If you're like me and think that to go on a wildlife safari or nature hunt you will need long lenses and zooms like a 400, 80-300 or 100-400mm then think again. I agree they will help you if you need to take shots from a distance but, in this episode you'll see the images and hear how they were created by Chris Weston, with just a 50mm lens. Yes that's right a 50mm lens.

Chris a longtime Nikon user has recently added the Fuji X system to his arsenal. Still preferring to use the Nikon on Safari due to the high sensor resolution that the Nikon D810 has, he talks about the Fuji X system and how close it is to the Nikon system. 

Chris Weston over the years has established himself as one of the worlds leading nature and wildlife photographers that has been largely built on his understanding of animal behaviour. He runs very successful workshop's for Safari and Nature photographers. Check out the images with me of Tigers, Lions, Elephants, migrating Wildebeest and Zebras and I'm sure you'll appreciate his fantastic work.

Thanks for joining me Chris.



The Chris Weston Website

Chris on Facebook

Chris on Twitter

Chris Weston on Flickr (The Photography workshop group)

Photography : "Live and Uncut" - Episode 55 with Antonio M. Rosario.

Documenting the neighbourhood.

It was a great pleasure to have as my guest on Episode no. 55, Antonio M. Rosario, especially as he was suffering from a heavy cold and the fact he had to go to work later that afternoon. I tried to keep the show a little shorter than usual but, well, conversation got the better of us!

Being a Fuji user like me, we got into talking about Fuji cameras for the outset. Antonio first got into Fuji when he was looking for a small compact camera that felt a bit more than a compact camera. Something with a little more substance to it than others that he had tried before. He bought the Fuji X20, a 2/3rd sized sensor that he found really packed a punch. I have since tried the X30, which is a little bigger in size; close to the X100s, but nonetheless produces some stunning results even with the smaller sensor.

The X20 as you probably know has an integral zoom lens of 28-112mm, with an iso range of 100-12800. It is a superb little(!) camera. An ideal inconspicuous camera for street photography. Antonio had never used a rangefinder style camera before but was keen to do so and the X20 didn't disappoint. The X20 was an ideal stepping stone to the next Fuji an X100T. The transformation from the X20 to the X100T from menu point of you is the same. So there has been no problem with that, from which he has found when changing cameras with other systems. But he maintains, despite the X100T quality and familiarity, the X100T kicks his 'Butt' many times. He likens this to buying a really fast car! You're used to the every day car but to step into a 'fast' car it does take some getting used to, so there are times when the Fuji X100T makes Antonio think a little more - and there's nothing wrong with that!

He was already shooting street work but when he bought the X20 his interest in street photography really kicked in. As his commercial work has slowed his street work has increased and now that he uses the Fuji X100T he is taking more and more photographs of his neighbourhood. He has found no difference or any problems of printing from the Fuji X20 images when comparing to a 1.5 crop sensor. An example of this is when he printed an image made from his X20, to 13x16 inch print for a customer, It needed just the minimal of adjusting in photoshop. To our considered opinion the sensor's both 2/3rd and 1.5 crop can handle print sizes up to A3 (297x420mm) with ease - that's impressive! (Using On One's Software Resize even larger prints can be made.)

Like me Antonio bought into Nikon and his second camera, he still has, the FM2! Widely considered the best manual camera that Nikon produced - I know the F3 and F4 aren't that bad either!. He mainly bought into Nikon because of the better glass that Nikon produces and maybe that the Nikon was a little cheaper than the Canon option at the time. Moving on from the Nikon film camera's through to the Nikon Digital age, Antonio bought the D100 (6Mp) then onto the D2x as the first Professional camera. He still uses his old manual Nikkor 300mm f4 on his present Nikon D7000 which produces some stunning images. The Nikon D7000 is primarily used for his video interest. He doesn't shoot film anymore but I think I may have tempted him to go out try film again. But at this moment, he mentioned, and I haver heard this said many many times, by professional photographers, 'one of the reason's that attracted me to the Fuji is the film like quality of the images, especially with the jpgs.' It is down to the sensor and the pixel set up - unique to Fuji.

Looking at Antonio's work via a Screenshare and his Instagram page, his style which is a-tune to a documentary style. A valuable part of street photography. Images that show life at this time living in Brooklyn. Images that will be important in the future - just like the old timers did in their day so are the photographers of today. All of us who are interested in street photography are giving / sharing / documenting what the world is - it's important work! His work shows a real diverse neighbourhood. Something which I firmly believe where New York leads the way where people from all kinds of backgrounds, race, colour and religion, live and work and appreciate each other. Isn't that how the world should be? He looks for the candid image and isn't one to approach and ask for the portrait preferring to catch people in their natural state. The images he sometime's takes are without thought, which to my mind reminds me of that 'Innate ability to photograph making', that some are born with. It can't be taught some of us have it others don't! It was a wonderful set of images.

Antonio has written a review of the X100T which Fujifilm were very interested to read. Its not an in-depth review like a Camera-Labs styled one, but by a real user of the camera. A very informative review and well worth the read. A review he wanted to write to share the experiences that he has had with the X100T.

We both agreed Fuji brought photography back to us!

It was a great pleasure to have Antonio on the show..

Thanks Antonio.

Until next time "leave your camera bag at home!"



The all important links.

Photography Live and Uncut : Episode no 55 with Antonio M. Romario

Antonio on Google+

Antonio on Facebook

Antonio on Twitter

Antonio on Instagram

Antonio's website and blog. 

Photography : "Live and Uncut" - Episode 47 with Tuan Nguyen

Stay in one Place and People wont see you!

Tuan joined me last week after a beautiful day in the UK. Tuan lives in Folkestone, Kent on the south coast of England. Street photography used to be his main stay of photography that fitted his travel. But, long exposure has become more interesting to him as he has developed his interest in photography.

He came to the UK when he was seven one of the original Vietnam boat people. His family settled in Cambridge, he went to University in Liverpool where he studied Bio-Chemistry then moved onto medicine. and is now a GP in Folkestone. He uses his photography as a get-a-way from the stresses of his work!

Photography started for him just 3 1/2 years ago when he bought a Nikon D70 but never really got into it. He first used this camera on a golfing holiday and didn't like the results put on the shelf blaming the camera for the poor results! It was his wife who encourage him to take photographs of the scenes when she started painting landscapes  - got a book by Bryan Peterson - Understanding Exposure.

From the D70 he moved on to the D7000 so that he could afford better glass. The glass stayed with him when he upgraded to the D800 full frame... A Fuji was added to the kit simply because of the looks. he bought the X-E2 with great autofocus. the files were pretty close to the D800 and without carrying around the extra load of lenses that come with the Nikon cameras. The Fuji X-T1 was the next camera he purchased when he visited the Photography show last year. He saw the camera fitted his lens (18-55mm) and was sold on it straight away. he went over the the store and bought it there and then... He later traded in the X-E2 for some lenses. This is a very familiar story that I hear from photographers with so many switching from Nikon and Canon to the Fuji quality but reducing heavy loaded camera bags. 

Looking at Tuan's images on the screen-share you can see how he has developed his skill in long exposure photography using ND filters allowing him to lengthen the exposure. His diversity of sunsets, sunrises especially of the piers on the south coast and the cityscapes of high rise buildings using the abstract nature of the image along with long whispery like cloud formation. Tuan readily admits his admiration for Joel Tjintjelaar, who is well known for is long exposure and editing work! We looked at his street photography where he prefers to shoot on mono. The photos from Rome and London which shows his good eye for an image and his ability to create layers in his images. Not just taking the shot but waiting for the story to evolve.

He wants to develop on to teaching photography now by setting up some workshops. He has made some You Tube videos, tutorials on Lightroom, Nik Silver Effects and long exposure editing. His development into editing has now moved onto Photoshop where he first became aware the work of Joel Tjintjelaar, which gives him complete control of the image. His first workshop will be in a couple of weeks when he will share it with Matt Hart, with the emphasis for the student to go away with a quality print. The street photography workshop is on the the 24th April in Folkestone.

His favourite photographer is as he said is Joel Tjintjelaar for the cityscapes and long exposure work, Matt Hart for his street photography but one photographer in particular Irene Kung for his photographic art. Although we didn't discuss it but I would like to think his inspiration is from his wife who encourage him to pick up the camera and take those landscapes!

On a day when Tuan had been suffering from a heavy cold, I appreciate him sparing the time to talk to me.

Thanks Tuan.

Until next time - Leave you camera bag at home...

The all important links.

Photography Live and Uncut with Tuan Nguyen 

(Apologies for the loss of connection at around 37min - it reconnects at 40mins)

The websites for Taun Nguyen - Lightreflex and his street work on Monostreet

Tuan on Google+

Tuan on Facebook

Tuan on Twitter

Tuan on YouTube

Tuan on 500px