I had the huge privilege of photographing a friends wedding last week. Sian and David had their wedding on a farm and it had a very relaxed feel to it, which is just what they wanted. I was covering the wedding with my Fuji kit ( X-T1, XE-2, 35mm, 56mm, 23mm,55-200mm), along with my brother, who now also shoots with Fuji gear. Here are some of the images, the ones with the TV in are from a lovely moment after the ceremony where David’s brother surprised him with a video showing moments from his very eventful life. Sian looked amazing and the weather was beautiful, all in all it was one of the most fun weddings I’ve shot.
As for the Fuji system…this is my third wedding with these cameras and it keeps getting better. There were some very harsh lighting conditions, especially at the ceremony but the Fujis did really well. I shot half the wedding on jpeg ( burst mode to try and capture some candids ), and just used RAW for the ceremony where I knew the light was very harsh and I might need the ability to pull back the highlights. This really cut down on my post production and the jpegs were just fine, needing nothing more than a quick crop..they came out looking sharp and vibrant. My most used lens by far was the 56mm 1.2, I did end up using the 55-200 a lot too, I don’t normally use it much outside the studio but whenever I do I’m reminded how good it is. It is not super fast, but it is very sharp and produces really lovely images.
I had the good fortune to work with an incredible model a few weeks back, someone who brings a whole heap of creativity to a shoot. She also brought an enormous bag of fabric and we found a forest to use it in. Here are some of the images.
All of these were shot on the X-T1, mostly with the 56 mm 1.2, but also the 23mm 1.4 and 35mm 1.4 all got a lot of use.
I don’t get to shoot male models all that much, so I was really pleased to be able to shoot with Darren. We covered a wide variety of styles and shot both studio and location. I don’t really think “oh I’m using a mirrorless camera” any more, its just a tool and I don’t notice any difference to when I was shooting with my 5d3 or D800, especially in the studio. On location I notice, as the awesome EVF gives me a much clearer picture of how the image will turn out. The only thing missing is a higher shutter speed and the ability to use high speed synch with a flash. Once I get some high quality ND filters for the 56 1.2 and 35mm 1.4 I will not even miss that so much.
Every year the primary school where my children go has a fund raising summer fair. It’s usually good fun but hard work as a parent as you’re having to keep track of the kids. So I took just the one camera and lens this year. I would normally have gone for the 35mm 1.4, but I’ve not had much practice with the 23mm so I wanted to see how it did. It’s very sharp and very fast, I was hugely impressed with it. A few photos of my kids below from our family weekend.
Went to this fantastic old house near Oxford at the weekend. Well, I say house, its quite a large house, with incredible grounds and very intricate interiors. I took the x100s with me and took a few snaps. Processed most of these in PhotoNinja, which really pulled out the details.