Sketching Landscapes

Hi guys, 

i've just returned from my recent travels over to the UK and realised that I haven't yet posted my most recent article from Light and Landscape Magazine. The article is called 'Sketching Landscapes' and can be seen below. The article discusses how you come to reach your desired composition and a little bit about learning from your mistakes. You can still see it in the magazine by checking out my previous blog post and following the links there. For now here's the article. 

 

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The Fujifilm X-T1, first jpegs..

Today i managed a short trip out up to the forests of Mount Coot tha, overlooking Brisbane. My plan was to see how the jpegs turn out from the new Fuji X-T1. As it happens they are just as beautiful as the previous line of Fuji X cameras that have the X-Trans CMOS II sensor. I'm really surprised how good they are and it's even made me contemplate shooting jpegs more often instead of RAW files on work that is not so critical. You can see some examples below of the type of quality that you can expect from the Fuji X-T1 jpegs. All of these images used Fuji's Velvia jpeg setting which is designed to mimic the Velvia film that was produced prior to the digital revolution. Velvia is designed to be more vibrant and is ideally suited to landscape and nature photography. Click each image below to see it in a nice lightbox format.

New Gear, the stunning Fuji X-T1

So this week I've just picked up a second body for my Fuji X System gear. I've been very excited since I first heard about the arrival of the beautiful Fuji X-T1, a change in design from a rangefinder style to a camera with more of a DSLR style. This is the camera that i think is going to persuade a lot of people, who have so far been reluctant, to give the X series gear a serious go. The many reviews have been excellent so I'm looking forward to being able to give this camera a good test over the next few weeks. I'll post a some thoughts on it once I've spent some real time with the X-T1 in my hands. Just holding it and making just a few photographs, I can tell this is a very special camera indeed.

As my X series collection grows I'm finding more and more the joy of being able to do everything that I've done in the past on a smaller, compact system. I love the photographs that I can make with the Fuji gear. The image below was taken last night on my X-E2 at the beautiful location of Lake Samsonvale, just NW of Brisbane.

Fuji X-E2 with XR 18-55mm f/2.8 lens - 22mm / F11 / 20secs / ISO 200

Fuji X-E2 with XR 18-55mm f/2.8 lens - 22mm / F11 / 20secs / ISO 200