More of that “street” stuff.. (and a couple “model” ones.)

It gets harder as the weather changes..

Anyway just a few to share…


And I did a little model shoot (to be fair the lady – Olivia – isn’t really a model. She has terrific ink work and piercings. Alt in the truest sense of the word! This was shot in a pubs equivalent of a dungeon i.e. The music area. 


Until next time…keep shooting. 

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Choices are hard…

In life generally..of course.  But you know this is going to be photography orientated right?

I take a load of photographs whether I’m doing a model shoot or a street shoot.  Model shoots its obvious why…different poses, trying to capture “the look”, the angles, a certain feel etc. So when it comes to editing I maybe have 200 to 300 plus images to go through and I whittle it down to around 30 final edits – which I then work on to publish (publish ha ha – that for me means go on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, 500px, Viewbug and of course on my blog here!) and to send to the model to use herself.

For my street photography though its more complex.  I rarely have more than one single shot of a “scene”. I see something or someone and…”click” then its gone (that Cartier- Bresson moment thingy – although apparently he posed a lot of his stuff!!).

Like this shot….She walked across the square.. I grabbed the shot.  I could have stalked her for more..but why? I got her…and we have laws and stuff about stalking!
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No – where I am heading with this is which images do I choose from a days street shooting to share with “my public”?

What I tend to do is go through my shots from the day, hour, whatever and delete the out of focus, or just obviously shit ones, and the ones that are what I call “nothing shots” Like this…. A nothing shot – although a one about 10 secs later with the guy with the book..was a keeper!

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But then I find myself having a real dilemma about what is a good shot (notice I said good – I haven’t yet got great!)

Some stand out -straight away to me….

Like these…

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There’s that guy with the book….

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But…what about these next ones? Part of me is going “yeah they are fine”…but my other half of my brain is saying “Nahh!!”

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Or..is all this an excuse to show of my photos from a really good day around Newcastle yesterday?
Anyway..a blogs a blog right?

Oh by the way you can catch all my street stuff here
https://flic.kr/s/aHsknrUQaP

and here

https://flic.kr/s/aHsknsVoD9 (This is a little project I have called Cafe Society)

Until next time….keep shooting!

Bye for now.

John

 

Fuji 100F – first thoughts

The problem with Fuji is that they have so many cameras that play with the emotions of us hobbyist photographers.

I moved fully over to Fuji system from Nikon last year. I own a Fuji X-T2 a X-T10 and a few lenses. To be fair these two easily cover most of my current photographic needs. These are basically model/fashion photography and street/documentary work. Plus of course the usual family stuff like Birthdays, Grandkids etc and the odd music gig.

I have felt that there is a bit of an overlap with the X-T10 to the X-T2 both have interchangeble lenses, similar profiles etc.  The X-T10 was very good for street photography.  I tended to fit the Fuji “pancake” 27mm 2.8 lens and it did a great job, slipped in my pocket etc. But, I then made the mistake if watching Youtube videos from people using the 100F…BIG mistake!  Reading reviews about it BIGGER mistake!

I mean…this camera not only looks good – and if you like well designed “classic” stuff…you cant help but be in awe of the retro look and feel of this little gem. Everyone who has used/reviewed it has sang its praises

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You can find out more about it here http://www.fujifilm.com/products/digital_cameras/x/fujifilm_x100f/

Here are some examples from my first few shoots while I was learning how to use it…

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I am still getting used to the 100F but it really is ideal for street work.  The shutter is silent, it is small, light and I’m sure people don’t see it as a “real camera”.

I will share more over the coming months…and when I get round to using it on a model shoot.  One of it’s advantages is a leaf shutter meaning I can HSS (High Speed Sync) with a flashgun to up to 1/4000th second, allowing me to use flash and ambient light at lower f stops which gives more blurred backgrounds etc.

Anyway comments always welcome – and any other 100F users reading, please share your thoughts.

Until next time…keep shooting.

 

The grandkids…and other animals!

Been looking after grandkids most days these holidays. Earlier in the week we took them to Kirkley Hall 

http://www.kirkleyhallzoo.co.uk/

They have a great zoo. I took my Fuji X-T2 along with my 56mm 1.2 lens. I wasn’t really after “doing a shoot”. It was habit carrying my camera. 


But, after the animals – and the gift shop of course – we went for deserved cuppa and slushes. For once my youngest granddaughter Olivia was not the bundle of energy she normally is…so had some time to grab some portraits of her. And oldest Chloe of course. 

Chloe

Olivia 


So finally – after 7 years..she sat still!!

More Fuji Camera Street Photography

As you people who follow me know (and those who stumble across this blog) I basically do two types -mainly – of photography.  I shoot fashion/models and I also do a lot of street photography.

having posted a couple of model shoots..I thought I would balance out things by sticking my recent street stuff up.  Basically shot around Newcastle – although I did take some around York on a boozy trip! Maybe I should shoot drunk more often?

Anyway….here goes.  I could title them all  – but it takes ages…and more fun for you to use your imagination!

These will be mostly shot using my Fuji X-T10 and 27mm f2.8 lens…but some will be when I took the X-T2 out with 35mm, 16mm lenses used.

Hope you get something out of them.

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Location Shoot – Kim in a rainy Newcastle

You may have seen Kim Farrier earlier in a little BTS video I shot with Chris Harrison. She looked fabulous so I wasn’t long in arranging my own shoot with her.  This was to be in Newcastle after she finished work one evening.  It being August and summer…of course it rained all day…and all through the shoot.  Therefore improvisation was needed – no way was I passing up the chance to shoot with Kim.

I had shot before in the entrance to the Phil & Lit Society building in Newcastle, so knew it was a handy location.  The people in there are great (if approached with respect and you ask nicely). Its also worth a visit if you are in Newcastle as its a great library and building. http://www.litandphil.org.uk/

Anyway the first shots of Kim were taken there.  Fuji X-T2 and 16mm 1.4 lens.  mainly natural light but a few with a fill in flash.

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Then we left the Phil & Lit (it was still raining) so I headed for the “tunnels”….in reality underpasses near the railway station. Where once again Kim pulled off some amazing shots.

Mix of 16mm and 56 mm lenses

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Finally..(yeah still raining) we retired to the pub to wait for Kim’s train home.  But couldn’t resist taking a few more photographs.  Well…it would have been a waste!

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So as they say….sometimes you have to work with what you have.  In this case a great model….and some imagination.

Comments welcome!

Until next time…keep shooting

JJ

 

Fuji X-T2 Model Shoot (Marla) (a little NSFW)

I realise that (once again) I have fallen a bit behind in keeping all my many followers (ha ha) up to date with my photographic journey.

Marla is a great model (Marla Pandora to giver her her full title) who can be found here

http://purpleport.com/portfolio/marlapandora/

She hails from bonnie Scotland but often “tours”. She had booked into what she thought was an apartment – but turned out to be one of the many new student blocks springing up all over Newcastle.

This is where my new 16mm 1.4 Fujinon lens really came into its own.  The apartment looked massive on the advert…but a tad smaller in reality! But fortunately the light was good and it was split into two levels, so we were able to get some variety during the shoot.

Here are some of the images I took.  Marla is a great model and I highly recommend her.

A few of the images may show some boob or nipples so maybe NSFW or under 18’s.

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Images all shot on a Fuji X-T2 with 16mm 1.4 lens.  A couple of the portraits (the close ups were on my 56mm 1.2.

I used a mix of natural light wherever possoble..or an LED light. I find this less “brutal” than flash as there wasnt really room for a softbox.

Any comments welcome and please share.

Thanks for reading