I managed to sneak away and get some light hiking in. Strolled to the top of an overlook called Split Rock and then back to the bottom at Jacob's Creek falls. All 3 shots taken with an X-T1, Rokinon 12mm with a Circular Polarizer on the front.
This past weekend, a place where my family was staying had it's kiln firing and many pieces of ceramic artwork inside. The volunteers consisted of artists to keep the flames going for days. When I took these, the temperature was about 1,600 degree's Fahrenheit. These are a few of the pictures. I love the texture and color of the wood in the first one (Fuji 56mm). The 2nd picture is one of the holes in the side that they closed with bricks, but the flames found a way out (Fuji 56mm). The last is the back end of the kiln and the chimney (Fuji 23mm).
Just wondering if anyone else with this combination has experienced this problem... When I have my Nissin i40 in Manual (M) mode and shutter speed on camera set to about 1/800 sec. or higher the flash would randomly lose sync. Exposures would be great for a number of frames and then I would suddenly get a dark or black frame. The only way to recover is to turn the flash off/on again.
This seems to be happening only when flash is in M mode. TTL and wireless slave modes work fine and reliably at the same shutter speeds.
Also, I noticed that the i40 when fired only on center pin using a non-Canon cable will only sync at 1/200sec. compared to my EF-42 which will sync at any speed.
Is this normal behavior for the i40 or is my flash defective?
A question re: shooting with monochrome film simulation in an XE-2: can I shoot in monochrome AND expose RAW & FINE JPEG images? If so, please confirm that in the future using, say Lightroom, I can create both color and monochrome images from the RAW file. Up to now, I have been shooting in color (Provia) and exposing RAW & FINE JPEG images with the understanding that I can create monochrome images from the RAW file. Fairly new to digital (have been using Leica M's and processing & printing my own B&W film)
I wanted to share my latest photo project that I used my X-Pro 2 & XF 16mm f1.4 lens for.
It was a very difficult lighting situation, one that I had struggled with in similar situations with in the past. But the most recent firmware updates for the X-Pro 2 and XF 16mm really helped to improve the AF in this backlit situation.
Here is the whole series of images and text for this project “Life in a tube“:
Life in a tube
And here is one of the photos of the series:
Four images linked by Photomerge.
Fujifilm X-T1 + Samyang 12mm f/2.
Yesterday I was at an airshow the first time with the X-T2. AF (mainly Zone with Boost on)is definitely much, much better than on the X-T1 but still not perfect. The initial focus acquisition is still relatively slow but then it tracks pretty well.
A few more comments:
- I took around 1800 pics with 3 batteries, all in boost with a lot of bursts. Not bad.
- The shutter blackouts were much worse in CL than CH. I would have expected the other way.
- Is 1/1500 too slow for a jet?
- When you work the zoom a lot on the 100-400 it's pretty easy to also change aperture by accident.
It was very hazy so the pictures are not that sharp. I had to process the pictures with a lot of contrast and clarity to get them half ways looking sharp.
Hi from Fort Worth!
I started in photography in the 70s with an Instamatic and graduated to a Canon Pellix then an AE1. When those were both ruined in a flood (along with all my prints and negatives) several year ago, I joined the digital world with a Canon XTi. I never got the hang of digital - too many things to have to access through menus - so I abandoned photography for a while, went back to school, changed careers, etc.
Now I'm renewing my love for photography! I started with an XT1 and 35mm f/1.4, found an XT10 and 18-55mm for a steal, and picked up a Rokinon 12mm on sale. I'm more of an old school manual mode photographer, which is why I think I like the Fuji cameras so much - they have the "feel" of a film camera and are so comfortable.
Sharon and I rode the motorcycle up to the General Store in Scottsdale Arizona this morning for breakfast. After enjoying our meal I convinced her to pose for a few photo's while I did an off camera flash lighting test. She complained about having helmet head but went along with me. X-T1 and 18-55mm lens. Click on image for EXIF file.
My wife and I went for a short walk in the park, avoided three different wedding parties, and I took a few shots. Nothing special.
I haven't done anything more than portraiture and events for a year or two, so I'm trying to rekindle the joy of simple B&W photography of our environment.
These were with XT1, 56mm, Silver FX Pro.
My favourite season to be out walking and with my new favourite lens, you really have to use it to get the best results.
Only about 200m up here but the views are still worth the climb!
Not the most usual sight for the end of October...
He said he needed a sit down!
Not the best photo technique wise, but there is something I like about it
The last day of the festival. More here.
Fujifilm X-T1 & Fujinon XC 16-50mm f/ 3,5-5,6.
Greetings from Spain.
I recently spent a very enjoyable five days with Damien Lovegrove.
Valencia - A Rural Photographic Adventure in Eastern Spain
Two days were spent scouting the locations that I had found in Spain in the Valencia region.
The final three days was spent with the other deleagtes on the workshop with Damien providing the expertise and guidance on shooting in these settings.
On the way back to UK after a very enjoyable workshop I had a chance to ask Damien about his photography.
Here are some of his responses to my questions.
Q1. (Jonathan Knights) What is your single formative experience that has shaped your photographic life?
A1. (Damien Lovegrove) These are summarised in an article that I wrote (5 Pictures that changed my career. 5 pictures that charted my career - Damien Lovegrove - ProPhotoNut ). Plus I suppose the one day shoot that I had to do to make a portfolio for my job interview as a BBC cameraman was a turning point as he was originally going for a sound engineers role.
1984 -1998 Within BBC - 3 different roles. Cameraman, Lighting Cameraman, Lighting Director - made redundant in 1994 - Worked for BBC News
1998 -2000 - Post BBC experience in Commercial Photography. Couldn’t make enough money to pay the bills
2000 - retrained as a social photographer and trained in business with a 1 year course at a cost of £8k - Money very well spent.
2000 - 2010. Working with his wife as a Wedding Photographer
2007 - 2010 Transition into teaching how to make a successful photography business and how to shoot weddings, use lighting etc.
2010 - current Retired from shooting weddings - Teaching the next generation of aspiring photographers about his photographic vision and lighting techniques. Traveling the world.
2016 - Writing, shooting personal work and running workshops abroad.
Q2. Lovegrove Photography is a transition from your previous wedding business to a photography teaching business. What influenced you to make this change?
A2. My daughter was going to secondary school and we wanted to be at home at weekends for her. Grandparents were less able to look after our daughter at weekends. It took three years to make the transition with the help of a business coach. The wedding photography industry was changing too and the time was right to move on.
Q3. Do you see Lovegrove Photography as your final photographic career change or are you planning more changes?
A3. Over the next couple of years I want to concentrate on traveling to amazing places and running workshops whilst there. This will take up 4 - 5 months of the year and ‘I’ll write, and shoot personal projects the rest of the time.
Q4. Why did you change to the Fuji camera system?
A4. I moved to Fuji from using Canon and Nikon gear. I thought that the Fuji X100 looked like a good camera that was small and compact but could produce high quality images. I purchased it on a whim as a private purchase rather than a work tool. This camera proved to be exactly what I needed to stimulate my passion for photography again. The colour rendition and image quality of the X100 output was great. Then just before my Route66 trip in the USA I bought a Xpro1 and three primes again as a private purchase rather than a work tool. Shooting with the X-Pro1 was a great experience and I have remained using Fuji cameras and lenses exclusively from that moment on. I currently shoot with the Fuji X-T2 but the new Fuji GFX medium format camera looks like a good tool for my move towards shooting more art and fashion images in the Landscape.
Q5. As a Fuji UK Ambassador what do you see as the various facets of the role?
A5. One of my roles is to add additional expertise input into Fuji camera product development from initial concept through to pre production product testing. I also deliver teaching sessions at retail stores and give presentations at trade shows etc. Through social media and blogging I help to bring Fuji products to a wider audience. I provide images to be printed at exhibitions in Tokyo and at trade shows around the world. I work with Fujifilm UK for about 3 days a month on their projects.
Q6. Is 24MP enough or do you need more MPs in the APS-C sensor?
A6. The current limitation by the die technology restricts the sensors in APS-C to 24MP without causing additional artefacts and limitations. But for my work at the moment 24mp is fine. I will move up to 50mp next year and maybe 100mp the year after as I move into the market of selling big prints from my images.
Q7. Will you transition to the Fuji GFX50 or is it too bulky for your style of photography? Or will you run the two formats side by side?
A7. Yes, as I move to shoot more art and figure in the Landscape photographs I will use the GFX camera and I’ll end up shooting it side by side with my XT2. The X-T2 is so fast to use and has little ‘impact’ on the psychology of the moment I capture in my casual portraits. The GFX will deliver a more formal feel to the images I shoot with it.
Q8. What do you see as your next (fantasy) big photo breakthrough technology?
A8. I see nothing on the horizon that is fundamental, I’m waiting for nothing right now. Within the next year we will see the emergence of 5kw equivalent LED spotlights but the housings will be big and they will need fans to keep them cool.
Just wanted to share a small bit of Fuji fun for me at this weekend's PhotoExpo in NYC. Being such a newcomer to the Fuji line and just loving my X100T, I wanted to be able to actually handle some of the Fuji equipment everyone talks about. At the part of the Fuji table I was able to get to, I was able to play with both the XP2 and the Xt2. Both amazing cameras! The lenses on these camera's were the 23mm 1.4. I asked if it was possible to try out a 50 - 140 lens and the Fuji guy escorted me over to the loan window. They were loaning out whatever camera you wanted to try with whatever lens! I tried the Xt2 with the 50-140 and the 56. I cannot believe how light that 50-140 was compared to my Nikon lenses!
Then I asked if there was a tech guy there because my X100T needed a little TLC... actually a lot of TLC as I came to find out because my Exposure compensation dial popped off and it was NOT a simple fix. The tech guys were there (Steve and Steve S.) and Steve S. walked me right through what had to be done and how to send it to him. Super nice guy! Thanks Steve S!
The last time I attended the PhotoExpo, digital was a new medium. Boy how things have changed! They also changed because I walked right by the Nikon floor without a second thought...
Here's a photo of Steve and Steve S. of the "fix my poor Fuji, please!" department...
Here's a snapshot of the Fuji camera area...
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I made this video 3 1/2 years ago and forgot about it. The still images where made with a Canon 50D. I was uploading to Youtube today and ran across it and thought I would share it. My daughter lives just outside Cape Town so I was on a visit from the states.
Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,
I have a question regarding program mode on the X-Pro2.
Usually I keep the camera on "auto everything". ISO, aperture and shutter speed.
Then I adjust aperture, speed or ISO as necessary.
Very often the camera will open up the aperture to the max and keep the ISO low when bumping at the lowest shutter speed that is set in the auto ISO menu.
Is there a method to keep the camera from opening the aperture to the max and increase ISO in these cases? I have some images where 1/40s was set as lowest shutter speed and a maximumof ISO 6400 was allowed.
The result was an image with 1/40s at ISO 200 and aperture f2.
Hmm, I would have expected to see balanced settings for all three parameters.
Saw .. ahem somewhere else that X-A10 is going to be released . Any thoughts on this ?
Still enjoying my X100T and brought it along on the way to New York yesterday to go to PhotoExpo 2016. When I'm in the passenger seat going into the city, I always try to get a photo of the George Washington Bridge as we drive by it. It was a horrible rainy grey day, but I managed to get this shot and kind of like it, although I wish there were more to the sky.Thoughts?
Hi I'm Nono.
For some time I decided to change my reflex Canon equipment to work with Fujifilm.
I hope to learn and share with you all my work.