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.