Ever since I bought my Fuji X cameras, my street photos have been accumulating fast. So I have decided to select three shots from my "Street" file to post on a weekly basis.
Shooting "Street" has become an addiction... I mean, a daily hobby, that I've come to enjoy:) I did not shoot these photographs for any commercial purpose or reason, but just for the sheer enjoyment of capturing life as it unfolds around me. I am sharing this with you to spread the love!
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"Enjoying the Spotlight"
"Paying with My Allowance"
All Photos are the exclusive property of Atom Magadia.
I am now one of those who can testify that the Fuji X cameras are indeed revolutionary. They are compact and small, yet boast of the best features most professionals require in a digital camera system.
The Fuji X series cameras, particularly the X-Pro1 and the X-E1 (X-E2), are amazing photographic tools. Both are equipped with the 16 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS that professional users swear equal the "top of the line full-frame DSLRS" in picture and color quality-- some even claim that it rivals Leica. The sensor's sensitivity is also highly praised for its extreme low-noise up to ISO 6400 (ISO can be extended up to 25600). Although the X-E1 has a built in flash, I never saw the need to use it even underneath the light of the moon. The X cameras are mirrorless, so are rock steady and quiet handheld even at 1/15th of a sec.; with the image stabilized zoom lenses I have been able to hand hold them without blur even at 1/4th of a sec. My two cameras are beautifully "retro-styled" like analog-era rangefinders, the X-Pro1 even has a state of the art optical viewfinder that shifts frame-lines automatically. Lighter and half the size of my professional DSLRs, with lenses equal in quality to Canon's L series, my Fuji X system is a dream come true.
I am not trading-in my Canon, Mamiya or Sinar systems just yet. In my line of photography, each system has its advantages. I still prefer my Canons for rapid action and motion/cinematic-imaging jobs (high fashion, sports, wildlife) and my Mamiya RZs & Sinar P for high-resolution commercial projects; but the Fuji X system has certainly added new dimensions to my work-- street and travel photography.
My XPro-1 with my old manual Canon FL lenses.
My Fuji cameras' compact, light, quiet and unimposing build; and its ability to tackle natural light in any condition makes them the perfect companion cameras to carry everyday wherever I go. The Fuji X system is also robust, currently supporting 7 high quality prime lenses and 5 zoom lenses with more in the pipeline. The system also has dedicated flash units (which I probably will never need) and attachments to tailor fit the cameras to the user. With the cameras' "shoot w/o lens" feature, I could also choose to mount 3rd party lenses using adapters. My old manual Canon FL prime lenses have a new life and are now back in service!
When I started my photography, I was essentially doing "street photography." But when I became a professional my subject matter became focused, I specialized and narrowed down my imaging to studio based techniques. It is so refreshing to be able to shoot anything, anywhere, in any light. This flexible camera system has given me back a fresh perspective on Photography that I have been missing for a long time.
Here is a sample of my work using the Fuji X cameras:
A lot of photographers have been inquiring about the equipment I use... here is a short list for the curious:
Cameras for Commercial work: Fuji XPro-1 and Fuji XE-1 (with Fuji XF zooms and primes), Canon 7D, 2 Canon 1Ds MarkIIs (w/ EF L Series zooms and primes), Canon 1n RS, Mamiya RZ67 ProII (lenses & system), Mamiya RZ67 Pro IID & Sinar P2 (used with rented digital backs).
Studio Equipment: I use several Alien Bees Monolights (3 640watts & 4 320watts), an Alien Bees Ringflash with accessories, Alien Bees Rectangular and Octagonal Soft Boxes in different sizes, umbrellas and parabolic umbrellas up to 86", an assortment of grids, barndoors and snoots. 4 150watts monolights with softboxes and accessories and an assortment of 25 -60watts clip on slaves with customized softboxes and accessories. 2 vagabond II portable power packs. 4 pocket wizard II transmitters and a pocket wizard multimax. An assortment of lightstands and booms. Several Manfrotto tripods, a Manfrotto Monopod and a Manfrotto light table. Lowel Tota/Omni kits for video lighting.
Equipment for Fine Art work: Fuji X Pro-1 and Fuji XE-1 (with Fuji XF and Canon FL lenses), Go Pro Hero 3 Black, Leica D-Lux 3, Apple IPhone 4s (with assorted photo apps.), Mamiya Universal and Super 23 Press systems, Polaroid 600SE system, Mamiya C system, 2 Canon F-1n (FD Lenses & system), Canon FT (FL Lenses), 5 x 7 Graphic View II with antique lenses, Bell & Howell Dial 35 (Canon 35mm half-frame), Argus C3 and C44 system, Graflex 22 model 400, Mamiya six, Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta 531/2, plus assorted antique, toy and pinhole cameras from my collection. Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II and Hahnemuhle Fine Art Papers.
Video/Movie Cameras: Canon 7D (Canon EF L Series lenses), Go Pro Hero 3 Black, Canon XL1S mini-DV system, Apple IPhone 4s with Owle Bobo (with assorted video Apps.), Bolex H8, Canon Super 8 1014XL-S, Bolex EBM 16mm, Bolex H16 Reflex.