I'm trying to study the complex subject of light, not just take the easy way out and shoot during the golden moments of sunrise and sunset. Having a Fuji X camera by my side is certainly helping me see and study light more on a daily basis.
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From the field Vlog from Ballycastle Beach and Kinbane Head on the North Antrim Coast, Northern Ireland.
Back over in Ireland to see the folks. It's my first time back over since dad got out of hospital. While the reality of the new normal is stark, it's bloody fantastic to have him back at home - ranting and raving about this and that. But that's him, bark worse than his bite. Shows he still has plenty of fight left in him.
We have had some wonderful weather conditions over the past week while I've been here but I've resisted the temptation about heading out too much with the camera - the trip is about spending time with mum and dad. Early mornings however allow me a few hours before the folks get up and yesterday morning I headed down to Island Hill, which is just outside the town I grew up in, Comber.
Patches of cloud make for a much more interesting sky and the fact that the tide was out allowed for various compositions using the long path which leads to the island. I grabbed my first kiss on that island and also skipped a few days of school laying low on it. Like a poor mans Robinson Crusoe.
I think I managed a couple of frames which I'm happy with - I'm sure I'll publish those at some point in the future. In the meantime here is one which I converted to B+W in Silver FX. It's a combination of 3 frames which were then merged in Lightroom HDR-Merge. I really like this feature as it simply merges the frames without creating a techno-crazy HDR image.
If you look way into the distance to the path as it heads across to the island you should be able to see a lone figure. This chap makes this walk every single morning and I've seen him down there through all conditions. Perhaps a bit small in the frame to really bring anything additional to the image but now you know he's there perhaps it does add something?
Hope you have a great week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sunrise on Burwell Fen, Cambridgeshire. Taken with the Fuji X-E2 and 35mm f/1.4 lens.