Welcome to my blog! 

I am a fine art, portrait and wedding photographer based in Berkshire ( UK ).  I shoot with the Fuji X system mirrorless cameras.  This is my blog site and contains a lot of information for photographers, especially those interested in the Fuji system.

For wedding bookings and info this is my main website…Croshaw Photography.


You can contact me directly at mike.croshaw@googlemail.com 


Some Iceland landscape shots

*Disclaimer* I am not in any way a landscape photographer.  However, as I was over there and had a wide angle lens handy it seemed a shame to not take a few shots of such an incredible place.  Most of these were taken on the 16mm 1.4 lens on the Fuji X-T1.  _DSF4026 DSCF4582 DSCF4886 DSCF4519-1 DSCF4976 DSCF4979 DSCF5012 DSCF5553

The northern lights shots were shot on a tripod.  There were a bunch of us taking them and everyone got some nice shots, but because I had a 1.4 wide angle, which is quite unusual, I was able to keep the ISO at 200, over a 30 second exposure.  Also, the 16 1.4 is weather sealed, and in Iceland, that makes a huge difference, as there is almost always water hitting your camera!  I’ve heard some people moaning about the dynamic range of the Fuji’s but I’ve found it pretty good, not as good as a Nikon with the latest Sony sensor in it, but better than my old 5d mk 3, especially for pulling back highlights.  In conclusion, the 16mm 1.4 is an awesome landscape lens, which I also use for fashion work ( see image below ).



Iceland Fashion part 3

Apologies for the long delay before getting back to this, I’ve been incredibly busy with photography related tasks over the past two weeks.  While in Iceland we found a brief hour to do some waterfall fashion shots.  I shot these on the 90mm f2 again ( possibly my favourite lens for portrait and fashion at the moment ).  I put the camera on a tripod and went back a fair bit.  The poor models did suffer a bit as it was bitterly cold and there was a howling wind and lots of spray coming from the waterfall.  I shot multiple exposures, some to blur the fabric and the water and then some faster ones to freeze the models ( well, they were already frozen, but you get the idea ).  The other reason I used the 90mm rather than the 56mm is because the 90 is weather sealed, and there was a lot of water flying around.  The weather sealed lenses on the Fuji was essential on this trip.

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Fashion in Iceland Part 2

So in the previous post I dealt with the plane shots.   I also did some available light shots not using flash ( it wasn’t practical and I didn’t have an assistant ).

This first shot was taken on Diamond Beach, so named because of the diamond like lumps of ice that litter it.  It’s an amazing place but very cold and there are a lot of tourists.  We moved down from the main area and I shot this with the 90mm f2.  If there is good light and room to shoot this is my favourite lens.  I had to tell Natasha to face the sun and hope the light didn’t look too terrible.  We tried putting the sun behind her but I couldn’t make an exposure work without flash, which I couldn’t use at the time.


The next shot was taken on the 16mm 1.4.  We had arrived early at the glacier and the morning light was still really nice, and a very warm colour, which contrasted nicely with the blues in the background, so again I opted for available light.  I love the 16mm 1.4 for epic fashion shots and it again performed beautifully here.


That’s it for this episode of Fashion in Iceland!!  Next week I’ll post some more, with waterfalls in:)


Fashion in Iceland with the Fuji system

So I just got back from Iceland.  It was a photography trip and I shot a whole bunch of stuff, including fashion, the northern lights and some general landscapes.  What gear to take was an issue, as I had some severe weight/baggage restrictions to contend with.  In the end I took the following..

  • Fuji X-T1
  • Fuji x100s
  • 16mm 1.4
  • 90mm f2
  • 56mm 1.2
  • One Cactus speedlight and transceiver
  • Tripod

This mostly worked very well, and I was really glad to have weather sealed lenses and the weather sealed X-T1 on some days.  I was travelling with a few other photographers and their lack of weather sealed gear meant they were sitting in the car while I was out shooting.    The gear took a bit of a battering on this trip but came out fine the other end.    If I were to choose again I’d also have found a way to take the big zoom, the 50-140 2.8, there were numerous occasions where its reach and compression would have been awesome.  As it was, I managed fine and the 90mm did a great job as my long lens.

I’ll focus on the fashion shots in this article.


This was shot on the 16mm 1.4.  One of the reasons I love this lens is for epic wide angle fashion shots.  It was freezing cold on this beach, and we had a number of other people trying to shoot at the same time ( including two French guys shooting a rap music video in the cockpit! ).  We shot this just after sunrise so there was a strong backlight, I used the flash to balance out the light.  Here is a behind the scenes shot..( thanks to my assistant, Hoff, who was travelling with our group ).  I shot these at f11, as I didn’t care if the background was in focus ( the background was awesome, so why not have it in focus ), iso 200, 1/180 shutter speed.  Also, I didn’t have an appropriate ND filter to shoot any wider, but I was perfectly happy with f11 here.  The flash unit was a Cactus RF60, which I love as it is simple and reliable.


Next, I switched around to the other side and tried to get a totally different perspective.  Almost everyone shoots this plane with a wide angle, so I thought I would try the 90mm f2 ( 137mm in DSLR terms ).  I wanted to get the blue sky and mountains in the background, and I had a model available with a bright red dress which I thought would offset the muted tones of the plane nicely.  Here is the result..


When I looked at this in the camera I thought it was not that good, as the model was so small in the image.  But when I got round to actually processing it, I really grew to love this image, as its so different from anything I’ve seen at this site before.  It just shows how switching lenses and moving away from a subject can totally change things.  This was shot at f2, 1/6000s of a second on the 90mm prime.  I’m really pleased the electronic shutter in the Fuji made this so easy, otherwise I’d have needed an ND filter, as it was so bright.  I’ll post some more fashion from Iceland later in the week.


Vanessa and Roberto’s wedding – part 2

This is part two of my write up on Vanessa and Roberto’s fantastic wedding. After the group shots we went to a fantastic tapas restaurant for the reception. I’ve never seen such amazing food in such vast quantities at a reception and everyone had a great time.




The speeches were great and everyone got a bit emotional ( as it should be! ).

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And then..the dancing of course:)

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Vanessa and Roberto’s wedding

Although primarily a Berkshire and Hampshire wedding photographer I do travel!  In this case, I didn’t have to travel that far, I had met Vanessa and Roberto at a wedding last year in High Wycombe ( Rob and Laura ).  Once they had seen the album I produced for that wedding they booked me for their wedding right away.  That was quite a compliment and I wanted to make sure I did their day justice.   I hired a really good second shooter who I had worked with before, Iona Taberham.  As usual, the day started off with the bride getting ready…

Vanessa and her makeup artist.
Vanessa and her makeup artist.

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Once the bridal prep was done we raced off to the registry office to start covering the ceremony.  This is where I’m very glad I always have a second shooter, as we can cover different angles.  So I got shots like these….

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While Iona was at the back getting these ( the ones of the bride and groom coming out of the registry office I particularly love..I was trapped behind all the guests at that point so it just shows the value of a second photographer ).

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After the ceremony we popped over to the green opposite which had a lovely Church in the background and some shade from the now fierce summer sun.  Time for the group shots!  We kept them brief and then got some lovely shots of the newly married couple.

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Now it was off to the reception, a classy Tapas restaurant.  This was the largest amount of food, and some of the nicest, I’ve ever seen at a wedding.  Everyone thought the starter was the main course, there was so much to it.  I’ll post a few more images from the reception next week when I have some more time.


Jodie and Allan’s Wedding

There is a St Denys in Pangbourne, Berkshire, and a St Denys in Southampton, Hampshire.  I knew this, but my friend Paddy, who I was shooting this wedding with, did not.  He offered to go and check the church out the day before the wedding.  He reported back that is was pretty large, with plenty of space for us to work in.  So I was a bit surprised when I showed up early at the church in Pangbourne to find that it was beautiful, but very small indeed.  It turns out Paddy had visited the wrong church, which is 90 minutes drive away.  Luckily he turned up at the correct church on the day.  Here are some shots from the day.

Berkshire wedding by Croshaw Photography
Berkshire wedding by Croshaw Photography
Berkshire wedding by Croshaw Photography
Berkshire wedding by Croshaw Photography
Berkshire wedding by Croshaw Photography
Berkshire wedding by Croshaw Photography


Berkshire wedding by Croshaw Photography
Berkshire wedding by Croshaw Photography

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Maternity Shoot

I did a really fun maternity shoot last week at Stowe House.  Stowe is a National Trust property ( we had permission to shoot in the grounds ).  It’s an amazing place with some beautiful scenery, half the property is also a private school and I was shooting the wife of a member of staff, the lovely Jo.  I’ve known Jo for a while through our photography circles but had never photographed her.  We had a few issues with actually meeting up due to neither of us getting any type of phone signal and I nearly abandoned the shoot thinking she must have gone into labour.  Luckily we did manage to meet up and get some shots in the morning light.  I’ve got a few edits still to go but here are three for now.  Note for the photographers, I used 3 different portrait lenses on this shoot on the Fuji X-T1, the 56mm, the 90mm and the 50-140mm 2.8..I needed the zoom to get the bridge shots.    I was really aiming to keep these fresh and natural, and I know Jo really loves the way they’ve turned out.DSCF3273 DSCF3292 DSCF3277


Fuji 90mm f2 review

I’ve had this lens for around a month now and used it in a variety of situations. Its the equivalent of 137mm on a full frame camera, so pretty close to the classic 135mm f2 that many portrait photographers love on the Canon and Nikon systems. I already have two portrait lenses, the 50-140mm f2.8 and the 56mm 1.2. Both are stellar lenses, tack sharp and a joy to use, so where does this new lens fit in?

First off, its weather sealed, which is a pretty big deal in the UK, where rain is an occupational hazard.
Secondly, there is the compression..135mm is a very flattering focal length for portraits and it gives a noticeably different look to the 56mm, which is the equivalent of an 85mm. Note I said different, not better. But different is good.
Third..its much lighter than the 50-140, although obviously a bit heavier than the 56. I’ll do a better comparison of these three lenses at the end of the article.

Here are a few images to break up the wall of text and give you an idea of the image quality..First, a location shot from a fashion shoot I did recently.


This lens is tack sharp, right up there with the 50-140 and 56 1.2. Some say its sharper, I would say its hard to tell, as with most fuji lenses, I find myself not sharpening the image at all in post production, something that I would never say about my DSLR images back when I shot with Nikon and Canon.

As others have also commented, this thing deals with backgrounds simply beautifully. I’m not a bokeh snob, and personally I have little problem with the bokeh from the 50-140, and the 56 1.2 produces the best bokeh of any Fuji lens in my opinion..until now. This lens is just slightly better than the 56, enough to notice and give images just that little edge that makes it worth while. Here is a straight out of camera jpeg from a recent shoot. I would normally apply some editing if I was going to use this, but it was basically a test shot.


So..weather sealing, lovely compression, amazing sharpness, best bokeh of any fuji lens so far..what are the downsides? It is a quite a long focal length to use without image stabilisation. You will need to keep the shutter speed high to avoid image blur from camera shake. Therefore I don’t see this as a low light lens ( if you are going to use it inside a church for example I would use a monopod ). I understand why they left it out, and its fine, for low light work I’d choose one of the other 2 portrait lenses, the zoom has great IS and the 56 is a low light monster that is quite easy to handhold at much lower shutter speeds than this 90mm. So basically, if you have plenty of space to shoot and decent light, this is the premium portrait lens in the Fuji lineup, but its not for everyone and not for every situation.

Here are a couple more shots before the summary ( edited a teeny bit but nothing major ).



Here is my summary of the three lenses…

90mm f2 – best for bokeh, best lens when plenty of space and light, especially for headshots
56mm f1.2 – best for low light, or when a fuller length shot is needed, not quite as fast or sharp as the 90mm but still plenty sharp and fast enough for most people. More flexible focal length
50-140mm f2.8 – best for flexibiity and speed ( sports, fast parts of weddings ) and an AMAZING studio lens for people who like 70-200 focal length. In the studio this thing never leaves my camera. Also good for low light IF you can drop the shutter speed ( i.e. not lots of movement ) due to insanely good IS.

So..will I keep this lens? Hell yes, its awesome! There is something I can’t quite put into words about the image quality of this thing. Zack Arias said there were 3 lenses he’d used that had a “magic” quality about them ( in his case the 35mm 1.4 was one I agree on that ). I would say this makes my “magic lens” list. I wasn’t sure how much use I’d get out of it, but the fact is, I use it whenever I can and I only use the others when I need to ( even though they are both amazing lenses ). Once again, Fuji has delivered an incredible lens and that is what makes this system. The cameras will keep improving, the lenses are already best in class.

Here are a few more images from this lens, straight from camera…

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