Category: Fuji

Otter spotting

A few hours sitting peacefully by the side of a Borders river, watching the world go by, managed a few frames of a pair of otters catching an evening snack.

The Fuji X-T2 with the Fuji XF 100-400/4.5-5.6 providing a fantastic combination for this, some work on my part is needed to fine tune the AF setup, these creatures are fast moving and not that large in the evf, 

A couple of images and the almost mandatory Heron watching.


A single viewpoint with the X-T2 and a couple of lenses

Landscapes, as most people that know me is not within my normal remit, I find it difficult to capture and create some of the wonderful images that adorn office walls and displays across the area. despite living in one of the most scenic parts of the lowlands of Scotland.

Anyway…. I took the camera bag out for a drive, parked up and decided to bolt the camera to the trusty old Manfrotto, my 055B will be 25 this year! as old as me if you transpose the digits!

So with the X-T2 on sturdy legs, not mine, what to take….

I have always said photography is about seeing, stand and look around, use your eyes, they are the lenses of our brain, just like the glass in our camera set up, no point just point and click, take a look around and visualise the landscape , the scenery, you will start to form images and compositions on your mind, then start making images, don’t “take” anything…

Make the image you visualise, use the camera to record the scene…

Hope you enjoy today’s few frames.


Fuji Lens favourites – part one

Cameras are all personal choice, a magic box…., but it’s the glass that really counts.

The lenses are probably one of the biggest reasons to influence your choice of camera system.

  • As much as you love your current DSLR or mirrorless body, in a few years, you’ll no doubt be using the upgraded model, but you’ll probably still be shooting with some or all of the same lenses that you started with.

Sure, over the years, you may add some new glass and modify your kit, but in general, most photographers don’t upgrade lenses nearly as often as they do cameras. Having moved from a collection of Nikon glass that developed and changed to my shooting style and work over many years, I’m pretty sure most photographers will tell you they have a “favourite lens, one that is always to hand…

During the last year, I’ve have moved rather rapidly to using Fuji gear. I’m using the X-T2 as my main camera for everything now, and last year, I shot quite a bit with the X-T1. Having experimented with a variety of the different XF lenses on a wide variety of subject matter, I’ve come to realize that Fuji is as serious about their lenses as they are about their cameras, and behind this you have the historic passion Fuji have shown for all things optical and lens orientated, just how many TV / Cine productions have been captured using Fujinon lenses on the front of the camera array?

Although mirrorless gear sometimes has the stigma that it’s not quite as “serious” as DSLR gear, make no mistake: this is downright serious quality glass here, and the awesome XF 50-140mm f/2.8 fast weather sealed tele zoom proves that Fuji has come to the table with some big and very serious guns. These are truly great lenses, and after trying out a number of their models, I’ve narrowed down some of the Fuji XF lenses I like the best for my style of photography.

Number One: The Fujinon XF 50-140mm f/2.8 OIS WR zoom makes the top of this list. Period.

Any serious Fuji shooter who came from DSLRs and who used to rely on a Nikon or Canon 70-200 f/2.8 zoom should get this lens. It’s a truly amazing piece of glass. Nothing more to say, it provides the same focal length as a 75-210 on a full frame dslr.

Number Two:            The Fujinon XF 23mm 1.4R.

A fixed prime with an image field of view matching the sweet 35mm that used to grace my Nikons. This was one of “the” reasons I loved the initial move over to Fuji, stunningly sharp, superb AF, yes it’s a beast, but I could shoot all day with this on one camera body and never struggle to create images that excite.



BT Premiership rugby

A week on from the RBS6Nations victory for Scotland against Ireland at BT Murrayfield, it was a huge shift in venue, but the rugby was much more physical.

The conditions would have suited ducks better. This was a chance to experience the Fuji X-T2 in the wet, and poor light of February and on top of that, a premiership ground, lacking the illumination normally found at an International.

For the technical, Auto ISO set to max out at 6400,  the shutter speed on the bodies set at 1/1000th,  the Fuji XF 50-140/2.8 giving me a working iso of 2000, but with the slower Fuji XF 100-400/4.5-5.6 the iso was almost always pegged at 6400, oh Fuji where are your plans for a fast prime lens for sports photography ? Either 200/1.8 or 300/2 or push the boat and build both i am happy to test….

Anyway a few images to enjoy from today.

11.Feb.2017. Hawick RFC, Mansfield Park, Hawick, UK.
BT Premiership
Hawick vs Gala RFC at Hawick RFC, Mansfield Park, Hawick.
Grant Huggan (Hawick) clears the ball from the grasp of the Gala defence, during the local derby match at Mansfield Park, Hawick.
Final Score Hawick 16 – Gala 6, the scoreline seeing Gala relegated from the Premiership
Photo: Rob Gray (07970 836 888)
11.Feb.2017. Hawick RFC, Mansfield Park, Hawick, UK.
BT Premiership
Hawick vs Gala RFC at Hawick RFC, Mansfield Park, Hawick.
Final Score Hawick 16 – Gala 6, the scoreline seeing Gala relegated from the Premiership
Photo: Rob Gray (07970 836 888)
11.Feb.2017. Hawick RFC, Mansfield Park, Hawick, UK.
BT Premiership
Hawick vs Gala RFC at Hawick RFC, Mansfield Park, Hawick.
Final Score Hawick 16 – Gala 6, the scoreline seeing Gala relegated from the Premiership
Photo: Rob Gray (07970 836 888)
11.Feb.2017. Hawick RFC, Mansfield Park, Hawick, UK.
BT Premiership
Hawick vs Gala RFC at Hawick RFC, Mansfield Park, Hawick.
Ross Gibson (Hawick) wins the lineout ball, keeping it out of reach of Gala. Heavy conditions suited the Green Machine.
Final Score Hawick 16 – Gala 6, the scoreline seeing Gala relegated from the Premiership
Photo: Rob Gray (07970 836 888)

Landscape with the Fuji XF 100-400/4.5-5.6

The Fuji XF 100-400/4.5-5.6 works well as a interim sports lens, hoping the Fuji are working on the next stage and will be bringing the much needed sports lens to the timeline.

One thing that is for sure is the lens is a lot more versatile than at first glance, todays post looks at its use as a landscape lens.

All images with Fuji X-T2 and the Fuji XF 100-400/4.5-5.6minimal post capture processing in Ps Camera Raw

Fuji Journey (Part 2)

Yesterday I gave an insight into some of the reasoning behind my move to Fuji X.

Today it is about what the Fuji X system gives me in addition to the aforementioned benefits.

The lightness, the ability to visualise in the wonderful EVF, what I have already imagined in my mind, allowing me to create more.

The range of lenses has brought me back to almost where I started, a set of prime glass that is so sharp and a joy to use.

My photography started as a child, with a camera and a 50mm lens, and my second lens a 70-200, before dropping the 50 in lue of a 35mm and this became a favourite lens.

This has been given back to me in the form of the Fuji XF 23/1.4, which when coupled with the XT1 or now the XT2 gives me a very versatile combination.

This may be added to later with a 16/1.4, but my Fuji X has returned some of the passion in my photography.

Given the choice of only one lens to use as a walkabout, the XF 23/1.4 is my go to glass.


But todays image is from the stunning XF 50-140/2.8, this is the Fuji equivalent to a 70-200.

Model: X-T1
Lens (mm): 80.4 
ISO: 200
Aperture: 2.8
Shutter: 1/500

Fuji G.A.S. – the move from Nikon

Less than 12 months ago I was a total dedicated Nikon user,

Everything from 16mm fisheye thru to a 400/2.8 the 200-400/4 and all the best of Nikon’s 2.8 or 1.4 lenses.

All matched to the Nikon D4S as well as a tasty collection of SB900 speedlights and the amazing WT5 wireless transmitters.

Then after having had a Fuji Xpro1, a birthday gift from a landmark celebration the year before ( yeah I was getting old !).

Things in photography had changed, the amount of work I was doing for National Press, was changing into a nice selection of corporate clients.

Nikon’s next flagship on the horizon the D5, but this wee Fuji X system from the East had caught my eye, thanks to the work of Jeff Carter and John Rourke,

both amazing photographers that had moved to the Fuji and were capturing some amazing action and corporate imagery from the WEC and ELMS motorsports championships

as well as Jeff working on some amazing landscape work.

The seed was sown, after a few facebook messages to Jeff in Dunbar and various phone calls, a visit to see him and have a proper chat on the cards.

the costs involved in the impending upgrade to the D5 ….. £10800 just for the bodies, not forgetting the WT6 update, and possible a nice wee lens in there.

It was going to be serious expense, then theX-T1 grabbed my attention.

yes it’s a cropped sensor camera ! so what, yes it weighs in at a fraction of the D4S 0r D5, it has access to some of the best-made lenses

I have used in a good while and the cost !! well I could for the price of one D5 buy 3 Fuji XT1 bodies with grips and still have a few pounds left for spare batteries!

Would my clients notice….. more tomorrow, but tonight I leave you with an image of the gear that has changed me.


Pond Life

Using the X-T2 on a day off !
The local pond at Tweedbank, known as Gunknowe Loch always a great place to capture some random images of swans and other assorted birds, due to frequent feeding by residents of the area.
A good place to fine tune long lenses and play with AF control set up.
Model: X-T2
Lens (mm): 400
Aperture: 5.6
Shutter: 1/500


Selkirk pano lessons

Today was a small 3:1 lesson with some of my regular students, they wanted to take some panoramic images, so a short trip to Selkirk.
My images above captured using the 16-55/2.8 on the Fuji X-T2
Image One : set at 35mm using ISO 200, Aperture: ƒ7.1 Shutter: 1/500
Image Two : set at 34mm using ISO 200, Aperture: ƒ11 Shutter: 1/140
The images where captured using the camera in vertical orientation and allowing a 25% overlap, then blended in Photoshop CC using automate/photomerge, then the merged layers being fine tuned in camera raw, before cropping to the 3:1 ratio and output at a 3600px jpeg.

Historic A7 Old Tweed Bridge – Repairs

Selkirk, Old Tweed Bridge, UK. 22.Jan.2017.



A maintenance scheme is currently underway to restore the historic Old Tweed Bridge at the A7 between Galashiels and Selkirk. The repair work is expected to take up to sixteen months to complete.
The bridge, which was opened by Sir Walter Scott in 1832, is still used as a footpath and cycleway but traffic now uses the nearby A7 to cross the river. The work is essential to ensure the future of the 184 year old structure.
During the work, the existing bridge infill will be removed, the masonry walls of the bridge will be taken down and rebuilt plum and a concrete saddle will be cast above the masonry arches which will then be waterproofed and the road resurfaced above, a before being re-opened to the public. The Works also require the installation of an extensive temporary propping and encapsulation structure underneath and around the bridge.
The work requires a full closure of the bridge with a diversion route in place for cyclists and foot travellers. The diversion route will follow the footpath beside the A7
The work has been planned in consultation with Transport Scotland, Scottish Borders Council, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), Scottish National Heritage (SNH) and the River Tweed Commissioners.