Firmware update Fuji X-E1 v1.04 and Fuji XF 35mm

Great to see Fujifilm is still updating the performance of their current line of the X-Series, even though they already have announced the X100S.

… I just updated the firmware of the X-E1 and 35mm lens, and although I haven’t had the time to really test it extensively, but it indeed locks on very well now. In my experience it locks on also faster than before.

I did read on someones blog AF has become slower, but for me it feels the opposite. I think it feels that way, because it locks on more often. This update makes the camera really feel like an improved version!

It’s the first time I updated the firmware and I have to say, Fujifilm has explained the process very well on their website. Just read carefully through it (and watch the movie if it will make you feel more confident). Don’t be afraid to run the update. It is very simple and you will have a more accurate, and more enjoyable camera to use, than before…

Now, all we need is some nice light and a subject to test it on! 😉
Good luck, and happy shooting.

My Camera Bag

Ever since I got the Fujifilm X-E1, I’ve been looking for a camera bag to contain it while on the move. What do you look for in such a bag?

I wanted mine to be a comfortable, easy to access and fully protecting my camera. And last but not least, I should look cool, carrying it, as well. 😉

First I’d set my mind on the Gravis Exposure Camera bag by Ryan Allan! But it was not to be found anywhere in Europe anymore. So after having given up on the search for while, my wife asked me a few weeks ago what I would like to have for my birthday. You guessed it…

After some googling, she came up with the Ari Marcopoulos camera bag by In Case. I was immediately sold on the design and I loved the idea of a bag designed by Ari Marcopoulos. After having read some positive reviews on the bag, she ordered one for me…

The Bag

The bag is made of sturdy materials. The fabric used, is impregnated to be water repellent and it comes with a rain cover, in case of heavy rain!

The color is different than your average black camera bag, but not too conspicuous.

The strap is padded on both ends to be carried comfortability. Because it carries like a messenger bag and can, this way, be worn on both shoulders. It has a nifty “strap-release” system to easily access the main compartment, which contains 4 padded compartments and a few smaller normal compartments! There is also a zipper inside again, to access a place to put an iPad. This compartment has enough space to fit an A4 magazine.

Check out the promotion video by Ari to see what fits in this bag.

It has a few very nice little details:

  • There is a quick access zipper to take out a compact camera that is directly connected to the main compartment. If you have big hands (which I have not) I can imagine it is a bit small to reach in for
  • Underneath are 2 straps to be able to carry a tripod along
  • On the back are some shades of black to white. In case you forgot your grey card 😉

If you are looking for a camera bag that can carry your SLR camera and just 1 or 2 extra lenses, it is big enough and is highly recommended. If you need to carry more with you, you will find this bag too small.

I only carry my Fujifilm X-E1 (with some lenses), my Harinezumi and sometimes my Diana F+, so it is large enough and even more for my needs.

It fits everything I use on a daily basis, besides my camera’s and a few lenses. It has become from just being my camera bag, my one and only bag. Now I always carry my camera with me when I leave the house. And I look cool while doing it as well. Yay!


image of the inside by InCase

 

Koken met Krullen

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My good friend Arvid has decided to start his own business in exclusive catering. He has cooked us some delicious meals in the past already, so me and my wife really believe he can do this.

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Since my wife is a graphic designer, she proposed to create his visual identity, including a website. After some discussions they decided some pictures would be necessary to illustrate his catering skills on the website. This is where I come into “the picture”!

No experience whatsoever on food photography, but up for a challenge, I started to search the internet for food photography. After some research I felt secure enough to make an appointment and go for it.

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For this assignment I set up a small studio at home. Just on our dining table in the kitchen. I read multiple times that food bathed in backlit natural sunlight, would look the most tasty! So I set up the kitchen table against our kitchen window, with some white foam board to reflect the light in the front.

But just to be on the save side I also already installed a softbox in case the sun would not appear (even though forcasts were good). 1 Pm. Ding dong…What do you know! the Chef has arrived, but he forgot to bring the sun!!! Good preparations are key with studio photography. I just rotated the table so that the softbox would become my “natural” backlight. With some of my daughters baby cloths to dim it a bit more, and give it an even more natural colour. I used a 100mm, f1.8 prime on a Canon 350D.

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The session took all afternoon, but it was definitely worth the experience. I really enjoyed this type of photography and would love to do it again some day soon! But the nicest thing about food photography is eating the food after the session 🙂

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Be sure to check out my portofolio page and his website for the final result.

 

Party over Here

Here is a nice idea for a treat for your kid’s first birthday to give as a present to the other kids in the daycare center.

Ingredients:

  • a nice illustration of your kid (drawn by your wife)
  • finger puppets (Ikea has got very cool ones)
  • 200 grams paper, to print the illustration on
  • a box of raisins per treat
  • double-sided tape
  • transparent wrapping paper
  • colourful ribbons
  • some stickers to write the kids names on

 

First you cut out the printed illustration.
Then tape the raisins box to the back of the illustration at its base, so it can stand stable.
Put a finger puppet over the hand of your illustrated kid.
Wrap it up as a nice present.
Finally stick the sticker on the back of the wrapping paper…

et, viola! 🙂

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The images above were shot in low light conditions with the Fujifilm X-E1 using a 28mm and 35mm lens. I just used the jpg files sooc. Some minor curve adjustments and sharpening (which I’m still not sure if it was necessary) were done afterwards in Photoshop.

Ilvy in the Studio

Just before Christmas last year, my cousin asked me if I could take some photos of her daughter. Me, having in mind to set up this website already for a while, and trying to scrape bits and pieces together to collect some content to fill this website, eagerly said YES!

However, I had never shot children before in a studio environment. This would be my very first… Reading up a little on the internet I decided to use 1 softbox and 1 umbrella and one reflector to get the lighting right. Only problem with children is, they don’t usually stay in the spotlight for a very long time and like to run around the place rather than look at you, when you tell them to.

It was quite a challenge. But just as with Street Photography, with Kids Photography you shouldn’t be shy! Funny faces and making weird sounds to (try to) get the shots you want, are mandatory with children. But I think all and all it turned out pretty well in the end!

… Well, at least Ilvy was very happy! 😉

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