Some images taken with the Fuji XE2 on the streets of Cambridge
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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.
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.
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.