Calendar Girls Shoot Introduction and Shoot #1 - November

Stage Door Theatre Company is putting on the play Calendar Girls, producing a Calendar of our own fair ladies - with most of their ‘kit orf’  all tastefully done, of course.   A contribution of the sale proceeds will go to NZ Child Cancer Foundation.

With each ‘month’ that we photograph I’ll be producing a blog.   The months will be in the order of either the availability of the shoot location or the model.

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New logo - new camera, new learnings Nikon D750 vs Fuji XT (Mirrorless)


I usually work with Nikon cameras - they suit my work, they are fast for capturing movement, clear and sharp and I get great results with the portraits lens.

They do tend to be a large camera, so some time ago I purchased Fuji XT2 mirrorless camera for travel and photo-journalism.   Theory was it would sit in my handbag, ready whenever the moment arose.   Our first trip away with the XT2 was to Europe and then home via Hong Kong.   It was an fun trip, visiting places that I once knew as a local and was now a tourist.  Camera in hand, no self-consciousness (because, after all, I was a tourist), I photographed to my heart’s content.

The printed results of Cityscapes and Landscapes from Europe, taken with the XT2 were impressive - it seemed that all it took to move beyond my reticence was to adopt the mantle of a tourist!     Our next trip was closer to home - a tiki tour to the south of the North Island. For those that aren’t aware, my husband is a musician.  Travelling with him does mean that every single town has to be inspected for a music store,  and music it seems, is a very touchy-feely thing.  Guitars need to be stroked, their weight, shape and form gently explored.   Hhmmm.  So that leaves me plenty of time to ponder on my cameras.   One of the Nikons is certainly getting a bit worn, I admit it is held together in some places with black tape.  Whilst hubby stroked guitars, I considered getting an upgrade with a little inheritance left to me by an Aunt.   

Blimey!  When I held the ‘upgrade’ Nikon it barely fit into my small hand and felt pretty heavy - back to the drawing board then as I couldn’t imagine holding it for hours on end, photographing a long job.   If I went the full Fuji upgrade and purchased a full frame mirrorless Fuji I would have to purchase all new lens so that wasn’t an option either.   Next consideration was the XT3.  I researched and pondered and researched a bit more.  When eventually I got to ’meet’ the XT3 I have to say it was a bit like love at first sight.   Such a beautiful looking and feeling camera (it’s not only musicians that can be touchy-feely).   Resistance at zero, I dug deep and spent Aunty’s inheritance on the XT3.

I used the XT3 for both the next two events and for a portfolio photo shoot, (where I also used the Nikon for comparison).   Whilst I still feel really clumsy with the Fuji’s, the quality is great, and even with my super duper Nikon portrait lens, it was difficult to tell the difference between the Fuji and the Nikon images for the portfolio shoot - examples below.    I am really happy with the landscapes and the cityscapes, all of which I took with the XT2. I found the Fuji XT series are great if you have time with your shots.   I’m not sure about those fast ‘capturing the moment’ shots, but to be honest I think that’s a case of me getting used to a new system as there are plenty of sports photographers out there taking tremendous images with the Fuji XT system.

My conclusion - I’m going to persevere with the Fuji’s, I’m still early on in that learning curve and I have seen that results can be great.   Plus they are so much lighter to carry around!  


And the new logo?   Inspired by the huge 400m lens on my small Fuji camera, a sense of humour and the tremendously talented designer - Jane Duhart.  I love it!  

Nikon

Nikon

Fuji

Fuji

Maxi Priest, Fuji

Maxi Priest, Fuji

Annie Crummer, Fuji

Annie Crummer, Fuji

Laughton Kora, Tiki Taane, Fuji

Laughton Kora, Tiki Taane, Fuji