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A year of travel with the X-Pro 1 | Nate Robert - Pictureline

A year of travel with the X-Pro 1 | Nate Robert - Pictureline | Fujifilm X System and Photography Travel | Scoop.it


In July of 2012, I left a comfortable home, job, and life to fulfill two hobbies of mine – travel, and photography. I’ve been on the road for a year, across three continents and 48 countries (so far), and there is no end in sight. I really started this trip for such simple reasons – I love travel, and I love photography – especially street photography and street portraiture. What better way to combine my two hobbies than by heading around the world and photographing who I see and meet? Since my journey began, my blog Yomadic has been featured in The Washington Post, USA Today, and The Sunday Times in Australia. Through the entire trip, I have used the Fuji X-Pro 1 with the 18mm lens. In my opinion, this is the best travel camera available. The quality of the images meets or surpasses the image quality of most bulky DSLRs, and the ergonomics of the Fuji are second-to-none. All photographers need easy access to aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. The Fuji provides this in a way that couldn’t be easier, and these settings are visible at a glance. I couldn’t use a camera without a “real” viewfinder, and again, the classic-looking X-Pro 1 has perhaps the most high-tech hybrid viewfinder on the market. Moving into the second year of my travels, I will stick with Fuji, but perhaps look out for the 23mm lens when it becomes available.....


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Tunesia | Moritz Winkler

Tunesia | Moritz Winkler | Fujifilm X System and Photography Travel | Scoop.it


Fuji X-Pro1 black & white shots in Tunesia by Moritz Winkler


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A road trip through France | Johnny Patience

A road trip through France | Johnny Patience | Fujifilm X System and Photography Travel | Scoop.it


My wife Rebecca and I went to Provence, France in May to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. We took an overnight ferry, the Oscar Wilde, from Rosslare, Ireland to Cherbourg, France. The ferry crossing was followed by a great road trip through the whole country to get down to Provence in south of France. We had a wonderful time.

 

Between the two of us we had brought eight cameras, only two of them being digital. I brought my Fuji X-Pro1, Leica MP and Hasselblad. While my Hasselblad is my favorite camera of all times (see my images shot with it here), I also enjoyed shooting my Leica MP and Rebecca’s Contax 645. The camera I ended up using most was the little Fuji X-Pro1.

 

I had the X-Pro1 with me everywhere and every day to capture moments and stories to remember for our travel blog. I really loved it. It’s so discreet, unobtrusive and the image quality and color rendition are simply stunning. I made one LR4 preset for color and one for black and white when I first got the X-Pro1. I am still using these two presets on every single image.

 

All images below were taken with the Fuji X-Pro1 and the Fujinon 35mm 1.4 lens.....


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North Cotabato - Strolling around Kidapawan City, "A Spring in the Highland"

North Cotabato - Strolling around Kidapawan City, "A Spring in the Highland" | Fujifilm X System and Photography Travel | Scoop.it

Kidapawan can be reached by bus or van from Davao or Cotabato City. From Davao City's Ecoland Terminal, there are buses (Weena bus) bound for Kidapawan or to Cotabato City which passes by Kidapawan City. If you want to take the passenger vans, go to NCCC Mall or SM City Davao where you could find the vans bound for Kidapawan City.


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Santuario de la Virgen de la Fuente: una joya gótico-mudéjar en el Matarraña

Santuario de la Virgen de la Fuente: una joya gótico-mudéjar en el Matarraña | Fujifilm X System and Photography Travel | Scoop.it
A menudo, las sorpresas más hermosas nos esperan en los rincones más insospechados. Eso es lo que sucede con el santuario de la Virgen de la Fuente, a apenas dos kilómetros de Peñarroya de Tastavin...
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A day in Lyon with the X-Pro1

A day in Lyon with the X-Pro1 | Fujifilm X System and Photography Travel | Scoop.it
Es suficiente con pasear unas horas por la ciudad para comprobar que la historia de Lyon y su fisionomía están marcadas por dos colinas (la Fourvière y la Croix-Rousse) y por dos ríos (el Ródano y ...
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And to Think That I Saw It on Ripon Street! | Matt Brandon

And to Think That I Saw It on Ripon Street! | Matt Brandon | Fujifilm X System and Photography Travel | Scoop.it


With apologies to Dr. Seuss, this is exactly what a street photographer must do. And if you are walking the streets of Calcutta you might not need to “turn minnows into whales” for you will have “a story that NO ONE could beat!” This was my second visit to Calcutta, also known by its newer and more politically correct name Kolkata. I spent all of last week in this city for work and pleasure, though I had very little time to myself. When I did get a few minutes, I spent them with a local friend and we prowled the city’s streets photographing. The days were unusually cool, overcast, rainy and gray. In other words, perfect for street photography. The city has a grittiness to it. It seemed less friendly than last time I visited and more like the big city it is. Perhaps because I had so little time to spend with the people who actually live there, which always tends to make one feel more welcome. Because of this emotion I processed these photos with the idea of communicating that same feeling. I processed the Fujifilm RAW .RAF files in Lightroom and then put the “HDRish,” grunge effect using onOne Perfect Effects 4. I photographed all images using my Fujifilm X-Pro1. And even though I took my 35 mm f/1.4 with me, most of the time it stayed in my pocket (literally in my back pocket!). For whatever reason–be it close quarters, the intimacy of my subjects, I am not sure why, but my 14 mm seemed to be glued to my camera.....

 


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Portraits from a month in Bolivia

Portraits from a month in Bolivia | Fujifilm X System and Photography Travel | Scoop.it
A young girl plays alone as her mother tends a roadside stall selling boiled corn to passing motorists along the road to Potosi Cheeky sisters across the table having lunch at the Mercado Central in Sucre    Named after Latin American...

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Using the 14, 18-55, 55-200 as travel kit in Singapore | Gerald Gay

Using the 14, 18-55, 55-200 as travel kit in Singapore | Gerald Gay | Fujifilm X System and Photography Travel | Scoop.it


For a travel kit these 3 lenses plus the 18 and 35 (as an extended kit) makes this Fuji combo the ideal lightweight and versatile (20mm - 300mm FF equivalent) bag available. Looking back, if only all my trips had been with such a light bag (XP1 & XE1 bodies) the enjoyment and output might have been much greater....


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::: The Travel Photographer :::: POV: Monochrome...A Phase In Life?

::: The Travel Photographer :::: POV: Monochrome...A Phase In Life? | Fujifilm X System and Photography Travel | Scoop.it

I started to dabble with the various techniques in Photoshop or Lightroom; sometimes using presets in some cases. I also tried shooting in black and white with my M9 and the X Pro-1. The latter was used quite a lot in that mode in Sa Pa and Hanoi during my North of the 16th Parallel Photo-Expedition/Workshop, resulting in The Indigo People, and Hanoi Streets among others.


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Catedral de Burgos, esplendor gótico

Catedral de Burgos, esplendor gótico | Fujifilm X System and Photography Travel | Scoop.it
Siendo Burgos una de las etapas más señaladas para los peregrinos que avanzan en su camino hacia Compostela, no es de extrañar que en su catedral –una de las construcciones góticas españolas más es...
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Fujifilm X100 Review

Fujifilm X100 Review | Fujifilm X System and Photography Travel | Scoop.it
For a long time I‘d been thinking about purchasing
a camera small enough to carry around all the time, yet providing high
quality output and manual setup of all its functions.
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Ghosts of Repentance | Flemming Bo Jensen

Ghosts of Repentance | Flemming Bo Jensen | Fujifilm X System and Photography Travel | Scoop.it

 

The town of Antigua in Guatemala is home to large, intense Catholic processions. Every Sunday during Lent, thousands of people take to the street as it snakes through impossibly narrow paths. Incense attacks the nostrils and its smoke turns everyone into ghostly silhouettes, scorched by the fiery Guatemalan sun. A chaos of people and the music of the procession. I am not a religious man and do not understand the underlying significance of what is happening. But I watch, amazed, confused, aware of symbols without comprehension. And small moments, moments of great surrealism. Absurd and frightening. I am fascinated by these fleeting instants, and I wonder how many notice them, fragments from a dream, sometimes out of a nightmare.....


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Catholic saints and mini skirts at the festival of San Juan de Dios in Sucre, Bolivia | Adrian Seah

Catholic saints and mini skirts at the festival of San Juan de Dios in Sucre, Bolivia | Adrian Seah | Fujifilm X System and Photography Travel | Scoop.it



The loud incessant clanging of cymbals and banging of drums startled me from my afternoon siesta. Momentarily disorientated, my drowsy head took a moment before it registered where I was, our recent spate of bus journeys had blurred the lines between the cities and towns we’ve stayed in.

 

Sucre. La ciudad blanca, The White City.

 

We had arrived a couple of days prior, intending to make this a longer than usual stop to fit in another week of Spanish lessons. The cultural capital of Bolivia and named after revolutionary leader Antonio José de Sucre, the city of Sucre is chock full of colonial architecture and a is rightfully a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Perched high up at an elevation of 2810m, the altitude blesses the city with a cool temperate climate all year round. I shock off the remnants of sleep and wandered over to the window, where the celebratory marching band could be heard just round the corner. Not having a clue what the whole thing was about but not wanting to miss anything, I grabbed my camera and ran out the door.

 

What greeted me was an absolute riot of colour and costumes, a huge parade of people dancing with multiple marching bands, each trying to outdo each other. Little old ladies in sequins and flashy costumes, men in mythical monster outfits, everyone was just dancing and waltzing their way across town.

 

A lady standing beside me noticed my fascination and offered,

“La fiesta de San Juan de Dios”

 

Saint John of God, a 16th century Spanish/Portuguese saint and inspiration behind the worldwide charity Brothers Hospitallers of St. John of God, formed by his followers after his death to care for the sick and suffering everywhere, and in particular, those afflicted with mental illnesses, was having his feast day celebrated in Sucre, to great aplomb.

 

We followed the procession up Calle Junin and towards Plaza Alto de la Alianza, walking though a part of town we hadn’t yet visited. Like a noisy river of gyrating and swaying glitter, the procession flowed uptown with huge crowds of people following alongside.

 

The dark clouds above threatened above but not a drop fell. 


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The changing face of China - X100s workout | George Greenlee

The changing face of China - X100s workout | George Greenlee | Fujifilm X System and Photography Travel | Scoop.it


I am back from Nanjing for about a week now and have been chasing my tail trying to catch up on things, so my apologies for the radio silence. I have had a fascination with China for many years and while I get to travel all over the world I have only been to China once before, and even then only for three days, so I was delighted to be able to spend nearly three weeks working in Nanjing, thats long enough to really get stuck in to some decent photography. Before leaving I had made tentative arrangements for a guide to be with me while I travelled the streets and took photographs. I was not concerned from a security perspective, it just I wanted local advice on where to go for the best photo opportunities, plus its too easy to get lost when you do not speak or read the language. Normally for a trip like this I would pack up a few Nikon bodies, lenses, flash and a tripod, enough to cater for all eventualities, and then leave most of them in the hotel safe. This time I was determined to travel light and packed only my FujiFilm X100s, X-Pro1 with the 14mm and 60mm lenses and a tiny desktop tripod. It all fitted into my computer bag along with a Mac and a Surface RT. I was ready for road as they say in Ireland. But plans change. The project we were working on required us to work through two weekends and so personal photography was restricted to a couple of hours each night.

Walking the streets at night I couldn’t fail to notice the rising influence of western culture in China. A stark contrast to my previous visit to Beijing. Huge, brightly lit, billboards above clothes shops depicted western men and women as fashion icons. Starbucks, McDonalds and KFC stores were everywhere and young people proudly carried Gucci, Prada and other named brand bags. Below that veneer it is still undeniably China, particularly off the main streets, however it is changing at an incredible rate...


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A day with the shellfish gatherers of the Costa da Morte

A day with the shellfish gatherers of the Costa da Morte | Fujifilm X System and Photography Travel | Scoop.it

The Fujifilm X-Pro1 camera is a perfect system for travel & reportage photography. As a journalist, a few months ago I had the opportunity to join several shellfish harvesters of the Costa da Morte (Death's coast), a region of Galicia, in northwestern Spain. This is the result, using only the 18mm and 35mm lenses.


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