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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 

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 

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