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Introducing JPG Podcast

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I’d like to introduce my very own podcast. Set up with two friends of mine, Alex and Adam (Alex can be found online here and here).

‘JPG’, which stands for journalism, photography and geek, is meant to be an extension of this website’s narrative; covering the same topics that I’m mostly interested. I’m getting to the point where I haven’t felt I should write about everything I come across and it is in my mind more engaging when two photographers discuss something like photography apps on the iPad/iPhone. Bringing Alex onboard helps in that sense.

We will be having irregularly timed podcasts, probably one or two a month (bandwidth permitting). Our aim isn’t to be an up-to-the-minute news show, there are enough of them  (and better ones) out there. Again the style of the podcast will be much in the vain of this website, longer analysis, reviews of photography apps and sometimes just a bit of geek discussion. My aim is to get the balance of serious discussion and light hearted discussion right. Overall I want all the topics to be fun, but to be informative at the same time.

The Podcast’s art work is still being worked up. Later today I will create some sort of Podcast page s well.

If you download and listen I hope you stick around as this podcast idea expands, the first show is a bit raw and unplanned (as the title alludes to), but I thank you for listening.

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The first episode is titled – ‘The One Where Alex Didn’t Use a Mic‘ (iTunes link). (Non-iTunes link here)

An irregular podcast featuring your host Jonathan, with alternating guests Alex and Adam. In each podcast we’ll talk about what’s happening in the world of journalism, photography, mixed in with plenty of geek; where geek can bring almost literally anything to the discussion table. 

In our first episode we get to grips with podcasting while at the same time discussing what is probably the best iOS Photography Magazine on the Apple App Store in the form of ‘Once Magazine'(but most definitely the best magazine overall), Apple’s 25 Billion Apps promo, a slew of iOS photography Apps for the iPhone and iPad, a curious iPhone case, a music recommendation and a year’s break to Canada.

Show Notes:

Apple Promo Page

3rd Party App Countdown Site

iOS App – Once Magazine (iPad Only)

iOS App – F8 Magazine (iPad Only)

iOS App – 360 Panorama

iOS App – PhotoSynth

iOS App – Nostalgio

iOS App – PicStitch

iOS App – KinoTopic

4×5 Kodachrome Images from the 1940’s (photographs by Alfred Palmer) and also www.shorpy.com.

The Collarbone (iPad only) (Tumblr Page)

‘Maybe it’s My Fault’ (Jordan Commercial, Youtube Link)

iPhone RangeFinder Case (Photojojo)

All music by Da Chip

Help to set up this podcast came from Donald Sinatra, podcast hosting by Libsyn.

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March 1, 2012 at 13:47

Fuji X100 ~ Review: A Love Returned, Nostalgia Reclaimed

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Fuji X100 Review

Introduction

I really only want to write once about the amazing Fuji X100. I will satisfy that intention by approaching it from two aspects:

  • As somebody who recently moved from an SLR system; replacing his setup with just the Fuji X100 (most of the technical comparisons are against my previous Canon equipment, some might consider this the wrong approach as the Fuji X100 isn’t an SLR replacement, but it is what it is).
  • As somebody who wanted to get back to the simplicity and joy of using a rangefinder camera (this was after having previously flirted with a number of them over the years, in particular a pair of Contax G2’s).

Image by Flickr User Nokton

So you’re reading this, there is no doubt you’re already well informed about the Fuji X100. Especially if you have been a regular reader of this blog. I’ve posted so much news, reviews and general information about the Fuji X100. I’ll dispense with in-depth tests, image results, pixel peeping and weighty comparisons. You will have read them elsewhere. I’ll re-post some of the links if I feel I can’t add anything to what has already been published.

As we all know, the excitement started in September 2010 at the Photokina Trade show. When I first saw the X100, I thought it could give back to me a bit of my nostalgia for handling a film camera, while at the same time I also thought, finally this is what many photographers have been asking for; a digital sensor wrapped around the beauty and character of a rangefinder camera.

Image by Flickr User Tingan Bow

It didn’t surprise me that it would be Fuji who were bringing a digital rangefinder to market. Fujifilm were always a little different with their innovations, releasing cameras now and again that were a bit odd; making us sit up and think for a moment. They did it with the GF670 (medium format film camera) and the Fuji W1 (a 3-D camera).

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Fuji X100 ~ ‘Sky News, Who Are We’?

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Swansea played and beat Reading today at Wembley stadium. 40,000 die-hard Swansea supporters travelled to London to watch. Those who stayed behind in the second City of Wales watched the game on the big screen in Castle Square and in the many drinking establishments on Wind Street.

Football by itself doesn’t really interest me, but today the event would be a great opportunity to try and capture some of the day’s emotion with the Fuji X100. Sky News and ITV made an effort to come out as well to record (live in some incidents) the obvious jubilant reactions of the Swansea fans celebrating. I spent most of my time following the various TV crews.

The reason for the title? One fan was shouting at the Sky Sports crew with, ‘Sky News, SKY NEWS’. When they turned to look he shouted ‘Who are we’?

The Adelphi Pub

ITV Live inside Walkabout

Sky Sports outside the Adelphi recording fan's reactions.

There was a Facebook page set up so returning fans could gather together and celebrate at Castle Square, the Police arrived in preparation but nothing materialised out of that. I resorted to taking some portraits and called it a day.

F2 1/160th @ 3200 ISO

Even a descendant of Lokai from the planet Ariannus* came to celebrate the night, it was that momentus:

F2 1/60th @ 3200 ISO

* Star Trek reference.
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The opening image might be included in my MA project as well. Though edited slightly differently as those colours present are not my usual style.
For those enquiring, the Fuji X100 review is coming.

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May 30, 2011 at 23:39

Street Photography – Documenting the Human Condition

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Free eBook called ‘Street Photography for the Purist’. The ebook can be downloaded here.

A series of videos that follow on from the eBook. Split into 3 parts. (part 1part 2part 3).

If you’re into street photography I recommend downloading them. Very informative and it’s good to watch a group of photographers get out onto the street and explain intimately their inspirations and personal view on good street photography. The video documentary is a series of interviews with a sprinkling of scenes from when the group of photographers go out shooting together.

I’m not really selling it to everyone unless I also mention how the various photographers; (all based in LA btw) approach their subjects, explain their personal motivations, stress the importance of stealth, debate the encumbrance of an SLR vs the silence of a rangefinder (specifically a Leica). A great resource for any photographer wanting to pick up their camera and get out on the street.

A great resource to open anybody up to this particular genre.

Discusses what s a good street photographer

Source: Patrick La Roque’s blog.

Original source: Chris Weeks (website) APhotoContributor (blog)

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April 18, 2011 at 11:54

Focusing on the Fuji X100

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There is an interesting discussion in the main Flickr group for the Fuji X100 regarding the focus mechanism employed. Most commentators in the forum hope for a software fix for the focus ring as from what I can read, takes too long to manually focus. Aside from thinking it would be a good read, it’s also a shout out to anybody else who thinks the same and should contact Fuji over this issue in case a software fix can be applied. There’s no point just discussing it on the Flickr board after all. Especially if the issue rests on the software.

Another fairly good review for the Fuji X100. A personal review from Ian Wilkinson, a working photographer from Australia. Ian shot a wedding and described his experience using it. He hates the Silkypix software that comes with the Fuji X100 but didn’t mind the write speeds (must have had a fast card :-)) or surprisingly, the focusing mechanism. He has this to say about it:

I found the best way was to choose manual focus and use the AE/FL button to focus while in MF mode; that’s a very clever feature Fuji has given us there. Doing this the camera fires instantly.

On a side note, I really like his watermark and generally, I don’t like watermarks.

UPDATE: Ian Wilkinson, who I’ve linked to in the past when he has reviewed the Fuji X100, has posted a gallery of wedding photos here. He is certainly showing off what the camera can do in a work environment.

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There is a discussion over on the largest Fuji X100 Flickr group about little tips to using your Fuji X100.

Another discussion, this time from the DPreview forums. It’s about the parallax focus shift in the Fuji X100. www.x100rumors.com comments, that while the discussion is informative because it illustrates how a rangefinder like this works, it also shows the differences present within this camera compared to a P&S or a DSLR and people’s incorrect expectations of using it.

Are you annoyed by the Fuji NP-95 charger, a few X100 owners are, even reviewers have commented on the poor design. Here are a bunch of alternatives (US), here (US) and here (UK).

Ich habe auch einen Test der X100 auf heise.de gefunden. (German website that reviewed the X100. Check out the four way ISO comparison with the Fuji X100 against the Canon 500D, Canon Powershot S95, SONY NEX5 at 3200 ISO and 12,800 ISO). The Fuji X100 does really well, less noise and sharper overall.

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Having trouble with the X100 ISO? This blog post by Patrick la Roque might help. He has a website you should check out, frequently trying to do something different with the X100. Original source, Robert Catto’s blog (also interesting).

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One clever photographer is using his X100 with a Canon 430EX mk2. I’m not sure yet whether it can communicate directly with the flash or it’s entirely manual, most likely the later. Here is his Flick Stream with his latest fashion shoot. Various videos of the behind the scenes shoot are here (also shot with the Fuji X100).

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Looking for more coverage on this camera than what you find on this site? x100rumors.com is one place to go, I’ve mentioned it in the past but it’s worth another pimp since it’s more focused resource than my blog. Another is Brandon Remler’s blog, why? He’s the US Fuji representative. He’s quite upfront about things planned for this camera (the firmware updates), the marketing speak is non-existent, it’s his voice and he is using the camera for himself.

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A followup article by Luminous Landscapes regarding the flaws present in Fuji’s camera of the moment. Luminous Landscapes received an email from a reader, he is largely negative about his shooting experience with the Fuji X100. It’s a continuation from Luminous landscapes previous review of the camera and the issues within the camera’s software.

Accompanying the email, and the discussion to hope Fuji is taking a knife to the software inside the camera (meaning, they will bring out a decent software update soon), there is also a short article about Moire and the AA filter.

On a similar note, here is a discussion about the accessories x100 forum users are purchasing. Plenty of suggestions for furthering your enjoyment of this camera.

Or will you just want the Special Edition X100 Camera case and straps designed by Luigi Crescenzil?

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Another honest review from Heathcliff O’Malley can be found here as well. It doesn’t go into much detail but it does confirm what others are saying about the camera; great ISO abilities, good viewfinder, slow buffer (but as I posted a few days earlier, it depends on the card), fiddly controls. Otherwise its still good to get general impressions from other photographers.

What Digital Camera have published their review for the Fuji X100. One of those review spread out over multiple pages. The last page just lists the specs so save yourself the time if you already know. They are not so down on Silkypix and What Digital Camera didn’t mind the weight of the camera either.

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review by a DPreview member ‘tashley’, lots of nice big images.

Want to pay more than retail price for your Fuji X100 because you can’t wait? Click here. :-)

Photographer Craig Arnold has posted his personal thoughts on his Fuji X100, it’s in four parts:

User ‘Pinphot’ from the rangefinder.com forums has made some really great observations about the Fuji X100 and has been in contact with Fuji, so there is hope the eventual firmware update will address those issues he stated.

If you have specific issues regarding the FujiX100 there is a dedicated email address for this camera.

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Now the fun stuff, the FujiX100 with adapter has a 49mm screw thread. So if you want to shoot at 24mm with this retro joy, then buy this. It’s a Raynox wide angle conversion lens.

Have you read the FujiX100 manual? Pengtoh did, there are interesting little tidbits in there he has read for us.

This is a great personal review I found over at Photo Rumors. It doesn’t cover all the things we’ve already read 10 times over either. It focuses on the important little details that matter to us. Details like the OVF framelines and manual focusing. ‘Dan’ the reviewer goes as far to say two things:

“In the world of single lens premium compact digital cameras, this is the best there is.”

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“…after-market prices have now risen to twice official price and at this level many people will balk.  Look at it this way: yes, you could buy a second hand Leica X1 for 25% less but the X100 is far superior a package and for the time being at least, far more exclusive.”

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Not from the Flickr pool of Street Life photographs, but an image that is doing the rounds on Dpreview. I’d suggest checking out the largest image offered. Seems to be the sharpest image shot at f2 with the Fuji X100.

Test of Fujiflim X100 - Full open

Shot by VOFAN.

Largest version can be found here.

VOFAN’s Flickr stream.

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