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A blog of Photography experiences

At an Exhibition

Even though we have seen the photos by Don McCullin before it is an amazing experience to see them as the photographer would have wanted. All the prints shown at this exhibition were hand printed by Don McCullin.

What I found amazing were the viewers that not only studied the images extremely closely ‘trying to see the grain’ but those that took photos of the photos I wonder why, a weird practice in my opinion.

But nevertheless an amazing exhibition of work by this extraordinary photographer!


Is it Art?

What’s the point? Is it Art? You tell me.


The only thing I’d say – “it is original”!

Day out in a Morgan #car #classic #morgan #sportscars

That’s Kent right there! #landscape #kent #green #fields

Buying nearly new!

Just the other day I was considering what camera to take on my New York trip in May. I didn’t want to take a load of gear just a small camera with two lenses. I have the lenses the Fujifim xf27mm ‘pancake’ and the superb xf18-55mm. For the camera I wanted something a little lighter than my xPro1 (and my X-E1 as you probably know is dedicated to IR and mono imaging)… So I went look about. I wasn’t going to spend a load of money on a new camera setting a budget of £120 to see what I could get.

It didn’t take me long! My first stop as always for used camera gear is Ffordes. In the right price bracket with Ffordes at £119.00 was the Fujifilm X-M1. I checked other sources out but none even came close that met my requirement and at a reasonable price. This camera has been out a while but I looking around for reviews on several sites and Youtube I came to the conclusion that the XM1 was what I was looking for. Small, light, an interchangeable lens camera and easy to handle – A quick call to the support desk at Ffordes to confirm the model and condition and I placed the order. The camera arrived two days later. it is exactly what I was looking for and no contrary to some reviews (especially the appalling DigitalRev) I found the overall layout of the nobs wheels and buttons are easy to function (and I have quite big hands).

So to the results… On a recent trip out down to Charing in Kent. Using the XM1 with the xf27mm pancake, I’m really pleased with the results. None of the images bellow have been edited these are ‘SOOC’! The XM1 handles light and shadow detail extremely well and operates superbly in dimly lit church interiors. Focuses quick and sharp, (FYI camera settings were; Aperture priority @ f8, ISO set to auto(200-3200), and EV -1 1/3… I have only one negative comment to make and that is the wi-fi link to the remote app on my iPhone! Doh! Its a little slow to say the least… (I hope the new upgrade of the Fujifilm App due out in March 2019 will improve the overall functions of file transfer)… But that said it’s not an important function for me I don’t need the immediacy to transfer images ‘on-the-go’ to my instagram account.

The XM1 fits the bill.

All set for New York now with this camera and just the two lenses (xf27mm and the xf18-55mm)


You don’t always have to buy the latest and greatest, there are some great used options out there!

Out On the streets!

Remaining observant taking photo in the streets.

The long walk home.
That passing bus interfering with the lights!
Those red shoes catch the eye always!
Taking a ‘vapor’ break.
Commenting on the theatre

This Hastings Wonder!

Hastings once a thriving fishing port on the Kent coast, now looking to reinvent itself. An architects dream of a pier open to the public, quaint back streets and an intriguing photographers delight of beached fishing trawlers.



Camera sales to hit ‘rock bottom’ in 2019!

I’ve been shooting with Fujifilm cameras for the last 5 years… I still use a Fujifilm Xe1 (converted to IR with a 720nm Filter) and an X-pro1. I have only three lenses a 27mm, a 35mm(1.4) and the superb 18-55mm(2.8-3.5). I’ve never had a problem with the cameras… I don’t find them slow to focus… The quality of the images is second to none. They’re easy to use, with no confusing menu’s… Simply put they are for me ‘my go to’ cameras.

I sometimes make a change and go out with my film camera.. Either my Nikon EM, FM FE for 35mm shooting or with my Yashica for medium format. But I still prefer to go out with the Fuji’s.

All this taking into consideration I notice today that the camera manufacturing marketeers are getting ‘very’ concerned at the down turn in new sales. Some are suggesting that there is a further way to go before it bottoms out. Im frankly not surprised!

Could it be that Nikon, Canon, Fujifilm, Sony and Olympus have taken their digital camera technology to the maximum? Could it be that they have over-cooked their market with so many quick releases / iterations for camera bodies?

I’m of the opinion that they are guilty of all of the above. Given that I see no real reason for ‘me’ to upgrade (and yes I have tried the latest and greatest)! I can understand ‘maybe’ a professional making the upgrades but for the serious amateur there is no point at all… In fact I think it’s just a plain waste of money. Many of you out there are getting duped!

I’ll go as far to say that many camera manufacturers have been guilty of looking over their shoulders too many times to see what others are producing and showing concerns that they will lose market share – maybe they should of considered to create cameras that can accept regular updates and charge for that service (in a small fashion), that might of been more intuitive. But to bring out the new latest and greatest iteration/camera every, what, 6 months, proves to me they’ve over saturated their market and have shot themselves in the foot – so to speak.

Its surprising how many people ask what camera you use when they see your great photos! It’s not the camera! It’s in the eye of the beholder! Let’s be honest…

Learn your camera and experiment… Thats the answer.

Read the camera manual several times! You’ll be amazed at what your old’n can do!

What’s more if you can improve your basic editing skills in LR or Photoshop and experiment more with those, your images will improve immensely!

A new camera to improve your photography? No you don’t need one!

As for the camera manufacturers, should they be worried? In my opinion yes they should… I think they’ve over done it almost to the point of killing themselves!


Things things you find…

Things you find in the back streets – Artists are everywhere!

Test post to linkedin


#graffiti #art

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