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Lark Lane Flea Market

Today, I visited a charming little flea market in Liverpool’s very own bohemian district, Lark Lane.  It’s not often I visit markets such as these, but that might change after today.  Not only did I come away with a couple of bargain books for my 2-year old and came across some interesting characters, but it was quite a nice place to shoot some candids too.

Had the X-Pro 1 with me, but wish I’d had the X100S with its leaf shutter.  Oh, and a waist-level viewfinder would have been nice.  I might just take my Bronica next time…

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Return to Ringside | Fuji X Photography

There are many ways in which people may be described as fighters and in the world of boxing there are no shortage of them. Wayne Smith is one of a smaller proportion of those people who could be labelled a fighter for very different reasons. A boxer since his teenage years, Wayne suffered a devastating injury early in his career; an injury which would have debilitated most people. Being a fighter, Wayne, now in his forties, has overcome numerous issues relating to his injuries and returned to boxing to share his experience as a coach at Golden Gloves gym in Dingle.

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Liverpool Sunrises with the Fuji X-Pro 1

For me, taking the time to watch the sunrise is a spirit-lifting experience in itself.  Every day is new, untold and full of possibilities.  To be out there facing that iconic view, seeing the day being born out of the darkness and lighting up the city where I’ve spent my entire life is quite an evocative thing to witness.

That said, it’s not always such a calming experience because as the sun rises and its rays dance over the clouds, occasionally, and perhaps only for a few fleeting seconds, the sunlight skims the atmosphere at just the right angles and your eyes are treated to a fantastic explosion of colour.  It’s at those times when my sleepy mind is suddenly very alert and I’m most likely darting between two cameras I’ve got set up on tripods making sure their shutters are firing and the exposures are looking good.  And when I see those rear LCD previews glowing with same radiance, well, that’s when I don’t mind losing a bit of sleep so much.

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First Wedding with Fuji’s X-Pro 1

Fuji recently released firmware v2.0 update for the X-Pro 1 and I’m very glad they did because it gave me enough confidence to use the camera at a wedding I photographed at the weekend. Prior to the v2.0 update, I was a bit hesitant to use it at an event such as a wedding where many of the moments I aim to capture (usually candidly) last only a few seconds. With wedding venues often being dimly lit, the main concerns for me revolved around focusing, namely:

  • The speed of focusing in low light.
  • The inability to use manual focusing due to the process of turning the focus ring feeling very detached from the lens focusing movement.
  • The EVF freeze-framing during auto-focusing.

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