El Presidente Competition

Hot on the heals of the last quarterly competition it’s the president’s plaque. A print and digital themed competition, this year it’s Wildlife.

I was going to enter a couple of Robin images from the depths of my Lightroom library, but I accidentally showed them to the club whilst demonstrating the club’s new website. So I decided to try a bit of nature in my back garden…..

Morning Brew
Pigeon Portrait

No prints for me on this one as I’ve not got anything ready.

Me, in a Church!

No don’t worry regular listeners – I’ve not found god, however I was invited into Birmingham Cathedral (St Philips) as part of the Birmingham We Are / We all shoot Photos group.

It’s a place I’ve walked past on many occasions and never thought to venture in (not knowing if you are allowed to take photo’s etc – seems they are fine with it!!)

Fujifilm X-Pro2 XF14mm f/2.8 R ƒ/8.0 – 240seconds – iso200 SRB Photographic ND 1000 Filter
Fujifilm X-Pro2 XF14mm f/2.8 R ƒ/11.0 – 1/30 – iso200
Fujifilm X-E3 8.0 mm Samyang Fisheye II 1/60 iso 3200

An interest place to photograph as it’s open to the public and at certain times services are being conducted. I’m pleased with how the first image came out as I was using an ND1000 filter to remove people from the shot – hence a 4 minute exposure. The last image was high iso as I was hand holding the X-E3 whilst lying down.

As a group they are trying to get access to other building in the city for us to point our lenses at,

Competition: Mono (Print and Digital)

Time for my image selection for the Mono competition.

I was looking to get a couple of images printed, but I’ll rely on my store of prints as I’m probably pushing it to get anything sorted for next weeks deadline for prints.

First up are my digital entries:

The following image is a panoramic of 3 images taken handheld with my X-Pro2.  The mono works better than the colour (handy for this comp) and the fact it’s fairly clear of people is a bonus.

Fujifilm X-Pro2 – XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS ƒ/5.6 18mm 1/320 ISO200

The Selfridges image is a a quick shot taken on my lunchtime walks around Birmingham.   This was a quick grab shot of the usual Birmingham landmark, but with a different focal point.    I was looking to get a silver print of this, but I don’t think I’d have the time to get it in for the competition – so it’s a digital for now.

Fujifilm X-E3 XF14mmF2.8 R ƒ/10.0 – 1/100 – iso200

And for my print entries…..

I love the seaside and I especially love long exposures.   Out of all my silver effect prints this one has been my favourite.

Fujifilm X-Pro2 – XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS – ƒ/11.0 – 18mm – 30 Seconds – iso200

Another one from my lunchtime walks – I’m not sure what a judge will think of the bit of nature poking it’s way in on the bottom right – we’ll see.   And if it’s mentioned then maybe an edit and reprint might be an option for the 4th quarterly.   Maybe a subtle title like ‘Nature vs Architecture’ will sway it

Fujifilm X-E3 – XF27mmF2.8 -ƒ/8.0 – 1/320 – iso200

Both prints are sliver based ones – The may make a re-appearance for the final round of the quarterly competition.

XF14mm

This is not a review, but I love the 14mm.

Fujifilm X-E3 – XF14mmF2.8 R – ƒ/10.0 – 1/100 – iso200 Fuji Acros Mode + Yellow Filter

Fujifilm X-E3 – XF14mmF2.8 R –  ƒ/10.0 – 1/100 – iso200 – Fuji Acros Mode + Yellow Filter

Fujifilm X-E3 – XF14mm f/2.8 R – ƒ/9 – 1/240 – iso200

Just a few images from my 2nd day out with the 14mm.   The first image was chosen as POTD on igersbirmingham/Instagram and seems to generally well received – which is nice.

Best Nine – Kebablog Instagram

It’s that time of year, when you get all reflective and look back – fortunately with Instagram you can be lazy and use 3rd party websites to check back and report how your images were received during the past year.    For a few years I’ve simply posted the result, but this year as I’ve gone a bit Instax mad I thought I’d get creative…….

Instagram – Kebablog – Best Nine

There you go, 9 Instax prints, a Fuji X-E3 with external flash and a bit of Photoshop later the result I think is quite pleasing.   If you think it’s awful, let me know.   I’ve posted it on my Instagram feed to drop me a note there 🙂