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  1. Yes, I know I am repeating myself in saying that photography is a more precise medium than video. We sincerely love video because it is live, it is colorful, it is soundly, it is cinematographic. It is fiery tail on our animated visual and earring senses. All those things that photography cannot compete in terms of modern popularity. But strangely still images seem to last longer in our memory and be more informative than a stream of pictures. Glimpses of selected reality (as perceive by their auteur) photography offer a full view of an instant visual memory. Just think about the multiple aspects of a face expression photography is may be the best way to freeze those fugitive moments of great signification. Behind and beyond the image are always part of the mental process that a picture can trigger in our mind. There is the pictorial story on the paper (or on the screen) but there is this other story that our brain is developing about the picture itself. It is self-information added to the strict imagery of the picture. The complexity of the train of thinking triggered by a photo can be infinite as for the multiple personal interpretations we can give to it and this is the beauty of it. We have to not forget that photography is in fact an instant glimpse of the past since it is already a selective past moment. Every time we look to a photograph, we see an imperfect repetition of a subject or a context. Un-static Memories Is there a learning curve about imagery? Because photography is segmenting our timeline almost on an infinitive base every single picture got the glimpse of eternal history into our mind memory. So, it happens that picture became a reference you can remember under every circumstance you wish to do so. With time passing by all those pictures are stacking at a point difficult to apprehend and many picture frames of our distant past experiences seem to vanish of our voluntary recollection but time to time they appear without notice. Mind is complex because it memorizes not only pictures, odors, tastes, sensations but also impressions even interpretations. With age we sometimes experiment warp return of past moments to our astonishment. It demonstrates how the process of our mind is ongoing continually. I have once said that persistence is an important creative factor in photography because the subject of it is in continuous dynamic of change. Light, position, context, etc. are in constant evolution and the photographer as an observer should take all the opportunities to note and memorize the movement of life surrounding us. Training yourself to translate your impressions on a 2-D support is a perpetual task to accomplish with curiosity and will to repeat. So, photography is an expression of learning life through a mind process of apprehending selecting instants moments.
  2. Foreword: Please note that most of the pictures illustrating in this article are scanned from the original publications or past archives and were taken by the auteur during that period of 1987-2001. Sorryfor the very variable image quality since almost all my original slides have been lost or destroyed. Many people that I have known during my active fifteen years in motorsport photography were very curious about the "glamour" side of the job (assignment). But .... almost all of us (mainly men along with a few courageous women) were mainly motorsport fanatics that are loving at first auto racing and ... were dreaming to be themselves real racers. So, doing photography was may be one of the nearest ways to be involved in the sport. At that time period (1987-2001) auto racing was still a dangerous sport with frequent accidents, injuries and time to time deaths even into the smaller and local series. Race track organizations and installations were most of the time on the minimal side and security manners were crude compare to what we see today (which are almost clinically controlled). And most of us (speaking of the regulars) who were covering the whole season were freelancers often attached to the few different Canadian auto-sport publications. The search of the required credential to get free access to the site was the primary task to fulfil. In our small community of fellow’s car racing photo takers who were able to see a mix of old timers, ambitious, groupies and beginners. Sometimes we had the visit of some newspapers correspondents which were notorious for their lack of experience in that domain.  Because doing auto racing pictures is not really an easy task. It requires dedication, physical effort (most of the time for moving yourself to strategic places or simply anticipate and follow the action), good reflexes, a good sense of the environmental movement, an interpersonal involvement, persistence, to be highly auto-critical of your work, the capacity of fast learning, etc., etc.. At the end you have to remember in this nasty (translate by "competitive") world of communication that only results are counting. And what about equipment? Sorry but my little experience in that field have teach me that racing photo editors don’t give a damn of which camera or system you are actually using to do your work. But I can understand the amateurs when they are saying they cannot really make good pictures like the other fellows on the other side of the fence because they don’t have the right equipment and ... the necessary access credential. Doing auto-sport photography was a bit like war photo reporting ... but with less risks for everybody involved. But physical fitness and mental awareness were similar in many ways. Some of us love to work in staged areas, others were more adventurous. Some were well advised, others were more gamblers. Some were very PR, others were shyer. Some were egocentric person, others were very generous. I have enjoyed all the time I was part of that special group of colleagues. Sure I have encountered some difficult working situations like conflicts with officials or very adverse weather conditions (sun, rain, wind, cold, snow!) or very emotional disturbances or simply bad photo output after all these efforts. Many times we were staying at cheap motels (Rooms shared by 4-5 of us!) or in a tent or even in a car and we were eating scarcely at sponsored tents if it was possible or at infamous snack bars. We were begging for taxiing around the circuit from the different teams or circuit workers. And don’t forget we had to bring this fabulous but annoying 20-25 pounds camera bag filled with few cameras bodies, 4-5 lenses, electronic flash, exposure meter, film rolls, without forgetting the monopod for that heavy extra telephoto "dream" lens (a 300mm telephoto lens). Drinking water was another priority to be addressed for surviving around the circuit. Clothing was also an imperative to be consider. At the end you really looked as a war correspondent. And there is a lot of noise (ear plugs were a must!) surrounding you. But during the races we finally all had this adrenalin rush to perform our "duty". No time to think or postpone anything because the action was taking it all. At the end of race day program, we were totally exhausted but really proud to be part of that special group of auto racing passionate photographers. A Racing Portfolio by Daniel M Note: Most of the pictures illustrating in this article are scanned from the original publications or past archives and were taken by the auteur during that period of 1987-2001 All my thanks goes for Formula, the Canadian auto sport magazine; Pole-Position magazine; World of Wheels, Canada's auto magazine; Le Monde de l'Auto, le magazine québécois de l'automobile; Canadian Grand Prix program and to all my photo editors (Thanks to Marc, Luc, René, Philippe among all others) who have believe in my work. A special thank also to my occasional sponsor Fujifilm Canada. Jimmy Vasser: An American in Canada! For a time, Jimmy Vasser did his basic open wheels racing classes in the Canadian Formula 2000 racing circuit before graduating into USA racing circuits. Vasser is the last American born driver to win a Cart championship in 1996. He became eventually a successful Indy racing team owner. Stéphane Proulx: The gifted but uncontrollable Canadian young telegenic champion. The destiny has crushed one of the most talented auto racer of his generation. He was "mediatic" before the hour and before Jacques Villeneuve (son of Gilles). At a time, everybody wanted to be near him but finally almost everybody ignored him at the last moments of his very short life. But he was so a dashing personality even after knowing the complete story. The Fuji Photo of the Month: Every Canadian auto racing photographer wanted to get it (and the pay check of $250!). It finally happened in 1990 for the first time for a Canadian fellow (i.e. me!) and it happened again for me one year later in becoming the first one to get it twice. Thanks Fuji!  Danger around the circuit: All racing editors were loving action pictures (meaning accidents) and many racing circuits of these times were not really fully secured like today. The photographer was able to be very near the racing car at a point you were able to feel the exhaust pulsation on your shirt. Many times, I have selected a normal or semi-wide-angle lens to be able to cover all the subject. Sliding, collisions or mechanical failures like fire were popular. Many colleagues voluntarily ignored these moments for various reasons, but it was not my case. Danger was part of the auto racing context and was adding a lot of dramatic to the sport.  Elio de Angelis: This portrait snap shot have been taken in 1984 at the Canadian Grand Prix. At that time Elio de Angelis was driving for the Lotus team of Colin Chapman. He will be the last driver to win a Grand Prix race for Chapman (before his death). Then, de Angelis changed team for Brabham where he lost his life during a private test. Rain (and cold!) around the circuit: Mont Tremblant mountain circuit is reckoned for its rapid change of weather during a race weekend. During this particular event the light was so low that I have to rely on electronic flash aid and for this reason I have position myself to take side picture of the cars preventing that way to disturb the drivers. Another rainy picture shooting with the "King" Richard Spénard at the Trois-Rivières Grand Prix. Spénard was one of the most experimented Canadian racing drivers of its time. I was talented but also a very generous fellow racing teacher. Greg Moore: Another Canadian sensation young racer that everybody was hoping the best. His short live ended during a Cart Championship race at Fontana, California in 1999. Jacques Villeneuve (Jr): He may be the best Canadian racing driver who was able to win the Indianapolis 500 race, the Cart championship and the Formula 1 Grand Prix season championship (against Michael Schumacher among others) in only three years’ time! He was certainly gifted as a natural driver, but he was also very clever. And he has a charming attitude toward press and photograph people. He can be also a very independent guy that may have affected negatively in the last part of his racing career. Patrick Carpentier, the next "Villeneuve"? Hopes were high right from the start. Carpentier manage to make a professional racer living in the USA before becoming a tv commentator and an enthusiasm race ambassador in Canada. And other fine Canadian auto racers: David Empringham Martin Guimont Claude Bourbonnais Didier Schraenen Michael Valiante Isabelle Roy leading a front pack of astonished guys! My last published racing picture in November 2001: Certainly not my best one but in some way, it announced that change has to occur into the auto racing world if they want to survive. The introduction of women in the sport has to be a real changing factor but seventeen years later it still has to be seen as a general evolution. A special thanks for all the people who have supported me along these years of freelance motorsport photography and more specially to my wife Manon who has understood and encourage my passion for this sport. And a special thanks to Dallas who patiently has worked a lot to reconfigure this article!
  3. Foreword: Please note that most of the pictures illustrating in this article are scanned from the original publications or past archives and were taken by the auteur during that period of 1987-2001. Sorryfor the very variable image quality since almost all my original slides have been lost or destroyed. Many people that I have known during my active fifteen years in motorsport photography were very curious about the "glamour" side of the job (assignment). But .... almost all of us (mainly men along with a few courageous women) were mainly motorsport fanatics that are loving at first auto racing and ... were dreaming to be themselves real racers. So, doing photography was may be one of the nearest ways to be involved in the sport. At that time period (1987-2001) auto racing was still a dangerous sport with frequent accidents, injuries and time to time deaths even into the smaller and local series. Race track organizations and installations were most of the time on the minimal side and security manners were crude compare to what we see today (which are almost clinically controlled). And most of us (speaking of the regulars) who were covering the whole season were freelancers often attached to the few different Canadian auto-sport publications. The search of the required credential to get free access to the site was the primary task to fulfil. In our small community of fellow’s car racing photo takers who were able to see a mix of old timers, ambitious, groupies and beginners. Sometimes we had the visit of some newspapers correspondents which were notorious for their lack of experience in that domain.  Because doing auto racing pictures is not really an easy task. It requires dedication, physical effort (most of the time for moving yourself to strategic places or simply anticipate and follow the action), good reflexes, a good sense of the environmental movement, an interpersonal involvement, persistence, to be highly auto-critical of your work, the capacity of fast learning, etc., etc.. At the end you have to remember in this nasty (translate by "competitive") world of communication that only results are counting. And what about equipment? Sorry but my little experience in that field have teach me that racing photo editors don’t give a damn of which camera or system you are actually using to do your work. But I can understand the amateurs when they are saying they cannot really make good pictures like the other fellows on the other side of the fence because they don’t have the right equipment and ... the necessary access credential. Doing auto-sport photography was a bit like war photo reporting ... but with less risks for everybody involved. But physical fitness and mental awareness were similar in many ways. Some of us love to work in staged areas, others were more adventurous. Some were well advised, others were more gamblers. Some were very PR, others were shyer. Some were egocentric person, others were very generous. I have enjoyed all the time I was part of that special group of colleagues. Sure I have encountered some difficult working situations like conflicts with officials or very adverse weather conditions (sun, rain, wind, cold, snow!) or very emotional disturbances or simply bad photo output after all these efforts. Many times we were staying at cheap motels (Rooms shared by 4-5 of us!) or in a tent or even in a car and we were eating scarcely at sponsored tents if it was possible or at infamous snack bars. We were begging for taxiing around the circuit from the different teams or circuit workers. And don’t forget we had to bring this fabulous but annoying 20-25 pounds camera bag filled with few cameras bodies, 4-5 lenses, electronic flash, exposure meter, film rolls, without forgetting the monopod for that heavy extra telephoto "dream" lens (a 300mm telephoto lens). Drinking water was another priority to be addressed for surviving around the circuit. Clothing was also an imperative to be consider. At the end you really looked as a war correspondent. And there is a lot of noise (ear plugs were a must!) surrounding you. But during the races we finally all had this adrenalin rush to perform our "duty". No time to think or postpone anything because the action was taking it all. At the end of race day program, we were totally exhausted but really proud to be part of that special group of auto racing passionate photographers. A Racing Portfolio by Daniel M Note: Most of the pictures illustrating in this article are scanned from the original publications or past archives and were taken by the auteur during that period of 1987-2001 All my thanks goes for Formula, the Canadian auto sport magazine; Pole-Position magazine; World of Wheels, Canada's auto magazine; Le Monde de l'Auto, le magazine québécois de l'automobile; Canadian Grand Prix program and to all my photo editors (Thanks to Marc, Luc, René, Philippe among all others) who have believe in my work. A special thank also to my occasional sponsor Fujifilm Canada. Jimmy Vasser: An American in Canada! For a time, Jimmy Vasser did his basic open wheels racing classes in the Canadian Formula 2000 racing circuit before graduating into USA racing circuits. Vasser is the last American born driver to win a Cart championship in 1996. He became eventually a successful Indy racing team owner. Stéphane Proulx: The gifted but uncontrollable Canadian young telegenic champion. The destiny has crushed one of the most talented auto racer of his generation. He was "mediatic" before the hour and before Jacques Villeneuve (son of Gilles). At a time, everybody wanted to be near him but finally almost everybody ignored him at the last moments of his very short life. But he was so a dashing personality even after knowing the complete story. The Fuji Photo of the Month: Every Canadian auto racing photographer wanted to get it (and the pay check of $250!). It finally happened in 1990 for the first time for a Canadian fellow (i.e. me!) and it happened again for me one year later in becoming the first one to get it twice. Thanks Fuji!  Danger around the circuit: All racing editors were loving action pictures (meaning accidents) and many racing circuits of these times were not really fully secured like today. The photographer was able to be very near the racing car at a point you were able to feel the exhaust pulsation on your shirt. Many times, I have selected a normal or semi-wide-angle lens to be able to cover all the subject. Sliding, collisions or mechanical failures like fire were popular. Many colleagues voluntarily ignored these moments for various reasons, but it was not my case. Danger was part of the auto racing context and was adding a lot of dramatic to the sport.  Elio de Angelis: This portrait snap shot have been taken in 1984 at the Canadian Grand Prix. At that time Elio de Angelis was driving for the Lotus team of Colin Chapman. He will be the last driver to win a Grand Prix race for Chapman (before his death). Then, de Angelis changed team for Brabham where he lost his life during a private test. Rain (and cold!) around the circuit: Mont Tremblant mountain circuit is reckoned for its rapid change of weather during a race weekend. During this particular event the light was so low that I have to rely on electronic flash aid and for this reason I have position myself to take side picture of the cars preventing that way to disturb the drivers. Another rainy picture shooting with the "King" Richard Spénard at the Trois-Rivières Grand Prix. Spénard was one of the most experimented Canadian racing drivers of its time. I was talented but also a very generous fellow racing teacher. Greg Moore: Another Canadian sensation young racer that everybody was hoping the best. His short live ended during a Cart Championship race at Fontana, California in 1999. Jacques Villeneuve (Jr): He may be the best Canadian racing driver who was able to win the Indianapolis 500 race, the Cart championship and the Formula 1 Grand Prix season championship (against Michael Schumacher among others) in only three years’ time! He was certainly gifted as a natural driver, but he was also very clever. And he has a charming attitude toward press and photograph people. He can be also a very independent guy that may have affected negatively in the last part of his racing career. Patrick Carpentier, the next "Villeneuve"? Hopes were high right from the start. Carpentier manage to make a professional racer living in the USA before becoming a tv commentator and an enthusiasm race ambassador in Canada. And other fine Canadian auto racers: David Empringham Martin Guimont Claude Bourbonnais Didier Schraenen Michael Valiante Isabelle Roy leading a front pack of astonished guys! My last published racing picture in November 2001: Certainly not my best one but in some way, it announced that change has to occur into the auto racing world if they want to survive. The introduction of women in the sport has to be a real changing factor but seventeen years later it still has to be seen as a general evolution. A special thanks for all the people who have supported me along these years of freelance motorsport photography and more specially to my wife Manon who has understood and encourage my passion for this sport. And a special thanks to Dallas who patiently has worked a lot to reconfigure this article! View full article
  4. Hi Mike, I have re-uploaded all the pictures (except one). I hope that will fix the problem. Have a good day.
  5. Yes by today's standard the noise level of motorsport events are considered more as a pollution than an annoyance. On a long run the Formula E (electric) should be the real modern evolution of car racing but there is still a very strong (and machismo?) resistance. I hope everything is returning to normal at your place. Have a good night!
  6. You can try through the "Headliners" link presented on the Home page. It should work better. If not I will try to configure the pictures via another option. Thanks for your understanding.
  7. danielm

    Remembering Everest Base Camp

    I like the black and white dramatic rendition of your picture. The sky and the mountain are simply overshadowing the human presence.
  8. Yes his pictures (and post processing) are simply excellent.
  9. We had the same problem in Canada with the only live TV coverage during the Canadian Grand Prix but we use to look on BBC coverage rediffuse very late sunday night by the CBC (Canadian Broadcast Corporation). Back in 1968 I have the chance to have seen the excellent John Frankenheimer movie Grand Prix which its photography and cinematography has been very inspiring through times. For sure as Canadians we were following the meteorical ascension of late Gilles Villeneuve and later on of his very talented son Jacques Jr. But too of my favorite pilots at the time were Keke Rosberg and Nigel Mansell. But I must add that except for very few of them we like to follow the careers of all the F1 pilots of the time. It was like big family. We love also to follow the car concepters like Gordon Murray or Gérard Ducarouge. I am still following the Formula 1 actualities and drivers like as Kimi Raikkonen or Daniel Ricciardo among few others although I don't really appreciate the present format (circuits, cars, classification rules, etc.) of the races. But the passion (to my own surprise) is still remaining ...
  10. Thank you for your nice appreciation. Motor-racing photography have always been a big challenge that require a lot of dedication. But it can be very rewarding if you really persist in your effort to get satisfactory results. My first real Formula 1 souvenir has occur at the dead of Jim Clark in January 1968 during a Formula 2 race in Germany (I was a youngster at the time!). But like you I really start to enjoy following the series with the arrival of Gilles Villeneuve (father of Jacques Jr) in 1977-1978. The racing conditions have now evolute in a way that fans and local photographers are contained in far stands and are not allowed to be in very close contact with the racing participants. The races are by far less risky and all the circuits have been much standardized. For your amusement I have found a front cover I have done for Pole Position magazine showing Michael Schumacher in its Benetton racing car at the Montreal Canadian Grand Prix. Thanks again for all your help, Daniel M
  11. Let us rewind to the analog film days of photography. The 35-50mm taking lenses were kings of their era and were present to almost every manufacturer systems offered. Their maximum aperture were ranging from a modest F3.5 to an astounding F1.2 if you were able to afford it. With the introduction of electronic autofocus and motorized cameras they were replaced by a plethora of different trans-standard zoom lenses from the cheapest ones to the expensive "pro" such as the 24-70mm F2.8. And that tendency has been replicated right from the start of the digital cameras era. With an angle of view of 63 degrees the Fujinon XF23mm F2 R WR can be assimilated as a "eye-normal" standard lens although for some their opinion is that this Fujinon model is a bit too wide to be classified easily in that category. Its close focusing ability is good and this caracteristic contribute largely to its versatility. It is not a (head) portrait optic but surely you can work full body view portrait with confidence and proximity of your main subject. The Fujinon XF23mm F2 R WR lens is a useful "interior" lens providing you are not looking for a very wide view (the Fujinon XF16mm F2.8 or XF10-24mm F4 R OIS lenses for example should be more interesting choices in that case). For sure in some narrow contexts you will need to contorsion yourself to embrass the whole subject. Because of its reduced size, this Fujinon XF23mm f2 R WR is a discrete optic and more if it is coupled with a Fujifilm X-E or X-M series camera body. This particular nature will be fully appreciated if you doing street, travel or casual photography in giving you the possibility to be more spontaneous in your activity. We cannot escape the (Leica) Summicron lens series analogy even if we are speaking of two very different lines of optics especially considering the electronic involvement into the Fujinon X-series. The two control rings of the Fujinon XF23mm F2 R WR allow you to select your aperture and adjust your focus manually if needed or hoped. In the case of the aperture it is handy to be able to better control the deep of field of your subject and also with the focusing ring have the capacity to choose the optimal focus point. The Fujifilm lens hood furnished with the lens is small and none-protuberant (You can leave on almost permanently except if you intend to use optional 43mm screw-in filters). What about the optical quality image output of the Fujinon XF23mm F2 R WR lens? Suffice to say that I cannot see any noticeable (for me!) between this optic compare to the others Fujifilm XF series lenses. To be more reassured you can consult the numerous technical tests over the web. But in my sens the best way of evaluating a lens for your specific needs is to take pictures with it. It can fit or not your style of photography and respond accordingly to your specific technical way of taking pictures. In some countries Fujifilm offers "try and test" session or even loan programs to do so. So the Fujinon XF23mm F2 R WR lens is it for you or not? That is the big question. Focal fixed lenses are optics that are asking a photographer adaptability to be ensure their complete useful. So your mobility is a key point of success when you intend to select that category of optics. If you feel better and confortable to work from a fixed point of view and reframe with a variable focal zoom lens that can be a big issue. On the contrary if you are a kind of "active" photo takers this Fujinon XF23mm F2 R WR can be be an creative and easy manageable answer (as for all the others focal fix Fujinon lenses). A few years ago I was discussing with Billy Luong of Fujifilm Canada about the possibility of creating a king of "bridge" new lens between the existing XF27mm F2.8 and the expensive XF23mm F1.4 R model and I have noticed his smiling facial expression at the moment. Less than one year after this conversation the new Fujinon XF23mm F2 R WR was introduced on the market. Additionaly the Fujinon XF 23mm F2 R WR is now offered as a complementary ("kit") lens combined with various camera body models at a very competitive price point. For many photographers it could a very wise and rewarding choice... View full article
  12. I've got a long love affair with the original rangefinder cameras (Leica M4-P & M6) and the now digital rangefinder style cameras (Fujifilm X-E2, X-E2S & X-E3). I don't know if it is due of the fact that their viewfinder is located off center (meaning not in the same optical axe of the picture taking lens). But that peculiar camera body design seems to stimulate my creativity and my motivation to brought the camera in places and at moments that I will have a tendency to ignore. The Fujifilm X-E3 is the fourth version of a popular model design that many photographers like to bring with them as their main camera or at least as their back up camera body that happens to becoming eventually their most used. The X-E3 is using the same 24MP image sensor that the X-T2 and the X-T20 have. So the picture quality is at par of the two last mentioned models. One of the thing which most interesting when you are using a rangefinder style digital camera is the fact that they are less noticeable, less protuberant, less intrusive in front of the subject.. This characteristic to be more discrete is always appreciated by the spontaneous photographer on the street, during a travel and even when you taking a candid portrait of a person (The camera seems to be less "serious"). Many people were tempted to make the comparaison with the Fujifilm X100F which a compact APS-C digital camera doted with a similar fixed lens of 23mm. If you combine the Xf23mm F2.0 lens with the Fujifilm X-E3 the two cameras will give the same angle of view. But the Fujifilm X100F is more a (large) pocket camera while the Fujifilm X-E3 is an interchangeable lens model that have a more standard dimension. Fujifilm X-E3 w/ Fujinon XF55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Most people will talk in length about the good or the bad handling of a camera model. It is always a very personal and intuitive impression at the end. Ergonomics are designed by technicians that are biased by their own physical and cultural differences. All this has been said one thing that I have experimented with the Fujifilm X-E3 is its fine ergonomic in terms of the camera body and lens combination and I am surprise how good and easy it is still true even when you are using a larger zoom lens such as the Fujinon XF55-200 F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS. As a travel or street photographer I fully appreciate this ability. About the tiny Fujifilm EF-X8 electronic flash which is included with the furnished camera accessories I was skeptical of its practical use but I have found it very easy to bring with me and positioning on the X-E3 (You can leave it at rest on the Fujifilm X-E3 camera at its down off-position). Dont forget that the EF-X8 is using the battery pack power of your camera. As a fill-flash and as an emergency flash unit are may be the two best tasks of the EF-X8. For a more extended use of an electronic flash it is better to couple an external unit doted with its own power management. Window back lightning interior ambiant light exposed Using a fill-in flash can be one of the most rewarding thing to do with interior photography with subject that are backlighted during the daylight period. The color temperature is similar between the ambiant natural light and the electronic flash output and the only big task is to choose an interesting exposure balance between the two in preserving or not the shadows or even simply voluntarily underexposure the ambiant (effect often use in fashion photography). Using the Fujifilm F-X8 as a fill-in flash Small in-board camera flashes are a very handy solution but they are located usually too near the taking lens and often interfering with the lens hood that you have to remove to prevent incomplete flash coverage. The Fujifilm EF-X8 give a more elevated flash reflector position. You just have to push it in its down position if you want to shut its power off. Officially the Fujifilm X-E3 is a less "sporty" camera model than let's say the X-T series models such as the X-T20 or the X-T2 or even the X-H1. The off-center viewfinder may create a small different perspective between you naked eye and the image recorded by the taking lens but if your concentrate your attention to your viewfinder it wont be noticeable. So spontaneous photography stay a strong opportunity. As for most of the Fujifilm X-series camera models, the controls of the photo basic parameters are designed in a similar fashion way as it is used to be for the traditional analog (film) cameras. Shutter speed, lens aperture, exposure correction and focusing options including manual adjustment can be selected with direct dials or control rings. The others parameters have to be adjusted through push buttons, touch screen options or using the versatile joystick located beside the rear screen. All these functionality controls need to be learn before really be able to master them without hesitation. Using the Quick menu (Q) and reprogramming certains function controls can facilitate the handling of the Fujifilm X-E3. Most of the menu option presentations are easy to understand and interact but some functionalities may need more time and essaies to get the habit. There is a lot of autofocusing modes at your disposal that can tailored your shooting workflow. The all-"AUTO" option (lever next to the shutter speed dial) is a good idea for emergency snapshot without disturbing your already programed setting. The electronic viewfinder (EVF) is fine detailed with all the (configurable) information you need and got an auto-rotation presentation very useful for vertical framing. In some specific situations the image on the EVF will be more contrasting making more difficult to evaluate low and highlights. For people who are wearing glasses like me the eye relief is more limit and will ask you to pay more attention to the corner of your framing composition of your subject. The back and none-orientable live screen (LVF) give you a better reviewing rendition of your picture facilitating a deeper image analysis. The side location of the Fujifilm X-E3 electronic viewfinder may give you a better viewing confort compare to the centered viewfinders of the X-T series models. The instant picture review is easier and the reviewing (Play) push button is located on the bottom right side of the LVF. In all the Fujifilm X-E3 is a very convenient camera model that respond correctly to the compact size device but without sacrificing too much better handling compare to the larger DSLR model type. If you are already an owner of other Fujifilm X-series models you will fully enjoy that the X-E3 is using the same battery packs and external electronic flashes without forgetting that it is part of the same optical lens mount system. The Fujifilm X-E3 doesn't have an in-(camera)body-image-stabilization system (IBIS) and will rely on your ability to set and handle the camera to avoid generating blurry from the photographer's movement. Of course you can couple a lens with an optical image stabilization (OIS) that will help you to prevent that phenomena and further permit you to select lower shutter speed in low light situations or simply to get a smaller lens aperture (for increasing the deep of field). As a loosely rule of thumb, no stabilization is available with focal fix lenses (except for the new XF80mm F2.8 OIS Macro and the XF200mm F2 OIS) and it is the contrary with zoom lenses (with some noticeable exceptions such as the XF16-55mm F2.8 Pro). At this day the Fujifilm X-H1 is the only X-Series model equipped with an IBIS. What I am appreciated the most of the Fujifilm X-E3 is its compactness and its very discrete status in regard of other people ressent when they are facing the camera. It is what can call not only a user-friendly camera but also a subject-friendly photo device. Combined with a short fixe focal or short zoom lens, the X-E3 appears to be part of the family. It is not perceive as an agressive intruder of our life compare to the look with the DSLRs. So the interaction between the photographer and the subject is very different and much more positive. If you like Black & White photography you will adore to work with the Fujifilm X-E3. This lovely camera model offers you a choice of two monochrome reddition, standard Monochrome and Acros, with 3 different filtering variations, Yellow, Red or Green. So you can literally transform the X-E3 as a Monochrome camera without further expensive investment. (This remark is also good for the other Fujifilm models). Is it sufficient to simply have a good camera device that can deliver not only nice, well exposed and focused pictures but which is also a creative tool fun to use and to bring with you? Sure there will always be more performing camera models now and in the future and that is inevitable in this race for better human crafting. But in the mean time we have not to forget that the most interesting and rewarding think is to do photography. In a sense the Fujifilm X-E3 fulfill nicely the task of proximity photography essential in close urban situations or in interior contexts. The Fujifilm X-E3 is a compact photo companion that is not only a competent tool but is also an inspired creative device. View full article
  13. danielm

    The "Off Centre" Mind Of The Fujifilm X-E3

    I am tempted to answer you in both directions like you have done. And the good thing about it is that you are able to use the very same lenses if you are staying in the same system. As every photographers know already no camera is really perfect in any picture taking situations. So having on hand the two types is very handy but i must admit more expensive also!
  14. danielm

    The "Off Centre" Mind Of The Fujifilm X-E3

    The eye relief of the different camera model viewfinders have been always a big issue for the glasses wearers (like me). With the Fujifilm X-E3 I can see the complete image framing but you have to concentre and be near of the eyepiece as good you can do. Unfortunately it is the case for most of the recent new others models except for the very expensive ones. The sunny side of this situation is that it is forcing you to better concentrate on your photo composition and on the essential exposure infos. For sure "anti-scratch" lens option is a highly recommended option for your eyeglasses!
  15. danielm

    The "Off Centre" Mind Of The Fujifilm X-E3

    I perfectly agree with all your points.
  16. danielm

    The Fujinon XF23mm f/2.0: The Close Observer Lens

    The new XF16mm F2.8 R WR should be a very nice complement of your loved XF 35mm F2 R WR. Its larger angle of view is particularly interesting in close photography such as for urban, social and interior subject (It is part of my list of favored lenses over times). I am sure you will appreciated the XF 16mm over and over.
  17. danielm

    Women In Photography

    Back in the 1980s and 1990s, males (which I was part of) were dominating the professional photo market at least in my surrounding living. At that times women had a ruff time to impose themselves to the customers and newsrooms. It was even more difficult in sport photography. But their persistence and talent eventually have prevailed those obstacles and today they are effectively very present. Historically the women photographers have contributed by the sensibility and skill to the evolution of the photography as a rich testimony of times and as a true expression of a visual art.
  18. danielm

    The "Off Centre" Mind Of The Fujifilm X-E3

    Yes it is a good point. "Rangefinder" style cameras are rarely the flavor of the month and are surpassed largely (in sales) with the "SLR" type may be because these last ones appear to be more serious or professional. But there is a real public (which I am part of) for them and thankfully Fujifilm have always supported us with the X-Pros, X-Es and X-Ms series. All those cameras are indeed very competent photo devices and... very funny to use!
  19. danielm

    The Fujinon XF23mm f/2.0: The Close Observer Lens

    Thank's again for your kind appreciation. Yes for many of us (photographers) the angle of view of the 23mm lens is not an easy one. My big advantage is that I use to learn and work with 35mm lenses (Nikkor & Summicron) into the 135 film format for many years and in doing so I was able to develop a certain anticipation of its specific view. Since I love to take B&W picture it suit my need for a very compact and discrete lens with a moderate maximum aperture.
  20. Let us rewind to the analog film days of photography. The 35-50mm taking lenses were kings of their era and were present to almost every manufacturer systems offered. Their maximum aperture were ranging from a modest F3.5 to an astounding F1.2 if you were able to afford it. With the introduction of electronic autofocus and motorized cameras they were replaced by a plethora of different trans-standard zoom lenses from the cheapest ones to the expensive "pro" such as the 24-70mm F2.8. And that tendency has been replicated right from the start of the digital cameras era. With an angle of view of 63 degrees the Fujinon XF23mm F2 R WR can be assimilated as a "eye-normal" standard lens although for some their opinion is that this Fujinon model is a bit too wide to be classified easily in that category. Its close focusing ability is good and this caracteristic contribute largely to its versatility. It is not a (head) portrait optic but surely you can work full body view portrait with confidence and proximity of your main subject. The Fujinon XF23mm F2 R WR lens is a useful "interior" lens providing you are not looking for a very wide view (the Fujinon XF16mm F2.8 or XF10-24mm F4 R OIS lenses for example should be more interesting choices in that case). For sure in some narrow contexts you will need to contorsion yourself to embrass the whole subject. Because of its reduced size, this Fujinon XF23mm f2 R WR is a discrete optic and more if it is coupled with a Fujifilm X-E or X-M series camera body. This particular nature will be fully appreciated if you doing street, travel or casual photography in giving you the possibility to be more spontaneous in your activity. We cannot escape the (Leica) Summicron lens series analogy even if we are speaking of two very different lines of optics especially considering the electronic involvement into the Fujinon X-series. The two control rings of the Fujinon XF23mm F2 R WR allow you to select your aperture and adjust your focus manually if needed or hoped. In the case of the aperture it is handy to be able to better control the deep of field of your subject and also with the focusing ring have the capacity to choose the optimal focus point. The Fujifilm lens hood furnished with the lens is small and none-protuberant (You can leave on almost permanently except if you intend to use optional 43mm screw-in filters). What about the optical quality image output of the Fujinon XF23mm F2 R WR lens? Suffice to say that I cannot see any noticeable (for me!) between this optic compare to the others Fujifilm XF series lenses. To be more reassured you can consult the numerous technical tests over the web. But in my sens the best way of evaluating a lens for your specific needs is to take pictures with it. It can fit or not your style of photography and respond accordingly to your specific technical way of taking pictures. In some countries Fujifilm offers "try and test" session or even loan programs to do so. So the Fujinon XF23mm F2 R WR lens is it for you or not? That is the big question. Focal fixed lenses are optics that are asking a photographer adaptability to be ensure their complete useful. So your mobility is a key point of success when you intend to select that category of optics. If you feel better and confortable to work from a fixed point of view and reframe with a variable focal zoom lens that can be a big issue. On the contrary if you are a kind of "active" photo takers this Fujinon XF23mm F2 R WR can be be an creative and easy manageable answer (as for all the others focal fix Fujinon lenses). A few years ago I was discussing with Billy Luong of Fujifilm Canada about the possibility of creating a king of "bridge" new lens between the existing XF27mm F2.8 and the expensive XF23mm F1.4 R model and I have noticed his smiling facial expression at the moment. Less than one year after this conversation the new Fujinon XF23mm F2 R WR was introduced on the market. Additionaly the Fujinon XF 23mm F2 R WR is now offered as a complementary ("kit") lens combined with various camera body models at a very competitive price point. For many photographers it could a very wise and rewarding choice...
  21. danielm

    NDSM Quarter / Amsterdam Noord

    Hi Luc, I am not sure also (It was just a guess) but you can look at her website. She recently invest into a new Fujifilm X-T3 and few Fujinon lenses. She also had done some work with the Fujifilm GFX system. Have a good day!
  22. danielm

    The "Off Centre" Mind Of The Fujifilm X-E3

    Thank you Luc, Akira and Mike for your nice appreciation. Akira: I have seen your beautiful essaies with the Fujifilm X-E3. Thank you for sharing your nice work. Mike (Clactonian): You may able to try the model if Fujifilm does some "see and try" photo sessions as they do in Canada (they have also a "rent and try" program into some specific photo stores).
  23. I've got a long love affair with the original rangefinder cameras (Leica M4-P & M6) and the now digital rangefinder style cameras (Fujifilm X-E2, X-E2S & X-E3). I don't know if it is due of the fact that their viewfinder is located off center (meaning not in the same optical axe of the picture taking lens). But that peculiar camera body design seems to stimulate my creativity and my motivation to brought the camera in places and at moments that I will have a tendency to ignore. The Fujifilm X-E3 is the fourth version of a popular model design that many photographers like to bring with them as their main camera or at least as their back up camera body that happens to becoming eventually their most used. The X-E3 is using the same 24MP image sensor that the X-T2 and the X-T20 have. So the picture quality is at par of the two last mentioned models. One of the thing which most interesting when you are using a rangefinder style digital camera is the fact that they are less noticeable, less protuberant, less intrusive in front of the subject.. This characteristic to be more discrete is always appreciated by the spontaneous photographer on the street, during a travel and even when you taking a candid portrait of a person (The camera seems to be less "serious"). Many people were tempted to make the comparaison with the Fujifilm X100F which a compact APS-C digital camera doted with a similar fixed lens of 23mm. If you combine the Xf23mm F2.0 lens with the Fujifilm X-E3 the two cameras will give the same angle of view. But the Fujifilm X100F is more a (large) pocket camera while the Fujifilm X-E3 is an interchangeable lens model that have a more standard dimension. Fujifilm X-E3 w/ Fujinon XF55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Most people will talk in length about the good or the bad handling of a camera model. It is always a very personal and intuitive impression at the end. Ergonomics are designed by technicians that are biased by their own physical and cultural differences. All this has been said one thing that I have experimented with the Fujifilm X-E3 is its fine ergonomic in terms of the camera body and lens combination and I am surprise how good and easy it is still true even when you are using a larger zoom lens such as the Fujinon XF55-200 F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS. As a travel or street photographer I fully appreciate this ability. About the tiny Fujifilm EF-X8 electronic flash which is included with the furnished camera accessories I was skeptical of its practical use but I have found it very easy to bring with me and positioning on the X-E3 (You can leave it at rest on the Fujifilm X-E3 camera at its down off-position). Dont forget that the EF-X8 is using the battery pack power of your camera. As a fill-flash and as an emergency flash unit are may be the two best tasks of the EF-X8. For a more extended use of an electronic flash it is better to couple an external unit doted with its own power management. Window back lightning interior ambiant light exposed Using a fill-in flash can be one of the most rewarding thing to do with interior photography with subject that are backlighted during the daylight period. The color temperature is similar between the ambiant natural light and the electronic flash output and the only big task is to choose an interesting exposure balance between the two in preserving or not the shadows or even simply voluntarily underexposure the ambiant (effect often use in fashion photography). Using the Fujifilm F-X8 as a fill-in flash Small in-board camera flashes are a very handy solution but they are located usually too near the taking lens and often interfering with the lens hood that you have to remove to prevent incomplete flash coverage. The Fujifilm EF-X8 give a more elevated flash reflector position. You just have to push it in its down position if you want to shut its power off. Officially the Fujifilm X-E3 is a less "sporty" camera model than let's say the X-T series models such as the X-T20 or the X-T2 or even the X-H1. The off-center viewfinder may create a small different perspective between you naked eye and the image recorded by the taking lens but if your concentrate your attention to your viewfinder it wont be noticeable. So spontaneous photography stay a strong opportunity. As for most of the Fujifilm X-series camera models, the controls of the photo basic parameters are designed in a similar fashion way as it is used to be for the traditional analog (film) cameras. Shutter speed, lens aperture, exposure correction and focusing options including manual adjustment can be selected with direct dials or control rings. The others parameters have to be adjusted through push buttons, touch screen options or using the versatile joystick located beside the rear screen. All these functionality controls need to be learn before really be able to master them without hesitation. Using the Quick menu (Q) and reprogramming certains function controls can facilitate the handling of the Fujifilm X-E3. Most of the menu option presentations are easy to understand and interact but some functionalities may need more time and essaies to get the habit. There is a lot of autofocusing modes at your disposal that can tailored your shooting workflow. The all-"AUTO" option (lever next to the shutter speed dial) is a good idea for emergency snapshot without disturbing your already programed setting. The electronic viewfinder (EVF) is fine detailed with all the (configurable) information you need and got an auto-rotation presentation very useful for vertical framing. In some specific situations the image on the EVF will be more contrasting making more difficult to evaluate low and highlights. For people who are wearing glasses like me the eye relief is more limit and will ask you to pay more attention to the corner of your framing composition of your subject. The back and none-orientable live screen (LVF) give you a better reviewing rendition of your picture facilitating a deeper image analysis. The side location of the Fujifilm X-E3 electronic viewfinder may give you a better viewing confort compare to the centered viewfinders of the X-T series models. The instant picture review is easier and the reviewing (Play) push button is located on the bottom right side of the LVF. In all the Fujifilm X-E3 is a very convenient camera model that respond correctly to the compact size device but without sacrificing too much better handling compare to the larger DSLR model type. If you are already an owner of other Fujifilm X-series models you will fully enjoy that the X-E3 is using the same battery packs and external electronic flashes without forgetting that it is part of the same optical lens mount system. The Fujifilm X-E3 doesn't have an in-(camera)body-image-stabilization system (IBIS) and will rely on your ability to set and handle the camera to avoid generating blurry from the photographer's movement. Of course you can couple a lens with an optical image stabilization (OIS) that will help you to prevent that phenomena and further permit you to select lower shutter speed in low light situations or simply to get a smaller lens aperture (for increasing the deep of field). As a loosely rule of thumb, no stabilization is available with focal fix lenses (except for the new XF80mm F2.8 OIS Macro and the XF200mm F2 OIS) and it is the contrary with zoom lenses (with some noticeable exceptions such as the XF16-55mm F2.8 Pro). At this day the Fujifilm X-H1 is the only X-Series model equipped with an IBIS. What I am appreciated the most of the Fujifilm X-E3 is its compactness and its very discrete status in regard of other people ressent when they are facing the camera. It is what can call not only a user-friendly camera but also a subject-friendly photo device. Combined with a short fixe focal or short zoom lens, the X-E3 appears to be part of the family. It is not perceive as an agressive intruder of our life compare to the look with the DSLRs. So the interaction between the photographer and the subject is very different and much more positive. If you like Black & White photography you will adore to work with the Fujifilm X-E3. This lovely camera model offers you a choice of two monochrome reddition, standard Monochrome and Acros, with 3 different filtering variations, Yellow, Red or Green. So you can literally transform the X-E3 as a Monochrome camera without further expensive investment. (This remark is also good for the other Fujifilm models). Is it sufficient to simply have a good camera device that can deliver not only nice, well exposed and focused pictures but which is also a creative tool fun to use and to bring with you? Sure there will always be more performing camera models now and in the future and that is inevitable in this race for better human crafting. But in the mean time we have not to forget that the most interesting and rewarding think is to do photography. In a sense the Fujifilm X-E3 fulfill nicely the task of proximity photography essential in close urban situations or in interior contexts. The Fujifilm X-E3 is a compact photo companion that is not only a competent tool but is also an inspired creative device.
  24. danielm

    NDSM Quarter / Amsterdam Noord

    Thank you Luc for your beautiful illustrated tour of this part of Amsterdam. All your pictures are very interesting (you even seems to immortalize Miss Fashion Camera Liselotte Fleur on duty?!). All my regards, Daniel M
  25. Northern Cardinal (Female) Yes, yes I will offend a lot of real bird photographers who spend hours and involvement to their beautiful art of illustrating birds in their habitat. But since I am only a kind of spontaneous photographer my purpose was only to demonstrate how versatile and rewarding it can be by simply using the Fujinon XF55-200mm F3.5-4.8R LM OIS zoom lens. For sure you need some kind of preparation such have a good place like my backyard and possibly install a few bird feeder to attract them. After that you need to observe the result and be prepare to take pictures in a discrete manner. For those you this can be interesting I am located near a river on the north shore of Montreal, Canada. So here are some flying neighbors visiting my backyard: Black-capped chickadee Northern Cardinal (Male) Slate-colored Junco Hairy woodpecker (Female) Black-capped chickadee
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