Last Days of Summer – Fuji X-T1 and 23 mm 1.4

I went down to the north coast of Cornwall to visit my parents this weekend.  It kind of felt like the end of summer.  The weather was lovely and we went for a fantastic walk, I took the fuji X-T1 and the 23mm 1.4, as its a lens I’ve not really spent a lot of time with.

It did a fantastic job here though, striking a good balance between wide angle for landscapes and a decent focal length for people shots.

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Family party

I was asked by my family to shoot a birthday party for my sister in law.  It was a really interesting and fun party and most of the guests had learning disabilities.  Mostly this meant they just went nuts on the dance floor, with few of the inhibitions that are normally exhibited at such events.  Was a great event to photograph, mostly I used the fuji and the 56mm 1.2, as the light was very low.  Oh and there were lots of small children running around in low light, so you’d need a dslr for that…DSCF0329 Family party DSCF0346 Family party DSCF0365 Family party DSCF0383 Family party DSCF0431 Family party DSCF0479 Family party DSCF0577 Family party DSCF0738 Family party DSCF1244 Family party

 

Rob and Laura’s wedding

Had a great time shooting Rob and Laura’s wedding.  They were a really lovely relaxed couple and wanted a documentary style shoot.  I shot this wedding with my brother, who also used an X-T1 ( I used an X-T1 and XE-2 ).  The 23mm is great for group shots, but both of us tended to use the 56mm 1.2 a lot of the time.  I did also use the 55-200 in the church where we were confined to the back of the church and not allowed up front.

*EDIT*

Ok, time for some more details..I started off using aperture priority mode for the start of the day but I found that in very dark situations like in the church and the inside of the reception venue, the shutter speed would drop to 1/60.  For me, on the 56mm 1.2, I don’t want to drop below 1/125 or I find I can start to get blurries creeping in.  So eventually I went back to my normal way of shooting which is to shoot in full manual mode, shutter speed 1/125 but with ISO set to auto ( and limit the shutter speed to 1/125 in the auto iso settings ).  For metering I use spot metering 95% of the time and focus on the persons face so that it is always correctly exposed.  I do play around with exposure compensation sometimes, but generally leave it at 0.  On the X-T1 I find the metering dial is quite easy to knock onto one of the other 3 settings.  Normally I notice this when the image is too dark and changing the exposure comp doesn’t seem to do anything..in these cases I’ve almost always knocked the metering dial off spot and onto one of the other settings.

 

 

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Sian and David’s Wedding

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.

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Fashion shoot with Artemis

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.

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Shoot with Darren

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.

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Summer Fair with the X-T1 and 23mm 1.4.

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.

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