To all the Fujis I’ve loved before: X-Pro 1, X-T1, X-T10, X-E2

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I’ve owned three Fuji X-series cameras since I made the switch from a DSLR kit three years ago, and have enjoyed them all. Going mirrorless has been a good move for someone who has to drag all her stuff around with her everywhere she goes. Using Fuji has meant owning a tough, lightweight kit that delivers pro quality images. X-Pro 1 I bought the X-Pro 1 with the XF 35mm f1.4 lens in June 2012, and this is the camera that’s been on the most adventures and withstood the most abuse of them all. Read about it here. The X-Pro 1 was the first Fuji X-series camera I ever used, and I still love how simple it is: One dial for shutter speed, another for exposure value, a function button for ISO, and …


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Artist Dries Verhoeven has a project called Ceci N’est Pas…  being shown in Copenhagen at the moment (if you read Danish, read the article on Politiken). That day’s installation involved a woman in the nude sitting in that glass box, wearing a mannequin’s face (literally). A provoking commentary on our increasing fixation with youthfulness in an ageing society.

What The Banksia Said

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I took the picture above on a warm evening in March, getting to know a new camera while out walking. I was frustrated. Flemming and I arrived in Perth at the start of February, and stagnation set in immediately – office work (which I came back for), website work, creative work. Nothing I had done since, had provoked any movement. Frustration mounted. The light was beautiful, but blindsided by the over-familiarity of West Aussie suburbia, I could not see. Long, low slung roofs, capping walls which protected people from the big bad world outside, regulation footpaths and intermittent vehicles zooming by, all brought back the less-than-joyous associations I have of this landscape. Street lights drew dark bars on the ground in the setting sun. Deciding against further yelling in a vacuum, I padded to the bushland reserve across the road. There, in stately repose upon its …

A Fujifilm Video Rig

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I have a new setup for shooting video. Several months ago, I filmed the XF 16-55 F2.8 promo video with a borrowed XT-1 and 23mm lens, a stabilizer cobbled together from Flemming’s Gorillapod and 3 kilos of lead sinkers, and no lighting of any kind. It looked like this: It’s a big departure from the picture at the top of the post. More on the whole experience here. Fast forward 4 months and I’m properly equipped with a quality, lightweight video rig, courtesy my sponsors (yep, I’m officially sponsored!). The line up: Fujifilm X-T1 Fujinon XF18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens (fabulous stabilization!) Fujifilm MIC-ST1 microphone (not pictured) Cineroid L10C-VC Swedish Chameleon SC4:Small Shoulder Support) With much gratitude to my sponsors: Fujifilm Nordic for the XT-1 camera body, 18-135mm lens and MIC-ST1 microphone Goecker Denmark for the Cineroid …


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“I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.” ― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Someone is always missing. This small world made big by time, circumstance, naïveté, need. In the magnificent immediacy of this great, divisive, digital web: succinct words, delivered in imagined staccato, are vivdly flavoured. Salt and rust, tears and the iron of the blood we share.

The making of the Fujinon XF 16-55 video: A $4.20 product shoot with the X-T1

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One of the pleasures of shooting the Fujinon XF 16-55 video, was figuring out how to showcase the product on its own. I mentioned in the X-T1 filming review, that I’d wanted to transpose a car commercial style onto the product showcase itself, so this was what I worked on. These are the original clips used in the movie, slightly sped up: What did I use to these film product clips of the XF 16-55mm? A few very simple, and cheap things: 1 x A2-sized black sheet for a surface & backdrop (SGD $1.40) 1 x stack of books as a camera stand (SGD $0 if you happen to visit the library regularly) to create my “set” in my old bedroom in Singapore:   For the all important lighting to sweep the lens with: 1 x cheap torchlight (SGD $2.00), …

Shooting the XF16-55mm F2.8 promo movie: the Fuji X-T1 (with pre-release Ver 3 firmware) filming experience

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Have you watched the new Fujinon XF 16-55mm f2.8 promotional movie? No? What are you waiting for? I love the delicious hedonism of car commercials, slivers of light slipping over sinuous metal curves, evoking speed, performance, beauty, divine luxury. I’ve always wondered what it’d be like to shoot a car commercial for a company like BMW, or Subaru. When Flemming and I pitched the Fuji XF16-55 project to Fujifilm Japan, which included a video component, I had only one thing on my mind: A car is a shiny metal object with curves. A lens is a shiny metal object with curves. The X-T1’s version 3 firmware included manual video control. Give its to us, the preciousssssssssss! At the start of December, Fujifilm Japan sent a big box to my Mum’s place in …