That time of year……new

I have not posted in a very very long time. The reasons are many but two reasons stand out. Firstly I was made redundant from the day job, yikes! so I needed to focus on finding new employment with the day job skills I have to offer. Thankfully I am now back in work and it’s going well. Learning curve is steep again as you would expect when starting a new job but all is good. Secondly we have not been able to get away in the camper so my desire to pick up the camera has been low.

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Putting all this behind and starting to think about my photography again I begin to realise I am coming to the end of my 1camera1lens project with my Fujifilm XE1 and 35mm lens. So what did this journey teach me. Continue reading That time of year……new

Fuji X-E1vs X100 vs strobe stuff

Ok another geeky test. Note. I have more to post on a weekend away in the glorious English countryside but I want to get this out of the way first.
This is just some messing about with both the Fuji X100 and the Fuji XE1 and looking at strobe lighting with both cameras. My set up is, soft brolly, CTR 301 wireless triggers a light stand, Nikon Sb26, I am not going to go into all the deep lighting stuff like flash sync times, shutters, trigger speeds flash duration, GN numbers because frankly I’m not into maths. I just think about what is going on and to me then it falls into place. Basically open a shutter with a Lens with a hole let in some light onto something that is light sensitive (sensor). So varying those parameters give you different results but all it takes is to look at the image and decide its too light or too dark, do I like the light I have created or not. Then make some adjustments to one some or all of those parameters and repeat. With some experience you can get what you want in 5-10 frames and 20min. This first image is with the Fuji X100. Note the setting ISO400,f/2,1/640,23mm

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So now lets look at the XE1 shot

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But…The Fuji X100 can do what the Fuji X-E1 can’t.

Having knocked the Fuji X100 in the recent comparison resulting in what camera I would take to the city for street shooting the X100 fell into second place. Feeling sorry for it I decided to do something about it. So initially you might start to think well ‘why do I need this camera’. So I set myself another little challenge that would show and demonstrate its continued value in my kit. So here is the challenge.

Set up a drinks bottle shoot into the sun and sync a flash at higher sync speed than any other high end camera I could afford. Oh and all under 30mins start to finished post processed shot. This is the chosen finished shot. Ok not perfect but you get the idea its the leaf shutter and its so cool.

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Ok so it’s not a brilliant shot, it could have done with a second speed light to fill in some of the shadows and extra water and a defects clean up, but hey not bad for the time I set myself. So what’s so special that makes me keep the Fuji X100.

Continue reading But…The Fuji X100 can do what the Fuji X-E1 can’t.