The sun is out and the flowers too so what better way to spend a couple of hours than wondering about the garden with my 60mm Fujinon macro lens. It might not be a true macro but you can get in close and it,s good for picking out details. Depth of field is very shallow with these lenses when you get in close and trying to capture a bee landing on a flower could have kept me busy all afternoon!
In my mind there is no doubt at all that the Fuji X-series cameras are more than capable for wedding coverage and as I set out last weekend as second shooter on a big local wedding, my intention was to go Fuji all the way. So what changed?
It’s been a busy few days which has included a family portrait session, a big wedding, where I was helping out as second shooter, and a trip to the Berlin Air Show where I photographed Defence Minister Philip Dunne in the cockpit of a Hawk advanced jet trainer.
Normally when I do a city break it’s in one of the warmer European locations and London gets overlooked, but not this time. After all London is one of the World’s greatest cities and people flock to it from across the globe so time to chance to do a bit of sightseeing on home-soil.
I’m always on the look out for things that are happening around my home town of Preston in the North West of England. This picture is a new sculpture that has been erected where two canals meet locally and I wandered down to take a picture. The sculpture was only erected yesterday but I’d known it was coming and wanted to get down there soon after erection on site. So how did I come to choose such a stylised picture? Well this is one occasion where I was probably too quick off the mark because there was still some construction fencing around the base of the sculpture and it was difficult to get a decent picture of it it in its environment. I had to get in close to hide the fence and then ended up with this image after a bit of playing around in Lightroom. Not what I’d hoped for but I will return!
The great thing about a lens like the Fuji 55-200mm is that you can quickly zoom to re-frame your shot – essential when you are trying to capture a five-year old boy who never keeps still. Most definitely not the easiest of subjects and a real challenge for the Fuji focus system. No doubt about it, I struggled with both the single and continuous focus modes. The light was low and the ISO speed was up around the 2000 mark. Most camera and lens combination would have been struggling in these circumstances!
What I found worked best for me was to switch to Manual focus and then use the AF button on the back of the camera to get the focus. This method with a bit of anticipation of where the little bundle of energy would move next meant that I was getting some shots and some of them were even sharp. It also helped that like my camera, this little boy’s battery gradually started to run out and he got progressively slower and easier to nail. Oh the joys of photographing children. In the end I was happy with the shots I got and as usual when the Fuji gets it right, it really does produce fantastic pictures.
Sometimes it’s hard to resist that quirky photograph that just presents itself while you are out on a completely different photographic mission. This photograph is one such picture. I was making my way back to my car after covering a local event when I spotted this gent stood outside the Ann Summers lengarie store. The picture in the background and the title Mollie Collection caught my attention. Couldn’t help wonder how long he’d been waiting there for Mollie to Collect him:)
The photograph itself was taken from across the street with the Fuji 55-200mm lens on the X-Pro1.