Last week I spend the better part of a beautiful winter's day on Sydney Harbour's largest island, Cockatoo Island. The occasion was Sydney's 14th Biennale Festival, Australia's largest contemporary art exhibition. Shamefully I can't remember the last time I had visited Cockatoo Island for leisure much less photographic purposes. Damn, what a fabulous day it turned out to be. The old rustic buildings provide an idealic setting for the various art displays and lighting installations.
Being a people photographer, in particular a studio/location shooter, the idea of wondering around carelessly observing that which is there has an allure to me. Every so often, I enjoy stepping out of the controlled and well planned environment I typically work in and look to make images with whatever light and subject matter surrounds me. It takes me back to the basics and essence of photography and it helps to fine tune subtle in camera detail and quality that cannot be reproduced in post.
My companion for the day was the Fuji system which included three very portable, super fast and pin sharp prime lenses i.e. 18mm, 35mm and 51mm. I worked with neutral density filters out in the bright sunlight so I could stay wide open. I simply can't bear to stop down these lens'.
I've had my Fuji family for a year now and I'm still learning how to get the most out of this system. It's a huge departure from the DSLR mindset and mechanics of shooting, but geez it's soooo worth it. Twelve months later and I am still harbouring one serious crush on this Fuji system. I never expected the mirror less system I invested in mainly for portability purposes to kick start such a love affair. I can safely say my XPro1 has become the 5th child of the family :)
All of these images were taken with either the 18mm (28mm in DSLR) or the 35mm (50mm in DSLR) at their widest apertures, F/2 and F/1.4 respectively. Very simple and basic post, in Aperture 3.