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Video: Looking for Architecture and Urban Landscape Photography Locations in Glasgow

I have been trying out a number of vintage lenses recently.  Luckily, I have a very kind neighbour who has been kind enough to let me borrow a set of Olympus Zuiko lenses.

I decided to create a short video while I was checking out some possible architecture and urban landscape locations in the Charing Cross and Anderston areas of Glasgow.

Although this was a fairly short walk I was lucky enough to spot a couple of compositions that I will definitely be returning to shoot shortly…  I particularly like the last shot in this video,  what do you think?

Feel free to leave a comment or ask any questions below.

How does a 40-year-old lens measure up on the Fujifilm XT2? Sample photographs from the Jupiter-8 f2 50mm

How does a 40-year-old lens measure up on the Fujifilm XT2? Sample photographs from the Jupiter-8 f2 50mm

The Jupiter-8 f2 50mm is a Soviet copy of the Carl Zeiss Sonnar f2 50mm lens.  Produced between the early 1950s and 1970s there are many different versions out there but how did a lens that is at least 40 years old far work alongside the Fujifilm xt2?  These sample photos show it holds up pretty well.

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Photography with vintage lenses: trying out the Soligor 135mm 3.5 on Fujifilm XT2

Photography with vintage lenses: trying out the Soligor 135mm 3.5 on Fujifilm XT2

I tried out the Soligor 135mm 3.5 over a couple of days in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Want to know if I was able to use this lens in the urban seting? Sample photos inside…

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Testing vintage camera lenses on the Fujifilm X-T2: sample photographs from the Industar 50mm 50-2 f3.5

Testing vintage camera lenses on the Fujifilm X-T2: sample photographs from the Industar 50mm 50-2 f3.5

I took the Industar 50mm 2 f3.5 out for a quick spin down by the River Clyde to put this little Russian lens through its paces, is it worth investing in?

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How do Fujifilm's film simulations affect the look and feel of your photographs?

I wrote a blog post a while back about this very topic but I was never really happy with it. Perhaps it was because the image I selected did not really emphasise how Fujifilm's fantastic film simulations can affect the look and feel of your photographs.  Sometimes this is dramatic while others can be more subtle.

Personally, I am huge fan of Acros and Velvia simulations but whatever your favourite they make a fantastic starting point in post processing if you are a RAW shooter like myself.

Testing out vintage camera lenses on the Fujifilm X-T2: hands-on with the Soligor 28mm 2.8

Testing out vintage camera lenses on the Fujifilm X-T2: hands-on with the Soligor 28mm 2.8

I’ve tried out few vintage lenses now and the results have always been interesting.  Vintage lenses are a fabulous way of experimenting with different focal lengths and trying new ways of shooting so I was as keen as ever to hit the streets to see what sort of images I could create.

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Are all photographers terrible travel companions? How I balanced family time and photography in New York

Are all photographers terrible travel companions? How I balanced family time and photography in New York

Family holidays can be a minefield for any photographer.  We all know that we should be switching off and relaxing with our loved ones but it is not that easy is it?  Whether we set off on a summer holiday, a weekend jaunt, or a mid-week city break, the family holiday is a balancing act I struggle to reconcile. 

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Bored with perfection: why I had to create a new style for my urban and architecture photography

Bored with perfection: why I had to create a new style for my urban and architecture photography

I initially moved to mirrorless around a year ago in order to find a camera system that was light weight and could be used in the city with minimal fuss;  a system that left me a more nimble, responsive photographer.  This is hardly a revelation and I am sure this is the exact reason a lot of photographers ditched their heavy dslr and lenses for a mirrorless set-up.  For me, the switch to mirrorless ran parallel with my desire to create a new style of photography too.

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How to break free from the tyranny of perfect sharpness in photography by learning to love vintage lenses: the Auto Chinon 35mm 2.8

How to break free from the tyranny of perfect sharpness in photography by learning to love vintage lenses: the Auto Chinon 35mm 2.8

I am starting to really enjoy trying out these vintage lenses on the Fujifilm X-T2.  The ability to easily pick up a lot of vintage lenses very cheaply means I can experiment with various focal lengths without forking out a fortune each time I want a new lens.  I managed to pick up the Auto Chinon 35mm 2.8 for about £20, so even if I tried the lens and hated it I could easily sell it on again with minimal loss.  Hopefully.

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Can a photographer ever truly relax while on a family holiday?

Can a photographer ever truly relax while on a family holiday?

Having just returned from a family trip to New York I now find myself in the midst of a marathon culling process.  With over 800 shots to work through it is slow work and at the moment the thought of ever returning to New York is something that has been placed in the furthest recesses of my tiny brain.

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