Photo-impressionism with GFX50s

Last year was rather eventful with a medium format Fujifilm replacing my old X-T2 and X-Pro2 cameras. Primarily to take my landscape and aerial photography a step further, but also continue street and black and white photography. That seemed like a strange move since the X-system is ideal for travelling light, but once you see the image files that the medium format produces with insane detail quality and its ability to render light and colour, it is very difficult to go back to the smaller sensor system. Yet, both GFX50 bodies S and R are well sized and relatively light, on par with the full frame system, and keep traditional X-system physical dials to operate them. In addition, the EVF quality is fantastic, all lenses are metal and have aperture rings, so it was a very easy transition from XT2/XPro2 to GFX50S/R.
The first project that had an “upgrade” was "Waterworld". The second take of the project was shot during last summer and is a series of photographs taken through the waterfall window of a London office building, where I was kindly permitted to shoot. I loved the photo-impressionistic effect created by shooting through running water that removes the precise focus and subject matter leaving it up to the viewer to envisage and complete the picture. All the shots were made with GFX 50s combined with 32-64mm f4 lens handheld, with shutter speed at average 1/320s and lens at 32-36mm and f11 to get more focal depth. Post-editing was done in Lightroom 6. Did I notice the difference between X and GFX system produced images in similar conditions? Oh, yes :) the images are super sharp, full of light and details and colour rendition is fantastic. I am looking forward to seeing first prints soon too, as this was one of the main reasons for the upgrade. I hope you enjoy the images - click or tap on any image to adjust it to your screen size.

Teryn & Chris's wedding

The last couple of months were busy with travel and work, so it is time to blog again. Last year I was asked to photograph a wedding for Teryn and Chris, which I agreed to do happily. And so in March I took my cameras (two XT2 bodies with grips) with 35mm f2 and f1.4, 50mm f2 and 56mm f1.2 (and Samyang 12mm f2 - teriffic small lens) and had a wonderful time photographing the day. I had the X-Pro2 with me as well (it lives in my bag) and it pretty much went through the day with me with the 35mm f1.4 stuck to it. I did not (and do not) use 23mm (35 FF) lenses, as I find them too wide for my liking when I photograph people. All my gear with spare batteries and chargers was nicely packed into Billingham 307 bag.
Here is a small selection of images, which reflect the story. I tried to capture those unstaged and unplanned moments as much as I could, which can build up the emotional memory of the day. Most of the shots were made with available light and manual focusing, using f2 lenses during the day and switching to f1.2 and f1.4 lenses in the evening. I used flash later on (Nisin i40) when the light was dead and the dancing floor had those purple/magenta beams swinging about... I do not need to write here again how good Fujifilm X cameras are for documentary wedding style, so I will leave the images to speak for themselves.  As for myself - I had an emotional day behind the lens with every minute of it being fantastic, making new memories and friends. Thank you Allison and Graham and Teryn and Chris for trusting me with your big day!  Sadly Allison passed away last summer from very fast and aggressive cancer. The last few weeks of her life were made as happy as humanly possible by the great staff and care at Salisbury Hospice. Not having her at the wedding made it a lot more emotional... Ohana.

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