1. I shot this confrontational portrait with a Fuji X100 compact camera with it's fixed 35mm equivelent lens. I thought this camera would make a good street and cafe portrait camera. It's my tool of choice for Blaises wedding and my new companion just about everywhere. Here are my very first test shots all taken at f/2 - enjoy.
Click on the picture above to download a full high res jpeg of the image complete with exif for evaluation purposes.
2. My very first frame taken on the compact Fuji X100.
I set the camera to auto ISO, aperture priority mode at f/2 (wide open) I used a monochrome setting and captured RAW plus Jpeg for all these pictures. I found capturing a jpeg at the same time as a RAW file allows me to zoom in to 100% with one click to check focus.
3. A simple 2 shot to find my eye with the 35mm equivelent focal length.
I love the viewfinder of the X100. It is switchable between high resolution electronic mode and optical view. Both are fabulous and I used both modes throughout my shoot. For moving subjects I found the optical viewfinder to be the best and for static shots likeall of these the electronic viewfinder is perfect.
4. Once in a cafe I set about shooting into the light to get a few gritty couples shots. Perfect for a pre wedding shoot with an edge.
This shoot was an Exclusive training workshop for my Evolve 3 delegates. We laid on two couples to shoot, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. In order to give my Evolvers the edge over their competition I taught how to capture great cafe couples shots. Every now and then I pulled the Fuji X100 from the camera bag to capture these images.
5. Another frame that captures the fabulous look of Melissa and Ryan.
The Fuji is great to use and the images are always super sharp even at f/2. I’ve no intention of using any other aperture. There is a built in ND filter that can be used if the light is too bright for a wide open shot.
6. Melissa and Ryan were an exceptional couple to shoot. They are getting married soon and their photographer is in for a treat. I directed the emotion and action in these shots to bring them to life.
7. Outside in bright light the Fuji is outstanding as is to be expected if the amazing low light capability is anything to go by.
Before deciding to go with the Fuji I considered the far more expensive Leica and the cheaper Olympus and Panasonic alternatives. I did my research and a fair deal of pixel peeping and it was a no brainer. The best image quality in the best looking package at a fair price to match the IQ.
9. Click on this image to see a big version too if you wish.
10. After lunch we met up with Katy and Ben in another Bristol bar.
13. I loved the Fuji X100, Katy loved Ben and we all had a wonderful day.
14. The little Fuji camera blew me away with it's speed of focussing and shooting. It was quicker to focus in this dark cafe than my Canon 5Dmk2 with it's f/1.2 50mm lens. Again I've put the high res file online. Just click in the picture to see it.
15. For intimate portraits on location there is no better tool. I love the unthreatening nature of the small retro camera and the ease that I can work quickly and silently. Every picture has a story to tell. Every picture has the ability to be seen as art.
16. The day after I was teaching a Shooting Weddings class and between frames on my Canon I pulled the Fuji from my bag to see what it could do. I shot this frame at -2 stops compensation. Click in the picture to see the full res jpeg version.
17. This little camera, the Fujifilm X100 is probably the best portrait camera I've ever used.
18. Highlights and shadows are rendered superbly in the processed RAW file.
I will now find my look with this camera and I’ll find a post production system for it too. At the moment I import and select files in Photo Mechanic then develop the RAW files in Lightroom, export in 16 bit and further adjust in Photoshop. I might add a film grain look too. I love the clean look of Neopan 400 film and the gritty look of the 1600 emulsion. Maybe two post production looks is what I will eventually choose to use.
Please feel free to comment below.
||merrymen photography (@merrymenphoto)
@damienlovegrove thanks for the Fujifilm x100 “review”, love the look of that camera and seems to shoot great too! Low profile
Fri Jun 24 09:07:36 2011
||Som Jandu (Imilux) (@somjandu)
RT @damienlovegrove: A great set of images and you’ve made me consider this camera!
Fri Jun 24 08:05:59 2011
||Alan Starkey (@weddingphotoblo)
@damienlovegrove oh bugger, I was trying to talk myself out of buying an x100 I now realise that resistance is futile..
Thu Jun 23 22:35:35 2011
@damienlovegrove Fuji: wow I wonder if this could be the answer to my low-light frustration at dimly-lit events? Hefty price tag though!
Thu Jun 23 22:20:15 2011
||Greig Middlemiss (@Different_Light)
@damienlovegrove God damn you Damien, I want one of those cameras now. Or perhaps just the couple to shoot myself.
Thu Jun 23 21:04:48 2011