Archive | April 2014

Kim Wilde in the Studio: BTS with the Fuji X-Pro1

I am  very late sharing the images in this post. I shot this over a year ago now…  a couple are already up on my site http://www.paularcher-uk.com  I shot all these with the trusty Fuji X-Pro1 so I will blog it.

So way back in 2013 I was asked to take some photos of Kim Wilde (everyone must know Kim Wilde, right? Legend) recording her christmas album “Wilde Winter Song Book”.  Pretty cool hey!

So Guess what kit I took??? Well yes all of it, every camera I own, but… I had a special place in my hand for the Fuji X-Pro1. It ended up getting even more use than my Canon gear, seems to be a real trend that has developed since I bought the X-Pro1.

It was a lot of fun, its always great to be inside a recording studio whilst the magic is happening and to be there with such an iconic artist as Kim Wilde was awesome. It was at the famous RAK studios in St Johns Wood, loads of music history there, have a read about them here:

http://www.rakstudios.co.uk/

I could go on and on about how cool and lovely everyone is (they totally are btw) but I wont, we need to see some pictures, I’ll just give a big shout out to Scarlett and Ricky, go give them a follow on twitter and see what the Wilde’s get up to…

https://twitter.com/Wildericky

https://twitter.com/scarlettwilde

https://twitter.com/kimwilde

Would you believe that it snowed, on the very day a christmas album was being recorded.. in march!! What Luck! So we dashed outside to grab some lovely wintery christmas shots…

1/1000 sec;   f/1.4;   ISO 400

1/1000 sec; f/1.4; ISO 400

1/1000 sec;   f/1.4;   ISO 400

1/1000 sec; f/1.4; ISO 400

 

If you bought the album “Wilde Winter Song Book”, you would have seen some of the images I am about to show you inside the CD sleeve.

Kim Wilde Wilde Winter

So a day shooting inside a darkened recording studio, certainly a good challenge for the Fuji, I wan’t using flash so as not to disturb what was going on, the last thing everyone there wanted was a flash going off in their face all day. So it was a test of the low light capacity of the X-Pro1, I had to have it dialled up to about 2500 iso for most of the day, really not ideal but I noticed a drop off in quality compared with the lower iso images I have taken before. Not all bad though, but not perfect, although I don’t think any camera is perfect in that context.

At the end of the day they were pleased and I was pleased so job done!

Here are a few photos for you from inside the studio, enjoy…

 

1/64 sec;   f/2.5;   ISO 2500

1/64 sec; f/2.5; ISO 2500

1/40 sec;   f/2.8;   ISO 2500

1/40 sec; f/2.8; ISO 2500

1/64 sec;   f/2.8;   ISO 2500

1/64 sec; f/2.8; ISO 2500

1/64 sec;   f/2.5;   ISO 2500

1/64 sec; f/2.5; ISO 2500

1/64 sec;   f/2.5;   ISO 2500

1/64 sec; f/2.5; ISO 2500

1/64 sec;   f/2.8;   ISO 2000

1/64 sec; f/2.8; ISO 2000

1/64 sec;   f/2.5;   ISO 2500

1/64 sec; f/2.5; ISO 2500

1/64 sec;   f/2.5;   ISO 2500

1/64 sec; f/2.5; ISO 2500

1/64 sec;   f/2.5;   ISO 2500

1/64 sec; f/2.5; ISO 2500

1/64 sec;   f/2.5;   ISO 2500

1/64 sec; f/2.5; ISO 2500

1/64 sec;   f/2.5;   ISO 1000

1/64 sec; f/2.5; ISO 1000

I think these images go some way to demonstrate that you can use the fuji X-Pro1 in a working photographers environment and it does have a place along side DSLR’s, i will be posting some more images from other jobs that I have chosen to use the Fuji X-Pro1 over my Canon cameras so keep checking back.

 

http://www.paularcher-uk.com

 

Fuji X-Pro1 + 50-230mm lens + Rugby =

It was a big day at Leamington Rugby Club, Dog’s last game… This is Dog here…

1/500 sec;   f/6.7;   ISO 500

1/500 sec; f/6.7; ISO 500 

Dog or Simon David as he is known in a more professional context has hit 50 and has decided to hang up his boots. To still be turning out on a rugby pitch at age 50 is an achievement that should be recognised, recognised it certainly was as a full compliment of old boys dusted off their boots and took to the pitch for his final game. Dog even played along side his son in the centre at one point in the match. It was team sheet full of promise, although we wont mention the final score so as not to taint the glow of nostalgia…

As I had my camera with me I thought it right to capture few snaps of the historic day! I wish I had taken more in all honesty, it could have made a nice series if I had given it more thought and attention. I will state that I had my camera taken off me in a ploy to get me on the field of play and running around. It all looked a bit rough and I didn’t fancy it, I cant take it these days.

What I was really doing whilst I was in my rugby kit pretending to warm up was playing with my new Fujinon 50-230mm Lens. With all the Fuji lens deals on recently it has been easy to pick them up at a fraction of what they should cost, I saw this one almost being given away so I thought I’d add it to the quiver. You never know when you might need a long lens. Its not a very fast lens and that would usually put me off, but I can’t ever see myself using it in low light.

My impressions of the lens were great, especially considering the price, it was a bit strange having to change the aperture via the wheel button but I got used to it pretty quick. It seems sharp enough, although the photos here aren’t super sharp I am sure with a bit of skill you’d get it lovely and crisp. I did notice a slight vignette when looking in post, although I really don’t mind that as it helped me get the look i was going for! The fall off or Bokeh as its called is lovely, I cant actually fault it as a lens. Another bonus is it was nice and light too.

So lets have a look at my mini photo series. I thought I’d push these a little more than I feel comfortable with, I want to try getting some more contrasty and punchy black and whites so I had a play. I wanted to keep them all in the same world, a bit moody, using the shadows to add atmosphere. Considering process and colour for all 20 of these images took me about 30 minutes I am very happy with the results.  You have to keep changing your style I think, or at least try a process with which you are not very comfortable, helps the creative process.

 

So with out any more waffling I present the photo series.

“The Dog Days are Over”

 

 

1/125 sec;   f/2.0;   ISO 1000 Fujinon 18mm

1/125 sec; f/2.0; ISO 1000 Fujinon 18mm

1/64 sec;   f/2.0;   ISO 1000 Fujinon 18mm

1/64 sec; f/2.0; ISO 1000 Fujinon 18mm

1/64 sec;   f/2.0;   ISO 1000 Fujinon 18mm

1/64 sec; f/2.0; ISO 1000 Fujinon 18mm

1/125 sec;   f/2.0;   ISO 1000 Fujinon 18mm

1/125 sec; f/2.0; ISO 1000 Fujinon 18mm

1/125 sec;   f/2.0;   ISO 1000 Fujinon 18mm

1/125 sec; f/2.0; ISO 1000 Fujinon 18mm

1/125 sec;   f/2.0;   ISO 1000 Fujinon 18mm

1/125 sec; f/2.0; ISO 1000 Fujinon 18mm

1/500 sec;   f/4.5;   ISO 500 Fujinon 18mm

1/500 sec; f/4.5; ISO 500 Fujinon 18mm

1/500 sec;   f/6.7;   ISO 500 Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS

1/500 sec; f/6.7; ISO 500 Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS

1/500 sec;   f/6.7;   ISO 500 Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS

1/500 sec; f/6.7; ISO 500 Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS

1/500 sec;   f/6.7;   ISO 500 Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS

1/500 sec; f/6.7; ISO 500 Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS

1/500 sec;   f/6.7;   ISO 500 Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS

1/500 sec; f/6.7; ISO 500 Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS

1/500 sec;   f/6.7;   ISO 500 Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS

1/500 sec; f/6.7; ISO 500 Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS

1/500 sec;   f/6.7;   ISO 500 Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS

1/500 sec; f/6.7; ISO 500 Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS

1/500 sec;   f/6.7;   ISO 500 Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS

1/500 sec; f/6.7; ISO 500 Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS

1/500 sec;   f/6.7;   ISO 500 Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS

1/500 sec; f/6.7; ISO 500 Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS

1/500 sec;   f/6.7;   ISO 500 Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS

1/500 sec; f/6.7; ISO 500 Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS

1/500 sec;   f/6.7;   ISO 500 Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS

1/500 sec; f/6.7; ISO 500 Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS

1/500 sec;   f/6.7;   ISO 500 Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS

1/500 sec; f/6.7; ISO 500 Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS

1/500 sec;   f/6.7;   ISO 500 Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS

1/500 sec; f/6.7; ISO 500 Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS

1/500 sec;   f/6.7;   ISO 500 Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS

1/500 sec; f/6.7; ISO 500 Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS

1/500 sec;   f/6.7;   ISO 500 Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS

1/500 sec; f/6.7; ISO 500 Fujinon XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS

 

Take a look at leamington rugby club here: http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/leamington/

http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/leamington/s/match-centre-1892/0-2061869

 

Here is my website should you fancy a look: http://www.paularcher-uk.com