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X-T1 v Slum Village and some low light by suberashi

So, recently I made the upgrade from my loved Fuji X-Pro1, my mind told me the jump from the X-Pro to X-T1 wouldn't be that big... wrong it is. So with that in mind I was curious to see how the low light would work in the real world. Luckily I found the right event to see its game. Slum Village making a stop in Birmingham at the Hare and Hounds to show love and play a bit. If not aware Slum Village have been around for 15 years and are hip hop gold from Detroit founded by the late great J Dilla they have a mainstay. On hand to support old friends and cohorts A Few Good Men who I don't think I had seen for 10 years!!!

 "you heard Tribe have split up?!" I still remember who and when told me my favourite group of all time had split up, A Tribe Called Quest had gone no more... rows, bust up's and time had done for them what had happened to many great groups. The void was there and big, hip hop was changing more glam more glitz. Tribe filled the void along with De La Soul but what next who and from where? the answer came from within, see Tribe had been using the studio skills of a guy from Detroit. The late and great J Dilla aka Jay Dee he was key to the last Tribe Called Quest albums but beyond he had produced for Common, Busta Rhymes even Janet Jackson, but he also had a group Slum Village containing Dilla, T-3 and Bataain and in 2000 the void was filled. They put out an album Fantastic Vol 2, in 2000 which to this day in hip hop is regarded as a classic, myth surrounds it from bootlegs to delays release. I could write so much about Slum as a fan but, those who know don't need the history and for the rest of you search the web, there are better that can tell the story than me it's worth it to find out how influential they became. For me to have a few images of a group who have two songs, Fall in Love and Thelonious in my 20 of all time and one of my most treasured albums of all time was a thing for sure. 

 As for the Fuji 35mm 1.4 standard issue glass, ISO up, up, up too 2500 no higher than 2.8 on the aperture and away we go. No you will never get the cleanest image but workable and fitting of environment. Thoughts it's light years on the X-Pro1 speed is one big difference faster more consistent. Big notice was in the EVF this new X-T1 kills the old camera hands down serious detail under these condtions. Now, the depths of Kings Heath Birmingham at 1.30am isn't the best place to try and edit upload and deliver, but the Fuji APP works a treat. Shoot, export via the network set up between iPhone and Camera and an edit in VSCOCAM and its good to go. Slum came went ,I caught up with old friends reminisced about the old and new. The Fuji delivered big time and for that I'm happy. 

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Thrill on the Hill : Shelsley Walsh Worcestershire by suberashi

Over the weekend I was able to visit a pretty cool event hosted by Morgan Cars, for owners and lovers of all the British sports car maker has to offer. The venue Shelsley Walsh, one of the oldest motorsport venues in the world hidden nestled the Worcestershire countryside. The course a steep hill climb is a real test huge inclines, rising 328 feet over 1000 yards with 16 degree inclines its nuts steep, so raw power needed indeed.  Morgan Cars have been hand building sports cars since 1905. Based a few miles away in Malvern skilled craftsmen caring build some of the best handling cars that are loved by owners and fans, not just in the UK but globally. Thrill on the Hill is the event which brings them all together. Cars of all ages are then given licence to fire up the run, pretty cool stuff seeing these cars running in their natural habitat.

All the fun of the fair.  Fuji X-T1 

All the fun of the fair.

Fuji X-T1 

This also gave me a chance to tryout my latest workhorse, the Fuji X-T1 a replacement for my much loved X-Pro1. I wasn't really looking to move up but some of the features sold me, Wi Fi, a faster focus system, EVF viewfinder and a tilting screen just a few nice touches. Along for the ride, a 35mm 1.4 and the solid 55-200mm. First thoughts after a week really are positive, things which started to irritate me have been removed by the X-T1, faster OS, the smaller body is good I was concerned that it might be two small but its slick as in the hand. One thing that niggled on the X-Pro was the viewfinder, it was good but never really spot on the optical finder bugged me and over time the electronic viewfinder rendered it redundant. Speed is improved ten fold, but that EVF viewfinder thing is another level. Files out of the camera really shine, images here were edited from a mix of VSCO on the iPhone and via the VSCO plugin in Lightroom, but to be fair not much was needed with the standard files.

Anyway tech talk done the images are more important and the cars on show merged with the backdrop of Worcestershire gave a real sense of theatre. A real cool day good to see the guys at Morgan and kudos to them for putting on a killer show. Even got a fly by from a stunt plane, next level stuff... flying skills approved.  

Recharging  Fuji XT1   

Recharging

Fuji XT1

 

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Robert.  Fuji x-t1 

Robert.

Fuji x-t1 

All I Got Was A Grey Card by suberashi

So over the weekend I did my first photowalk and popped over to the NEC for the yearly Photography Show. Fujifilm organised a stroll round my old home town of Birmingham led by Matt Hart brill street shooter and one of their X--photographers looking for interesting street scenes on the way. Finally got to meet new faces saw some old ones too. Then Monday the show primarily to see prominent British Photographer Martin Parr talk about his career, there was motivation if ever you needed it. It also gave the chance to loan a 50-140mm Fuji lens for the day, such good glass it's silly! I'm sure there will be lots of words about the show but thats not here, just images of a cool few days. There was so much stuff to please the tech nut, me? I ended up with a grey card...

Theres More To life   Fuji XP  ro1 35mm  VSCO

Theres More To life

Fuji XPro1 35mm  VSCO

listed Alpha   Fuji XP  ro1 35mm  VSCO

listed Alpha

Fuji XPro1 35mm  VSCO

eyes down   Fuji XP  ro1 35mm  VSCO

eyes down

Fuji XPro1 35mm  VSCO

HI!!! MirrorLessons   Fuji XP  ro1 35mm  VSCO

HI!!! MirrorLessons

Fuji XPro1 35mm  VSCO

Fuji man   Fuji XP  ro1 35mm  VSCO

Fuji man

Fuji XPro1 35mm  VSCO

Bill, Ben   Fuji XP  ro1 35mm  VSCO

Bill, Ben

Fuji XPro1 35mm  VSCO

X-Men   Fuji XP  ro1 50-140mm  VSCO

X-Men

Fuji XPro1 50-140mm  VSCO

thinking of?

thinking of?

the bored and the hordes   Fuji XP  ro1 50-140mm  VSCO

the bored and the hordes

Fuji XPro1 50-140mm  VSCO

off...?

off...?

Frank Doorhof in session   Fuji XP  ro1 50-140mm  VSCO

Frank Doorhof in session

Fuji XPro1 50-140mm  VSCO

my shade of grey

my shade of grey

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.