Day 15: Monday 7th April. Well, it’s the fifteenth day since the lockdown and I should think that the whole nation is waiting now to see if it continues. It obviously will. Whether there will be even more restrictions initiated after Easter will depend on what people do during the bank holiday. I think the … Continue reading 15 days – Day 15
Day 14: Monday 6th April Back to work today, so I move my screen to the back of my desk at home and open the company laptop in its place. I worked until lunchtime when I had a very nice salad made by Mrs M. Once we had finished and had the ubiquitous cup of … Continue reading 15 Days – Day 14
Camera Punk is a documentary film made by one of the Fuji ambassadors, Mindy Tan, about the ethos behind Fuji cameras and more particularly follows the X-Pro3 from its design to final production. Along the way, various X photographers talk about the almost symbiotic relationship they have with Fujifilm and the passion they have for … Continue reading Fujifilm documentary – Camera Punk
Today I said no to the Fujifilm X-Pro3 and purchased an X-T3. My main camera is an X-Pro2 which is great and I really wanted a third model to come out so I saved up my pennies. When I heard the announcement of the release of the X-Pro 3 I was really looking forward to … Continue reading X-Pro3?
I purchased my Fujifilm X-E3 in March of 2018. It was to replace the X-E2 which I sold. The reason for replacing the small X-E2 with the equally small 3 was to reduce the amount of camera equipment that I carried whilst on holiday with Mrs M. The X-E3 came with the Fujinon 23mm F/2 … Continue reading Fuji X-E3 and the Fujinon 18mm F/2
Let’s get one thing clear from the start, I am not a wildlife photographer. The photographers who do this photographic discipline have a particular form of dedication and skill which I have nothing but admiration for. However, over the next couple of weeks, I will be showing some of the photographs that I took whilst … Continue reading On Safari : Part 1
These three images were part of a set that I took whilst Mrs M and I were on a short break down in Devon. Neither of us had been down there for a good many years. The last time was probably when our daughter who is now 27, was a toddler. I think the impression … Continue reading Land of the Dumnonii
It’s winter in the UK at the moment and this year there seems to be more bleak, grey days than I can remember we’ve had over the last few years. This bland, depressing time is sometimes spasmodically interspersed with days of eye-watering brightness, long shadows and a crisp coldness that quietly numbs the end of your … Continue reading Looking forward to winter’s end.
More images this week from Northumbria, this time in and around the atmospheric 16th-century castle of Lindisfarne - and in colour! Built on Beblowe Crag on Holy Island the castle takes the battering of the storms that rage across the North Sea at times. I have been to Holy Island and the castle whilst the … Continue reading Bright New Morning
Continuing with my series of photographs that were taken in Northumberland, the first two pictures are coastline shots, taken during some very stormy weather, whilst the last is a photograph of one of the many iconic buildings that can be found in the county INCOMING SQUALL Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF18-55 F/2.54-4 R LM … Continue reading Clouds and a Castle
There are four images this week taken during a trip to the very photogenic county of Northumberland. All of the photographs were taken on the coast and the weather continued to give us some problems. The squally showers were intermittently thrown at us by a very strong and very cold wind. AGAINST THE … Continue reading Racing the Clouds Home
Three more photographs this week from the Bradgate Park photo trip. This time as you can see I have processed them all as monochrome. LIVING ON THE EDGE Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 The first image was taken because I really liked the way that the scene was split into three distinct areas, the … Continue reading Rocks and Trees
Bradgate Park just north of Leicester is a great place for a walk and to take photographs. The three photographs this week were all taken there on a sunny April morning. THE GUARDIAN Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF18-135mm f/3.5-5.6R LM OIS WR It was also an “auspicious” outing because I took my new Fujifilm X-T1 … Continue reading An Auspicious Outing
The three images this week comprise a close-up, architecture and a minimalist style landscape. BLISTERED Fujifilm X-E2, Fujinon XF18-55mm F/2.8-4 The close-up is a metal post supporting a gate. I really liked the blistered and crumbling patina on the metal. Looking at the out-of-focus background you might be forgiven for assuming that the aperture … Continue reading All Sorts
The promised updates have now been released by Fujifilm for the GFX 50s, X-T20 and the X-T2. The updates for the X-T2 are listed below 1) New AF tracking algorithm for moving subject. Thanks to the newly developed image recognition algorithm, the update enhances AF-C to track moving subjects twice as fast as previous … Continue reading Fujifilm releases new updates for X-T2, GFX 50s and X-T20 cameras.
Fujinon XF18-55mm F/2.8-4 R LM OIS WARRANTED PURE Fujifilm X-E2.Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS All three of the pictures this week were taken with the amazingly versatile Fujinon XF18-55mm F/2.8-4 R LM OIS zoom. Called sometimes a “kit” lens because of its versatility, in my opinion, this is one of the best … Continue reading In praise of the all-rounder
Fujifilm has announced a software update for its range of X cameras. These are: • Fujifilm X-A1 • Fujifilm X-A2 • Fujifilm X-A3 • Fujifilm X-A10 • Fujifilm X-E1 • Fujifilm X-E2 • Fujifilm X-E2s • Fujifilm X-M1 • Fujifilm X-Pro1 • Fujifilm X-T1 • Fujifilm X-T10 The updates for these cameras are to … Continue reading Fujifilm Camera updates
What I like about using mirrorless cameras is the ability to see what your photograph will look like in the electronic viewfinder as you take the shot. By keeping an eye on the histogram at the same time you can effectively reduce the amount of time taken in processing your images afterwards, by getting as … Continue reading Seeing it how it is
This week, all three of the images concentrate on texture and detail. Getting in close to a subject for detail or abstract shots is an ideal way to isolate parts of the subject. In the first photograph, I wanted to really show the wonderful texture and splits in the grain of the aged wood and … Continue reading Detail and atmosphere
As photographers, we all have our favourite subjects and type of photography that we like to shoot and as creatives, we can all feel a little nervous when we are taken out of our comfort zone into a different place. I am not an urban photographer, and never have been but for this month the … Continue reading Give it a rest
All of these images were taken whilst I was on a walk one afternoon. I was on a public footpath and had just climbed over a stile when I was confronted with a crop field that had been harvested. The machine had left about six inches of plant sticking out of the ground and in the … Continue reading Converging interest.
This week I have three colour photographs for you, although the third has been processed using two different split tints. The first image is a found still-life of some warty pumpkins that were sitting on a ledge in a National Trust garden. I liked the colours which stood out against the dark background of the … Continue reading Warts and all.
When I bought the Fuji X-E2 mirrorless camera, I did so thinking that it would be a great camera to stick in a small bag whenever I was just popping out to take a few quick photographs. I thought I would still use my Nikon's for most of my work, but instead, I started to … Continue reading The wind of change
I have three colour photographs for you this week all based around a winter theme. The first is a leaf that I found in the garden after a frost. I loved the way that the frozen moisture coats the edges of the leaf. Tiny frozen droplets of moisture can also be seen on a … Continue reading Field and Frost
This week, I have some images to share taken during the winter. The scenes photographed are all close to my home - the leaf was actually taken in my garden. There is always a problem in photographing hard frost, snow or bright skies in that the camera will underexpose. It sets the light areas to … Continue reading White or grey?
I love the detail in this first image that I photographed in a church graveyard. But I didn’t see the humour in the notice until I started writing this blog post. Duh! I know I can be slow sometimes. I’ll need to go back and try and catch an image of the sign with the … Continue reading Field and Fence
I have been doing photography for about forty years now. Over these years I have been an Olympus OM user (five cameras at one point), for a very brief period a Canon user, a Nikon enthusiast and now a confirmed Fujifilm fan. I bought the Fuji X-E2 whilst I still had my Nikons. I had … Continue reading My choice of Fuji x-plained
I go to Batsford Arboretum two or three times a year. I can usually find something to photograph whilst I’m there. In winter some of the trees are not looking their best so I try to look for details or other views to photograph. The first image is of a leaf that I noticed on … Continue reading Winter Challenges
Last post I showed three colour images that I took whilst out on a walk near my home. This week, I have another three photographs from the location but processed in black and white. The first is a landscape which shows tractor tracks disappearing into the mist across the field. I got down low with the … Continue reading Countryside Studies
I do take a fair number of close-up photographs, not as many as other styles of images I take, but a few. The three here are a fair representation of the subjects I sometimes take when I get in close. I do take flowers, both in colour and monochrome, but the latter are by far … Continue reading Get In There
So last week I bit the bullet and purchased a Fujifilm X-Pro2. It was always a toss-up between that and the X-T2 but the ergonomics of the XP2 won me over in the end. As I have said on this blog before, I am left eye dominant and wear glasses and as a result, I … Continue reading Fuji X-Pro2 Arrival
This image was taken on a glorious November day in Exmouth, Devon. The temperature was unbelievably warm at 18 degrees. I was walking along the beach in a tee-shirt and I was still very warm. Being November, the area did not have the summer quota of holiday-makers and the beach was virtually empty apart from … Continue reading Out and About: Exmouth
A trip to Cosford RAF museum bought the opportunity not only to look at the fantastic collection of aircraft they have from the First World War to the Cold War but also to get some great close up and abstract images. The image below is one I took of a safety ribbon which was attached to … Continue reading Out and About: Cosford RAF Museum
I'm in the middle of a monthly project for my photography club at the moment and although I think I have one image which I believe would fulfill the criteria, I wanted to see if I could get any more. Any image submitted to the club for the monthly assignments has to be taken in … Continue reading Out and About: Kenilworth
Mrs M and I have just come back from a week in the lovely town of Cefalu in Sicily which we enjoyed immensely. The sun, the food, and the wine were all excellent and although we did have a couple of thunderstorms they didn’t dent the enjoyment, they served to relieve the heat for … Continue reading Out and About: Sicily
I took a trip out to Calke Abbey with two other members of the Viewfinder Club and I think we all went there with the hope of finding some images that we could use for the club’s assignment for this month, “Found still-Life”. I think by the end of the afternoon shooting that we all … Continue reading Out and About: Calke Abbey
This is another shot from Northumberland, taken on the second day of my trip to the coast there. The shot is of the castle ruin, Dunstanburgh, from the beach at Embleton. Once again the weather was very windy and very cold. Most of the time on the beach was spent trying to hold the camera … Continue reading Out and About: Embleton, Northumbria
At the end of next week I’m off on a photo-trip to Northumberland and it will be the first major outing for all my new Fuji equipment. When I go on these trips, I tend to put all my equipment into a rucksack, currently the excellent Lowepro Flipside 400 AW, and then if neccessary deport … Continue reading Lowepro Tahoe BP 150 backpack
My parcel from Wex arrived today (brilliant service as usual) and in it was my brand-spanking new Fujifilm X-T1 camera and two new lenses. The image below shows the X-T1 with my new XF55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS zoom lens attached, and behind it my X-E2 with the new XF18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR … Continue reading New Arrivals
Well, I've downloaded and installed the update on to my X-E2 and I have to say I am so impressed that Fuji should present such an update to users of a camera that is now over two years old. It is virtually a completely new camera now. Not only that but Fuji also announced that … Continue reading Fujifilm X-E2 Firmware Update 4.00
Fujifilm have now announced the firmware update for the X-E2, and with them installed it’s almost like having a new camera. Here’s a list of the new enhancements. There’s a new autofocus system using the cameras hybrid AF system. A new algorithm gives enhanced performance in low light and low contrast conditions. Continuous shooting … Continue reading Fujifilm X-E2 Firmware update 4.00
Not long after I bought my Fujifilm X-E2, I decided that due to a pair of large hands, I would feel more comfortable if I fixed a grip to it. Although the premise of buying this camera was to take advantage of its smaller size compared to my Nikon’s, comfort is everything and I … Continue reading Fujifilm X-E2 and third-party grip
Today I was at Earlswood Lakes, Solihull with the Fuji X-E2 and the Fujinon 18-55 zoom lens. Although in the very early morning, the weather looked quite promising, by the time I got to the lakes, there was a chill wind and a sometimes moody sky that promised but did not give rain. There were … Continue reading Out and About: Earlswood Lakes
I was out and about in Stratford today, expressly for the purpose of testing the new 18-55 lens I had just got for my Fujifilm X-E2. It was a dreadfully dark monotone day. The kind of grey, lifeless and chilly day that Britain seems to do very well at times. As a result, camera shutter … Continue reading Out and About: Stratford on Avon
Mrs M, Miss M and myself went for a walk this afternoon in Charlecote Park. There were quite a few people around as the deer herd was pretty much in evidence due to the rutting season. However I wasn’t well-equiped for wildlife photography as once again I went out with the X-E2 and the Nikon … Continue reading Out and About: Charlecote Park
I have an old Nikon AI-S 50mm f/1.8 lens that must be twenty years old that I sometimes use with a reversing ring with my Nikon DSLR’s for close-up work. One of the good things about the Fujifilm X-E2 that I recently bought is that with the aid of a convertor you can use various … Continue reading Fujifilm to Nikon lens convertor
I have just added a Fujifilm X-E2 and 27mm pancake lens to my Nikon cameras. I wanted a smaller camera that I could just slip into my shoulder bag when my wife and I were out and about. I originally thought I would get the X-T1 but after looking at it realised that it was a little too … Continue reading New Camera Aquired