Friday, March 21, 2014

Pic(k) of the week 12: Sneaking into a Dubai Saloon with the Fujifilm X-T1

Even though my day-job as an airline pilot, has kept me very busy lately, I used most of my spare time to explore the brand-new Fujifilm X-T1 camera. 

The main drive for picking up my first X-series Fujfilm camera, now more than a year ago, was doing more Street Photography. The new X-T1 makes that experience even better!

Even Street Photography guru, Erik Kim seems to like it as well! His real life review can be found here.

Strolling through the small streets of Deira, I discovered how the X-T1 tilt screen proved to be very useful documenting daily life in the old part of Dubai! 

Sitting on the side of the road, while pretending to play with the buttons of the camera, I flipped out the tilt screen to frame this candid shot of a hairdressers saloon.  I really like the expression of the two gentlemen looking towards the camera and probably thinking, "what is this guy doing?". Needless to say one needs to be respectful not to offend people if shooting Street Photography in this part of the world...

2014 Pic(k) of the week 12: Sneaking into a Dubai Saloon with the Fujifilm X-T1

While I'm still waiting for Lightroom to update their RAW converter to handle the new X-T1 RAW files, I used the latest release candidate of Camera Raw to do the initial conversion. I really like how this version allows me select the same camera profiles Fujifilm uses in the camera when working with jpegs.

Image details:
Fujifilm X-T1 with the XF 18-55 lens
ISO 2000, f4, 1/400s, 30mm (45mm full frame equivalent)
Adobe Camera Raw release candidate for RAW conversion
Nik ColorEfex Pro for contrast optimisation

More images of the daily life in Dubai, can be found here.

As Street Photography master, Henri Cartier Bresson used to say; " Photography is nothing, it is life that interests me".

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