want to shoot wide open it quite often will over expose. The most recent firmware update on the XT1 saw maximum shutter speed increase and I would love this to be added via a future firmware release to the XE2 range. Go on Fuji, you know you want to :)
Click on the image to cycle through ...
By the way, the XT10, which was announced last week, looks absolutely immense and for the price point an absolute bargain.
Last flights of the evening are never a good idea, especially when it involves Easyjet. Almost 3 hour delay at the airport last night as I made my way home from Belfast. Still with the delay it allowed me a bit of wide open f/1.4 fuji action around the airport.
All images are pretty much direct (jpg) from camera with a slight crop, added vignette with a small contrast boost. I just love the 35mm wide open. So sharp I need to be careful not to cut myself when viewing the images.
All images taken with the Fuji XE2 and 35mm f/1.4 lens. Monochrome + Yellow filter film simulation.
My wife was running the Cambridge Half Marathon this past weekend in, well Cambridge of course :) I had a day free (no football) so came down to town to watch. I myself am just starting to find my running mojo again and it was nice to feel the warmth of the sun on my face while watching the runners flood past - most, at least in the first few miles, with huge smiles on their faces. I can certainly relate to that - running does make me smile uncontrollably.
I had the Fuji XE2 slung around my neck (where it normally is) combined with the Samyang 8mm Fisheye - a really fun combination, especially when you are in a bit of a creative mood/fun mood. I also love how you can get folks into your shot (like the guy with the horn below) without him actually realising - I also love the expression of the runner as he passes the noise of the horn ... almost .. 'if I wasn't running mate, I'd stick that horn where the sun don't shine'.
The winning male runner was in under 1.07 with the winning female completing the race in under 1.15. I'm always in awe of the folks at the top of their game, and these two certainly were.
A really enjoyable morning - my wife also knocked over 5 minutes of her time from last year, so she was also very pleased with her efforts.
All photos taken with the Fuji XE2 + Samyang 8mm Fisheye ... then some LR5 presets applied.
Sorry I've been a bit quiet on the blog over recent weeks. Still trying to make time for blog related activities with plenty of time now spent over in Ireland (where I write this update from) with my mum and dad. Football season is entering the squeaky bum phase over the coming few months so I really need to think about writing Part 2 of my "Life as a Sports Photographer" post .... Oh and the photos showed up from the first two rounds of #HolgaOnTheMove ... really need to get those scanned in also ..... Phew.. lots to come over the next few weeks.
It is a question which I struggle with the older I get. Is it wrong it try and be all kinds of a photographer? I mean I really enjoy Wildlife Photography, and would primarily promote myself as one. I also however shoot commercially as a Sports Photographer. So perhaps I should be known by that tag? And Weddings? Yup I've also covered (and will continue to) Weddings as well.
But you see I want more. Not that I'm greedy, but how do I know what I really love unless I try it? And by trying it I mean really diving into it. Part of me keeps going back to the old adage Jack of all trades and the Master of none ... and in a way I fully agree. To really open up one's true potential I think you need to focus on one particular discipline. I'm not too sure if the top Wildlife photographers would also call themselves a Landscape Photographer, or those who are eating from the top Sports Photographer table would be as welcome at the Wedding Photographers feast.
I do however believe that by expanding my horizons into other forms of photography, even just for a period of time, I can only improve my craft and vision in my primary disciplines. One of the most challenging areas of photography for me is on the street. I do however love to shoot on the street (mostly with my iPhone or increasingly my Fuji X-E2). The challenge it presents - capturing the moment along with quite often difficult light is making me much more aware of my surroundings, helping to improve my eye as well as my technical reaction to changing situations.
I also feel 2015 could be a big year of Landscape Photography for me. Over the past 6 months I've been inspired by some of the best Landscape Photographers out there at the moment and this, along with my desire to explore the UK, is drawing me into this particular discipline more and more. Of course I also know the painstaking lengths that the top Landscape Photographers go to to fulfil their potential so I appreciate this is going to be one heck of a challenge. Not to mention that I'm based in Cambridge, UK, an area not well know for it's dramatic Landscape Photography potential.
So is it wrong it spread myself thinly? Will it impact other areas of my work. Or will, by embracing more forms of Photography, I end 2015 a more complete photographer? I guess only time will tell.
Interested in your own thoughts.
Some selective colour fun on the Fuji X-E2 while travelling on the London Underground.
Street Photography with Fuji E-XE on the streets of Cambridge.