Sticking to my plans and wanting to spend this year with the Fuji X-E1 and the 35mm wonder lens welded to the front I am keen to keep things interesting and varied when I got out to shoot. Last year there were a number of genre and techniques I wanted to re visit. One of which was long exposure. Most would know by now that one critical element to obtaining great results shooting long exposures if to have a steady camera. I have large heavy silk tripod from eons gone bye. It’s not practical to lug this around and in my camper so I have been using my trusty gorilla pod, however me and the gorilla have not had a great relationship keeping an eye out for a new baby tripod. I found one. The Manfroto Pixi….looks good on my Fuji X100 too.
Being lucky enough to own a VW Camper Van I have the huge pleasure of travelling in and around the UK on the weekends. This fits with my photography really well providing be with a rich and ever changing environment. I often choose places to visit based on interesting cities, towns and landscapes that I would like to photograph. Having a full time job in engineering getting to the weekend and spending it in another city is just fantastic. This weekend Mrs P (Michelle) and Bunnie the puppy Maltese and myself headed for the historic city of Stamford on the great north road between London and York. This is a town that has unusual features, not only does it have beautiful grand old and historic buildings, cobbled streets, and masses of history, its most striking feature on the landscape is 3 church spires. More of the streets and the photos in later in another blog because this item deserved a post of its own. I choose to shoot black and white, and found one of these beauties in the car park. The drop dead gorgeous Jaguar E-Type 4.2. Yep. Fully restored and simply stunning.
So when you find something like this the only decent thing to do when you travel with a brilliant Fuji X-Series camera and 35mm lens it shoot it. (more…)