Friday, May 18, 2012

Hint: Fuji X100 charger with lost widget adapter

One of the peculiarities of Fuji X100 camera is the charger, which require a plastic widget adapter for the batteries to be blocked in the charger and charged. It is a part, which is easily lost.

What to do, when it is lost? The best is to use something that you already have with you. I always have one or more USB cables for external disks or cameras. I use a USB standard plug to block the battery in place. It works perfectly.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Photo picks #2: A portrait of an old man

dad by vrot01
First it caught my attention, because it looks WHITE. The whiteness of this photo stands out.

When we look at it, we notice that some of the elements are not white, but have different shades of grey. But still, when we look at it, it is white that we see.

There is a lot to like about this picture. The almost monochromatic character  makes it look very simple, but there is power in this simplicity. The background is white as well. It is blurred, as it is a usual trick for portraits to avoid attention to the noisy background. In this case, even if we get more depth of field, we would not seen anything more, because there is a white wall behind. But putting the focus on the old man's head provides an almost a 3D effect.

I feel also a kind of connection between the photographer, and the old man, even before looking at the description. The old man does not look into the camera, so he might not be aware of the photographer's presence. Just looking at the photo, we'll never know. But I feel this connection, especially that I also took a few of those "stop the time" pictures.

The portrait looks ethereal. Still here, but like the transition has already started. It is scary in a way, because when we look at it longer, it makes us thinking about our very own life.

Those kind of photographs I like the most. The ones, which convey a very strong feelings with the minimum of resources.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Photo picks #1: X-Pro 1 married with Leica lens for macro shot

I am starting a new series of posts. I would like to simply share impressions on the interesting photos I have found on photo communities websites, and to suggest my friends to see those photos for themselves.

Below I am presenting a very nice macro shot. Macro photos could be outstanding, and can be quite boring. This one is very pleasent to my eye, I like the colors of the leaf starting from red and going through yellow to green, with wonderful light reflections. It looks wet - maybe the rain just stopped? The background is very nicely blurred.

The gear used to shoot it is another reason for me to highlight this picture. The camera was Fujifilm X-Pro 1, and the lens was Elmarit-R 90mm 2.8. The author of this photo did, what I think I will do - buy a longer non-Fuji lens until Fuji releases nice tele lenses. This photo is a proof this approach actually works.

It gives me confidence that my impressions about the Fujifim X-Pro 1 camera were correct, and when I finally get it, I will not regret it.



Saturday, May 12, 2012

Wireless cable release for X100/XPro1

I have become a fan of the Fujifilm X100 camera. This is fine camera, but it makes one thing impossible: use of a remote other than a venerable cable release. No wireless solution. And a wireless trigger is needed if you really want to make fine group photos with you included.

Why cannot someone make a wireless/mechanical cable release coupling, that can be use with the abundant wireless triggers on the market?

Those cable release cameras are more and more popular on the market, thanks to Fuji. Also, there are thousands, and maybe hundreds of thousands of people using old fine cameras, like Hasselblads V or large format, who would surely appreciate such a release.

Please, someone make such a device, and it should prove a hit. I do hope some Chinese manufacturers, whoc started to build fully manual flashes for the Strobist community, will finally make one.