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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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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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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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