I was asked to speak about a year ago at the South Liverpool Photographic Society, I said yes due to the fact it was not that far from my home and I had heard great things about these guys.
I went along to one of the club nights to see how things worked and was very impressed with the set up and how friendly the guys were.
I found out its one of the largest groups in the UK and that they were also very interested in having a digital and print based talk. I also managed to get a a few of the latest Fujifilm Digital Cameras to take along for the guys to try out. I think they were quite shocked that those little cameras could create such huge images ! Jane came with me and did over hear one guy say ” that’s it I am going mirrorless” always music to my ears.
I love talking to people with prints, it makes it feel more real ! Hope that makes sense !
I think we should all print our work and one of the best things about this club was the people handing there work in for judging in print form. I look back at all the great images of my past and it brings back so many memories. My mum has a massive draw of memories of her childhood and I have the same hundreds of black and white images and a few colour. I do wonder what our children will have in the future !
This was one of my last talks of 2014, I only have one workshop left so looking forward to a wind down for Christmas. I would like to thank Bert and all the guys at SLPS for making my evening a memorable one and for listening to my passionate talk on black and white.
If you are thinking about joining a club and live in Liverpool this is the one to join.
The Cambrian Photography Show, an annual event put on by Cambrian Photography Colwyn Bay North Wales was a big success all round. It was a very busy all day and the morning was like the first day of the Next Sales !
I was invited by Sarah Jones to talk about my Year of Black and White and also my use of Fuji cameras.
I was quite surprised that both my talks were sold out well before the event although Sarah managed to sneak a few more people in.
Whilst Tim is was being paid for appearing, in the time he has known Sarah, he has been so taken by Sarah’s passion for helping those in need, through The King’s Storehouse Food Bank, that he wanted to help in some way. Tim is also very keen to give back to the photography community, Sarah mentioned Lightbox the Young People’s Camera Group that Paul Sampson from Oriel Colwyn runs. This has led to Tim requesting that the price of entry be donated to both of these great organisations to help them do more and help more. I spoke to Tim after the event and he was very happy with how the whole day went and wants people to still donate if they can, and you can DONATE on this page for a while yet.
It’s no secret that I am a Fuji evangelist following my journey from Nikon to Fuji so most of the day was taken up with people wanting to know why I changed. Fuji had a great day at the show with amazing interest photographers from all fields, I know for a fact some of the other manufactures are even a little jealous of Fuji and there amazing lens road map.
The part of my talk that people most mentioned afterwards was my passion for the Fuji brand, and this was echoed in people coming out of my talk and buying the cameras, there is a growing trend of people selling their DSLR for the amazing Fuji X-T1. I said in my talk that the Fuji XPro1 is like my Nikon Fm2, I used my Nikon Fm2 for over 11 years and it became my go to work horse camera, most of the time I just used it with the 50mm lens. Well now my go to street camera in the Fuji XPro1 and the 35mm lens lives on this amazing Fuji body.
The Fuji X-T1 is stunning, before I moved to Fuji I used to shoot with the Nikon D3s and all pro glass, now I shoot with the Fuji X-T1 and the amazing lenses! I have recently not been able to take the Fuji 10-24mm lens off my X-T1 and every one that has tried my lens has gone out and bought one! To say this lens is stunning is an understatement! One of my favorite Nikon lenses was the 14-24mm but this lens was let down by the fact it could not take filters without a stand-alone system and the fact it would flair as soon as you shot it outside. The Fuji 10-24mm lens is by far the best wide Zoom I have ever used and it takes filters! It also has image stabilization! It’s as sharp as pins and is light and easy to carry around.
I am passionate about Fuji and the future lens road map is stunning, I can’t wait for the Fuji 50-140 f2.8mm Zoom and the Fuji 16-55 f2.8 Zoom if the 10-24mm is anything to go buy these will be world class stunning optics.
I am so passionate about Fuji that I started the Fujiholics social media groups where I try and spend some time when I am not out shooting or editing. Please feel free to come along and say hi, the groups are on Twiter, G+, Facebook and Instagram so keep your eyes open as we try to bring you information on Fuji events and product launches.
I would like to say that one of my main reasons to move over to Fuji is the passion of the Fuji team and the way the Fuji cameras allow me to control every function and not leave it to the camera. The cameras are stunning and have a great range of functions, but the fact I can control all the functions I need from the outside makes these cameras incredibly photographer friendly. I have slowly watched over the course as more and more Pro Photographers picking up and using the Fuji range. For me the XPro1 and the X100 were the game changers. But the X-T1 has taken this all to another level.
I would like to thank Sarah for inviting me to the show and Fuji for inspiring me to shoot every day of the week.
There are still a few places on my Liverpool Photo Walk so sign up quick before the weekend closing date.
One life, Capture it ..
I have quite a lot going on over the next few months, my social media updates might end up on the back burner, so I have tried to provide as many links as possible in this post to where I will be and what is available as well as request to help save Eliza.
I have given one of my images for free to www.SAVINGELIZA.com more info can be found from the link, but basically I am trying to save $1000 to help save Eliza and this is raised by you purchasing my image from the site here, so if you have £20 spare purchase my image and help save Eliza. Here is the direct link to my image.
I will be at the Cambrian Photography’s Photo & Optic Show 2014 on Saturday the 31st of May 2014 all day. I will be giving two short seminars in the afternoon about My Year of Black and White; these will be 1-2pm and 3-4pm you can book for these seminars here and here.
My friend Tim Wallace will also be giving up some of his valuable time and his fee to give a seminar at the Cambrian. He will be on stage at 11am to 1pm you can book here.
All proceeds from the entrance fee to Tim’s seminar will go to The King’s Storehouse Food Bank and Lightbox Young Peoples Camera Group, so book now to avoid disappointment.
I will be leading a photowalk in Liverpool Saturday the 14th of June 2014 and tickets are available here.
I also have a photowalk / workshop on Saturday the 29th June 2014 and tickets are available here. Not many places left so book now to avoid disappointment.
Hope to see as many of you that can make it at the Cambrian show is going to be a great day and I hear there is plenty of cake !