Late summer, "official" vacation time here in Greece, is the best time to handle things in a more relaxed fashion. Such as testing new photo gear. Therefore, courtesy of Fujifilm Hellas, I have a couple of exciting pieces of gear that I'll be sharing my impressions on, in the following weeks
The weather in Greece is pretty quircky at the moment, but, fortunately, we can still easily find opportunities for outdoor shooting.
Here is a mini-shooting with the awesome Tatiana Melnikova. More of an improptu shooting during some location scouting. But more (and much more exciting stuff) will follow in the next few weeks, so stay tuned!
This is an annual event held in Athens, gathering hosts of tattoo artists from Greece and Internationally, as well as several thousand tattoo enthusiasts each year. Live tattoo sessions, shows, competitions and much more are part of the event, and it's such a colorful and exciting one to visit.
I no longer shoot what I’d call “regular” Street Photography; instead my relevant projects are all about trying to transcribe the street environment through alternate aesthetic and presentation routes. An example is my ongoing Cinematic Street project, as well as a couple of others which will be presented in the (hopefully near) future.
I've started shooting more on film again lately, and have to say that I really enjoy the experience. I'm preparing a blog article about my thoughts on film, as well as some guidelines for younger shooters looking to getting into film for the first time.
Testing of the X100F continues, and by now the camera has become my daily companion. And it already feels like an old friend, it’s so simple, intuitive and effective to use that it always feels familiar.
Here is a number of remarks and thoughts from my ongoing daily use
Historians of the future studying photographic technology will undoubtedly herald the original Fujifilm X100 as the gateway drug to what became the wildly successful Fuji-X system.
I would venture into saying that the X100 was probably the first modern Fuji camera for more than 50% of current Fuji-X shooters. In all truth, it was a camera that its time had come: a modern look at a timeless design that was also highly practical and certainly affordable for many people.
Battery life is traditionally considered a weak point for any mirrorless system. To be honest, many complaints with battery life stem from users handling a mirrorless camera just like a DSLR; chimping after each shot while, at the same time, leaving the LCD screen on all the time.
There is no arguing that smaller batteries –usually a standard situation with mirrorless- as well as the need to feed an LCD/EVF constantly, aren’t helping with battery life. Typically one would carry 2-3 spare batteries for a day’s worth of shooting, while a DSLR user could marginally make do with one.
This is a vintage lens I have previously tested, in another system (m43) quite some time ago. I had also used it a bit on the X-E2 and X-T1. I thought of re-appraising its qualities when used with the latest generation of Fujifilm cameras, such as the X-Pro2, X-T2 and X-T20.
This is a M42 mount lens, which can be easily adapted on Fujis using a cheap and widely available ebay adapter (lower than 20 euro/dollars in most cases).
Danai Maltezou is a hugely charismatic aerial performer, which I had the pleasure to meet (and shoot) a few months ago, in the Nefelopetra Aqua live performance. This time we arranged for a more “formal” shooting, where Danai performed a number of highly impressive routines; which I tried to capture in the best way possible.
he Athens Circus Festival is a yearly institution now in its 6th year and counting.
The event is organized by Circus Dayz in association with Technopolis of Athens, an open venue in the heart of the city. The aim of the festival is to produce an event where all circus acts can be showcased, being a home for different international and Greek artists and collectives. For them, this is a chance for ideas and thoughts to be exchanged but, furthermore and most importantly, to showcase their craft to the Athenian public. In the duration of the Festival, workshops, concerts and shows are held, for the pleasure of the discerning audience.
A few days ago I had the chance to shoot on assignment at a very exciting music event. The occasion was the Greek version of Battle of the Bands, jointly organized by Panik Platinum Records and the Kremlino venue.
In fact, as I've written in an older post, Fuji ought to continue this trend with the smaller lenses. The 23mm f/2 is on the cards, it seems. Why not see a 16mm f/2 or even a 56mm f/2 in the road-map? Smaller, WR lenses, that sacrifice a stop of light but not optical or use performance. And if the 56mm f/2 seems an odd choice, consider historical examples, such as Zeiss, which had f/1.4 as well as f/2.8 lenses at 85mm. The slower lens was always better edge to edge, smaller and lighter. Ultra shallow DoF is not the only requirement from a high-end optic.
I had the opportunity (courtesy of Fujifilm Hellas) to test-drive the latest addition to the X-cameras line, the new XT20. During the few days I had the camera at my disposal, I tried to use it exactly as I’d use my “regular” bodies, so you can rest assured this is as “real world” review as it gets.
I have used this camera’s predecessor in a few instances in the past, but, to tell the truth, the difference with the latest X-Pro2/X-T2 capabilities was getting quite apparent lately. The X-T10 was certainly a success in the market, as it appealed to shooters in search of a small, well build, highly capable mirrorless body, with the popular “SLR” style. It is also more than obvious that the X-T10 was targeting the medium-level cameras from the Olympus/Panasonic and Sony competition. Cheaper but still close to prosumer level bodies are desirable to a lot of users, either as nice enthusiast primary camera, or as a secondary body for DSLR and high-end mirrorless shooters.
A couple of days ago, from the 10th to the 12th of March, we had a large Photography and Technology equipment exhibition in Athens, the 1st Image+Tech Expo. Fujifilm Hellas was participating, and I was honored to be one of four Greek X-Photographers to be featured. We all had a small exhibition of our photos plus a hour long presentation of our work and connection to the Fujifilm X-System.
A few weeks ago I introduced a project done with the amazing team at AcrOdance. You can read all about the performers, as well as the project itself in the original blog post. Following up on that, we have here the first part of the story.
A few days ago, I had the great pleasure to shoot at an exciting performance, expertly comprising elements of dance, aerial acrobatics, live music and audio-visual feeds, all carried out by a very talented team of artists.
The group in question is called “Nefelopetra” (which is, of course, Greek, and could be translated as “Cloudstone”), and was formed in 2009 by Nefeli Markaki and Petros Politis. At this point I will let their own words describe the modus operandi:
I’d like to present a simple project I’ve embarked on since the beginning of this year, and I’d like to believe it could prove inspirational to a lot of other photographers too.
It all begun from the realization that I didn’t get to see my photos printed as much as I’d like. Since I’m old enough to remember when we only had film, I’m sometimes nostalgic of the times we used to eagerly await until our film was developed, and we had prints of our photos in our hands. The old adage was, and in a lot of ways, still is, that “it is not a photograph until it has been printed”.
During my trip to Amsterdam last summer I had the pleasure of shooting at the happiest day in the life of a friendly couple.
I should make it abundantly clear that I’m not a wedding photographer; only a few times I have shot weddings as a second/third shooter, to help a photographer friend, or at the weddings of friends and relatives.