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How to win and loose the 2012 National Geographic Photo Contest with a Fuji X PRO-1 | Harry Fisch

How to win and loose the 2012 National Geographic Photo Contest with a Fuji X PRO-1 | Harry Fisch | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it


For a short period of time, one week perhaps, I have felt the pleasure and sorrow of being the winner of the 2012 National Geographic Photo contest and being later disqualified.If you are interested here is the story: "National Geographic, how I won and lost the contest in less than one second"

 
In any case this proves that the FUJI X-pro 1 is more than capable of reaching all kind of high summits in the photographic world.

This photograph was taken at Asi Gaht, Varanasi, more or less 5:45 am. I usually stay next to this precise Gaht when in Varanasi. I just had finished my leading my last expedition to India with Nomad Photo Expedition. This said, I obviously know the place :-) . The extraordinary thing about the ghats is their tremendous transformation which lies on the level of the Ganges. On this opportunity - one month ago- the level was low and, unfortunately, the image, from the steps of the Gaht, was not very pleasant: mud, garbage, etc... I decided to go down, next to the Ganges.

Even with the  XPRO-1 outstanding low light performance, I did not want to risk the picture and decided not to go beyond 2.500 ISO. This shot was done with the 18mm (27 mm equivalent) 1/8th of a second , 2.0 f.  As you will surely understand, the low speed made the things even more difficult. As well as the mixture of lights: I had to put together threee sources of light, a moving scenario and all this with only twenty minutes of "good" lighting. My main concern was to decide on the exposure. In theory I should have set everything to a right hand side histogram to prevent the grain should I need to work later on the picture with LR or PS. My decision was -and I think that it was, for once, the right one- to underexpose (you do not have time for a serious measuring) two stops less than what my "multi-I don't knowwhat " exposure setting was telling me, in order to prevent as much overexposure on the candle lights as possible. I knew that the candles would be out of range if I did not underexpose.  The different sources of light were a bit tricky: candels, lamps from a nearby street, the night. And the fog, wich is also an issue as it reflects the light, normally fools the meter readings which will, again underexpose. I keep visiting the Gaht each morning, early in the morning and at dawn, with my camera, a Fuji X-pro1, and two prime lenses: a 18 mm  and the 35 mm. I feel more at ease with the wide. 

  At this early time, before dawn, you have barely time for, perhaps, four to five different framings as the light that I want lasts for no more than 20 minutes. It is quite stressing to decide the setting depending on the things that are happening around you: lights, candles, people, specially knowing  that there is not much time left and everything will disappear as people move and change position continuously.

On this opportunity, suddenly, a big group of pilgrims, obviously coming from villages (they are more prone to be photographed) came into the Gaht. I literally run to fight for my position in the middle of the mass. I have lately discovered that the " I am a professional photographer" approach works far better than the "shy" approach: cameras, tripods, lens bags, an Indiana Jones hat :-) . With the poor light and the mass, people have little time to care about me: they came to Varanasi for their ritual morning bath, they are not in the mood of loosing their time arguing or discussing with an -obvious- foreigner in disguise (disguised as a photographer). All this to advance that I was well before the "final" shot at the place. Probably at 5:00 am for the "final" shot taken at 5:45 am.

This was possibly the 6th shot in the same position. I set the tripod, decided on the frame and light and, using my mechanical shooter, (Fuji Xpro1 does not have an electronic shooter !), and not looking through the camera, (as in old good time) I shoot..

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Harry Fisch, polyglot and originally a lawyer and businessman, has been a photographer for more years than he cares to remember. He has photographically documented more than 27 countries through which he has traveled , concentrating since 2002, on Asia, especially Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Nepal and India.

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Harry Fisch's comment, January 9, 2013 7:36 AM
Wow ! Looks great on your site :-)
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The most comprehensive Collection on Fuji X-Pro1/X-Pro2, X-T1 and X-E1/E2 articles on the Web ... | Thomas Menk

The most comprehensive Collection on Fuji X-Pro1/X-Pro2, X-T1 and X-E1/E2 articles on the Web ... | Thomas Menk | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it


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Thomas Menk's comment, June 12, 2013 11:54 AM
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Doug Chinnery's curator insight, October 17, 2013 7:27 AM

very useful collection of information on the X Pro 1

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Great stuff from an  X Photographer 

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Fujifilm X100S - Fotografia di viaggio - Londra | Andrea Livieri

Fujifilm X100S - Fotografia di viaggio - Londra | Andrea Livieri | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Circa cinque mesi fa ho acquistato la Fujifilm X100S, e da quel giorno questa piccola compatta è diventata la mia fotocamera principale per gran parte dei lavori che svolgo. Ricordo con simpatia nel 2010 quando, dopo aver acquistato la mia prima reflex seria, mi dimenavo tra negozi online e forum in cerca di più opinioni possibili su quali fossero le ottiche migliori, i flash più performanti, gli accessori consigliati per migliorare le proprie immagini, etc etc. Un delirio insomma. Era il periodo della G.A.S. (Gear Aquisition Syndrome), ci siamo passati tutti, e per alcuni è un vizio sempre latente. Tutt’oggi la gara a chi ce l’ha più grosso sembra più viva che mai tra molti fotoamatori e professionisti, per non parlare dei loghi principe di appartenenza Canon vs. Nikon, l’eterna diatriba. Bene, a distanza di quattro anni ho finalmente capito che per il 90% delle foto che amo fare, la X100S è la fotocamera che mi veste come un calzino, per ergononima, feeling, funzionalità e qualità d’immagine. In questo articolo voglio condividere con te alcune immagini che ho realizzato durante un recente viaggio a Londra, soffermandomi su alcuni dei punti forti della X100S, ma anche su qualche lieve punto debole.......

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The Most Informative Tripod, Monopod and Tripod Head Buying Guide | Leigh Diprose

The Most Informative Tripod, Monopod and Tripod Head Buying Guide | Leigh Diprose | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Are you finding your landscape, wedding, sports or wildlife photos are a bit blurry? If that’s the case you may need to rethink the way you shoot. Have you ever considered photographing with a tripod or monopod before? If not then you’re missing out on producing the sharpest images you could ever possibly imagine. You see without a tripod or monopod to steady your camera, there’s bound to be camera shake, especially in low light situations. As a landscape, wedding, wildlife and portrait photographer myself I find a good quality tripod and monopod are an essential piece of my kit. The first reason I stated earlier, but secondly you should consider using a tripod or monopod for heath reasons. If you’re anything like me you probably use your camera quite a bit and after a while of carrying around heavy camera equipment it can take a toll on your back, just ask any wedding photographer and I’m sure they’ll agree with me!......

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Discovering Hidden Gems | Craig Robertson

Discovering Hidden Gems | Craig Robertson | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

So it's been quite some time since I last "blogged". Why - I guess I have been focused on other things and quite busy with commercial work. But in the last few months I've had two trips to Queenstown, walked the Routeburn track and spent a glorious week celebrating a friend's 50th birthday on Stewart Island. So I have been out and about. I have also been shooting since the beginning of this year with Fuji's new X-T1. I am in love with this camera and I'm going to be so bold to say it's THE best camera I've ever owned. However none of those trips have been dedicated to just photography and so last week I took a few days out to just explore with my camera. And what a trip it was. West of Auckland lies Awhitu Peninsula. Despite it's close proximity to New Zealand's largest city it almost seems forgotten. It's not talked about like Auckland's west coast beach's of Piha and Murawai or it's eastern counterpart Coromandel Peninsula where hoards of Aucklander's flock every weekend. Nevertheless it is a spectacular and quiet gem - well for a landscape photographer anyway. Wild west coast beaches, limestone outcrops, lonely windswept pururi and cabbage trees, quiet harbour beaches. In fact the only thing to constantly remind you that you're near Auckland is it being on the flightpath for the airport. A seemingly constant interruption of peace and tranquility as the big jets power overhead......

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Fujifilm + Zeiss = Vancouver //Kanada | Mehrdad Abedi

Fujifilm + Zeiss = Vancouver //Kanada | Mehrdad Abedi | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Vancouver war einer der Orte, der seit langem auf meiner kleinen Must See Liste stand. Ich hatte so viel gutes über die Stadt in British Columbia gehört, dass ich mir gerne selber ein Bild davon machen wollte. Natürlich war die Zeit, die ich hatte, viel zu kurz – wie eigentlich immer. Es galt also, das Beste in der Kürze der Zeit herauszuholen. Vorab vielleicht noch schnell etwas zu meiner Ausrüstung: Einen Tag bevor es für mich nach Vancouver ging, kam ein großes Paket für mich zu Hause an. Mit freundlichen Grüßen von Carl Zeiss Lenses. Hier hatte ich bereits etwas dazu geschrieben. Neben meiner x-pro1 und den drei Zeiss Objektiven nahm ich noch die Fujifilm x-t1 meiner Frau mit. Eigentlich gibt sie diese nur sehr ungern aus der Hand, selbst mir, aber diesmal hatte sie wohl Mitleid mit mir? Egal, ich nahm das Angebot dankend an. Alle Bilder, die ihr also in diesem Post seht, sind entweder mit der x-pro1 oder der x-t1 entstanden. Wobei ich das 12mm Zeiss eigentlich nur an der x-t1 nutzte. Ich weiß nicht, ob es das Zeiss mit seinem wirklich tollen Aufnahmewinkel war oder die echt tolle x-t1, aber die meisten Fotos entstanden mit dem 12mm. Was ich genau von dem Zeisslingen halte, kommt aber ein anderes Mal. Heute soll die Stadt Vancouver mein Thema bleiben......

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Cruising with the X-Series | Clifton Beard

Cruising with the X-Series | Clifton Beard | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

I recently went on a 13-day cruise to the Baltic with the Fuji X-system. I took both of my bodies (X-E1 & X-T1) plus my single zoom (18-55) and several primes. I took my Tenba Messenger (small) bag for the Macbook, chargers, backup HDD, cables, Rolleicord film camera, iPod and extra lenses, but intended to only carry the Ona Bowery bag on a day to day basis. Stops were made for days out around several major cities, including Amsterdam, Tallin, Helsinki, Stockholm and St Petersburg. It was a good chance to give the X-T1 a practical workout and to see whether imaging with this compact setup would be effective and enjoyable. In terms of portability I have only praise for the setup I chose to carry on a day to day basis. I took the Ona bag with both bodies, each fitted with a lens that I thought would be most suitable for the location visited. Also carried were 2 spare batteries, lens cloth, detachable neck strap/wrist strap and city map. This setup was light and comfortable to carry, never once giving me shoulder ache. It was easy to open or secure the bag and rapidly remove or replace a camera. There was no need for lens changing in the streets, which in my experience tends to lead to dropping kit, losing bits like lens caps and missing the moment. I prefer to shoot already set up and would rather carry 2 bodies, each with a lens, than a single body with 3 lenses, for this sort of photography........

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Fujifilm X100s in Akihabara | Ohm-Image

Fujifilm X100s in Akihabara | Ohm-Image | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Very quickly, the X100s has become my favourite digital camera. It is small, and for the most part, elegantly designed. Attach a Thumbs Up style grip and it is nearly as hand-holdable as a film rangefinder. Of course, its 23mm f/2 lens is both wide and fast enough to do just about everything I need it to do in events and audio product reviews. The elements that show the X100s well in event photography: its silent shutter, and clear OVF, show it equally well on the street. Of course, I'm no street photographer. When I head into Tokyo on business, I carry the X100s. It's the perfect size to slip into a small bag, or hang from an errant thumb. I'm no street artist. From time to time, I fire off a few images. That's about it. The most talented street photographer I know personally is my wife; and after her, Martin Irwin. (My X100's first outing was with Martin.) And none of us practice that sort of thing often enough. I'm the guy that nudges reflectors all day whilst chugging whisky, wine, and cheap vodka and blåbär saft. I rarely get out of the office/studio. But recently, I met up with a few cool headfiers at e-earphone's awesome porta fes 2014. You have to check out the ortofon TA-Q7. Awesome use of space.....

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Sechs Monate nach dem Wechsel von Nikon DSLR zu Fuji Systemkamera | Jörg Langer

Sechs Monate nach dem Wechsel von Nikon DSLR zu Fuji Systemkamera | Jörg Langer | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Ob es nun genau sechs Monate her ist kann ich Euch gar nicht sagen, es war auf jeden Fall Anfang 2014, dass ich den schon lange angepeilten Wechsel umgesetzt habe. Mir wurden meine bisherigen Kameras zu schwer und ich wollte leichter werden. (… wer jetzt blöd grinst ist dran!) Was war also passiert zu Beginn des Jahres? Nun, ich nahm meine schweren Nikons, die D800, die D3 und die D3s und habe sie zum Teil verkauft, getauscht oder in den Schrank gelegt und angefangen alle Jobs mit den spiegellosen Systemkameras aus dem Hause Sony und Fuji umzusetzen.......

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Goodbye SLR, Hello LittleViewfinder: The Fujifilm X100s | Shawn Clover

Goodbye SLR, Hello LittleViewfinder: The Fujifilm X100s | Shawn Clover | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Well I’m not exactly getting rid of my SLRs and my army of lenses, but all that gear has been locked away for the past week. A little viewfinder camera has hit the market that scratches me right where I itch. Since the advent of digital cameras, I’ve been waiting and waiting for the killer small camera to hit the scene and that day has finally arrived. While the original Fujifilm X100 was off to a good start, it was plagued with a long list of shortcomings, and these weaknesses have been addressed in the new X100s. This baby is hands-down the best camera around for its size. I’m talking to you, Leica. The X100s is modeled after the beautiful classic 1954 Leica M3 rangefinder and does a great job recreating the retro look. She’s packed with many of the same classic dials and switches of yesteryear, but upon closer inspection, not everything what it appears. For one, the timer lever is really just a toggle to switch between optical and digital viewfinder while the timer functions are handled via digital display. But other controls like the shutter and aperture dials remain true to their functional origins, completing that nice analog feel. But despite the deceiving looks, the X100s really is an honest-to-goodness rangefinder thanks to the digital rangefinder focus option........

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Fuji TCL-X100 A new perspective for your Fuji x100s | Faby and Carlo

Fuji TCL-X100 A new perspective for your Fuji x100s | Faby and Carlo | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it