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Starting November in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Last monday night I took off to see and photograph some aspects of Oaxaca in Mexico focusing on some aspects of the Day of the Dead celebrations, or as we call it here in Mexico, Dia de Muertos. I’ve just had the chance of posting a few images on instagram and my facebook fanpage, now I’m working on the full bunch of photos in Lightroom, so soon I’ll have some on display here, in the meantime I like to share with you the lovely light and colours that shine early on that magical city.

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Note: Sometimes computers, bits and bytes don’t get work well together, last night I finished this post and hit the publish button on the visual editor, this following morning I just found out it was not published, my apologies for this interruption of my month of posting every day, anyway here it is, thanks!!

 

If there is something special and distinctive about the Fujifilm X100 series since it was introduced to the photography world, besides its gorgeous retro looks is that it’s a camera really well suited for street photography. It became evident when a lot of photographers began publishing their experiences using it on the streets, and the loads of images flooded on Flickr, Instagram and other social outlets where scenes of everyday urban life, peculiar moments or interesting people were portrayed in colour or B&W.

All of this street photo “boom” awoke in me the itch about experimenting more the streets with a camera, I had previously photographed on the streets but mostly around special events, parades, festivals or even a manifestation against some social issues. This was done first with a Nikon DSLR and later with my Nikon 1 mirrorless camera, which of course made it a lot easier, carrying less weight and being more inconspicuous.

When I got my X100S, I started making photos of several different subjects, but taking it to the street just for the sake of capturing it in camera did not come so soon, perhaps because I hadn’t got the hang of it to react as quickly as I wanted, and also because I didn’t feel comfortable enough to deal with pointing the lens at strangers, which still happens to me sometimes by the way. Finally I did make some images more in the way I liked with more or less success, sometimes capturing something interesting.

Having reviewed my early work with the X100S I believe this is my first “true” street photo, no so well technically or compositionally executed, but I hope it has something peculiar or interesting about it.

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Llegaron las orquídeas, hace ya rato.

Cada año las orquídeas de Doña Teté mi vecina dan un bello toque de color a su jardín, y ya que la barda divisoria entre las casas es muy bajita, alegran la vista de ambos jardines. Desde hace varios años cuando aparecen las flores no puedo evitar el hacerles unas fotos y de cuando en cuando durante el tiempo que dura la floración mi admiración continúa y me deleito en contemplarlas, buscando algún nuevo ángulo o algo distinto en ellas que me llame la atención.

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Este año ha sido muy intenso con muchas actividades en casa y con mis proyectos, los momentos para apreciar el entorno han sido escasos lo que no ayuda a hacer buenas fotos, llevo ya bastantes días esperando a estar en el momento adecuado para que una la luz bella ilumine las orquídeas de manera diferente, espero encontrar ese momento. Les dejo una toma reciente hecha con el iPhone, y una del año pasado hecha con la Fuji X100S con un encuadre muy distinto, a ver que tal les parece.

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Mirrorless closeup, for the joy of Nature.

A few weeks ago I had the chance to take sometime to enjoy myself at UNAM’s botanical garden here in Mexico City. The botanical garden is part of a natural preserve and is in fact a little bit of a much needed wilderness inside this huge metropolis, which holds several flora and fauna species that present very nice photo opportunities. Taking a walk through it gives priceless moments of peace and joy, and since I love photographing Nature there was no excuse for not taking a camera along, so took one that day, actually, two cameras.

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As you may have noticed the Fujifilm X100S has taken a special place in my image making, so I packed it inside my camera bag along with my recent tool of choice for making macrophotography, a Nikon 1 J1 armed with an FT1 Adapter and a Micro-Nikkor 55mm AIS lens, these kit allowed me to enjoy two different approaches of making closeup images. For several years a heavy DSLR and a macro lens have helped me to approach tiny creatures and natural details, but with mirrorless cameras I’m able to capture the small world (and the big one) almost wherever I go, and even when long runs for training or caving trips are the main deal, there’s a much lighter gear choice that I have at hand so I don’t need to keep myself away from my love of photography, so lately I’ve been practicing closeup photography much more with these setup rather than with my DSLR.

Fuji X100S, Velvia Film Simulation.

Fuji X100S, Velvia Film Simulation.

So, on this occasion after a short running session (really short) I entered the botanical garden where I walked for a while relaxing and recovering my breath and at the same time starting to connect with the place and paying attention to the light, I really wanted to enjoy my time there being by myself so my intentions were to play rather than taking the assignment approach. During the next few hours I switched between the X100S and the J1 combo and since the effective field of view are 35mm and 148.5mm respectively I was able to get a very distinctive feeling with each camera, sure, for getting really close to my subject the J1 was the choice, but with the X100S I had the chance to get as close as 10cm from the subject which in combination with the slightly wide angle field of view, putting the subject into its context and the visual perspective of the images really pleased me.

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Nikon 1 J1, FT1 Adapter, Micro-Nikkor 55mm F2.8 AIS

What really made this so much more fun was taking advantage of Fuji’s beautiful film simulations, and since my love of B&W imagery has had me preferred the monochrome aesthetics even with nature and closeup images I really wanted to try the Velvia film simulation taking the photos with the RAW+Jpg activated in the image quality settings. All of the images made that day with the X100S were chosen from the jpgs, so no processing the Raw’s in Lightroom this time, only with the Raw’s from the J1 I spent some time fine tuning contrast and colour, and sharpness to some degree. Using the two cameras was really fun, I loved so much the X100S Velvia look and more environmental feel and the J1’s ability to render the subject really large in the image and that I can be farther from it which gives the advantage of not spoiling the bees and other creatures and when it gets harder to get close because the roughness of the terrain, being made of pure volcanic rocks in this case, or the presence of cactus and other “friendly” flora.

Here is a gallery of the X100S images.

And here is the gallery of the Nikon 1 J1 images.

Fans de las Fujifilm X Series en Acolman, México.

El contar entre mis juguetes fotográficos con una cámara Fujifilm X100S, además de permitirme disfrutar de la fotografía de una manera diferente a como lo he hecho los últimos años con las réflex digitales, también ha abierto puertas a convivir con compañeros apasionados de la foto y de las cámaras de la Serie X Fujifilm o FujiXfans como los llamo, y que gracias a las bondades de este sistema está ganando muchos adeptos en todo el mundo, y México no es la excepción.

Como resultado de nuestra fascinación por las Fuji X se formó el grupo FujiX meXico en el que compartimos nuestras fotos, tips e información sobre las cámaras y lentes y nos juntamos cada vez que es posible para convivir, pasear y hacer fotos en diversas locaciones, una de las últimas salidas tuvo como destino el Exconvento de Acolman, cerca de la zona arqueológica de Teohtihuacan. El una vez convento es una joya arquitectónica edificada por monjes de la Orden de los Agustinos en el siglo XVI, y entre sus muros se pueden admirar espacios de gran belleza.

Después de reunirnos y disfrutar de un rico desayuno en el DF recorrimos el trayecto hasta el exconvento, una vez en el recinto cada uno de nosotros con nuestra cámara Fuji X en mano nos dispusimos a disfrutar del placer de la contemplación y la fotografía, retratando los espacios, los amigos, los juegos de luz que nos deleitaban la vista. Un buen rato pasamos en Acolman, disfruté mucho el observar las formas y volúmenes iluminados, el hacer algunos retratos contrastados, a contraluz, y experimentar un poco mas con los modos de simulación de película en blanco y negro y sus diferentes colores de filtros sobre todo en las tomas en exterior con los juegos de nubes en el cielo, en fin, toda una experiencia!

Con seguridad puedo decir que es muy refrescante usar la Fuji X100S en paseos así, enfocado en hacer fotos con una sola cámara que es tan disfrutable y por añadidura entrega resultados de mucha calidad. De las fotos de ése día aquí les dejo unas de las que mas me gustaron, que de hecho es un gran porcentaje! 🙂