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That Classic Chrome Look

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That Classic Chrome Look

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. 

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A Misty Morning at Burwell Fen

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A Misty Morning at Burwell Fen

A shoot from a few weeks back while down at Burwell Fen. I absolutely love the Fens when the conditions are such. It really does add some mystery and moodiness to the place. Add to that the braying of the Konik Ponies across the wide open spaces, the Ghost of the Fens (the Barn Owl) silently drifting low over the reed beds and the feeling of solitude as you look out and realise that you may be the only person for miles around. Perfection. All images shot on the Fuji XE2 with the Samyang 12mm. Processing in Silver FX Pro 2 with a custom built filter, aptly named A Misty Burwell Morning.

A Frame within a Frame

On Reflection

The Path Forward

A Morning Stroll

The Lone Figure

One Man and his Dog

Hope you enjoyed my little stroll around Burwell Fen. Don't let seemingly unfavourable weather stop you from venturing outside. I feel it's at times like these the Fens really do show their wonderful character.

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Breaking Dawn [Burwell Fen]

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Breaking Dawn [Burwell Fen]

Beautiful conditions earlier in the year down at Burwell Fen - a location I hope to spend a heck of a lot more time at over the coming months. Breaking Dawn

It can be quite difficult to frame a half decent landscape photo in the this part of the world, with lots of flat open space. Then again that also appeals to me from the challenge point of view as the landscape, in these parts, is quite unique and can uncover something different than the normal landscape photographs we see.  Certain conditions, especially with the shapes of the clouds, can make for some nice big sky photography.

Shot with the Fuji XE2 and Samyang 12mm combo - my goto combo for landscape photography. I also just picked up a RRS 55 Ball Head and L-Shape bracket and am really looking forward to using these two in my Fuji landscape adventure going forward.

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A New Day

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A New Day

I'm always thankful when I see the first moments of light of a new day, and never more so than at the moment. The darkness of night is, as I'm sure many can testify, the toughest of times when met with challenges. While dad came through the operation on Wednesday night the road ahead is going to be a very long and I'm sure at times very difficult one.

As a family both immediate and extended we will stay strong and be there for both dad and of course mum, who as many of you know does not keep in the best health herself.

Your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time are very much appreciated.

A New Day

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Pink Dawn

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Pink Dawn

For the past few mornings dawn, or rather pre-dawn, as been a-wash with pink hues. I just love pre-dawn light, especially on cold winter's mornings. Of course it would be nice to get an even colder spell but you need to work with what you are given. Pink Dawn

Handheld single shot. Exposed for the highlights and then recovered the shadows. Very impresed with ability of the Fuji XE2 to do this. More frosty mornings like this hopefuilly before Winter leaves us this year. I was shooting hand-held as I was actually welding the 400mm lens for some wildlife stuff. I'm currently looking for a way to attach the Fuji onto my Gitzo tripod so that I can, when needed, do some proper landscape work, even when out with the wildlife kit. Advice most welcome :)

Technical Details

  • Fuji XE2 + Samyang 12mm (18mm equiv)
  • ISO 400
  • 1/60th second

This is taken on Burwell Fen, in Cambridgeshire. See a higher resolution of the image here.

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Dawn on Burwell Fen

Handheld, hence the high ISO, with the Fuji XE2 and Samyang 12mm - a combination I'm growing to love more and more. I had actually been out with the 400mm (Barn Owls) but always bring my Fuji with me to scope out potential landscape opportunities. The conditions were actually more perfect for proper landscape work so was a bit annoyed I had to hand hold this. I had exposed for the highlights and then looked to grab what I could from the shadows. I think you have to admit the recovery potentials from the Fuji RAW file is pretty impressive. I'm excited about trying this more instead (or as well as) multiple exposure blending. Would certainly make my life a lot easier in post. Pre Dawn on Burwell Fen

Roe Deer Calling, Kestrels dive bombing and a Barn Owl hunting. Now I just need to find a way to attach the Fuji onto the Gitzo tripod for improtu landscape work.

Technical details

  • Fuji XE2 + Samyang 12mm
  • ISO 6000 (not bad for a mirrorless hey :)
  • 1/18th second @ f/8 (not bad for only one cup of coffee)
  • PP in Lightroom (detail extraction from the shadows, small crop from original, slight boost in exposure, minor tweaking of highlights)

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Remembering Customers Have a Choice

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Remembering Customers Have a Choice

Fuji and Samyang - Perfect Partnership ?

I had been on the look-out for a Filter set for my newly acquired Samyang 12mm lens (along with the Fuji X-E2). One of my favourite travel and landscape photographers right now, Elia Locardi, had just released his own travel kit consisting of a couple of ND filters, one Grad and the necessary holders and accessories. Now it wasn't cheap but I've learnt before than for kit such as this paying that little bit extra really does bring returns in the long run. I've never really used square filters before so I naturally had a couple of questions. Elia himself, via Google Plus, was kind enough to answer some of these. Did I mention as well as being a top photographer he's a top bloke as well. I had a couple of last remaining questions to ask so decided to log an email on the vendor's website. After a few days of nothing I gave them a gentle poke via twitter. Still nothing.

Time to go old school and give them a ring. This is where I started to get a little worried. I'm not sure on the setup they have but it sounded like the call was being taken from someone's garage. The lady on the other end of the phone, polite as she was, really wasn't sure what I was asking for. After a bit of back and forward she said that she had now seen my email and would be passing this onto someone in the pre-sales team ASAP and I should expect an email return.

So 48 hours later and still nothing. Now despite knowing that the filters seem to be the business I'm just not happy with the pre-sales support. I really don't want to be left hanging should I end up with a problem after I lay down some money.

So sorry to Formatt-hitech ... it looks like you have some work to do on the customer support side of things before you will get my business. Companies really do need to realise that their customers have a choice and I for one will be exercising my right to choose someone different.

Perhaps my experience is a one off ... but just a little warning out there to others considering these filters.

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Focus Peaking - A Game Changer ?

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Focus Peaking - A Game Changer ?

Okay so Focus Peaking isn't exactly new. It's been around for a few years, but having just picked up my first manual focus lens I have been putting it through its paces for the very first time on my Fuji X-E2. I had been wanting a new landscape lens for quite sometime, initially considering something from the Zeiss range to pair with my Canon 1DX. I then started to consider my future self when on the road and decided to invest in some glass for my Fuji. I had narrowed my choice down to three potentials; the Samyang 12mm, Zeiss 12mm or the Fuji 10-24, finally choosing the Samyang 12mm.

note I'll be posting on a later blog entry some thoughts on the Samyang along with sample images. For now back to Focus Peaking. 

Focus Peaking - Red

The idea behind focus peaking is that it will allow you to see the areas of the image which have achieved focus by outlining those parts in a different colour (which is configurable). In the above image you can see the red highlights quite prominent on the sails of the wind pump. In the second image below you can see I've zoomed in on the benches to again confirm that focus has been achieved.

Focus Peak - Zoom to check

Now of course the photographer is still responsible for working out Depth of Field / Hyper-focal calculations but the Focus Peaking makes it very easy to check focus without squinting into the LCD. I found myself being able to quickly check focus (later confirmed through 100% crop back in the office) even as I changed Aperture or indeed setup different view points.

Fuji and Samyang - Perfect Partnership ?

Sadly the sunrise wasn't as good as I had hoped (or indeed how the Met Office website had predicted) although about 30 minutes after sunrise the clouds started to take on some colour which helped lift the overall final image (see below). I'm sure there are plenty of techniques when it comes to focus peaking and I aim to do some serious testing with this lens over the coming weeks.

Wicken Sunrise

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