• Fujifilm 35mm f/2
    Photography

    Two Months With The Fujifilm 35mm f/2

    I’m just going to come right out and say it. I don’t love this lens. How honest is that?  I’ve spent over two months with the Fujifilm 35mm f/2 and I’m finally ready to share my thoughts. *if you’re looking for a proper, detailed review, you won’t find it here.  Instead, I’ll just be rambling alongside some example shots that should help you make your mind up.  For a better review and some unbelievable photos, Jonas Rask is your man. Let’s start with the basics.  As you probably know, Fujifilm offer two 35mm lenses; the older f/1.4 version and it’s more modern, younger f/2 brother.  The f/1.4 lens is said to…

  • Two Palm Trees in Kodachrome II
    Photography

    A Week in Crete in Kodachrome II

    As you all know, I love the colours that come straight out of Fujifilm cameras; it’s why I shoot JPEG. Every couple of months, I’ll mix up my fifth custom setting slot and try something a little different. This time I was intrigued by Ritchie Roesch’s Kodachrome II settings and dialled them into my X-T2. The Kodachrome II ‘look’ was one that I thought would match the summer vibes of a week’s break in Crete. Clean, colourful and slightly vintage; my kind of style. Steve McCurry, a brilliant photographer most famous for the iconic ‘Afghan Girl’ portrait, used Kodachrome extensively. He shot the last roll of Kodachrome ever. He described…

  • Fujifilm's Astia
    Photography

    Fujifilm’s Astia: The Versatile Film Simulation

    I’ll admit, whilst Classic Chrome is probably my favourite of Fujifilm’s film simulations, Astia is the one I use almost on a daily basis.  It’s so versatile.  I’ve used this for weddings, travel, newborns and even corporate headshots.  If you’re looking for colours that will bring the best out of a range of scenes, Fujifilm’s Astia is the one. I realised recently that a lot of people are interested in my JPEG settings but many don’t see enough sample images to do them justice.  Over the next few weeks or so, I’ll start separating my images into blog posts based on film simulations.  If these posts don’t make you consider switching…

  • Fujifilm's Classic Chrome for Travel Photography
    Photography

    Fujifilm’s Classic Chrome for Travel Photography

    If you’ve been following my photography journey, you’ll know that I shoot with a Fujifilm X-T2 and, 90% of the time, the 23mm f/2 lens. With Fujifilm’s incredible colours, I’ve learnt to rely solely on JPEGs and, over time, I’ve developed my own settings. Recently however, there’s one particular film simulation that has stood out for me. Classic Chrome. I use Fujifilm’s Classic Chrome for travel photography especially for urban scenes where the colour palette really shines. For me, Classic Chrome produces perfectly desaturated and gritty images. I’ve used it on the streets of Bangkok during monsoon season as well as cities closer to home including Edinburgh.  Even ‘pretty cities’…

  • Calton Hill Edinburgh
    Photography,  United Kingdom

    Exploring Edinburgh with the Fujifilm X-T2

    I recently returned to Edinburgh for the first time in over seven years and, honestly, I’d forgotten how much I love this city.  The capital of Scotland is built on the remains of an extinct volcano, evident by the huge castle dominating the skyline and Arthur’s Seat hiding in plain sight just past Holyrood Palace.  Edinburgh’s Old Town is full of medieval buildings, homely pubs and almost too many souvenir shops.  On ground level, the New Town is full of Georgian buildings and all of your standard high street shops.  Everywhere you look, there’s something to catch your eye and point your camera at. As I was only in Edinburgh…

  • Byron Bay Surfer
    Photography

    My Travel Photography Prints Are Here!

    Yes, you read that right, I’ve finally gotten around to putting some of my favourite travel photography prints up for sale! I’m not sure how popular these will be but there’s 34 photos from my travels around Australia, Bali, Singapore and Thailand.  There’s even two from Europe! Who wouldn’t want to be reminded of that time they took a crazy tuk-tuk ride in Bangkok, chilled with elephants in Chiang Mai or watched the surfers in Byron Bay. If I could, I’d print all of my photos… Anyway, if you’re even the slightest bit interested, please check out my gallery and let me know what you think. All you have to…

  • classic chome fuji settings
    Photography

    My Fujifilm JPEG Settings

    Due to the popularity of my post on switching from shooting RAW to JPEG for my images, I thought I best create one where you can see my Fujifilm JPEG settings.  These are much like using presets in Lightroom but you are applying them to the image there and then.  The below settings are the ones I use everyday and were developed through my time in Singapore, Chiang Mai and Bangkok.  At first, in Singapore, I wasn’t so good.  I kept changing my mind on how a photo should look so I kept switching JPEG profiles.  However, by the time of my last stop in Bangkok, I was much more…

  • Fujifilm X-T2 and 23mm f/2
    Photography

    What Is In My Camera Bag?

    I’ve been meaning to write this post for a few weeks now and, as luck would have it, it’s been exactly twelve months since I wrote Ultimate Travel Photography Gear.  Not much has changed since then but I’ve travelled extensively with my equipment and made some additions. I think now is the time to share an updated post on what is in my camera bag. I’ve had a lot of compliments on my photography over the past year so I thought I’d share more details about my gear. What Is In My Camera Bag (Or Not) 1. Fujifilm X-T2 This has been my pride and joy for almost two years…

  • Rovinj, Croatia
    Croatia,  Photography

    Through The Lens: Rovinj

    For this week’s photo series we’re staying with Croatia. Just up the coast from Pula lies Rovinj, a small Venetian town. My favourite place in Croatia, it really is perfect here! All shots taken on a Nikon D5000 and the 35mm f/1.8 and 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 lenses. You can check out my other posts in the ‘Through The Lens’ series here.

  • Pula, Croatia
    Croatia,  Photography

    Through The Lens: Pula

    Pula is the largest city in Croatia’s Istria region sitting alongside the Adriatic Sea.  It’s mainly an industrial city but has one of the world’s best preserved Roman amphitheatres.  I’ve visited Pula twice now; once in 2008 and then again in 2015.  This part of Croatia is beautiful and I’d love to return sometime soon. All shots taken on the Nikon D5000 with the 35mm f/1.8 and 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 lenses. You can check out my other posts in the ‘Through The Lens’ series here.