Windows For the Soul - Photography

There's something about the Fuji X-Pro1

I have been a Nikon shooter ever since I picked up a camera after years of separation from photography. I did photograph a lot in my teens, I regularly blew my allowance away printing photos in the film era until I ended up forsaking the hobby when I started blow my allowance away on fuel for the motorcycle. After several years shooting Nikon, I was driven by curiosity into buying a Fujifilm X-Pro1 at a time when second hand perfect units were available at bargain prices. I have yet to buy some Fuji glass, though, so I use the X-pro1 with my Nikon lenses thanks to a Fotodiox adapter. Most of my photographs are still taken with my Nikons - I would say over 90% - but I do enjoy shooting with the Fuji and it is the need for manual focusing the Nikon lenses that stops me from using it more. However, sometimes, my little X-Pro1 does magic with the colours, straight out of the camera in RAF format. This photograph was shot with a Nikon AF-S 85mm f1.8G but I must get a couple of Fuji lenses... Fuji has some wonderful little lenses that actually focus automatically (imagine that!)... which is handy when the model does not feel very much like cooperating.

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Fuji X-Pro1, Nikon AF-S 85mm f1.8G, Fotodiox adapter, 1/250, ISO1250, f/"God only knows".

The waiting

Apart from photographing my own family, I am not really into portrait photography. It’s not that I don’t like it, but I suppose portrait photography is not for everybody. Some people feel uncomfortable when they are being photographed and I would dare say that most of us do. But then there are those who feel uncomfortable when they are photographing others. Yes, that’s me, go figure... Anyway, this is just another example that if I always have my camera with me I avoid regretting leaving it home and the common excuse to sell one’s gear: lack of use.
I had just had my sunday lunch and was messing around with the camera as usual, when I saw this photograph in my mind, and I saw it in black & white, of an old man staring at the TV set in standby mode... and I don’t mean the TV. Petrified enough for me to be able to take the shot at a low speed, hand-held ... well, not really hand-held, because I laid the camera on the table. Personally, but maybe it’s just me, I look at this photo and a word comes to mind: respect. Is that not what we feel when we see photos of old people? And when we see photos of children, don’t we all see innocence? And so many other stereotypes. Maybe this is why I have some mixed feelings for portrait photography: it usually only captures the person’s good side. Who knows what wickedness hides behind a face?... Still, I will not be posting this in the “No excuses” category, but rather start a new category for my posts: “Us” and who knows... maybe I will come up with a portrait once in a while.

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Nikon D90, Nikon 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6 @165mm, ISO 400, 1/3, f/8.0.