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
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.
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.
Street Photography with Fuji E-XE on the streets of Cambridge.