Of another of my friends Model shoot.
We were walking around Newcastle when we bumped into the lovely Victoria Rose. So a quick photo shoot was done!
I did a quick BTS video on my X-T2 (apologies for the music – but I limited by YouTube copyright rules as to what I can use!)
Photographer is Chris Harrison
Chris Harrison – instagram
Behind The Scenes Video
Take care all
That I took the plunge and traded in all my Nikon gear (D800 and lenses) for my Fuji X-T2. I already had the X-T10 as my back up camera with a couple of lenses then anyway. I really liked that beaut of a camera (now replaced by the X-T100 I think) and it was the useability of that along with its lightness (and of course fabulous image quality) that led me to do more street photography, which while possible isn’t as much fun with a hefty DSLR.
As the title says it was Oct 2016 when I took the full swap plunge. I can honestly, hand on heart, say I don’t miss my Nikon at all.
The X-T2 did just as good a job on not model shoots and I loved the images it produced.
Now that I am 90% Street/Urban/Documentary Photography the Fuji’s really come into their own and constantly amaze me. (The X-T10 was sold to find the X100F)
I think the way Fuji constantly updates its Firmware to add features and improvements to nearly all its range – even older out of production models – is to their credit. For example my X-T2 now has slow motion 4K video which I tried out on my Granddaughter – but I can’t wait to do more of! Check it out..
Slow Mo Trial
Anyway thanks Fuji. (Just saving up for the 80mm f2.8 next!)
Here are some pics of my granddaughters dog Tasha. Natural light high ISO and an aperture of about 1.8 on the 35mm l.4
Keep shooting people!
I must admit I was really nervous about this exhibition. I’ve recently become part of a small collective (5 of us) of street photographers from the Newcastle Area. One of our number arranged for us to put on a small exhibition as part of The Late Shows event in Newcastle over the weekend of 18-20th May. Our venue was a volunteer run cinema called The Star and Shadow Cinema, which has re-opened after a venue move and rebuilding.
All my time as a photographer I have never had my images on display outside of social media. So it was very nerve racking having 7 of my images printed and framed then put on show next to 21 others. The pictures were actually on display in the passageway leading into the venue so nearly everyone went past them at some point.
What I really enjoyed was the large number of people who stopped and looked for some time at each image, making comments to their friends. Then when some actually talked to us photographers asking questions and making observations on our photography style etc. To me that is what stood out. Nowadays it’s all about likes and 1 sec glances at images on Facebook, Instagram et al. Which is the current and future way images are generally viewed (I do understand and accept that). But the visceral feeling of your photograph on a wall being looked at by strangers…one of the most humbling and pleasant things on my photographic journey.
Hopefully this will be the first of many such events. But if it’s the last..I will cherish it forever.
These are the various links to the NE1 Street Collective and the individual Instagram links.
NE1 Street Collective
As every day goes by I think “need to post some stuff on my WordPress account, it’s been ages…”.
Not much words..(I type this while looking out of window every 5 minutes wondering where the lens I ordered is! I rarely buy from strangers online, but this was a good deal and I did as much checking as I could. Seller says been picked up and on it’s way. But, the delivery tracking reference doesn’t work….and….I’m the nervous type!!)
I am still just doing “street” photography at the moment. I did photograph a model last week but it was an off the cuff thing really as we met for a coffee on her birthday and she asked if I would take some pics of her. I only had my Fuji X100f with me. There was a park opposite the cafe and the sun was shining so –
My good friend Chris and I had a couple of trips out to Scarborough and Hexham with mixed results from the latter.
Otherwise mainly been around Newcastle.
I am excited about two items of “news”
I have become a member of a recently formed Street Photography Collective called NE1 Street Collective
NE1 Street Collective
We are 5 like minded Newcastle based photographers who have been working together for a few months now. We have an exhibition of our work this weekend in Newcastle as part of the Cities Late Shows programme.
Late show details
And I have pulled a small book together of my recent Street images. Mainly for my benefit but it is technically for sale here
But you can preview it without buying it! I would be interested hearing what you think.
That’s it for now. I will leave you with a few recent images.
Until next time…keep shooting!
As a street photographer I’m always looking for that “decisive moment” as captured by the legends of photography notably Henri Cartier-Bresson who, I believe, coined the phrase.
Now I have had a few images where my shutter has clicked at the perfect moment where a subject has done something (laugh, cry, sneeze whatever) or stepped out at the exact point where they interact with a street sign or poster. But often (mainly 😂) they are by accident.
But when you do get “that” shot…it gives you a warm feeling inside..and you do that inner “YESSS! thing with appropriate arm movement!
This week I was lucky enough to have a few of those moments.
It’s what makes us “street shooters” keep hanging around street corners camera in hand.