I’ve had many emails and messages on the site and on Facebook from people asking how I created this image so I thought I’d write a quick blog post describing the equipment needed and my approach to how I do it.
I’ve had a crush on the Fuji X T 1 for while now..admiring it from a far, gazing at it longingly through Calumets shop window, though never quiet succumbing to temptation. Yet last month I finally gave in and like any first date I had my butterflies along with a whole array of mix emotions ranging from extreme doubt to high hopes… The first thing that caught my eye was the difference in design to the Fuji X pro 1, this subconsciously suggested to me that Fuji had finally something to shout about since all over models succeeding the X Pro 1, like the Fuji X E1 and XE2 have been almost identical in design, albeit a slight difference in size and a few button shifts. The XT 1 is just as physically attractive as the X pro 1 and keeps in with the retro ilk but overall it has a more solid, sturdy look to it. Though this is somewhat of an optical illusion as despite it’s weather sealed body (something the X pro 1 lacks) the X T1 is surprisingly small and weights actually 10g lighter than the X pro 1. This however ticked a box for me as one of my main reasons for falling in love with the X pro 1 was it lightweight design......
Recently I was very lucky to spend 5 days cruising through the countryside of Victoria, Australia, soaking up amazing scenery that is unique to this part of the world, and experiencing some of the best light I've ever seen. There were many euphoric moments of awe and appreciation for my home country's beauty, beauty that I had never seen or made a strong enough effort to experience and appreciate properly beforehand. Knowing full well that I had many kilometers of riding on rough tracks ahead of me, I packed a light day kit, which of course featured my FujiFilm XT-1, XF56, XF18, and the underrated XC50-230. With just about every focal length covered, plus a few spare batteries, I was ready to capture just about anything that caught my eye, which there was of course and abundance of.........
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I’ve had the XT-1 for a few weeks now and have used it in a variety of situations. So rather than structure this review in the standard way ( build, handling, image quality etc ) I thought I’d go through all the usage scenarios I’ve put it through and give my personal opinion on how it did.
It does just fine in the studio. The XE-1 used to struggle a bit, it was a bit slower to use than a DSLR, especially on the 55-200, which is my favourite lens in the studio. Studios are often quite dim unless you have the modelling lights on all the time, which is often not the case. So your camera needs to be decent at low light focussing. I found that setting the AF area to its second or third setting up from the smallest was sufficient for rapid focussing and the camera did not slow me down at all. You do have to switch Preview Exp. in Manual Mode off though, which is under screen setup. The reason being, the camera has no way of knowing that you are using strobes, and you will generally be shooting at f8 and above in a studio, so if you leave this on, your EVF will display a dark pit.........
My journey towards the Fujifilm Mirrorless revolution started around a year ago in October 2014 when I was first introduced to the Fuji XT-1 camera via Facebook. It was a very striking and impressive image by the Australian wedding photographer, James Day that caught my eye. The quality of this image was absolutely overwhelmingly impressive and stood out from the crowds. I was immediately intrigued when I saw that it was taken on the Fuji XT-1 and started reading up as much as possible on the camera... needless to say; I was blown away and wanted to try it out for myself!
And so I did. I got a loan unit in and shot some images of my kids. Apart from the quality, I especially enjoyed the creativity that the camera allowed me to explore. Like the flip up screen for unique angles or shooting from the hip without my kids knowing that I’m taking photos. Or the silent mode, or the film simulations! The list goes on and on… My approach to my wedding photography is very creative and I always try to push myself to improve and be unique, so I really valued the creative abilities that the XT-1 was offering.
The weekend is about to begin and it's time to check some super splendid photography, just for fun! I thought it would be great to share with you some landscapes that will take your breath away, like these below!
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