A new toy

I have always striven for simplicity in everything I do, and that includes photography. So owning a Fujifilm X-T1 with two prime lenses – the 23mm f/2 and the 35mm f/2 – felt like owning one lens too many. I decided I was prepared to sacrifice flexibility for simplicity and chose the Fujifilm X100F compact camera with its fixed 23mm f/2 lens and smaller form factor. I have also been experimenting a bit with street photography – something I feel very self-conscious about whilst doing it – and I thought the X100F might help to make me feel more confident and less visible.

Having owned the very first iteration of the X100, back in 2012, I knew what to expect in terms of look and feel, but the performance has come on in leaps and bounds. I will almost certainly have regrets about selling off my X-T1 and those two primes, but I’m looking forward to not having to decide which lens to use.

Here is an image from my first walk around town with my new toy. It’s a straight out of camera JPEG using the Acros film simulation. It will take me a while to work out what settings to use for the JPEGs, but I also capture images in RAW so as to have the best of both worlds.

monochrome image of man walking in street
Lancaster, 2018


Hello world!

I think it is traditional to start a new blog with a declaration of intent. The trouble is I have been here before, with many blogs and Web sites began with the best of intentions and then allowed to languish owing to lack of inspiration or deleted in frustration. So if I say that this blog may touch on many things but principally photography then you can take that with a large pinch of salt, but I hope this time it will be different.

Recently I deleted my Facebook account, not so much because of disgust at the selling of my data (which no-one could be surprised was happening), but rather my disgust at myself for spending so much time looking at other people’s curated lives. That was followed by a re-setting of my Twitter account, although I keep it active I no longer follow anyone. That may change if I find I have something to say here.

That leaves the two social media accounts I feel most reluctant to delete, and to which I do in fact post regularly – Flickr and Instagram. This blog could in theory act as a central hub where I can syndicate the content to other platforms. I have been reading a bit about the principles of the IndieWeb, in particular through the lens of Chris Aldrich, and the benefits of doing it yourself through the experience of Dan Cohen. I don’t aim to emulate them just yet (I’m not terribly technically minded), but I get the importance of owning my own data, and I like the idea of having my own little space on the Web.