I was pursuaded to fool around with an old 6x6 Rolleiflex camera a couple of weeks ago. It has been a looooong time since I rolled up a 120 film... Last time was as a kid in the 70's, when I owned a very simple Agfa Box camera. It was a bit uncomfortable shooting film again, but yet intriguing. I was sure I would mess it all up, but It seems that I didn't. Out of 24 pics on two rolls of film, I managed to overexpose only 2 of them, which was quite a surprise. Although I used a lightmeter, it was an App on my phone, and I didn't know if I could trust that either.
The art of framing
Framing with a square format with a distinct vignette, made me frame my pictures a bit different, than I usually do. But It must have been because I was uncertain of how clear and sharp the pics would be, If i entered the vignetted zone...
Aynhow. It was quite an experience and send me straight back to the olden days. One thing is certain, I'll stick to my digital Fujis. Spending ages to remove dust and waiting for development, is not a workflow that fits this day and age. Speed is of the essence.
Would I someday buy a mediumformat analog camera? Probably not! Would I buy a medium format camera if it was digital? Probably! Would I buy a Medium format camera if Fuji made one? Most certainly!
The aesthetics of the files of the Fuji cameras and the aesthetics of the cameras themselves, would most certainly triggle into a Fuji Medium format camera, and with their understanding of visuals, film and lenses.... I'm sure it would be a homerun.
I didn't have anything set up to shoot. But more or less just waved the Rolleiflex around. Here's a couple of shots. Of course my girlfriend had to act as model yet again.
Fujifilm Nordic have been so kind to lend me some of their new lenses. I've had the opportunity to shoot with a couple of preproduction lenses. The XF 16-55 F/2.8, the XF 55-140 F/2.8 and the prime lens XF56mm F/1.2 APD.
I'm prepairing a little write up on my experience with these lenses. As a teaser, here is a shot done with the 56mm APD. There has been quite a few discussions about this lens. Some say it makes no sense with the 56 1.2 none APD in the Line Up... In my mind, it makes a lot of sense. The 56 APD has a bit of the same magic as the Fujinon XF35mm F/1.4 - and that is a huge thumbs up to the 56 APD.
When doing work like this, I try to keep lighting as simple as possible. One striplight and one reflector does the job, when you want simple shapes to stand out. Or at least... That is my take on it.
It is very dark in Denmark when we get close to December - If there are no clouds, the sun becomes visible at 8.45 and sets before 16.00. Snow makes up for the darkness, brightens up the environment and dampens the ambient sounds, and makes things generally less depressing. The snow came a day late to Copenhagen, the day after Christmas. :)
This picture was taken at a time where a lot of people were out running, walking or on their way to appointments. But there are no one in the picture. Photographers know how to do that, by slowing down the light, to put it in poetic terms. Letting very little light into the sensor for quite a long time, will result in only completely still objects will show up on the picture afterwards.
The aesthetics of dance is a great inspiration. Freezing the movements makes interesting pictures.
Doing some test shots, preparing for a new project. Good thing, as a bit of technical issues have to be solved, before I can carry on.
Working with larger light sources takes away much of the need for retouch in the computer. Experimenting with colder white balance settings and the Fuji X-T1's settings, makes the JPG almost finished straight out of the camera. The Fuji X series have made me stop thinking about going full frame. If anything I'd like a Medium Format 6x6 cm analog film system as a sidekick to my X-T1. Íf Fuji developed a mediumformat X camera..... I would consider selling my internal organs. ;-)
Fuji X-T1 - XF 35mm F/1.4
Fuji X-T1 - XF 56 F/1.2
Fuji X-T1, Fujinon XF 35mm F/1.4
Fuji X-T1 + Fujinon XF 56mm F/1.2
I've had the X-T1 for a while now and soon realized that it was a camera you can dress up to any occasion. I like leaving a lot of stuff at home, so I will spend the time concentrating on the picture, instead of thinking about what lens I should put on the camera. The "Use what you got philosophy" is very liberating.
The Party Setup
The Portrait Setup The Action Setup that i use for MMA
The Portrait Setup
The Action Setup that i use for MMA
The Street Setup, that fits in my pocket. The Old School and Completely Manual setup.
The Street Setup, that fits in my pocket.
The Old School and Completely Manual setup.
Rain and Rainbow while the Eurovision Song contest is all glitter at Refshale Island. This picture looks processed, but it really isn't. It was overcast, wet and when a hole in the clouds let the sun through, this magic light presented itself. All i did was pointing my Fuji X-T1 with the 56mm F/1.2 lens at it and pressed the shutter button.
Bellator MMA fighter Mikkel Parlo, Las Vegas - Nevada.
Mads Burnell på ryggen af Coach Tue Trnka, efter Mads vandt sin 2. Pro MMA kamp.
Gear: Fuji X-T1, Fujinon XF 35mm F/1.4
Dette billede nåede ikke til brochuren. Det var svært at vælge da frekvensen af gode billeder var høj, takket være Emilies professionelle ageren foran kameraet.
What I've learned from messing around with a copy of a lens from the 50's and a bunch of other lenses as well, is that Fujinon lenses are very hard to beat in terms of detail and sharpness. Fuji are so damn good at making lenses, I mean really, really good at it. I've been around a lot of stuff, and I do like the little weird things that goes on with older lenses. But if i need quality, sharpness, detail in i.e. product photography, My go-to glass is Fuji's lenses. In that department, nothing comes close, nada! I know it is a bold statement, but I can always trust my Fujinon lenses to perform in any given situation.
Still the size of the lens is what does it for me. I wish that fuji would make a bunch of very small manual lenses... That would be a treat.... But so far, If you want to be focus challenged in low light situations, with a wide open aperture, the Voigtländer keeps you on your toes. I might grow to like it even more, but for now it is a bit of hmmm... and hmmm..... Not bad at all, not bad at all.... wow that is out of focus, and that and that. But when you get one right, the result is very very pleasing.
The picture below was shot in pretty low light at 800 ISO, with a wide open Aperture F/1.5 at 1/125 of a second and later graded in Lightroom, trying to get a Kodak Porttrait film look, without loosing to much contrast and keeping the desaturated look of the Fuji X-T1's Pro Negative Film setting.
I recently bought the Fujifilm X-T1, replacing my X-E1 and had the idea that it must be my all in one camera, doing everything from sports to portrait. Being in the GAS zone, I also got the Fujifilm M mount adapter and the Voigtländer 50mm F/1.5 Nokton lens.
The Voigtländer is great for that manual experience and if you really want to go oldschool and test yourself. But for sports, quick action and a larger percentage of useable pics in stressful surroundings, you'd better stick with the Fujis. But if you have the time and like the size, the look and the way the Voigtländer performs visually, it is quite a treat.
Gear: Fuji X-T1, Fujinon 35mm F/1.4, Elinchrom D-Lite One
Et af mine snapshots har fundet vej til et internationalt magasin: Uncaged. Tue Trnka er MMA coach og manager samt kommentator på Eurosport. Han er i øjeblikket i England for at coache Mats Nilsson, hvor Mats har sine UFC debut. Billedet af Tue er taget med et Fuji X100 til en træning i Rumble Sports.
Pannie Kianzads næste kamp. Når mine billeder bliver brugt til events og plakater, kommer de ofte i hænderne på photoshoppere. Nogle gange med gode resultater.
Produkt skud og Geek porn. Voigtländer 17,5mm F/0.95 på et Panasonic 101 videokamera. Den eneste efterbehandling billedet har fået er et 16:9 Crop