I don’t often mention the equipment I use to take photographs as I think we can sometimes spend too much time discussing the gear we use rather than the actual images we take. It has been said that the best camera is the one you have with you when the image presents itself and for most people the camera they have with them will be in their mobile phone. Today’s smartphones will easily produce images of sufficient quality for Facebook, blogs and screen display and this is all that most people will need.
I hope to sell some of my images and that means getting the best quality I can so I nearly always have a camera with me – and I take a lot of photographs.
SLR cameras, even the small ones, are too bulky and heavy to carry when you’re doing something other than taking photographs and my favourite carry around camera of the moment is a Fuji X100. The X100 looks like a rangefinder camera and caused a bit of a stir when it first went on sale because of its retro styling. First users complained of problems with focusing and ease of access to some functions among other things but firmware updates have cured not all, but most of these early difficulties. About a month after I got mine I had to return it to Fuji for repair as the aperture blades were sticking. A quick search on Google revealed and I was not alone in experiencing this fault. Over time I have become used to the camera’s ways. It has a prime lens so when I want to zoom in I have to walk closer and I have found this encourages more thought when creating an image. I have to work that bit harder and push myself that bit more.
These images of Saint Anne’s Square, Belfast were taken with the X100. Saint Anne’s Square is directly behind Saint Anne’s Cathedral and there are a couple of restaurants, The MAC is there and probably other things I don’t know about. It’s one of those areas in Belfast that can be ideal for taking portraits and while I was taking these images there was a photographer there shooting a model.
While preparing these photographs I’ve found that I tend to produce more images from the Fuji in black and white than I would expect. I can’t explain why this is but now that I’m aware of it I’ll have to come up with some theory for a future post.
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