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Bloody Bridge with the Fuji X-E1 and the 14mm

Location:
Bloody Bridge, Newcastle,  Northern Ireland
Early December 2013

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Equipment:
Fuji X-E1Fuji 14mm f2.8 | GorillaPod SLR-Zoom with Ball Head | B + W 102 ND Filter | B + W Circular Polarizer

Software:
Adobe Lightroom

Background information:

A few weeks ago I returned to a favourite location of mine called Bloody Bridge, it’s situated at the foot of the Mourne mountains where Bloody river meets the Irish Sea.  The bridge dervies its name from a massacre in 1641, tradition holds that a number of Protestant prisoners were being brought under escort to Newcastle in exchange for Irish prisoners. However a massacre occurred and the bodies of slain Protestantsn were thrown over the bridge into the river, turning it red and so the river became known as the Bloody Bridge River.

Bloody Bridge car park is approximately 3 miles south of Newcastle and is right beside the river, you can either head down to the sea or head up the track towards Slieve Donard. On this occasion I headed towards the sea. This was the first time I’d travelled down there with the Fuji X-E1 and the 14mm lens. It’s nice being able to travel with so little gear.

When you set off in the dark and rely on the weather forecasts to be correct you take a big chance, especially in Northern Ireland. Thankfully there was about 30 minutes of nice light just after sunrise so I wasn’t disappointed, here are a few other photos from that morning:

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Chasing the Aurora at the Giant’s Causeway with the Fuji X-E1

Location:
Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Favourite photo from the evening visit to the Giant’s Causeway last Thursday.
(The image is better seen in a larger format so please click on the image)

 

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Equipment:
X-E1 | Fuji XF14mm F2.8R | GorillaPod SLR-Zoom with Ball Head

Technical Data:
This photograph was taken at ISO 1600, an aperture of f2.8 and a shutter speed of 26s.
Software:

Adobe Lightroom

Background Information:

A night of chasing the Aurora.

Last week promised so much. But delivered so little.

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Newcastle – Gateshead Millenium Bridge with Fuji X-E1 & XF 18-55mm

Location:
Gateshead, England
Late October 2013

(Click on the image to see a larger version)

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Equipment:
X-E1 | Fuji XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS | GorillaPod SLR-Zoom with Ball Head | B + W 110 ND Filter| B + W Circular Polarizer

Software:
Adobe Lightroom

Background Information:

Over the October half term break we visited my sister in Newcastle. One evening after a beautiful dinner at Osaka we headed down to the Quayside. The Gateshead Millennium Bridge spans the River Tyne between Gateshead’s Quays arts quarter on the south bank, and the Quayside of Newcastle on the north bank.  With the blue light long gone and the stars hidden behind clouds the best only option was to create a Black & White image of the bridge.

 

20 Photos using the Fuji X-E1 and the 35mm f/1.4 lens in Ethiopia

Before heading to Ethiopia in October I knew there would be a limit to the amount of camera gear I could bring in my rucksack. Having acquired the beautiful Fuji X-E1 earlier in the year to improve my documentary skills I asked around for lenses that would be good to use with it whilst travelling.  A friend recommended the 35mm f1.4 and essentially gave it to me, I must say it’s a brilliant little lens.

As I’ve said on other posts, I love the X-E1 because of the fact it draws little attention to the photographer due to it’s small size.

These are my favourite photos from the trip using that superb lens:

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The innocence of an Ethiopian child.

In Ethiopia I primarily used a Fuji X-E1. The advantage off this camera is that it’s not a big DSLR and lens. It’s a similar size to any other tourists camera so it gave me the ability to shoot people and things unnoticed (or at least not drawing extra attention). In this photograph we were visiting with a disabled girl, when I noticed her little brother standing in the corner looking at us.  I set the camera on my lap and aimed it in his direction. I used the electonic view finder on the X-E1 to ensure I was capturing him and resumed the conversation with the people in the home.  Every few seconds I would press the shutter in the hope I would capture his watchful innocence, thankful that the X-E1 is mirrorless and does not make a clunk every time a photograph is captured.

This is my favourite photo from that little series (click on the image to see a larger version):

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Equipment:
X-E1 | Fuji XF35mm F1.4 R

This photograph was taken at ISO 1600, an aperture of f1.6 and a shutter speed of 1/60s.

The photographs taken on the trip were to help the Charity – Hope and a Future.

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