Elsewhere on the web…

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Singapore I’ve been writing elsewhere on the web these days, being very lax about keeping this blog up to date. Apologies to those of you who come here hoping to find me as prolific as I am on a platform like Instagram (@charlene.winfred). All of my longer pieces these days live on the Fujilove website. So if you’re a Fuji / Charlene enthusiast (ha!), head over. June‘s piece was just published, a follow up piece from May’s, about the process of my B&W journey. Check it out here: Making Monochrome The archive to date can be found below. May: On Monochrome and Meaning April: Staying in Focus on the Visual Journey March: Away from home: Refreshing perspective Part 2 February: Closing the Distance in 2018: …

The Making of Dual Vision – Part 1

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I’d mentioned in my new year post that Flemming and I were going to be writing about our work on the Roaming Frame blog. It starts now, with a look back on our latest movie, Dual Vision. When we were asked to make a movie about our individual choices in Fujifilm’s X Series cameras – the X-T2 and the X-Pro2 respectively – we thought, “ah, this will be a cinch.” Yeah… not really. Read more about The Making of Dual Vision (Part 1) on Roaming Frame.

Have you watched Dual Vision?

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Ok, I know I mentioned it in the last post, but I really need to make a big deal out of this because it’s awesome. Well, maybe “awesome” isn’t quite the word for it. But it’s weird. And quirky. And if you haven’t watched it, you really should. Not because you’re going to love it. It may well not be your cup of tea, but you might have a laugh. And the intro is pretty cool. As is the outro. And after being in both the X-E3 promo video and this one, this is the last time I’m going to appear in front of the camera ever…. or if not ever, for many many many years to come. What’s the point of being a photographer …

Idle impressions on the Fujifilm GFX50S

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If you follow me on Facebook, you’ll have seen this already. This one’s on the blog for posterity. Day 2 with the GFX: A couple of quick impressions from walking around and doing my usual kind of shooting, in my usual manner. I will say first that I have never used any kind of medium format camera. The GFX50S is my first experience with medium format. So. Everything said here is in context of the X-Pro or X-T series cameras that I’ve been using for the past few years. If you’re an X-Pro / X-T user thinking about the GFX, you might be idly interested. Everyone else, have a chuckle (but be kind, please). 1. It didn’t take long to get comfortable using this camera. …

Fujinon XF 23mm F2, another lens with gorgeous flare

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It’s been 4 years. I’ve wanted a compact 23mm lens since I first held the X-Pro1, back in mid 2012. I’ve been around the world for the last 4 years with the XF 35mm F1.4 (53mm full frame field of view on Fujifilm X series cameras), and have been hankering after something wider – that classic 35mm f.o.v. At the end of September last year, I bounced into the Fujifilm Nordic room at Photokina, where our long suffering Product Manager Karl was doing three million things around the new medium format beast they’d just announced at the fair, that every man and his dog wanted a piece of. “Do you have a lens for me?” It was the same question I may or may not …

Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef

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Bryce Canyon National Park was the first proper post-jetlag, now-we’re-getting-sleep-and-have-balance hiking we did. We walked around for hours among the hoodoos and great towering cliffs, breathing deeply, lucky to be there at this point in time, enjoying the magnificence of the reserve. Capitol Reef National Park Another first. I hadn’t actually heard of Capitol Reef before this trip, a reserve built around a wrinkle in the earth called the Waterpocket Fold. We spent no time save a cursory drive through, on our way to the other side. I took the opportunity to make a picture or two of our rental for the month – a silver Toyota Camry, which I found myself really, really enjoying. It’s a sure sign of age when excellent fuel economy, space and comfort become distinct pleasures. My …

Finding Zion

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Utah, USA, November I was born in November, and as we did 2 years ago, Flemming and I celebrated my birthday by spending 2 weeks fully enjoying national parks – this time, all five of Utah’s. We were in the country during the election, but if you didn’t turn on the TV or read the news, there were few signs of the political contention heating the wires. Zion National Park This was my first visit to Zion. I started this post fully intending to post a big bunch of pictures, because it was so so beautiful, and such a welcome change after the garishness of Vegas. Then I discovered I don’t have many pictures to post. Right. What I remember most of Zion, is the shuttle that you have to take to get around the scenic …

Valby to Vegas

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The grey ended in spectacular fashion, during my last week in Denmark. There was glorious sunshine, and Flemming and I got back to Valby (a suburb of Copenhagen where his sister, who kindly hosts us gypsies, lives) in time to catch the trees aglow in Søndermarken. I’ve never been in Denmark so late in the year, and I was agog the entire time, still not believing that trees do this – turn a colour so incredible I have no words for what it does to my heart. I was reminded of the only other time I experienced fall colors at scale, two years ago now. Flemming and I toured the western half of the USA in late 2014, clocking up 10,000 miles on the rental car during the 3 months we were there. I blogged about …