Welcome one and all to a new year of blogs and content on the Fuji X Aus site made especially for the Fuji X Aus community. 2019! When I was a kid, 2019 was the far distant future where we all had flying cars and jetpacks. Whilst no jetpack, not to worry, as we have access to the best camera system currently on the planet. To kick things off, we have a guest blogger today in Stephen Vincent-Grace. Stephen is a travel photographer and blogger of his own amazing site and today he shares with us some of his journey and experience with Fujifilm X Series. Stephen, the floor is all yours…
Like many of you, I have some photographers that I follow on various social media channels. I follow some because they have a really unique style or approach to a genre of photography. Others I follow because they photograph parts of the world that interest me or places I too have been and photographed. Some have a strict formula for how they present their images on one specific media channel. I have lots of photographic heroes to say the least. One of those heroes is Tongue Bui. He is a member of the Fuji X Aus community but is now Toronto based. If you have not heard of the name, then you will certainly have recognised his signature style of highly dynamic and colourful portraiture images.
Glamourous Camping or Glamping as it’s known as has always been something I wanted to experience for a long time, fortunately, that opportunity presented itself through the Fuji X Aus community. Big thanks and shout out to Ian Tan for organising and putting it together, Dale Rogers from Photo Rangers for being our tour guide, Randall from The Sheltered Glamping Co for the amazing experience, Leigh Diprose from Fujifilm Australia for the loan GFX50s + assortment of lenses (and the awesome Fujifilm X Coffee Mugs) and finally to all those who attended the event. In short, it was an experience I would never forget and something that I want to share with the community.
Usually when I enter a scene to photograph, first thing I do is to just walk around the place to identify the vantage points. This stage is crucial in any image making process. In contrast to many other photography genres, Travel, documentary or street photography does not have the luxury of planning ahead of the shooting day as most of the scenes are mostly candids. It can be helpful in Landscape photography where fixing a point of interest/view will avoid unnecessary disappointments of missing out an amazing sunset or anything of interest. However, if you enter a human world confined to a small space then what you often end up with is the countless randomly occurring moments. While you look at one direction there could be a beautiful moment just passed behind you without ever being recognized. During the last few years this kind of scenario has happened to me few times, mainly during large gatherings and one of the important such occasion was during my recent visit to Vietnam. It was in fact special for me as one of the photo got shortlisted for the final round at the prestigious Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY 2017). Well it was not a winner, but being a finalist in TPOTY, little bit of bragging there.
Welcome to another instalment in my ongoing, and quite possibly lifelong, series about how I deal with my withdrawals from Japan. As in actually being in Japan, absorbing and experiencing its absurdly amazing culture. In past entries I have spoken about how I have used my photography and in particular printed images to help inspire, […]
Well now I have gone and done it! One minute I am in self imposed exile feeling like I will never take a photo again let alone travel, and the next I am dreaming of Kyoto. I last visited Kyoto in 2016 when I travelled between Osaka, Kyoto and Hiroshima. It was an amazing trip […]