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  1. Seeing life with a more wide angle of view is not rare thing but for many it may be a photographic higher challenge compare to the more selective view of a telephoto lens. Yes there is already a lot of landscape (nature or urban) aficionados around the who are producing striking pictures so why limit the use o a wide angle lens to that specialized purpose? I have been a long time adept to wide angle lens that offer an angle of view of 84 degree or even a larger one. The 84 degree image perspective can be translate in different formats by the 12mm focal length into MFT (Micro Four Third) or by a 16mm in APS-C or by a 24mm lens in 24 X 36mm sensor size. All those optics are usually original (not streched) design with their own technical specifications. There are less available and usually more expensive compare to other lenses that have a more narrowed angle of view. In APS-C sensor format (17 X 24mm approx.), Fujifilm line-up is well represented by a couple of 16mm models and even an interesting 14mm lens. The latest Fujinon XF16mm F2.8 R WR has captivated my attention by its compactness and its weather resistant characteristic. As for many Fujinon WR F2 lens models (23mm, 35mm, 50mm), the 16mmF2.8 is a natively less intimidated optic because of its small size. Combine with a compact APS-C camera, you can do spontanious photography and you can easely brought the camera-lens combination all day around. The "spacious" lens Telephoto lenses are renown for their compression effect between the foreground and the background surrounding the main subject. Wide-angle lenses have just the opposite effect by "decompressing" the subject and allowing a virtual increase of the perceived space between all the elements composing the picture that will be register. So it is not really what or how you actually seing the image with your naked eyes but in term of angle of view it represent more your total pictural perception of the scene. This is particularly true when you are tempting to embrase "larger than life" subject such as landscapes, urban-scapes or interior-scapes. It is true also for larger subject taken in short distances such as groups of objects or of people. Because of this larger view emphasis, we have to be careful of the impact of all the elements included in the final picture. Working with a wide angle lens require a very special attention of our image composition. It is like doing a painting fresque each time if your subject is rich in several details. Or if the subject is more plain, we have to pay attention of the graphical arrangement that will be choosen. The Fujinon XF 16mm F2.8 R WR is a prime lens that have got its own signature. It is not a previsible optic that doesn't need to be really mastered before using it successfully. Many photographers outside their landscape needs will avoid using wider lenses. It is a pity because the wide lenses have the virtue of their compactness and the ability of using it much closer to the main subject. But a wide angle lens will be less forgiving if you dont care about your level position for example because tilting the lens is provoking a rapid shift of the horizontal and vertical direction lines. To help us, the Fujifilm X-mount camera models (as for many others maker digital camera models) have incorporated an optional electronic level that will appears into our viewfinder or our viewing back screen. DoF Critical Element The amount of deep of field optical effect is a constant subject of debates over the "photo" web. Some are praying to get the optimal good quality DoF in order to realize "scape" photography. Others just want to narrow it for the portrait purpose and be sure to "artistically" blur the foreground and the background (mainly). So what is happening when you are using the Fujinon XF 16mm F2.8 R WR lens. As many wide angle optics you have the sensation of an extended deep of field which in fact it is not really the case. For a specific focus (distance) point and aperture selected, the DoF will work the same way for the distance range whatsoever the lens focal length you have primarily chosen. So knowing those facts, the wide angle lenses seem to give you more DoF may be because of the illusion of seing smaller many elements composing your picture especially in the background area. Physical attributes of the Fujinon XF 16mm F2.8 R WR By definition the Fujinon XF 16mm F2.8 R WR is a short lens. Short in term of focal lenght but also physically short in size and lightweight. The aperture ring is located the standard Fuji X-mount way with click 1/3 stop and an "A" (for automatic diaphragm ajustement) which is located at the end of the f/stop scale but without any security lock button. The thin focusing ring is at the front but still manageable. A plastic dedicated lens hood is furnished with the lens which is always appreciated. Overall built finition follow the higher Fujifilm standards and the lens is proclaimed weather resistant. Close-up with a 16mm? Will we prevent ourselves to do close-subject photography with a wide angle optic? Many may pretend this is the case considering the particular perspective view rendering of this type of lenses. In a sens it is a pity to not experimenting the very particular way of seing that offers the use of a wide angle lens. I wont say that the Fujinon Xf 16mm F2.8 R WR lens is a very intuitive optic to operate in the very short distance from your subject but the results can be surprisedly intriguing and artistic. For example the apparent extended deep of field (DoF) will allow you to include in focus surrounding (graphics) elements that can enhance your main subject. The Fujinon XF 16mm F2.8 R WR lens can be rightly seen as a competent urban optic but that said it must not prevent ourselves to use it in many other photographic exterior and interior situations. Its compactness will allow you to bring it with discretion and efficiency. More you will experiment the 16mm, more you will appreciate its original perspective by creating none less persifle pictures. At this price point and considering its construction and optical quality, you should fully enjoy it yourself.
  2. Thank you for your nice appreciation. Hope to see your pictures of Madrid soon.
  3. Praça Dom Pedro IV (Rossio) Estacao Cais Do Sodré Praça Do Comércio Mercado Da Ribeira Chiado Praça Di Figueira Rua Do Arsenal Campolide (All the pictures have been taken by Fujifilm X-T20 and X-E3 camera models)
  4. Very properly summarized! Thank you, D
  5. Thank you. As you have rightly said, photography is part of your way of life and express your creativity everyday. Have a good day, Daniel M
  6. Number 1 is ... number 1 !!! Thank you for sharing to us, D
  7. Off-planning a photo subject Find your subject. Be focused. Concentrate your effort. In brief don't improvise! Is it true? Is it the real inspiration? Or it is more redundant and less provocative? That's maybe the real factor... What is creativity if not doing something out of the usual path of thinking and be free to improvise something that exceed the precoder limit imposed by the other's frozen mind. Because in fact although the algorithm of all images from the past is interesting and can be inspiring for certain, it is also a closed store of imagination that justify its dogmatism by saying wrongly that everything has been already done and is now repeated in this today world. Choosing a starting point, for example a subject, is in fact a way to motivate a new search and open a blank page that has to be written, sketched or registered. Every time it can offer a new perspective if we accept to explore the subject without (too much) pre-conceptions or pre-perceptions that are stopping our creativity. In visual art such as photography is, there is an esthetic to be found in every different subject and which can easily exceed its traditionally known profile. Each new moment in our brief life has its own particularities. But its uptake (freeze moments) can be challenging for the observer like us. And as we want to transmit this diversity of views perceptions, it tends to vanish instantly. We have to train ourselves to be ready and pre-perceptive of what is happening and be able to participate to the endless flux of life. Because photography is a way to register a moment (action) in the chain of life. At the end the photographer is the center subject of its contextual surrounding which will define the originality of its own personal perception. Creativity is a fragile thing, a kind of flower of your mind. And this beauty is not really appreciated by many of us that live a gray life because they are submerged by the overwhelming pathologic search of their physical and psychologic security. But it happens that somebody, somewhere, sometime will indeed open its mind and be emotively involved by our work. This why you must persist in your life search, it a human duty!
  8. Revisiting What we have first in mind into many artistic fields is the word “inspiration”.Inspiration can be seen as the motor or the fundamental motivation to experiment and produce a pure artistically expression through different medias or techniques. And photography is truly part of this (as for all others visual arts). Having the motivation can be translate to a spontaneous envy to register something you have seen in the real or foreseen in your mind. This process can be pro-active or reactive and will trigger a series of actions on your part to (tentatively) produce an output that will represent your interpretation of you have seen and what, I hope, you will photograph! Human are in perpetual evolution to try, to change, to sophisticate their ways of doing things. We can call it refinement or the search for better if not the best. When we stop doing so, we regress or die simply (or disappear) by not being able to follow progress of life. Clock and Frame Fragmentation. Revisiting is, in the same time, the observation what it was, what it became and what it would be. It is going beyond of a first view or a first impression of someone, something, some context or situation. It is like to try to represent less trivial aspects of it and better translate its profound signification, sentiment or motivation. Yes, we can be lucky to get at first glance the essence of the subject but consider this as a very rare event. This is also why doing professional photography (seriously) is so a difficult task considering the incapacity to revisit the subject of assignation more than one time most of the time. For sure you can train yourself to photograph similar subjects and gain a precious experience and knowledge that will serve you in other critical moments. But very often during a professional assignment you may be never really able to explore, experiment and revisit your subject after giving you some time to evaluate your previous work and to plan a new approach to it. That is the beauty to be an artist (amateur or not!) because these factual constraints of commercial photography don’t exist anymore. A personal favorite among others: The chair. How many times will I revisit a specific subject? In fact, it never ends because there is always something to observe, to select, to interpret a different way. This on-going eternal sophistication of our life is infinite and even after our own death, someone, somewhere can retake the torch to pursuit our path as we may have done ourselves for works from preceding photographers. That is the beauty of revisiting a subject and enhanced it ad infinitum.
  9. danielm

    Be-Leaves me!

    A leaf can personify the brief time of living life with its rapid grow from almost nothing to its splendid apogee.Then its downfall is magnified by its change of color up to its final extinction. Multi-Leaves Life-On-Leaves Fragi-O-Leaves Op-O-Leaves Family leaves On-Leaves Leaf-Slope Leaf-O-Pick Over-leaf Leaves and Die
  10. We all have the assumption that Niki Lauda was indestructible. He was so voluntary in his way of resurrecting in many different situations. And he was sincere and direct to the point when he was talking. Independant, contreversial, systematic and a true racing champion!
  11. danielm

    Motocross

    The close-up on the eyes action pictures are awesome. Bravo!
  12. Thank you for your beautiful pictures. I feel kind of bizarre knowing winter is near for you and that we just finally past it over here in snowy Canada! Have a nice weekend, Daniel M
  13. You know the GAS syndrome was already existing during the analog camera era... So even if the present techno nostalgic mania is a nice thing but it doesn't prevent me to observe and use the advantages of the newest digital technology. Best regards from an humble photographer.
  14. danielm

    Hmmm

    ... But you must admit that the two models are very attractive!
  15. danielm

    Hmmm

    Every tool and furthermore every artistic tool is impregnated of our cultural expression so there is no debate about this. And it is like that for every human activity. Differences and diversities are the wealth of humanity.
  16. It is very refreshing to learn more about the other interests and passions that passionate photographers have in life. It makes look at them, lets say, more human that technical as usual. It proves their own versatility to get involved in apparent far outfield from picture taking but in a sense we understand everything is related in some ways or others. I love to walk on a regular base for maintening my body healt but moreover for my mental one. That passion was transmitted from my young age by my late grandfather who was a daily walker on long distance (He hated to drive and love to be out of his home and visit places and people). I guess I have inherit a part of his life vocation. History and learning about foreign places and people is my other strong interest. Looking to the meaning of thinks, past activities et ancient artefacts always excite my incorrigible curiosity. You know "I want to know and understand why". In a way photography is only a pretext to fulfill that appel for moving myself and observe my surrounding. At the end I am passionate about people and the places they live.
  17. Thank you for encouragement. It is pleasant to share some mutual memories. Have a good day, Daniel M
  18. I fully understand your dilemma. Photography is a long passion for you but it is also an earning way of living. As I have modestly experimented these are two very different tasks to conciliate. Doing professional photographic works is intimately related with the needs of your clientele and is castrating many creative aspects of the activity especially compare to your personal photo agenda. At a point you assimilate photo equipment as essential working tools which are far less interesting than it was as used during your photo amateur sessions (in the good sense of the word). In my days of corporate photography work, I use to work with one specific photo kit (Nikon, Mamiya RZ) and to please myself with a more compact Leica M camera outfit. But over those years I have tried (and loose money) and owned several different camera models. So the GAS phenomena is certainly not new and... not cured! Your Olympus outfit is still a very competent photo equipment that can be upgraded if you have the motivation to do so but I semm to see a certain "fatigue" on your part of using the O system and a possible desire to refresh your photo enthusiasm with another new system (like I did a few monts ago). Perhaps my only suggestion is in saying that we have only one life so why restraint it with others considerations. Just do what you want (and can afford to do!). Good luck with your wishfull thinking about photo equipment.
  19. Thank you Luc, for your kind appreciation. I didn't really intend to present a specific photo project but a short view of the place (as I modestly interpret it ...) Back in 1992 I have seen the same phenomena as described by your wife with german male tourists over the Playa del Este (Santa Maria del Mar) located near La Habana.
  20. The Cayo Largo Island has been (and still is) a frequent destination for recharging your frozen batteries affected by our long Canadian winter season. Located south of the main island of Cuba into the Gulf of Mexico, this idealistic place is share by people in search of calm, of nice long white sandy beaches and of friendly Cuban people. Although many hotels installations are now more on the rustic side because the buildings are suffering a lot into the southern weather since the island seems not to have a lot of material resources to refresh them properly, vacationers from Canada and other countries are coming back year after year and some are paying visits for even a more frequent pace over the year! We know now that there is very few probabilities that the island of Cayo Largo will be ever "americanized" in any ways in the near future. The Italian travel agencies seem to be the only ones really interested to invest on the island and have created a group of specific resorts strictly controlled and only available for their clientele. I am particularly fascinated by the architectural point of view of many earlier buildings since they represent a kind of merging of the hispanic heritage blended into the Cuban modern way of building back in the 1980s and 1990s. And because it has not been reproduced in the last twenty years, it may be important to preserve some image temoignages of what may disappear in mid-term. All the pictures of this articles have been taken with the Fujifilm X-T20 camera and the Fujinon XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS lens. View full article
  21. The Cayo Largo Island has been (and still is) a frequent destination for recharging your frozen batteries affected by our long Canadian winter season. Located south of the main island of Cuba into the Gulf of Mexico, this idealistic place is share by people in search of calm, of nice long white sandy beaches and of friendly Cuban people. Although many hotels installations are now more on the rustic side because the buildings are suffering a lot into the southern weather since the island seems not to have a lot of material resources to refresh them properly, vacationers from Canada and other countries are coming back year after year and some are paying visits for even a more frequent pace over the year! We know now that there is very few probabilities that the island of Cayo Largo will be ever "americanized" in any ways in the near future. The Italian travel agencies seem to be the only ones really interested to invest on the island and have created a group of specific resorts strictly controlled and only available for their clientele. I am particularly fascinated by the architectural point of view of many earlier buildings since they represent a kind of merging of the hispanic heritage blended into the Cuban modern way of building back in the 1980s and 1990s. And because it has not been reproduced in the last twenty years, it may be important to preserve some image temoignages of what may disappear in mid-term. All the pictures of this articles have been taken with the Fujifilm X-T20 camera and the Fujinon XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS lens.
  22. 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.
  23. Hi Mike, I have re-uploaded all the pictures (except one). I hope that will fix the problem. Have a good day.
  24. 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!
  25. 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.
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