Gear

If only cameras can talk…

All of us at some point blames the camera for missed shots. Our cameras have shutter lag, not sharp enough, slow AF, misfocused, noisy ISO, aperture not wide enough, not fullframe, and a lot of other stuff… What if our cameras can talk back to us?

Here are some stuff I think our cameras will tell us.

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People.. Don’t look down!

I recently went for a vacation in Hong Kong with my wife.  I usually do portraits of people on the street.  I talk to them, ask some stuff about what they do then ask them if I can take a portrait of them.  It gives me more story to my images and learn more about the place.

 

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A small used stuff store in Central, Hongkong. He was really nice to let me take a photo of him.

 

I always observe random people when travelling and I noticed that a lot of them are looking down.. looking down at their mobile phones.  So I thought of shooting people on their mobile phone.

Looking for her partner

Looking for her partner

MTR Subway

MTR Subway

It became addictive for me.  I began shooting a lot of people on their mobile phones.  While browsing through my pictures, I saw photos that looks connected so I tried to combine them.

Why can't we talk

Why can’t we talk

Busy street at Causeway Bay

Busy street at Causeway Bay

Inside the train

Inside the train

Selfie!

Selfie!

Today, we are too attached to our mobile devices. Sometimes we just have to look infront of us, on our side, or above us to appreciate life.

I am glad that I took these photos.  Of course, I did took some other photos.  We just have to look around to find something interesting to shoot.

Taco Loco

Taco Loco

All photos are taken using my Fujifilm X100T which is the only camera I brought for this trip.  It is an amazing camera for candid photos. It is fast, silent and jpegs are great.  One thing I wish was a Fujifilm TCL-X100 for some closer shots.  The 23mm focal length can be too wide for some shots.  I also did minor adjustment in Lightroom for some of the photos.

Here are more photos.

Stuff about my Fujifilm X100T

Lately, I have been shooting a lot with my Fuji X100T.  After I got this camera, I started using it without reading the manual.  I just thought that it will be just like my Fuji X-Pro1.  I was wrong.

Here are some stuff I recently learned.

  1. Controls are different – buttons are placed differently than my Xpro1.  Almost all of the buttons can be assigned to your preference.. AWESOME!
  2. To enable Silent mode, you need to assign it first to the Q menu then you can turn it on and off there.  It is fine but I still prefer to just hold the disp/back button to enable it. It took me a couple of days to figure it out.
  3. Q menu can also be configured to your preference.  You can set it depending on your needs.  For me, i added the silent mode on it.

Fujifilm did an awesome job on giving us an option to adjust the button configuration depending on your shooting style.  I still have to figure out the best configuration for me.  As of now, all I did was assign the ISO button instead of video recording and adding the silent mode on the Q menu.  You just have to keep on shooting to understand more about your gear.

Train Ride with a Fujifilm X100T

Last Saturday, I went on a train ride with my wife. Rather than taking our car to Manila, we opt to just take the LRT2.  I brought my Fuji X100T so I can take some photos on the way.  I am really amazed with how the camera lets me focus on my shot and not the technicality of shooting.  Metering is spot on.  Focusing is fast. Shutter lag is almost gone. Working with the OVF is way better than my X-Pro1.  Dials and buttons are placed correctly which allows me to adjust settings without removing my eye from the OVF.  It is silent and not flashy since I got the black X100T. Although I still can’t figure out how to turn it to Silent mode like my X-Pro1.  Holding the disp/back button doesn’t work. Anyways, still learning a lot from my camera.

Here are some of my shots.

Rainy day with a Fujifilm X100T

I went out today to return a lens I borrowed from Fujifilm Philippines.. Amazing lens program! Kudos to Fujifilm Philippines.. While I was on my way there, it was raining.. What a perfect time to shoot some photos using my weather sealed Fuji X100T! (weather sealing is by keeping it in my bag..haha)  I am testing out the OVF of the X100T which is amazing! Focusing is fast. Metering is great. Classic Chrome is awesome. Coming from an X-Pro1, it was a completely different experience.  Fast, silent and compact.  I think the X100T will always be in my bag.

Here are some shots I took today. Photos are jpeg from camera and was just resized in Lightroom.