It started in India

My love affair with the Fuji X series of cameras started with the x100 when I visited India and it’s a camera that I still use regularly today.  The x100 came along at a time when cameras seemed to be getting more simplistic and more ‘plasticky’ Fuji gave us a camera with a classic design, with manual controls and professional build quality to match.  It immediately became a firm favourite of mine and I started leaving my heavy Nikon D700 at home, opting instead for the convenience of the x100, which could be easily slipped into a pocket.  It’s worth mentioning that I was only prepared to do this because the quality of images produced by the x100 is so good and you have the added benefit of being discrete, especially out on the street.

The images below were taken in 2013 not long after I acquired the x100.  They are a good example of the type of environment in which the x100 excels.  In the busy streets of Old Delhi I clearly wasn’t a local and it wouldn’t have felt appropriate to be snapping away with a large SLR.  Here the x100 allowed me to be fairly discrete and I was able to capture the hustle and bustle without anyone paying me too much attention.

Today my Nikon gear has gradually been replaced by the Fuji x-series kit including the fabulous X-T1.

 

 

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Manchester City

One of my favourite cities in the UK is Manchester.  It’s not as grand as London but it feels like a ‘proper’ city. There’s a real hustle and bustle about the place and a great mix of architecture with impressive modern towers and quaint old buildings.

From a photographic point of view it’s often this mix of old and new that I focus my camera on – from the industrial heritage of the Castlefield canals to the striking glass office blocks in the financial centre – there are opportunities galore.  The photographs below were all captured on a fleeting visit to the City.  In the coming months I’ve promised myself that I will return to do it more justice.

 

Slow Train Coming

I had the Fuji X-T1 set to Continuous focus and shooting, ready for the train that was about to arrive around the bend.  This was the first steam gala weekend for the Ribble Steam Railway and I was there more by luck than anything. I was just out for a walk when I heard the familiar toot of the whistle from the locomotive.  Having hurried to the side of the track I joined a number of other onlookers poised with their cameras and waited.

The train took an age to arrive and when it did arrive it must have been speeding along at a full 10mph but at least it wasn’t too challenging to picture!  I took a few pictures and carried on with my walk then on the return journey I got some more pics but with a different engine attached.  There’s a certain romance about these trains and the smell of the coal burning as they pass by pumping out their steam takes me back a few years to my first train journeys as a child – showing my age now!

 

 

Never mind the eclipse, here’s the sunset

Last week’s eclipse of the sun was a bit of an anti-climax for many of us – the sun staying behind a blanket of cloud and the resulting gloom being pretty much like any other Winter’s day in the north of England.  But Spring has now officially arrived and I’m pleased to report that the sun has now made an appearance, so yesterday I ventured out for the sunset.

The two pictures featured here were taken at what is known locally as the ‘bull-nose’, a point at the entrance to Preston Docks with views down the River Ribble.

The pictures were taken with the Fuji X-T1 with 18-55mm lens attached and the camera was mounted on a tripod.

 

River Ribble Sunset

River Ribble Sunset

River Ribble Sunset

River Ribble Sunset

 

 

Comic Relief with Fuji X-T1 and Nissin i40 

it is the annual Comic Relief event today in the UK and that meant lots of people doing things for charity.  Red Noses are the order of the day and I was capturing pics of a few people joining in the fun.

I was using the Fuji X-T1 with 18-55mm lens and for the first time I was using the Nissin i40 dedicated flash which I was using off camera with an I-shoot Canon dedicated flash cable which I’d picked up on e-bay.

The set performed well and the only problem I encountered was something that gets mentioned a lot with this flash and that is the ease by which you can accidentally move the flash compensation dial.  I look forward to trying out this combination again in future and I’m keen to see how it copes in TTL mode with the 55-200mm lens.

 

 

 

Photo cure for Winter blues

One thing I’ve discovered this winter is that I have a form of Cold Turkey for photographers. It normally starts if I go for more than a couple of days without taking a photograph.  I start to get irritable and I prowl around the house looking at the weather.  This is often accompanied by lots of mutterings.

The obvious solution is to just go out and take pictures but that doesn’t always work. If I go out to take pictures and then don’t feel the output is good enough it just add to the despair.
Fortunately I managed to get a few pictures that I’m reasonably happy with this week while in Manchester.  It was as a sunny Spring-like day and whilst I wasn’t there long I did manage to grab a few pictures which showed off the City’s architecture.

Into the Sunset with Fuji’s 55-200mm lens

Just a quick blog featuring a couple of images I took earlier as the sun was going down on the Fylde coast in Lancashire, England.  I was out on a quiet country road overlookIng a reed bed by a river and I was there to photograph a chemical factory on the other side of the river.  Well, I thought I’d planned where the sun was going to be at sunset time and it was supposed to be behind my factory – only it wasn’t !  Still at least I picked up a couple of alternative shots.  Taken with the Fuji X-T1 fitted with the 55-200mm zoom lens.

Lancashire Sunset

Lancashire Sunset

Lancashire Sunset

Lancashire Sunset