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Amsterdam and a camera by suberashi

I have said it before apart from New York, this is the best city in the world. This was the first time I have had the chance to take the xt1 for a whirl overseas so here's some pics with that camera in that city.  

That Dutch Skyline  

That Dutch Skyline  

This city never gets boring, give me Chocomel and some sunshine and I'm set. Exploring, hearing languages from all over the world, Amsterdam is beyond cosmopolitan full of street smarts. Even as someone who visits often I still find new things to see and snap. 

Tags  

Tags  

The New Dutch skyline  

The New Dutch skyline  

Catching Fish  

Catching Fish  

This classic BMW 2500 sat cool as ice in the city and the xt1 loved it's colour and steez. 

BMW 2500

BMW 2500

Waiting  

Waiting  

below is some low light magic, the xt1 has a good feel for high ISO.  

Night Moves  

Night Moves  

Art Attack  

Art Attack  

Stacked  

Stacked  

how did the xt1 get do? Proper . simple as, everything is stepped up from the xpro1. I never not wanted to have the camera with me. When I had a DSLR I would get weary of carrying that lump, even the xpro for some reason did the same thing. this is different plus the addition of the wifi transfer was slick for me. shoot export edit in VSCO upload and go again. I enjoy this camera a lot, I really do it has even more stealth quality over my old Fuji great for trekking though the urban. I have had chats about people ditching Fuji for Sony full frame yaaawwwwwrn it's a boring debate for me. I don't see it for one reason the glass, if Sony ever came close to this glass then maybe but they don't so why change? You can have all the full frame sensors you want if the glass sucks game over.  

Commuter  

Commuter  

So there it is some images wth the xt1 in Amsterdam. Well done Fuji still killing it ... 

Eye Film Institue  

Eye Film Institue  

Perfect beaters for the Amsterdam Streets. All Star slippers 

Perfect beaters for the Amsterdam Streets. All Star slippers 

Suberashi Photo @ Morgan Motor Car Malvern by suberashi

Built on site   Fuji x-Pro1 35mm with VSCO

Built on site

Fuji x-Pro1 35mm with VSCO

Worcestershire is a very cool and stunning part of the UK its also my home. It's also full of heritage, Sir Edward Elgar, Worcestershire Sauce, the civil war which started in 1642 had it's first full battle at Powick bridge between Malvern and Worcester. There is also the fact that Britain's only privately owned car company is based in the 'shire.

Morgan Cars history is long and renowned among true car enthusiasts, started in 1909 for the first part of the company's life they made three wheeled cars, from racing cars to hill climb even lorries and vans. Then in 1936 the four wheel Morgan debuted and the design has kind of stayed true. The pursuit of quality coach building and engineering is in every corner of this magic place, and the Morgan family still run the company so all of the tradition and heritage continues.

A Super Car    Fuji x-Pro1 35mm with VSCO

A Super Car

Fuji x-Pro1 35mm with VSCO

The factory is located off a residential road at the bottom of the hills that overlook Morgan, if you didn't know they were there you would miss it. Think of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory each dreamy building of which there are many, do wondrous and different things. Assembly, paint is done here, chassis building, trim and coach fitment, design every aspect is covered. You walk around kind of amazed that all this is going on right under the noses of unsuspecting passers by.

Font game   Fuji x-Pro1 35mm with VSCO

Font game

Fuji x-Pro1 35mm with VSCO

Then there are cars, cars everywhere Morgan's of every age variety, watching cars squeeze down entry's you know have been factored in within the cars design to help the process. 3 wheel "mogs",classic Morgan Super 8's and the fairly beautiful Aero 8 Supersport slide past all are in some kind of loving restoration or refit. 

All hand built   Fuji x-Pro1 35mm with VSCO

All hand built

Fuji x-Pro1 35mm with VSCO

As you walk round there is an air of assured confidence everyone knows what they are trying to achieve, this place has some of the most talented and skilled people you will ever meet guys who have been there forty plus years or people, like Ben who have been there a mere eight but have the same dedicated manner and skills too match. These are master craftsmen pure and simple, no eurobox mentality here this is something different.

Tight squeeze   Fuji x-Pro1 35mm with VSCO

Tight squeeze

Fuji x-Pro1 35mm with VSCO

Don't be fooled though this is not an old ageing dinosaur stuck in some rose tinted past, innovation is woven into the DNA of this place you can see it in the modern chassis's being assembled or on the lines of the Aero Coupe. The tech that drives these cars is also very modern BMW 4.7 beasts are fitted to the Morgan Aeros, or 3.7 Ford engines power the classic looking Roadster's then you can have bespoke paints, coach trims. At this point, to the Kanye fans I did think of a "yeezy" inspired colour way on a couple of cars. The level of choice on every model is on Rolls levels any colour or trim can be configured within reason. Once all of those details have been decided it takes about thirty days to finally get your specced Morgan ready to go.

Trim master Ben   Fuji x-Pro1 35mm with VSCO

Trim master Ben

Fuji x-Pro1 35mm with VSCO

This company that understands the wants and needs of its established and loyal fan base but is also aware that celebrating heritage is gaining new fans and admirers across the globe. I never get bored of seeing one flying past which isn't unusual round here. I had the best time with in a real gem of a place, you could walk it for forty years and still discover things new and cool. I didn't want to leave... I may go back it really is that cool. Check out the images below of a magic place. Thanks to everyone I met for being hospitable and helpful and just generally nice. Check out the images to see more.

MOG   Fuji x-Pro1 35mm with VSCO

MOG

Fuji x-Pro1 35mm with VSCO

Morgan's trim factory  Fuji x-Pro1 35mm with VSCO

Morgan's trim factory

Fuji x-Pro1 35mm with VSCO

Mean in green   Fuji x-Pro1 35mm with VSCO

Mean in green

Fuji x-Pro1 35mm with VSCO

Blockhead   Fuji x-Pro1 35mm with VSCO

Blockhead

Fuji x-Pro1 35mm with VSCO

Stitched   Fuji x-Pro1 35mm with VSCO       

Stitched

Fuji x-Pro1 35mm with VSCO

 

 

"Taff" a forty year veteran

"Taff" a forty year veteran

Hide   Fuji x-Pro1 35mm with VSCO

Hide

Fuji x-Pro1 35mm with VSCO

Seat fitting   Fuji x-Pro1 35mm with VSCO

Seat fitting

Fuji x-Pro1 35mm with VSCO

Eye for detail    Fuji x-Pro1 35mm with VSCO

Eye for detail

Fuji x-Pro1 35mm with VSCO

Raw metal   Fuji x-Pro1 35mm with VSCO

Raw metal

Fuji x-Pro1 35mm with VSCO

From inception to inspection    Fuji x-Pro1 35mm with VSCO

From inception to inspection 

Fuji x-Pro1 35mm with VSCO

More detail   Fuji x-Pro1 35mm with VSCO

More detail

Fuji x-Pro1 35mm with VSCO

Start your engines   Fuji x-Pro1 35mm with VSCO

Start your engines

Fuji x-Pro1 35mm with VSCO

to the power of three    Fuji x-Pro1 35mm with VSCO

to the power of three 

Fuji x-Pro1 35mm with VSCO

Tool time   Fuji x-Pro1 35mm with VSCO

Tool time

Fuji x-Pro1 35mm with VSCO

Future retro   Fuji x-Pro1 35mm with VSCO

Future retro

Fuji x-Pro1 35mm with VSCO

Peter Morgan   Fuji x-Pro1 35mm with VSCO

Peter Morgan

Fuji x-Pro1 35mm with VSCO

Two icons the hills and the cars.

Two icons the hills and the cars.

 

Morgan Motor Cars are located at

Morgan Motor Company
Pickersleigh Road
Malvern
Worcestershire
WR14 2LL

Sabbath Town: Black Sabbath x Fuji X-Pro by suberashi

As a native of the city of Birmingham there a some things that make me proud to be a child of the town. HP Sauce, Duran Duran, UB40, and the original Mini to name a few. But there is one thing that stands above all of that, a band well, more than that an entire sound that shrouded the city then now and forever.

Bucket List. Fuji x-pro 35mm 1.4

Bucket List. Fuji x-pro 35mm 1.4

The story is well known, four working class lads from Birmingham who got together because there was chuff all else too do in Brum at that point in time. A real smoking sooty furnace of a place, the city was and still is a fairly hard place and for over 40 years Black Sabbath has been interwoven within that. The heavy bluesy soul that Birmingham emits is the heart of Black Sabbath even now. 

The Church of Metal. Fuji X-pro 35mm 1.4 Vsco

The Church of Metal. Fuji X-pro 35mm 1.4 Vsco

The first time you hear the rain on "Black Sabbath" you know its serious stuff. The humour in Fairies Wear Boots speaks to us who didn't fit into cliques, us the outsiders. So growing up with all this, wherever I went and had the where are you from? question when the response was Birmingham I and would point out... home of Black Sabbath.

Geezr's Blurred Lines. Fuji X-Pro 35mm 1.4 Vsco

Geezr's Blurred Lines. Fuji X-Pro 35mm 1.4 Vsco

Birmingham has changed some for the better some for the worse as all the new buildings go up scrubbing out the "old" Birmingham it's important not to forget the mighty impact of bands like Sabbath. I can think of other bands from the UK who have come from similar cities and are revered too near deity status some warranted others non so, but Sabbath have never really been given that status.

The Master, Tony Iommi. Fuji X-Pro 50mm Canon FD Vsco

The Master, Tony Iommi. Fuji X-Pro 50mm Canon FD Vsco

Creating a genre of music should ensure that, The Beatles, Oasis, New Order can be defined by the places they came from celebrated by the cities of their birth. Sabbath have too a point but they should have been celebrated even more. Heck have you listened to the new Arctic Monkeys record? its a Sabbath album as good as it is. 

Into the Void. Fuji X-Pro 35mm Vsco

Into the Void. Fuji X-Pro 35mm Vsco

The rest of the world though that was different, listen too other rock luminaries speak about them and its clear how important Sabbath are to music culture, not just metal but across the board. So with that they have gone on to become that band, the band too see an event, even now as the years march on its special. London at Hyde Park should ensure how important they are. Its like going to church, Ozzy the preacher along with Tony Iommi the riff King and Geezer Butler the heavy soul and this was a sermon.

Geezer Butler. mono tones. Fuji X-Pro 50mm

Geezer Butler. mono tones. Fuji X-Pro 50mm

The musicianship is still top of the class, Tony's battles with his health cannot diminish his craft and love of that craft. Geezer still plays bass like he is talking too your soul. Then there is Ozzy the poster boy if you want still able to excite folks like few can, sweary willing for madness within the crowd. The three still bounce off each other still enjoying the world they have owned forever.  Bill Ward isn't there we know and thats the only downer that the four horsemen can't be together anymore, remember the drums on Sweat Leaf its an education. Current drummer Tommy Clufestos is still a staggering addition to the band though. Anyway this isn't NME and its not a review I'm too much of a fan for that.

Geezer. Fuji X-pro 35mm 1.4  Vsco 

Geezer. Fuji X-pro 35mm 1.4  Vsco 

London though this was so good, per usual the Fuji X-Pro was along for the trip, seems he loved it too snapping away stealth when it needed to be and workable when to going got a bit serious. The privilege of being able too snap a few shots of the magic from the press pit was something you can tick off on a bucket list. Fighting the Canon boys who were looking for the stock shots for the press is all good I just wanted the feel the blues of it all. The 35mm and an old 50mm canon FD where all I had so you think differently, then throw the ISO up too 800 and let the Fuji tells story.

The Preacher, Ozzy. Fuji X-Pro Canon 50mm FD Vsco

The Preacher, Ozzy. Fuji X-Pro Canon 50mm FD Vsco

The madness. Fuji X-Pro 50mm Canon FD Vsco

The madness. Fuji X-Pro 50mm Canon FD Vsco

Once the two songs where done a thankful chat to the press lady who gave me the access, you have to cherish moments like this as you may never get it again so being polite is a must. Then it was time to rejoin the group of us that had gathered up in the always slightly odd VIP area to revel in Birmingham's take over of this part of London. As days go one of those unforgettable ones, we even had fireworks and rain... Thank you to JB for the hook up, btw I finally made it. Love my Fuji, love Black Sabbath and proud to be a Brummie and as Brummies should be too, we did give the world Heavy Metal and creme eggs...

"my first gig was Black Sabbath" Fuji X-Pro 35mm 1.4 Vsco

"my first gig was Black Sabbath" Fuji X-Pro 35mm 1.4 Vsco

Now... please do not take these images without my permission, of which there is no permission if you do I will send out the Iron Man. non-commercial steez on these but all rights remain. So obey the rules.