Windows For the Soul - Photography

Always in good company: my dogs and my camera

Whilst I work, someone keeps a close watch on me hoping that there will be a break soon for some fooling around in the backyard. As usual, keeping one of my cameras in reach - in this case my Fujifilm X-Pro1 - is the only way to keep these visual moments frozen in time so that I can revisit them one day.

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Fuji X-Pro1, Nikon AF-S 50mm f1.8G, Fotodiox adapter.

The cinematic look or a simple black and white photo?

I frequently keep my x-pro1 by my side with a 50mm f1.8 Nikon lens on the Fotodiox adapter. My dogs rotate shifts between them, sleeping on a chair by my side. Some are more tolerant to the lens staring at them than others. Often they are quite photogenic. For this one I was going for that cinematic look, with an extremely narrow depth-of-field the catch lights on the eyes and soft natural light. The cinematic look of the early days of movies on a naughty girl - Nita. Or should we call her Nita Hayworth?

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Fuji X-Pro1, Nikon AF-S 50mm f1.8G, Fotodiox adapter.

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".