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.
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!
Last weekend my brother had an MSV M4 Masters driving day at Brands Hatch, a fantastic circuit that was once the home of the British Gran Prix, and still home to many fantastic racing series. This was the very first day that they had the new BMW 425bhp, twin-turbo V6 M4’s out on track for customers to drive, so I thought I’d tag along and take some photos for my brother.
This was a good chance to test out my Fujifilm X-T1 with the XF 18-135mm lens I purchased with the camera in a fantastic bundle from Jessops here in the UK. This was also a great opportunity to test out the continuous auto focus, and the continuous shooting mode of the X-T1, and compare this with my Canon 7D which is well known for its fast frames per second shooting.
Now this is not my normal photography subject, the fastest thing I’m normally trying to capture is a particularly lively guitarist, and even then I normally wait for the shot in Single Auto Focus. Shooting fast moving objects is something I probably do less than once a year, so I’m no expert in this field. In fact the last time I must have shot racing cars was back in the early 90s, as a kid, at Brands Hatch for the British Touring Cars, with my trusty (cheap) Ricoh camera (I think it was the FF-70). I expect when I got the film developed most of my shots were nice and blurry, this is at least one problem the digital era has fixed for us!
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 | Nissin i40 1/100 | f1.4 | ISO 400 | Classic Chrome film
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 1/60 | f1.4 | ISO 800 | Provia Film
I was armed with my X-T1 camera, XF35mm & XF18-135mm lenses.