The mind I love must have wild places…

The mind I love must have wild places,

a tangled orchard where dark damsons drop in the heavy grass,

an overgrown little wood, the chance of a snake or two,

a pool that nobody’s fathomed the depth of,

and paths threaded with flowers planted by the mind

- Katherine Mansfield.

Striding Edge & Red Tarn

Striding Edge & Red Tarn

The Fujifilm X100s Review…

Fujifilm X100s

Fujifilm X100s

The Fujifilm X100 had been on the top of my lust list for about a year. I stopped drooling, relented and bought (the updated Fujifilm X100s) this little delight, in silver. This is no technical review, there are plenty of blogs to gleen that information – I want great cameras with brilliant results. This camera comes with a fantastic APS-C sensor which is found in consumer SLR’s and handles amazingly in low light. The Fuji is a great urban/city camera, I bought the chestnut brown leather camera case with shoulder strap and this is how I proceeded to record my recent trip to Paris. Travelling around shooting at f2, it is amazing at capturing lens flare and bokeh. Where do I even begin to tell you about it capabilities, the square format shooting, shooting in film mode ‘Velvia’ for beautiful colour. B&W shots straight out of the bag, the beautiful sharp fixed 23mm lens, RAW or Jpeg. My friend Mark hit the nail on the head when he said to me recently “It makes image making so much fun, it makes you want to get out there and shoot”. Do I think as reported that it is the death of the DSLR, no I don’t, if you are a landscape photographer you still need a DSLR for better dynamic range and clarity. But, it is an amazing second camera.

The Golden Hour at Ullswater - Lake District

The Golden Hour at Ullswater – Lake District.  Wide open at f2.

A very, very early morning hike and a backwards shot of Derwent Water

A very, very early morning hike and a backwards shot of Derwent Water

If there is one thing to mention about this camera is that it is ‘energy hungry’, maybe because I always use the electronic viewfinder.

I bought two spare batteries and keep them in my camera bag. Also, I am a little worried that I may look like a Hipster !!!

The small ‘s’ on the end of this model code definitely stands for SEXY !!

The never ending Stairwell inside The Arc de Triomphe, Paris

The never-ending Stairwell inside The Arc de Triomphe, Paris

Glass stairwell at Musee d'Orsay, Paris

Glass stairwell at Musee d’Orsay, Paris