Well, today I am very proud to announce I have become an Official Fuji X Photographer.
Very proud indeed to be part of such a wonderful family and be associated with such an amazing photographic company!
The weather here in the UK has been apocalyptic of late but finally I have been able to get out and shoot for my book project "Nocturnis".
I am shooting at night (roughly between 10pm and 4am) so quite extreme, especially for a camera.
The Fuji's (the X Pro1 which I used for the majority of my last project, along with X100s) are perfect for such extreme conditions. This project is a bigger scale to my last "The Munchies" and even more challenging. Most cameras would struggle with such conditions. Dynamic range continues to get better and low light capability grows with technology, but right now the Fuji's (am currently using the XE2 a lot) eat this all up and attack the scene with aplomb.
I am forever astounded with the performance of these little cameras! I am sure I could use another but the size, stealthy presence and performance (especially the colour renditioning and noise to single ratio) of the XE2 is simply superb. A camera is but a tool to record our vision and the XE2 (along with it's siblings) allow me to do just that, see the scene and record it as I desire.
Fuji XE2 + 35mm f/1.4, 3200 iso, f/3.6 at 1/60
To document life unobtrusively is never easy, but the small size (and the colour, I have a black XE2 and X Pro1) helps greatly in the stealthy approach. I walk many miles each outing on this project yet the size and weight of the Fuji's never pose any problem at all. Whether in a bag or slung under my coat on a "Moneymaker" harness, I forget they are there until needed.
It has been said many times before but this X Trans sensor literally sees in the dark. Sure many images have been taken in lowlight over the years but the lack of digital noise in the resulting image with the Fuji's is awe inspiring! And this is at a shutter speed/ISO and aperture required to freeze any movement also.
Fuji XE2 + 35mm f/1.4, 3200 iso, f/2.5 at 1/60
The project continues, many images are required to tell the story and culminate in a book but with the Fuji's working with me (not against as many cameras would) it's a joy to work. The XE2 (and it's siblings the X Pro1/X100s) allow me to concentrate on my vision and capture the results and in such a calm way it's truly effortless.
Just a couple of images above to give a flavour of the project.
I always shoot RAW + jpeg and the interesting thing is that the jpegs are usually soooo good (the above images are jpeg out of camera) that the RAW images aren't used! Truly a magical camera indeed.