Marrakech – Jan 2017

This was my first every trip to Africa, so was very excited. So much so I’d managed to not totally check out all the settings on my X-T1, and the night before at my brothers wedding, after a few to many shandys I’d managed to switch from my usual RAW+jpeg mode to jpeg only. I only realised this after I got back and had copied over the photos to my computer. Not only was it my first ever time not shooting RAW, I also had no idea I was doing so. I ended up using a mix of iPhone and X-T1, both shooting straight to jpeg.

Anyway, I started off my trip in the old town of Marrakech, the Medina, staying in a traditional Riad.

iPhone 6s | f/2.2
1/17 | ISO 250

Riad Houma.

iPhone 6s | f/2.2
1/17 | ISO 250

The Marrakech museum is a beautiful building on it’s own without the art, well worth a visit.

iPhone 6s | f/2.2
1/350 | ISO 25

iPhone 6s | f/2.2
1/35 | ISO 25

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Nice – Cote D’Azur

This is the first time I got to take my X-T1 out on my Travels, because I’ve not been travelling since I got it! I originally bought it to be my travel camera, but it has already become my go to camera for everything, and I’m on the verge of putting my 7D on eBay.

Nice

Fujifilm X-T1| XF35mm | 35mm
1/2000 sec | f3.2 | ISO 100 | Provia

I only had 3 days and my plan was to do as little as possible, so days 1 & 2 were spent on the beach, and my camera in it’s bag. Day 3 I spent exploring, and headed up through old town up to the chateau.

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BBC Introducing… Summer All Day Party

Surprise attendance at the BBC Intro day party

Having spent the last few weeks manically organising, and moving house, I had one last visit to Reading to finish the task in hand last Saturday. Because my journey was taking me past Little Venice, I decided to take my X-T1 along with me for the walk. Shopping of at the fantastic Waterside Café for lunch, I spotted on Facebook that today was indeed the BBC Introducing summer day party! Result!

And what a fantastic line up of live music……

 

First up was Martha Roper, acoustic set outside in the glorious Reading sunshine.

Martha Roper

Fujifilm X-T1| XF35mm | 35mm
1/125 | f1.4 | ISO 400 | Pro Nag. Hi

 

Shortly followed by Marisa Rodriguez, also an acoustic set…. Oh no… she’s brought a whole band with her + guest vocals!

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X-T1 Firmware v4.00

Aside

Having had a very, very busy month or so, I’ve finally got around to getting my X-T1 upgraded to v4.00 firmware. Very excited!!!….

I am attending an Airshow this weekend with the family, which will be perfect to test out the new AF. From just pointing it at a few things in my kitchen just now, it’s lightning fast with my 35mm attached!

I’ll have more of my thoughts after really trying it out next week, I’m sure.

RAAYS NME photoshoot

Getting some last minute photos for local Reading band RAAYS.

I have not done a photoshoot like this for a good few years, and seemed like a great challenge. I am used to getting shots of bands performing, not promo shots for a magazine spread, but in the end it’s all for the same goal, a great photo showing off a moment in time. This is how I approached this shoot, knowing I just needed to capture the band feeling at ease and enjoying themselves, just as they would be on stage.

Fujifilm X-T1| FX35mm | 35mm 1/100 | f1.4 | ISO 400 | Classic Chrome film

Fujifilm X-T1| FX35mm | 35mm | Nissin i40
1/100 | f1.4 | ISO 400 | Classic Chrome film

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London Blues Festival

The London Blues Festival had a mini 2 day event in Reading at the Purple Turtle, and I took this opportunity to test out the X-T1.

I do a lot of event photography, especially bands, in low/bad oddly coloured light, and often cramped venues. Which is actually a lot of fun. My kit has been a DSLR with a fast prime for many years now, and it has been working just fine. But recently I discovered the Fujifilm X series, and was excited to try out the X-T1 Compact System Camera.

Fujifilm X-T1| FX35mm | 35mm<br /> 1/60 | f1.4 | ISO 800 | Provia Film

Fujifilm X-T1| FX35mm | 35mm
1/60 | f1.4 | ISO 800 | Provia Film

I was armed with my X-T1 camera, XF35mm & XF18-135mm lenses.

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Discovering Fujifilm

Can a Fujifilm X Series Compact System Camera replace both my Canon EOS M and 7D?

My discovery of the Fujifilm X series began when I was looking for a new travel camera to replace my ageing Canon EOS M. I have really enjoyed my time with my EOS M, It’s been my travel companion since its conception as I snapped up the Mark I, what must be some 3 years ago. It has had some bad reviews but coming from a Canon background I found the device very familiar and easy to shoot with. Its image quality and compact form is perfect for travel, and I have got some amazing photos from my travels thanks to it.

Vancouver Island

Canon EOS M | EF-M18-55mm | 18mm
1/60 | f4.0 | ISO 100

The EOS M does leave you yearning for a viewfinder and dedicated dials to control shutter speed and aperture, and maybe most importantly, a decent range of lenses. 3 years in and only a handful of EF-M mount lenses are available, and none of them blow you away. Because of this I’ve been looking for a worthy replacement, and having heard good things around the X Series, and being impressed by the specs of the X-T1, I decided to give it a punt and picked one up last week.

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