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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 

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. 

www.fujiflim.com

http://www.slumvillage.com

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

 

http://www.morgan-motor.co.uk

http://shelsley-walsh.co.uk

http://vsco.co

http://www.fujifilm.com/products/digital_cameras/x/fujifilm_x_t1/


Robert.  Fuji x-t1 

Robert.

Fuji x-t1