XT-3 Swap Over Complete

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Well it’s done after a few months of just not having time to swap over my Office Vlog set up, I decided today to make the Change !  I have been using the Canon 200D with the Rode Video Micro after my Rode Videomic Pro broke( The jack plug broke inside its case and I threw it away before I realised it had a 10 year warranty ! silly me)  So was using the Video Micro for quite a while, but I now have the amazing Video Mic Pro + and its ability to turn on when you turn the camera on is a real bonus over the Video Mic Pro, I can’t even tell you how many times I forgot to turn that mic on !

 

 

So this is my new set up its the amazing Fujifilm XT-3 with battery grip in a Smallrig Cage with added smallrig accessories to hold the Video Mic Pro + and the Atomos Ninja Blade.

I am using the Ninja Blade for forward facing monitor and also it doubles up for when I want to record the Camera Screen.

I am using the 16-55mm f/2.8 Fujifilm lens as its perfect for the.  The Rig does look a bit like frankenstein’s monster but it does a great job. I now have a Pair of Fujifilm XT-3’s and the are growing on me more and more every day.

The face and eye detect is really good and one of the only reasons I stuck to the Canon system for Video was the amazing Autofocus but I really did miss the lovely Fujifilm colours. Now I have the best of both Worlds the XT-3 really does deliver on Autofocus all they have to do now is sort the screen out and make one that flips round. For now I will use my Ninja Blade lets home in the Future the XT-4 will have a decent screen.

I can strip this rig down and use this camera in the field when needed but for now it’s going to live in the office to save me time on my YouTube videos.

So looking forward to making some amazing content in 2019.

I won’t write a complete list of parts but if you want to know more please ask.

 

 

The Plot

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Last year as part of a Facebook Group Home Project I decided to shoot Jane’s Second home her Allotment Plot. This was shot over a 12 month Period in 2018 and was shot on the Fujifilm GFX50s with 32-64mm lens and it was also shot in Colour with minimal editing using Classic Chrome. I could not give this Project as much time as I would have liked but I managed to get enough images for a book and at some point in 2019 I will sit down and make the book. As soon as I started the project I realised the wider Project could have been a study of all the plot tenants and not just Jane but I barely had time to shoot jane and her plot.

I won’t bore you with any more words here are the images from The Plot.

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Let there be light

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I have always found light fascinating from the moment as a young boy doing my first art class at school to going to my first Art Gallery. I used to walk around the Galleries to see how the artists painted in the light in the scenes or on there subjects. It’s always been my fascination and as a Photographer I sometimes just can’t be bothered to even get my camera out unless the light is right. I love all types of light and it depends on what I am shooting what type of light I want. The funny thing is people think they know what type of subjects I look for out on the street but I don’t have a type of person I prefer to see how the light falls on them first. Sometimes I find the light like above and wait to see who walks through the light and how they look then after I work out where the light is and how it falls I will wait for the perfect combination right light right clothes right shadows. This can take ages at other times it all just comes together in fractions of a second.

I really do love winter light and the way the low winter light makes its way in to shop windows and doorways. It’s a lot softer and and gives a less contrast for my windows work where as the harsh midday summer sun with its harsh shadows an hard dark contrast lines give a much harsher look for my Street City work.

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I love to spend the winter months exploring how the light enters buildings. I find it interesting they way the shadows and shapes fall on people and I do love the way the light makes an image all about what you can see and not so much about what you can’t.

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Those little patches of light on a dull overcast day are just stunning…

 

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Many times you don’t need anything in the scene light and shadows as you can just let you imagination do the rest.

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Project Struggles !

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My main 2019 Project is People and Litter and so far I have not even got out with my Camera. I have a house to finish and get on the market so have been struggling for free time and this drives me nuts. But in a way it’s a good thing because it makes me think about the project more so that when I go out I will have more considered shots I hope !

I never expected it to be easy and I also want to try and Document the project on Youtube as well so and that’s a lot more difficult than I thought. It’s quite easy to sit behind your desk and make a short Vlog About your project but its its a whole new ballgame going out on the streets and trying to shoot video and stills and vlog without help.

If I was to do a Landscape project it’s not as bad you can plan your day and just keep setting your video camera up on a tripod and walking past it or stopping to do a piece to camera ! In a city by the time you set it up and walked away it might be gone !

I have given this lots of thought and even though I have quite a lot of gear My Gopro Hero 4 Silver and Black were not quite up to the Street challenge for speed of use and smooth footage and getting a GoPro Gimbal would have given me another great big piece of kit to carry about.  I also need to get some friends to help me so I need kit that is easy to use and smooth to pass to friends so I have just invested in a DJI Osmo pocket ! It’s a great bit of kit simple to use and hopefully will solve a few problems. My first impression is the video Quality is great sound as expected is not great but good enough to sync to so all good but it is really small. I hope to give it a test soon on a job and then out on the street to see how it performs.

This will be the first year I have ever tried to shoot a project and make a series of YouTube vlogs about it ! It’s a steep learning curve but hopefully I will get there. I have hopefully got the kit I need now so all I need is free time !

I think we all go through the same struggles and it makes us who we are as Jane always says its character building !

 

Youtube Video for this blog. 

 

 

 

 

 

Projects Group

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Hi Guys and welcome to 2019 Happy New Year to you all, this year I am going to spend more time blogging and more time on YouTube it’s going to be a great big learning curve and my video editing skills leave a lot to be desired but I will do my best and lear as I go.

My first new venture is Project Sunday and this is on YouTube and Flickr please feel free to subscribe to my youtube and request to join the Flickr Group some people have struggled with the Flickr group request but you request to join then send a message to admin to let you in its invite only but we can invite you if you have not messaged us.

It’s basically a series of weekly challenges and you post you images in Flickr and your links under my youtube videos it came about from my Learning to see workshops where people wanted a little more to motivate them throughout the year. Its for fun and sharing but who knows where it will end up.

Hopefully with a meet up at some point.

We are up to week 3 and if you join this week you might be in time for week 3 if not start week 4 on Saturday coming.

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Week one Shoot an Egg 
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Week 2 shoot someone in great light.
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Week 3 Self Portrait.

I was shocked at the 70 people that have signed up so far and the amount of people who take part every week, its a great little group on Flickr and I can’t wait to see what they all come up with over the next 12 months. Really impressed by the effort some of the people have put in.

Glenfinnan

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I just watched a YouTube video that reminded me about this image, this is not the best image in the world far from it but it took my over 5 years to capture it. Approx 5 years before it was shot Jane and I paddled a canoe 7 miles down Loch Shiel to a little Island near Glen Allendale where we made camp for the night, at sunset I proposed to Jane and she accepted.  It was a beautiful day just like the day in this image. Unfortunately the following day was torrential rain so after we battled our way back to Glenfinnan in a very unstable open boat I was unable to climb up the hill to get this shot and the weather was all wrong.

So I went back to the same spot for over 5 years waiting for the weather to be perfect.  On this day we were just about 6 miles away in the camper and when we opened the curtains in the morning it was warm and sunny with a little mist on the hills ! Perfect ! So we moved very quickly back to Glenfinnan and ran to the top of the hill to get the shot. The shot was made in Seconds with Jane standing next to me telling a couple looking at the view all about our adventure. This shot for me is what photography is all about. It’s about capturing moments in time that mean a lot to the Photographer more than anybody else. For me thats what makes photography really special.

 

The images below were shot on an Olympus S790sw pocket camera.

 

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2019 Street Project is Litter

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If you have been watching my YouTube Channel you will know that my 2019 Street Photography Project is Litter. I started of over thinking the project but after a quick look back over some previous work its all started to fall in to place and I am sure it will evolve in time.

I am going to use my Fujifilm X100F for the Project and back the X100F up with the Fujifilm Xpro2 and 18-55mm Kit Lens, I probably won’t carry both cameras with me at all times but I do like to have a backup camera for a project. I want to film as much of my project as possible for my YouTube channel and this will be filmed with a combination of diferent cameras over the course of the year but will be a mixture of Canon Fujifilm and DJI and possibly GOPro.

My project will focus on Litter and peoples relationship with litter, I will only give the images simple city titles so that the viewers will know what cities the images were shot in but not what the relationship is between the little and the people in the images if any !

The viewer will be left to draw their own conclusion from the litter in the scene, from how long it has been there to weather it is litter or potential litter.

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The image above for instance will just be titled Liverpool and the bag on the floor in this case was taken away by the girl in the image, but in my project you will have to draw your own conclusions.

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My project images will all have litter of one form or another in the scene and this is just to highlight the amazing amount of litter we walk past every day. I have always wanted to do a project that says something and could possibly make people think differently about our city Streets.

After walking the Streets of nearly all the UK cities I  can say that some are worse than others but over the last few years people have got a little better but the councles are getting worse at emptying bins and general street cleaning. So much so that there is now Human Excrement and waste in more and more back streets.

Don’t get me wrong people still drop litter and quite a few just don’t care and will never change. I guess I went to school when the UK had an epic litter problem back in the 60’s and were taught at school to bin it with the Keep Britain Tidy Campaign.

I have a facebook group called Bag it and Bin it the group is about Litter and Dog Poo, and I have always wanted to try and tell the story in images and so decided to give it a try for my 2019 project. I don’t expect to change the world overnight but I thought I would try and put this years project to good use.  I was recently over in Ireland and was pleasantly surprised at the lack of litter. There was a lot less litter over in Ireland and I was told its because people respect their country more.

My project will evolve and if you want to follow along then check out my YouTube Channel and don’t forget to Subscribe to get updates on new videos.

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