I was invited to present a lecture on Street Photography at Hein & Christine Waschefort’s Visual Skills School in Pretoria North. Going past Johannesburg, I arranged with Fujifilm SA to get the long awaited 16-80mm lens for a couple of days to test its Street- and Travel Photography capabilities.
Here we are again, and I can already hear people say "another lens from a camera manufacturer”
Most manufacturers offer you an expensive “fast” lens, the more affordable mid paced high performance “slightly slower” lens, and then your budget option (which is normally a good entry level option in to the world of photography).
I’m usually using the much bigger Fujinon 16mm f/1.4 for my landscapes, so having its smaller and lighter brother, the Fujinon XF 16mm f/2.8to carry around was such a feast.
Since the f/1.4 was so big, on hikes and walks. I tended to opt for one of the smaller lenses that would not offer the same range. Weighing in at 155g, the 16mm f/2.8 is so much easier to carry around, and there was no doubt which lens would accompany us on walks from now on.
When I look back at my journey as a wildlife photographer especially as I scroll through my images on my editing screen a few things become apparent, firstly most of my pictures were either action or close up portrait and secondly the editing was awful.
Starting with the build quality, the X-T30 is a fantastic camera. It’s small and compact, which should make it an amazing travel camera. That’s not to say it doesn’t work for regular professional work. For the photoshoot I did with Scarlet Ray the X-T30 really impressed with the image quality straight from the body.
Huawei Joburg Day in the Park ticked all the boxes for an unforgettable family day out.
The sun was out, the grass was green, and there was lots of space for Joburg’s youngest – and oldest - movers and shakers to play. PLUS an entire day of live music from some of SA’s biggest multi-generational artists.
The Jacaranda FM ‘Off the Beaten Track’ is a spectacular annual event, which combines music, family and sport to create a space where you can have the perfect family fun day enjoying the amazing outdoors of the South African landscape while being entertained by celebrated musicians.
I have been a wildlife photographer for ten years and have used Fujifilm X series cameras for the last five. When Fujifilm launched the medium format GFX system, I was intrigued if I could use this system in my wildlife work. I have had to wait a while as I needed a lens with a bit more reach than GF 120mm. When Fujifilm released the GF 250mm, I could not wait to test it out, but I needed a project closer to home.
Fujifilm X-Photographer, Tim Moolman took the new X-T30 for a spin at the recent Ultimate. X action sport event held at Sun City. After a day of shooting Tim calls the Fujifilm X-T30, “another solid performing Fujifilm X-Series camera.”
Fujifilm South Africa is proud to announce Emmanuel Ojo-Aromokundu as the latest X-Photographer to join the team. Better known as Emmy, he originally hails from Nigeria and came to South Africa to study engineering. While working with the media team at his church, he picked up a camera to help film sermons on Sundays. As we know, once the bug bites, it bites hard, and Emmy got himself a compact camera and climbed on the internet to learn the art of photography.
Anton Bosman is the latest X-Photographer to be announced by Fujifilm South Africa. Congrats Anton! His images speak for themselves and he is well-known in the Fujifilm family. For those still not familiar with Anton and his amazing cityscape photography, please read further.
I love skateboarding. I’ve loved it since I was 15 years old and I still love it to this day. Every time I step on a board to go skate I leave all anxiety and my worries behind. I love photography too so when I get to combine them both it’s pure bliss!
It was a 6-hour drive to the private game reserve. My excitement levels were off the charts. Not just because I was off on Safari but mostly because of the black square box with the Fujifilm logo on the back seat of my 4x4. The previous night at the launch of the Fujifilm X-H1 in Johannesburg. I had bought the X-H1.
All of this is my dad’s fault. He wasn’t only French, loved red wine and strong cigarettes, but he also loved photography. He had been taking pictures all his life and made sure that he would pass on his passion to me very early on in my life. I was only 8 when he gave me my first camera and I haven’t stopped taking photographs ever since….
I can’t draw and I can’t paint. And I tried, I really tried. I did however develop a love for great filmmaking, great story and that beautiful light. I swapped my surfboard for a skateboard when my mom, sisters and I moved to Bloemfontein and since then my skateboard has travelled with me everywhere…
I often get asked when I started with photography. it is a question with many possible answers. I prefer to say photography found me when I was 5 years old. My dad had an SLR from somewhere in the 70’s which he let me hold, manually focus until the image was clear, and press the button. It was like time stood still for an eternity and that moment was cemented in my memory. from that day, I could not go anywhere without it being a visual safari of epic proportions…