There were three of us at the cafe. Helen’s eyes were locked into Michael’s eyes, Michael’s eyes locked into my eyes, and my eyes locked into the bacon and egg roll while making sure my baby isn’t locking her eyes towards the exit. Nevertheless, the atmosphere changed when Helen took out her camera. Continue reading “Coffee Shots Fired”
I love it when the right kind of mail arrives at my doorstep. Not the usual sort from the water company, phone company or the parole board…But the kind that a man in a hi-vis vest delivers. With a smile and a tip of his hi-vis cap, he delivers the good stuff. And, added to this, I love a good old fashioned unboxing. Not that ‘unboxing’ is actually an old concept. In my day nobody felt the need to document the opening of a cardboard box like it was the Ark of the Covenant! “Marion. Don’t look at it! Shut your eyes, Marion. Don’t look at it no matter what happens!” But we do like to look, don’t we? Especially when the said box is a beautiful black box from Fujifilm Australia. Yes, my precious we do!
A few weeks ago we came across an event listed in Facebook for a new and previously unknown lantern festival including a giant lantern dragon. Myself and Rena – the more attractive half of Clan Tan – jumped at the opportunity to host a Fuji X Aus night shoot. After doing a little research, it turns out that the event was called Light Up Melbourne. It was held along Birrarung Mar which is the broad pathway between Federation Square and the North Bank of the Yarra river.
Often after New Years Day, many of us would choose and act on our goals for the year ahead. For us as a FXA community, our goal has and will always be about investing in our community and the broader photography community. Continue reading “SYD FXA + Ted’s World of Imaging MARCH COLLAB”
I’ve never been on a speed date, but last Saturday was a first for me. My hands were sweaty and I didn’t have the right words but it felt right to be in the moment. The way the lens looked into my eyes and into the eyes of everything around it was picture perfect. It was petite, beautiful and had a ring on it that went from f2.8 to f22. If you haven’t noticed already, I am talking about the latest Fujifilm 16mm 2.8.
Disclaimer: Sorry that this post has been released so late! When I nearly finished it last month, it disappeared quite suddenly and ever since then I haven’t put the time back into completing this. Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy this recount of our first collaboration with George’s Cameras!
Rain, Hail, Thunder, Lighting, Fire!!!
Well, maybe not fire but the “Agua series Stormproof ” bag by Miggo suggests that it is storm proof. I am using the AGUA-90 Stormproof Versa Backpack. It is rated IPX 3, so it is water and dust resistant.
Whenever we hold a meet up of some sort, I often get asked if we do this kind of thing often. My answer is always ‘as often as we can’. Now that is a personal and selfish response of course because the highlights of my limited social calendar are to catch up with my photography friends and do what we do best. There is usually some form of photography related activity – a workshop or a street walk. And of course, there is the social aspect of talking gear, skills, experiences and just talking life. Getting to know one another. Meeting new folk and catching up with seasoned friends. So ‘as often as I can’ is a true testament to this particular photographic group who has a core set of values around community, respect and support.
I was fortunate enough to come across a loan copy of the Laowa 9mm F2.8 ZERO-D lens with the Fujifilm X mount. Laowa also makes this available for other camera mounts. It is a crazy wide-angle lens with 113-degree field of view. If you are not careful you will include your feet in the shot. Almost. The lens is tiny – approximately the size of the Fujifilm XF35mmF2 lens and is of a very solid metal build. It also comes with a lightweight lens hood with a petal shape.
The Fuji X Aus Facebook group has some incredibly talented members that shoot in a broad range of styles and genres. One such genre has a very unique and patient group of photographers that are happy to work in the minute world of Macro! The most appealing part of macro photography to me is that we are given a really unique and rare view of plants, insects and animals that we would otherwise take for granted. Spiders are creepy and in my opinion part of an alien race! Who needs 8 eyes? But I do have to admire their beauty and form when captured in macro by someone with a knack for it. One such person is fellow Fuji X Aus community member Igor Vyvey. One other thing I love about Igor’s work is that he is not shy to take a shot (pun intended) at any photographic genre. So, let’s have a chat to Igor about what it takes to have a significant impact in a minute world.