I usually have a compact camera to carry around with me, and until now, this has quite often been one of the Canon ‘G’ series models. However, after my G11 broke last month I decided to try a new model and have gone with Fuji X100. Still trying it out at the moment, but I already have a long list of ‘Pros’ and one or two ‘Cons’…Firstly, I have to say that the quality of the files is amazing. The Fuji has a larger sensor than the earlier Canons (although the new Canon G1X has a larger one too), and this is reflected in the smooth digital files that seem to have very little noise. I am not (in the slightest!) a technical boffin, but I can say that the files also seem to require less work in Lightroom (I shoot RAW always)… they come out of the camera with fantastically accurate exposure/contrast/colour etc. Its a lovely camera to use, and is pleasingly like a Leica/Contax in the way it looks and handles (I know the way it looks shouldn’t be important, but my Leica M3 was my favourite ever camera!). The focusing is accurate on Auto, but the manual is a bit fiddly, and there is a very good ‘macro’ setting that is easy to use. There are a couple of problems with the ergonomics, most obvious being that the exposure compensation dial is VERY easy to accidently move off ’0′ which means that I have inadvertently shot a few images at minus or plus compensation… I will try and post again once I have tested the camera further, but here are a couple of samples from the first few days…
06 06 14
Happy to announce the arrival of my new venture... Warbler Camera Straps..... luxury leather straps for connoisseurs
30 05 14
Working a lot with Harbour Hotels group at the moment, shooting in Salcombe next week for them... and there's a nice 10 pager in current Homes and Gardens...
of a house I shot for them earlier this year...
02 04 14
Been really busy of late.... Gliffaes Hotel, Tommy Jacks in Cornwall, Salcombe Harbour Hotel, and then Chateau Impney tomorrow... all lovely places to stay, all different and all comfortable well designed places.... its a hard life...
03 02 14
Blimey there's a lot of water out there! would love to be working in a garden somewhere, but the snowdrops must be drowning! In the mean time,
here is a nice blog post about me on the University of Bristol's website...
23 12 13
Well its pretty much Christmas, so heres to you all... have a good one! thanks to all my clients (especially!), and Im looking forward to working with you all again in 2014... starting with Top Floor Rugs in early Jan!
15 11 13
Recent shoots for Walton Hall Hotel in Warwickshire, Elizabeth Bradley Tapestry and Bybo Wines... varied work indeed... looking forward to shooting some Kendall King Scott interior and architecture at Bristol University, and a shoot in in North yorks for Culinary Architecture..
19 09 13
Just off to shoot some images for a feature in the rather good-looking 'Milieu' Magazine, and American interiors magazine... its suddenly rather autumnal here, so Im also beginning to think autumn garden features... any suggestions?!
22 08 13
Busy shooting at The Feathers Hotel in Ledbury this week, and preparing for another Top Floor Rugs shoot with fab carpet designer Esti Barnes next week. Just enough time for a visit to The Pigs Nose in East Prawle!... I reckon!
17 04 13
Wow, its all gone mad now! off to Cornwall for a hotel shoot tomorrow, back to Bath for a hotel shoot on tuesday, then to East Sussex for two days shoots for magazines, then back to Bristol to prepare for four days in Italy... see you on the other side...
Plums from The #allotment,been turned into lovely plum chutney (thanks @NigelSlater )