Why is Manchester such a great location for urban photographers?

Why is Manchester such a great location for urban photographers?

Manchester is an amazing location for urban and architecture photography. Edwardian baroque buildings sit comfortably alongside the cities industrial architecture including warehouses, canals, cotton mills, many of which have now been converted for modern use. 

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Architecture photography from Salford Quays and Media City UK

Architecture photography from Salford Quays and Media City UK

A couple of years ago I saw this video by the excellent Craig Roberts from e6 blogs and ever since I have been eager to get down to Manchester and check out Salford Quays. Well, I finally made it!... but only for a short visit (one full day and night) so a return trip is an absolute must. 

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Using vintage lenses on the Fujifilm x-t2: Sirius 135mm Macro

Using vintage lenses on the Fujifilm x-t2: Sirius 135mm Macro

I have to be completely honest and say from the outset that I had never heard of Sirius lenses before I saw the Sirius MC Automatic Macro 135mm f/2.8-22 for sale on eBay.

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Photography with classic lenses: shooting with Helios 44-2

Photography with classic lenses: shooting with Helios 44-2

Photography with classic lenses was never something I have previously considered.  However, since starting to shoot with Fuji mirrorless I have read a lot about using adaptors in order to use these older lenses, how cheap old lenses (generally) are, and how the results can be interesting / inspiring / infuriating / something a bit different… so I decided to give it a go.

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Architecture and reflections in Glasgow's financial district

Architecture and reflections in Glasgow's financial district

I feel I am finally getting to grips with my transition from my Nikon d7100 to my mirrorless Fujifilm xt2 and decided to take a walk to the financial district in the city centre of Glasgow.  There are some pretty modern buildings in this area, however, most are probably between twenty and thirty years old and there are no such things as a sky scraper (New York or London it is not!) but it is definitely checking out this area.

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Book review: Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed by Frédéric Chaubin

Book review: Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed by Frédéric Chaubin

Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed (CCCP) may best be described as a passion project.  Over a remarkably short period of seven years (2003-2010) Frédéric Chaubin travelled to and photographed many of the crumbling architectural remnants of the former USSR. 

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A new perspective: shooting square format photographs on the Fujifilm x-t2

A new perspective: shooting square format photographs on the Fujifilm x-t2

One of my favourite functions on the Fuji x-t2 is the ability to change image size on the fly.  In most circumstances I shoot the standard 3:2 ratio but the ability to quickly jump between 3:2, 16:9 and 1:1 is a great little function.

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Street Art Photography in Glasgow's South Side

Street Art Photography in Glasgow's South Side

I don't often venture to the Southside of the city but I decided to take a wander down Tradeston way, just across the Clyde.  For urban and urbex photographers there i=are some great locations on offer.

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How sharp is the Fujifilm 23mm f2 lens?

I had read a lot of good things about Fuji's collections of lenses before I made the plunge and bought the X-T2. And I've got to admit I am very impressed by the 23mm f2.  It's small, light, tactile and fantastically sharp.  To be clear though, this is not a complete lens review, only a sharpness test at apertures from f2 to f16

All of the shots were below were taken the Fujinon 23mm f2 lens, with the x-t2 mounted on a tripod.  All I did was adjust the aperture and shutter speed to get an exposure.  The images shown are out of camera JPEG’s using the Classic Chrome film simulation.  No retouching or noise reduction has been applied.

It should be fairly obvious from the test shots above that the 23mm f2 is damn sharp between f2 and f3.2 the edges lack focus but from f4 on the entire frame is gorgeously sharp.  To be honest I could happily use the lens wide open at f2 If was intending to blur the background anyway.

You can download a zip file containing all these JPEG's at 100% size by downloading them here.  You can also see how the x-t2 noise fairs with my ISO test here or see how Fujifilm's different film simulations affect a photographs look here.  Want to see more Fuji blog posts?  Leave a comment below,