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Brecon Heaven by suberashi

Sharp edged

Sharp edged

These is a song currently "Real Friends" from man of the moment Kanye West, the great divider, some folk really don't like Yeezy I do, but the song is apt for this blog. See I took a trip with a friend and fellow photog Rich Jones to Brecon Beacon's National Park in central Wales.

Brecon Snow Dapped

Brecon Snow Dapped

 

Rich was one of the first faces I met ten years ago when I worked for a large fruit based tech giant since then we have stayed in touch he has travelled far. It struck me we never shoot together so we did, a trip to Wales and that mighty national park in Brecon. As a shooter it's always about the learn, yeah sneakers, yeah buildings, yeah portrait... but the outdoor thing, is a thing of love to snap.

Winter warmers, Rab Latok x Comme Des Garcon PLAY

Winter warmers, Rab Latok x Comme Des Garcon PLAY

Since leaving the hood of Birmingham a few years back rural vistas have taken hold and replaced the outdoor theatre of the cityscape. Trying not to get caught into the "I only shoot..." or the general snobbery seems limiting to me and from a standpoint I want to tell stories from every vista. So of we went jumped in the Golf, Rich is good company. I tend to try and not get too overloaded but seem to take my D750, tripod bag expecting light magic. Oh I also try and steer from camera chatter rather see the image than talk the gubbins used but a D750 with a 50mm, 24mm and classic 70-210 mm.

Mood Good, Pen y Fan

Mood Good, Pen y Fan

Before you know it Worcestershire is replaced by Wales, both of us putting the world to rights one of the good guys RJ and makes dull trips fly by. This is my second trip in as may weeks to the National Park at Brecon. The first time snow, a fair amount this time nothing, but I really didn't matter there's so much to absorb. The mountains contain the highest peaks in southern Britain they also have cool ass names too, Pen y Fan, Cribyn, Corn Du rising over 3,000 feet. The British Army have used Brecon's land for serious training for yonks and we did see a steady stream of camo' running wild. The weather is notorious here one minute sunny, next wet, windy, unpredictable as anything. Keeping the wet and cold out was easy Rab Latok in red ( if I get lost I can be found) Comme x PLAY hoodie and the best Nike SB in ages from PolerStuff warm dry goodness, my go to boots for grim weather, anyway that said a day is not enough to scope this place out.

Rich Rising   

Rich Rising

 

Taking the lazy option we parked at Storey Arms car park and took a slow fat boy ascent up from there, it s a good slog even for an unfit oaf like me.. At the top though worth it the park is 1,344 km² and looks it even if I did say to Rich it didn't look that big, it did. Looking across there is so much to want to capture good job my D750 is a greedy sort. Ive never subscribed to the "I only shoot" crew because when you hit a spot like this the options become endless and why limit yourself with a snooty steez.

The factors are, shape, colour's but, I'm also driven by songs, even lines from songs can get my eye to see something. Rich is a motivator too, he knows how to make you see sense and focus on the magic of clicking. Problem was the light not the best at all so you think how can I make it work ? I went long with some long exposure content, handheld and more traditional with a tripod see what happens hey.

Big. Get it ?

Big. Get it ?

Once this homeboy's sea legs kicked in I was happy to stay forever... Sea legs though? silly considering I've ridden down mountains on those snowboards for yonks but yeah seriously that good. Take a step back and be thankful. Rich was impressed too claiming this place as good as anything and he loves the Lake District, thats the other spot I need to hit.

The Light.

 

 

As the light died we headed down toward the car and in my head all I'm hearing Ultralight Beam again by Kanye, and we then hit a waterfall and everything fit Kelly Price in my ear. Nikon, ND, Tripod and GO! "We on an ultralight beam" again the inspirations can't and don't just come from holding a black box and talking glass and pixel envy.

"we on a ultralight beam"

"we on a ultralight beam"

Go to Wales that's all!!! see this place feel inspired but also understand the value of real friends they make it a lot easier. Peace.

Kicks... Poler x Nike SB timeless sleepers.

Kicks... Poler x Nike SB timeless sleepers.


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 

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