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,

Testing ISO performance of the Fujifilm X-T2 - plus downloadable jpegs

When I buy a new camera I always like to do a quick test checking out the ISO of the camera.  I had researched the X-T2 and from what I had it read it performed pretty well at higher ISO settings but I always like to check these things for myself – that when I take a shot at these settings I know I am comfortable with it.

Just so you know.  I photographed all shots at an aperture of f5.6 using the Fujinon 23mm f2 lens.  The images shown are out of camera JPEG’s using the Classic Chrome film simulation.  No retouching or noise reduction has been applied.

For me, shooting at any ISO between the 200 to 1600 range would be a no brainer.  Even at ISO 1600 there is only minimal digital noise.  Of course these shots were taken in day light so I may need to do a test in more severe, darker settings. 

Even at ISO 3200 the images are pretty good and more than useable - this may depend on your style of photography though.  I normally shoot urban photography or architecture and at this level of ISO the noise would be perfectly useable, particularly if buildings are concrete - noise may be more noticeable on glass elements.

Want to take a closer look at the original JPEG's?  You can download a zip file containing all of them here.  You can also see examples of Fujifilm’s excellent film here.

Checking out Fujifilm's film simulations: sample RAW images from the x-t2

Well it has been a long time coming but I am finally making the move from Nikon to Fujifilm.  Honestly, I have become so sick of lugging around a heavy dslr and lenses around the city that it was really starting to grind me down so moving to a lighter system was something I had been considering for a long time.  For me, the move to mirroless was almost entirely based on the smaller weight and size of the body size and lenses.

That being said I thought I might blog about any issues, ideas or tips I have as I begin dipping my toes in the Fujifilm mirrorless world.

First up, I thought it may be useful to view samples of Fujifilm's renowned film simulations.

Just so you know.  All of these images were shot on a Fujifilm x-t2 in RAW.  I imported images in to Lightroom, applied White Balance and the Fujifilm profile - no other editing was applied, no sharpening, noise reduction, nothing.

Click on images to see a larger version.

Fujifilm VELVIA

Fujifilm PROVIA

Fujifilm ASTIA

Fujifilm PRO NEG STD

Fujifilm MONOCHROME

Fujifilm MONOCHROME + RED FILTER

Fujifilm ACROS

Fujifilm ACROS + RED FILTER

Fujifilm CLASSIC CHROME

Fujifilm PRO NEG HI

Fujifilm MONOCHROME + GREEN FILTER

Fujifilm MONOCHROME + YELLOW FILTER

Fujifilm ACROS + GREEN FILTER

Fujifilm ACROS + YELLOW FILTER

... And there you have it.  What do you think?  Are Fujifilm’s simulations all they are cracked up to be?  Do you have a particlar favourite?  Feel free to comment below.

Wolfson Centre, Strathclyde University

Wolfson Centre, Strathclyde University

During my recent scouting trips around the city I have become more and more interest in brutalist or modernist architecture to photograph.  I don'y know what it is but there is something about great slabs of concrete that is photographable to me.

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Book review: This Brutal World by Peter Chadwick

Book review: This Brutal World by Peter Chadwick

I have to be honest and say I am pretty new to this brutalism thing.  I’ve visited a few websites and read the occasional article but expert I am not.  What should be fairly obvious however is that my interest in architecture comes from a photographic standpoint and it is as a photographer that I offer my thoughts.

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Urban photography with the Huawei P20

Urban photography with the Huawei P20

Every time a new smartphone is released it is inevitable there is going to be some sort of hullaballoo about the quality of camera attached to it.  I recently bought the new Huawei P20, not the top of the range three lensed P20 Pro, but it’s slightly cheaper, two lensed sibling.

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Looking out for line, shape and texture in architecture and urban photography

Looking out for line, shape and texture in architecture and urban photography

Anyone who sees my work would surely know that I am a sucker for shapes and composition.  Truth be told it is often the shapes with in image that attracts to taking the photo in the first place.

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Why imposing limits can boost your photography

Why imposing limits can boost your photography

As a photographer it is all too easy to fill up the camera bag with every single piece of kit we can physically carry and head off crooked backed spending endless hours in one spot waiting on the perfect light for one single shot.  This can be fantastic but sometimes we need to mix it up and get our minds doing something different.

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Accepting reality: sometimes an OK photograph is all you can do

Accepting reality: sometimes an OK photograph is all you can do

Set up shot.  The rain belts down.  Waterproof camera.  Repeat until utterly frustrated and drenched to the skin. Sometimes, no matter how meticulous you plan you just can’t get the shot you want.

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