Tuesday, 23 August 2016

X-Pro2 goes to the Pillow Fight day

This was one of my last assignments with the X-Pro2.

I wanted to try a little action photography with the Fuji X-Pro2. Not exactly what it was made for but I wanted to test it out.

The annual Pillow Fight Day is put on by the folks at Newmindspace but I am not really sure if they are really the organizers as its more like a call to assemble at a certain location with your pillows vs. an organized event with city permits, security and insurance coverage...

SVPhotography.ca: 2016-04-02 Pillow Fight &emdash; International Pillow Fight Day

SVPhotography.ca: 2016-04-02 Pillow Fight &emdash; International Pillow Fight Day

SVPhotography.ca: 2016-04-02 Pillow Fight &emdash; International Pillow Fight Day

Thank you for reading this far and for anyone interested and got this far, a couple more images over at my site: http://www.svphotography.ca/p229557878

Monday, 25 July 2016

The Fujifilm X system on the bonus assignment

So now we get to the bonus event. I had another chance to capture the wonderful dancers from Ballet Jörgen Canada once again. This time, the lighting conditions would be more challenging - under stage lights instead of nature light coming in from floor to ceiling west facing windows.

Once again, I was shooting at a live performance with a full house instead of the dress rehearsal so I had to be in Ninja mode again. So the Nikons had to sit this one out. Lucky, I still had the X-Pro2 so I took all of my X-cameras with me and set them for stealth operation.

Shooting with three different body styles in the dark is NOT recommended. On this assignment, I had the X-Pro2, X-T1 and the X-E2 with me.

Here is a sample of what I captured:

Saniya Abilmajinova as Aurora and Adrian Ramirez Juarez as Carabosse
SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-27 Sleeping Beauty &emdash; Sleeping Beauty | Ballet Jörgen Canada

Emily Bart awaits in the wings for her entrance
SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-27 Sleeping Beauty &emdash; Sleeping Beauty | Ballet Jörgen Canada

Daniel Da Silva as Florimund fights his way through the Hedges.
SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-27 Sleeping Beauty &emdash; Sleeping Beauty | Ballet Jörgen Canada

Adrian Ramirez Juarez as Carabosse
SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-27 Sleeping Beauty &emdash; Sleeping Beauty | Ballet Jörgen Canada

Thank you for reading this far and for anyone interested and got this far, a couple more images over at my site





The Fujifilm X-Pro2 on assignment #3

So finally, we get to the main event – the real reason that I got the X-Pro2. All the other assignments were just dress rehearsals for this main event.

I had an assignment to photography Ballet Jorgen in an afternoon performance at the CoC free concert series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre. Usually for dance assignments, I would have the D4 & D4s bodies with me but having those cameras hammering away at 10 fps would just be too noisy. The requirement for this job - total silence, no noise from the cameras as this was a live performance in front of an audience seemed tailor made for a mirrorless camera.

I needed a camera with an electronic shutter, which all of the X-series cameras seem to have now. However, in the past I had not been too happy with the X-T1’s AF performance for dance and the lag in the EVF when shooting in burst mode.

The new X-Pro2 has the faster processor, more focus PFAF points than the X-T1 and had RAW compression – all the things I had hoped that the X-T1 would get get via firmware (but because it was a hardware upgrade, not possible) and that was the reason I had the X-Pro2 with me on this assignment.

Here are some sample photos I captured with the X-Pro2 with the 18-55 kit lens.

Adrian Ramirez Juarez with Taylor Gill
SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-22 COC Lunch Concert &emdash; Free Concert Series - Canadian Opera Company

The men of Ballet Jorgen performing a piece by Allan Kaeja
SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-22 COC Lunch Concert &emdash; Free Concert Series - Canadian Opera Company

An excerpt from their original production of Sleeping Beauty
SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-22 COC Lunch Concert &emdash; Free Concert Series - Canadian Opera Company
SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-22 COC Lunch Concert &emdash; Free Concert Series - Canadian Opera Company

Taylor Gill & Kealan McLaughlin
SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-22 COC Lunch Concert &emdash; Free Concert Series - Canadian Opera Company
SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-22 COC Lunch Concert &emdash; Free Concert Series - Canadian Opera Company

Addition images can be found at my website:

Thank you to Ballet Jörgen Canada, Canadian Opera Company & Four Seasons Centre for access to their event. Also thanks to Fujifilm Canada for access to the X-Pro2 camera.

Monday, 9 May 2016

The Fujifilm X-Pro2 on assignment #2

To continue on from the last post about the X-Pro2. After capturing the Cosplay models at ComiCon – it was off to a 15 hour St. Paddy's Day day party for my next assignment.

This would be a run and gun shoot – no time for off-camera flashes, just an external flash on manual setting on the camera hotshoe.

The Amsterdam BrewHouse is located on Pier 4 of an old converted Boat house that has been modified into a 14,000 sq ft pub / micro brewery.

SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-19 St Paddy's Day &emdash; Amsterdam BrewHouse on St. Paddy's Day
The party was put on by ElectriCITY Events and it was a St. Paddy's Day event but no green beer!
SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-19 St Paddy's Day &emdash; Amsterdam BrewHouse on St. Paddy's Day
SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-19 St Paddy's Day &emdash; Amsterdam BrewHouse on St. Paddy's Day
SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-19 St Paddy's Day &emdash; Amsterdam BrewHouse on St. Paddy's Day
SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-19 St Paddy's Day &emdash; Amsterdam BrewHouse on St. Paddy's Day
SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-19 St Paddy's Day &emdash; Amsterdam BrewHouse on St. Paddy's Day
SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-19 St Paddy's Day &emdash; Amsterdam BrewHouse on St. Paddy's Day
SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-19 St Paddy's Day &emdash; Amsterdam BrewHouse on St. Paddy's Day

Having an external flash on the camera really throws the balance off and makes it really top heavy. Guess a camera designed for street photography isn't supposed to have a big external flash sitting on the top of the camera...

Coming out of assignment 2 - the 77 PDAF points really came in handy - not much issue with big lit subjects. When shooting with the X-T1 in the past - only the PDAF points could handle back lit subjects and there was only 9 of them in the middle of the frame.

Not much issues with the X-Pro2 with the 18-55mm kit lens on assignment #2. These images were shot as jpg and minor processing in Lightroom.


Wednesday, 4 May 2016

The search for the Holy Grail - Part III

Its been awhile since I posted anything on this blog as my photographic adventures has taken me in a new direction this past 12 months. So let’s try to restart this little blog.

Let’s start by going revisiting an old topic. The Search for the Holy Grail Part III. The search for a smaller, faster and cheaper camera than my DSLRs. To see Parts I & Part II – please use the links.

The current search has stopped at the Fuji X system. From Part 2 - the search stopped at the X-T1 and at initial use - I was happy with it but as I used it long term - I wasn't too happy with the AF-C mode or the EVF in high speed shooting modes and those D-pad buttons just drove me crazy and I just used it less and less.

So when the new X-Pro2 was released and Fujifilm Canada was kind enough to loan me their flagship X camera, I was going to really use it for longer than an hour before fully committing to it. So I took it out with me on some freelance assignments.

Assignment 1:
Toronto ComiCon

Some outdoor photography with the X-Pro2 and the 18-55mm kit lens
SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-19 ComicCon &emdash; Toronto ComiCon
Makenzie Smith "Bubbles" as MJ & Else Laurenne as Venom

SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-19 ComicCon &emdash; Toronto ComiCon
Hannah & Amy

Indoor natural light with the X-Pro2 and the 18-55mm kit lens
SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-19 ComicCon &emdash; Toronto ComiCon

SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-19 ComicCon &emdash; Toronto ComiCon

SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-19 ComicCon &emdash; Toronto ComiCon

On camera manual flash shots
SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-19 ComicCon &emdash; Toronto ComiCon

SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-19 ComicCon &emdash; Toronto ComiCon

Off-camera flash shots
SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-19 ComicCon &emdash; Toronto ComiCon

SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-19 ComicCon &emdash; Toronto ComiCon

SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-19 ComicCon &emdash; Toronto ComiCon

SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-19 ComicCon &emdash; Toronto ComiCon

SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-19 ComicCon &emdash; Toronto ComiCon

SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-19 ComicCon &emdash; Toronto ComiCon

SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-19 ComicCon &emdash; Toronto ComiCon

SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-19 ComicCon &emdash; Toronto ComiCon

SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-19 ComicCon &emdash; Toronto ComiCon

SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-19 ComicCon &emdash; Toronto ComiCon

SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-19 ComicCon &emdash; Toronto ComiCon

SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-19 ComicCon &emdash; Toronto ComiCon

SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-19 ComicCon &emdash; Toronto ComiCon

I had carried the DSLR as a backup in case I had any issues with the X-Pro2 but the big and heavy DSLR stayed in the bag all day long. I was very impressed with image quality coming out of the new 24MP sensor. Focus wasn't an issue on this assignment - fairly bright settings - not too much of a challenge for the X-Pro2.

For this assignment - the X-Pro2 worked great - you can judge the images for yourselves.

PS: If you know who any of these cos-players are please drop me a note and I will credit them for the images.