I don’t do ‘street’

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We  had a fabulous day planned; pop over to Ruth and Dan’s for a winter Barbie along with The Millers, then head off the Aldeburgh for Xmas lights, fireworks and associated festivities………….drink anyone?

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I decided that I would take the XPro and try do things a little ‘street’ style.

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Hmm. Lots of half heads, wonky eyelids and sticky out tongues caught in the mix.

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Not to mention the amount of times I would frame a discreet shot and some numpty would step into the frame or the intended subject would just bugger off out of the frame (…………or cry).

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Who the heck does this for a living??

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Not me!

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Oh, and I WON’T mention the focussing speed of my beloved Fuji, it’s been noted and filed (ignored) for future reference.

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I did (surprisingly) get a number of shots I call keepers.

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And…..most importantly we had a great day with our good friends.

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What more can I say?

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The Friday Night Takeaway

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Casey, the usually unwilling ‘subject’ of a lot of my photos, suddenly announced earlier this evening that she wanted to do a portrait ‘shoot’.

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She had decided that the floor lamp in her bedroom would be a great flash substitute as it has two moveable heads.

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This, of course, turned out to be more of a hindrance than anything as there were shadows everywhere.

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Add that to the odd partial colour image, coupl’a missing limbs or ears and the occasional OOF or generally shite image and we have….

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…..Casey and yours truly, having a ball, and everyone from here to London that may be looking for a photographer sighing in relief that I am not listed in the Yellow Pages under ‘Photographic Services’ !!

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(NB: Entirely cut and pasted from MCN & Thanks to Nianys for the helpful edit)


Odds & Sods


The Odds being the composition and/or editing etc

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The Sods, you guessed it……….

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So, summer has passed on, winter is undeniably current.

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Looking back over my images from the last few months I note that there are a few from almost every brand (excluding Canon) that I am fond of.

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Nothing amazing, just reminders.

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Some cameras fonder still (OMD and D800)

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Although now my mind is at peace with the Fuji Xpro.

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I haven’t solved the ‘trippin’ out’ zoom or second body option yet…

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But a girl has to have something to look forward to!!


X-Pro Y’Kno

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Actually, there isn’t much going on here. The weather is cold and rather dull, and there isn’t much to do in Deadville on the best of days, so we stuck our boots on and took the dogs for a walk.

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We didn’t go far (who would with three small kids and two dogs, on foot?). Just to the local community centre playing field. There isn’t a lot to play with, but its good enough for today.

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I’m not very Pro, even with a Fuji X, but its fun to test a camera in any situation. This one in particular, because being a ‘retro’ model a lot of the controls are physical; dials for exp comp and shutter speed etc. I’m sure these parameters can be modified or set through the camera menus, it is a digital camera after all, but that’ll take some learnin’.

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I read somewhere that it can take a thousand shots to become ofey with a different camera. So I will check back next week when that number’s up 😉

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So far I know that the IQ is very good, the files have a velvety appeal that im not used to, being more accustomed to the crisp, contrasty files of the Sony NEX and m43 models. For once I have to increase clarity in Lightroom, rather than decrease it.

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I’m not sure why I settled on the Fuji XPro 1 over all the other cameras I have tried. It just seems simple. The size is in-between DSLR and other MILC’s (thanks Claire for this description), the AF is vastly improved over a previous Fuji X model I tried, faster I think than the Sony NEX by now.

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The lenses are very good quality and there is a slightly better lineup (for my uses) than Sony, although still lagging behind M43.

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And, the support Fuji give their older models is second to none. Firmware updates are rolled out for all cameras in the series, so whilst the XPro is the oldest kid in school, it still gets the same improvements as the youngsters. Ok, so newer models WILL have newer features that aren’t implemented here, but you can’t have it all.

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Well, not all at once.


Digital Analogue Days

Ok. Strictly speaking one cannot be t’other as well. But it’s popular these days to dress one up as the other.

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 But my Nik software recently added ‘Analogue Pro’ filters to the Nik Collection I bought a while bag.

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Woohoo, more editing fun.

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Fun for me that is.


Rinse And Repeat

So, I will repeat myself again, just in case you missed it the first (second and third) time.


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Ok, we have discussed many times the importance of camera output, of Image Quality (IQ). Occasionally we may have quietly suggested that other factors are important too – lens lineup, body style and button placement, AF speed and, of course, cost.

So I will ask now, quite loudly, is image quality the most important thing?


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For me – it appears not. I have standards when it comes to ISO performance, dynamic range and colour depth, but having tried some excellent cameras (D800 im looking at you) I can safely say that a number of things rate just as highly.

The ability to get the shot, AF speed, flippy screen, good control layout, camera size and lens lineup probably feature above outright IQ, although I wouldn’t ditch MILC or DSPR for a point and shoot or superzoom because these features were aplenty.


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Sony NEX, Panny G6, Nikon D800 (My favourite 3) and other cameras in these formats work for me, but, ultimately, it’s about what the individual wants to work WITH.

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TomAto, Tomarto.

However you say it, it means the same thing.

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Same with a camera. Nikon, Sony, Pentax, Oly, Panny and others. All do the same thing (In my hands at least!)

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Ok, Nuances apart.

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But I ain’t splitting hairs.


(All SOOC JPeg’s)