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.

Andro  
P.S.  Click on any image to adjust it to your screen size.

Iceland with Fuji X-T1

This is the second part of my retrospective blog about a trip that took place in Greenland and Iceland two years ago. Equipped with X-T1 and X-E1 with 55-200, 14, 18-55 and 35mm lenses and little prior experience of landscape shooting I trekked some of the most beautiful landscapes on this planet. The trip was organised by Icelandic Mountain Guides. The Icelandic part of the trip was overwelming by its combination of increadible landscapes, light, weather, textures and colours. There is so much beauty packed on this island that once you have visited it - it will always stay in your heart. I was surprised to find out that X-T1 with vertical grip and 55-200 lens attached to it was used most of the time to reach as far and high/low as I could when in the mountains. 14 and 18-55mm lenses were used on a few ocassions when a grand view presenteditself. I guess it also reflects my personal vision of landscapes too. Also my apologies for those who expect large waterfalls - I have not selected any for this blog. The idea was to show Iceland the way it looks from a trek, on the go without a tripod, away from the main tourist path. Post-editing was done in Iridient Developer and Lightroom 6. Click on any image to adjust it to your screen size.

Þórsmörk

Our first camp was at Þórsmörk, south of Iceland between the glaciers Tindfjallajökull and Eyjafjallajökull, the latter home for the famost trouble maker Eyjafjallajökull vulcano. Þórsmörk is a beautiful mountain ridge that was named after the Norse god Thor with breathtaking views.

Þórsmörk

Eyjafjallajökull area

Eyjafjallajökull area

Þórsmörk

Þórsmörk troll

Eyjafjallajökull

Þórsmörk

Eyjafjallajökull area

Þórsmörk

One of the Þórsmörk glaciers under the clouds, the glacier ice folded and scrambled like a frozen image of crashing waves.

Layers of ice and rock….  Þórsmörk

Glacial ice contrasting with the rock of the mountains and the green moss and grass, Þórsmörk

Þórsmörk

Our second camp was at Skaftafell, south east of the Vatnajökull national park. The only heavy rain we had during the trip gave way to a beautiful sunset. The following days we trekked along some spectacular routes.

Sunset in Skaftafell

Skaftafell

Wall of tears, Skaftafell

Wall of tears, Skaftafell

 Ice and fire - sunset at Öræfajökull and Hvannadalshnjúkur as seen from Skaftafell.

Jökulsárlón area

Ice creature, Jökulsárlón

Ice creature, Jökulsárlón

The great skua is a pirate of the seas, deliberately harrassing birds as large as gannets to steal a free meal. Jökulsárlón area.

On the way to the third camp and Landmannalaugar.

Landmannalaugar highlands was our final destination and a base for the third camp.

Two hikers "lost" in the vastness of the Landmannalaugar Highlands.

Landmannalaugar Highlands

Landmannalaugar Highlands

Landmannalaugar Highlands

Landmannalaugar Highlands

Trek with a view... Landmannalaugar Highlands

The colourful mountains of Landmannalaugar Highlands

Landmannalaugar Highlands

Nature's palette, amazing colours of Brennisteinsalda Mountain, Landmannalaugar Highlands. For scale reference - there is a tiny speck of a hiker on a trail just left of the hill's top.

Beautiful colours and patterns of Landmannalaugar Highlands

Landmannalaugar Highlands

Layers of colour and light, Landmannalaugar Highlands

Landmannalaugar Highlands

Landmannalaugar Highlands

Landmannalaugar Highlands

A fellow hiker walks on the backdrop of Landmannalaugar Highlands, Iceland - one of the most beautiful places to travel to and have a hike among spectacular landscapes.

So, what is next? Definitely more trips to other parts of this beautiful island in the nearest future. I am also looking forward to using the new X-T2 cameras with new weather proof 50-140 f2.8 and 16-55 f2.8 lenses. Having two camera bodies with dedicated lenses works best when trekking, unless one is pressed for weight. In that case X-T2 with 50-140 f2.8 will do just perfectly for me. Changing lenses on the go, with winds carrying dust and volcanic ash is complicated. The new combo may not be as light as the kit that I had on my first trip, but it certainly gives a huge bonus of weather sealed lenses and superior optics combined with bigger sensors of XT-2 and dual cards - less card swapping on the go. Looking forward to writing a new blog next summer.

London's City Hall with Fuji X-T1

London City Hall is a wonderful place, it is easy to get lost there just wondering around and admiring its unique skewed bulb shape with helical 500-metre (1,640 ft) walkway that goes the full height of the 10 storey building. It was designed by Sir Norman Foster and opened in July 2002. Its space is filled with light, glass and refections - a paradise for photography. It is open to the public on Open House Day (typically one of the weekends in September). All shots were made with X-T1 Fujifilm cameras paired with either Fujinon 14mm f2.8 or Samyang 8mm f2.8 lenses. Post-editing in Iridient Developer, Photomatix and Lightroom. Click on any image to adjust it to your screen size.

St Valentine's in LDN

Love is in the air thus a few topical shots from night London. All shots were made using XT-1 body and either 56mm f1.2 or 35mm f1.4fast Fuji primes. Most of images were RAW (RAF) files edited in Lightroom 6 using Classic Chrome film preset with slight alterations. Some images are blends of three high quality (set to Fine) jpg files obtained by ISO bracketing (Classic Chrome film emulation). Images were fused in Photomatix software and the resulting tif files were finished off in Lightroom 6.    Enjoy, Andro :)