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Mad Dogs and Fuji Men

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Mad Dogs and Fuji Men

I'm back over in Northern Ireland at the moment with my mum and dad. Since dad's operation I've been coming over once every few weeks to see him and help out around the place. It is at times like this that I especially love the size of my Fuji kit. Trips like this [with one cabin bag] I would never have thought about bringing the Canon kit and had been left frustrated with the options for photography with the iPhone. Fuji XE2 + 35mm (ISO 800, F/11, 1/1200)

Unlike my previous trips I decided to leave the tripod at home and only brought one lens with me, the Fuji 35mm (f/1.4) I love this lens, so sharp I'm sometimes worried I'll cut myself on the images. Fantastic in low light with a buttery, creamy bokeh to die for.  Perfect for impromptu street shooting or some indoor portrait work.  What I didn't expect, however, was to be shooting landscapes with it - especially in the midday sun. Mad dogs and Fuji Men?

Fuji XE2 + 35mm (ISO 800, F/11, 1/1200)

Yesterday it was a bright sunny day and I decided to take a walk down to Island Hill at low tide. It really was beautiful out there. Plenty of waders on the mud flats. Noisy Oystercatchers and black headed gulls all around. The place is internationally important for many different species and I remember spending many a day bird watching or even kayaking on the loch as I was growing up. I also kissed my first girl down at Island Hill :)

Fuji XE2 + 35mm (ISO 800, F/8, 1/3200)

Shooting at ISO 800 in daylight conditions to allow for more dynamic range, which in turns allows for both shadows and highlights to be pulled from the heights and depths of the image. I simply love that about the Fuji and certainly has opened up plenty of photographic opportunities when filters or bracketed shots was not wanted or possible.

Fuji XE2 + 35mm (ISO 800, f/11, 1/3000)

All of the images have had one simple bit of post processing done to them. I imported into Silver FX Pro and applied one of my custom pre-sets on it. This one is called "The Elephant Watering Hole". I typically name my pre-sets based upon the very first image that I used it on, and in this case it was an Elephant in South Africa. Like the look of the pre-set? Get in touch and I can provide it for you.

Fuji XE2 + 35mm (ISO 800, f/8, 1/1800)

Very pleased with the hour or so I spent down on the beach at Island Hill. Good for the soul to get outside into the fresh air. With my upcoming change it is the one thing I'm looking forward to most. Just tramping around with the camera. Immersing myself into the environment. A day like yesterday always teaches me that photography should not simply be about the epic sunrise or the far flung landscape. Not just about the Golden Hours for sure. Instead it's all about shooting more. Discovering more. And yesterday I discovered that shooting with a 35mm lens (53mm equiv) under the midday sun can still reveal some pleasing images. I hope you enjoyed them.

Fuji XE2 + 35mm (ISO 800, f/8, 1/1400)

All images shot on the Fuji XE2 with the 35mm f/1.4 lens. Jpeg (fine) setting used along with B+W film simulation. No cropping and all images imported into Silver FX Pro where a custom preset was used. 

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Into the Unknown

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Into the Unknown

Well given my most recent decision on my future I think this post seems quite appropriate. Into the Unknown

50% excited and 50% terrified ... actually make that 100% of each :)

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The Black and White Photography Challenge

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The Black and White Photography Challenge

A few weeks ago I was invited to take part in the Black and White Photography challenge by Martin Bailey. I have to admit that initially I wasn't planning on taking part, mostly as I would not be able to keep up with the requirements of posting a photo a day for 5 consecutive days. I Shall Walk Alone

After a few days of contemplation (i.e. looking back through my archives) I decided that the process would serve as a good excuse to look back through my older photos and see if I could come up with 5 shots that I would still be happy to publish. This in itself has proved to be a very good learning exercise for a few main reasons.

Family Time

  • Firstly, while I'm nowhere near where I'd like to be on my photographic journey, I've come a heck of a long way. Some of those early shots (aka the baby years) are cringeworthy. Not necessarily in their own right (although some are), but how, when I think back I believed they were really something special.
  • Secondly, I've not taken nearly enough photos over the years that I would have liked and this does not sit well with me. I call myself a photographer and yet looking back though my archives there are plenty of gaps where I simply wasn't getting out with the camera. Going forward, this really needs to change.
  • Thirdly, I really like black and white photography, but can clearly see in my archives when I've simply converted a colour shot to black and white vs. going for a shot which I knew would work in that medium. It's very important that when looking to create a strong black and white photo you need to remember what works best for that medium (i.e. strong contrast, light etc) while shooting, rather than simply converting a colour shot back at the computer.
  • Lastly, and this one I didn't expect, is the fact that one of my photos (the man walking with the briefcase) has been used without permission on a Cambridge businesses website. I've already contacted them and asked them to remove the photo (which they have said they will). Raises the topic of water marking and posting images in full resolution yet again.

Follow You To The End Of Time

To date I've posted 3, with the remaining two due in before Christmas. In the process I've also invited two other photographers to have a go, Marcus Beard and Peter Moorey. Have you taken part? Would love to see your own 5 photos.  Need some inspiration?

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