I'm so excited and absolutely honoured to have been been invited to join FujiFilm's X Photographers team! This is an international team of highly skilled photographers whose role is to provide feedback directly to FujiFilm on the X series. I knew instinctively when I first picked up the Fuji XE1 that I wanted to dump all my heavy pro Nikon SLR gear. I've always considered myself to be spontaneous but the heaviness was getting in the way of being creative. I was almost at the point of not wanting to take out my gear unless I was being paid to do it. So I replaced my Nikon D700 with the Fuji XE2 and with the announcement of the Fuji XT1 I knew that would be the camera I could replace my D800 with. It had everything my DSLR had minus the weight. The XT1 has amazing resolution and all the features that I didn't want to give up... for example its' ability to do Time Lapse photography, the beautiful viewfinder, and if you need for it to look big to impress clients, the extra battery grip does the trick!;) I was also enthusiastic about being able to use my IPhone as a remote alongside its WIFI capacity. Since I see in more than one focal length, and I like to always have my options open, I now own the Fuji 18-55; the 10-24mm F4 and the 55-200. As for the prime lenses I only have the 23 1.4 but FujiFilm has offered to send whatever else I would like to try out ;) I will most likely want to purchase the 56 F1.2 and the 35 1.4 but the 18mm F2 and the 27 F2.8 are also calling to me. In the meantime, I couldn't recommend a system more than the FujiFilm X Camera series. Here are a selection of images that I've taken so far with the XE2 and the XT1. I hope you like them.
For the past month Eddie has been coming home with some fresh tulips probably in the hopes of hurrying spring along. And I have been photographing each new batch when they are in full bloom and at their most beautiful. Yesterday I noticed that last week's bouquet was starting to shrivel and I was thinking how they were beautiful at this stage as well and were begging to be photographed before they are gone.
These were all shot with my Fuji XT1 and 55-200 handheld. Processed in LR with FUJI Camera Velvi Vivid. I'm so impressed with the OIS capacity of this lens: 200 mm 1/40th and 1/60th second.
I ventured downtown yesterday, just so glad that the temperatures were above freezing mark for I think the first time this year. I brought along my little Fuji X-E2 and decided to try to see how quick my camera would focus on its own. So I was shooting from the hip. As I went along, my aim got a little better but in the end people just walking around in an urban setting is not one of my favourite things and I started to look for more interesting compositions. Actually there was one guy who I thought looked quite interesting as he was standing on the corner with his skates slung over his shoulders. Typical of Ottawa, it looked like he was going to skate home from work however when I asked him for his photo he declined...
What better way to start off the New Year with a day trip to the 1000 Islands... alright a 10 day sojourn in Jamaica might have been better ;) I was trying out my new Fuji 23mm 1.4 lens and I must say good photographic opportunities can be found even close to home. Here are my favourite pictures from the day. I contemplated briefly putting them in black and white but I think colour is more effective at conveying the cold which it was.