FLYING HIGH WITH THE FUJIFILM X SERIES – MATI BEETSON ON AERIAL​ PHOTOGRAPHY

No doubt you have seen examples of aerial photography. And we are not talking about drone footage here. We are talking about photographers getting up amongst the clouds and taking some seriously amazing shots of landscape and nature. Be it a shark in deep waters or a national landmark from several thousand feet, it is a genre that many of us will never get to indulge in. But, we are so fortunate to have members in our community to get sky high with this style of photography both for fun and for work. And here they share those experiences with us. For part two of this mini-blog-series, we talk to Mati Beetson. Mati has previously shared with us some amazing images from his travels. He also has the ability to photograph sharks much safer than actually getting in the water! And it should be noted, that Mati just very recently won the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2019 with his photograph Fin Whale’s Demise. You will see it in the blog below. That and a couple of other award-winning images.

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Fuji X Aus Perth Lighting Workshop with Dan Avila & Camera Electronics

Last week FXA Perth photographers had the opportunity to attend a lighting workshop hosted at Camera Electronics featuring professional photographer Dan Avila. For those of you who don’t know who Dan Avila is, let me give you a brief summary. He is a Fujifilm GFX shooter based in Perth, Western Australia. He is photojournalist, writer and travel photographer. Dan shoots all around the world and works with a wide range of clients. Lighting is just one of his many expertise as a photographer.

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Fujifilm XF50mmF2 V Fujifilm XF56mmF1.2

When Fujifilm Australia offered me a loan XF56mmF1.2 lens, I jumped at the opportunity to have another try of this much-acclaimed piece of kit. I say another try as I have owned this lens in the past. Actually, I have owned almost all of the Fujifilm XF primes and most of the zooms at some point. But as many of you will know, I have recently trimmed my kit way down. To focus more on the art and skill of the shot, rather than rummaging in my bag looking for the perfect lens. I shoot with what I have and personally, I think it has made me a better photographer.

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Flying High With the Fujifilm X Series – Chris Magnay on Aerial​ Photography

No doubt you have seen examples of aerial photography. And we are not talking about drone footage here. We are talking about photographers getting up amongst the clouds and taking some seriously amazing shots of landscape and nature. Be it a shark in deep waters or a national landmark from several thousand feet, it is a genre that many of us will never get to indulge in. But, we are so fortunate to have members in our community to get sky high with this style of photography both for fun and for work. And here they share those experiences with us. Let’s kick off this mini-blog-series with Chris Magnay. Chris has been a long-time member of our community and has shared with us some amazing images of the Australian outback. And when it comes to the outback, not many could compare to just how far out Chris is!

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Bits and Pieces – Peak Design Capture Camera Clip V3 – Robin Mascall

All too often, when reviewing gear, or even buying new gear, we focus on the big items. The cameras. The lenses. The tripods. But there is a massive industry of photographic accessories out there for us to consume. Some, are amazing. Some, are trash. And having been a member of this community since the beginning, I see lots of people asking questions about what are the good bits and pieces that make the photographic experience easier. Fortunately, we have members such as Robin Mascall who find the devil in the detail and love their photographic gear at all levels. So let’s hear a little about Robin’s photography journey and his first review on the bits and pieces. G

I originally started photography back in the mid-1990s and learned how to develop film in the school’s darkroom. Fast forward to 2010 and I picked up my first DSLR, a Canon 1000D. I’ve shot with Canon, Nikon and Panasonic, with varying results. My change to Fujifilm happened after I had two, second-hand Nikon D7100’s die in 12 months. I sold the gear off and made the move to mirrorless, with an XT20, the 18-55mm, 55-200mm and the 27mm pancake. I was so impressed with the quality of the images and the camera system itself, that I sold it…. and picked up an XT3.

Recently I attended the Photo Live expo, that was run by Camera Electronic here in Perth. During the photo walk, the camera I had borrowed, a Fujifilm GFX50s, had a Peak Design strap. I had never actually had hands-on time with one and was impressed with the comfort and functionality of it. So much so, that I purchased a strap, a cuff strap, and today I picked up the Capture Camera Clip.

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Fujifilm X-E3 Vs Fujifilm X-T3

I currently own the Fujifilm X-T3 and before that the Fujifilm X-T2 and before that the Fujifilm X-T1! I love this series of camera. I love the design and how I have full top dial access to ISO, Shutter Speed and Exposure Compensation. I shoot a lot of street with this camera, and as a result, I fully utilise the dual-direction tilting screen. I can shoot from the hip or lower. I also find that when paired with the Fujifilm “Fujicrons” it is a perfect balance, size and weight for me. The “Fujicrons” are the current set of smaller, and weather-sealed prime lenses in the Fujifilm XF16mmF2.8, XF23mmF2, XF35mmF2 and the XF50mmF2. They are much smaller and lighter than the older, faster primes of the equivalent focal distance. Of which I currently own the XF23mmF2 and the 50mmF2. Both perfect for my style of work – both professional and casual.

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Fuji X Aus – Fujifilm Australia – Cocktails

On a chilly Melbourne night, we gathered in a dark private space, sipped cocktails and talked cameras. Sound like any photographic community event you have ever heard of? Well, it is true. Around a dozen members of Fuji X Aus were invited by Leigh, from Fujifilm Australia, to meet at the Waterslide Bar located discretely in the East end of Southgate. What followed was a risky experiment with cocktails and cameras. Cocktails & Cameras – that has a catchy ring doesn’t it?

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Long Exposure Tip – A Must Know – Harmeet Gabha

In today’s blog I present to you long time Fuji X Aus member Harmeet Gabha.  I have long admired his work and also his desire to share his knowledge and processes with others via his YouTube channel. This kind of work is essential to support other photographers that are new to the field or seeking inspiration. You can check out his YouTube channel right here! Today, Harmeet tackles a problem that many Fujifilm X Series shooters come across when shooting long exposures. Let’s hear what he has to offer.

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Word on the street! A street photographer’s story – Abdullah Kececi

I like to consider myself a street photographer. I do all other sorts of photography – parties, events, travel, landscape, portraits and more. But what I love most is street photography. That is my central groove. It is my art. That is what got me into photography in the first place. It got me out and about. It was also what led me to make the move to Fujifilm X Series cameras and bodies. I felt I had so much more creative control to capture my own style of art.

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Street Photography at the Queen Victoria Euro Night Market

The seasons have turned rather quickly here in Melbourne.  It seemed like we were all complaining about the prolonged summer and the use or air conditioners and then all of a sudden it got cold. The older I get, the more it is evident that the seasons are messed up. Not like when I was a kid. So with this in mind, on the coldest day of the year to date, I went and organised a street walk with the crew from Fuji X Aus. As a reminder, I am one of the administrators of that exceptional group, and it is such a great community. They are my tribe, and most of my social events evolve around that group.

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