If you've never tried a zoom burst.... set your shutter speed to a low speed.. maybe 1/20th Second or so... zoom your lens as you fire the shutter and hey presto you will get some motion trails... experiment with the shutter speed and whether you zoom in or zoom out during the shot... works handheld but probably better on a solid tripod if you have one to hand...
Recently my Fuji XE-2 developed a small fault on the rear LCD screen. The camera is under warranty so I contact Fuji via their site to arrange a repair.
The service was excellent. I received packaging within a couple of days with pre-paid postage included. I posted the camera on Monday and received it back the following Saturday morning fixed.
No quibbles, just an apology that the product had developed a fault.
Very pleased with this service!
I was lucky enough to get second place in this year Photographer of the Year competition (Round 4)
I used a Trigger Trap Mobile Dongle to fire flashguns when a sound was made. This allowed me to time the capture with the dart hitting the balloon at precisely the right time.
I did a quick test of the new hardware and mobile App (iOS) Set up to trigger my Nikon D800 to fire when sound is picked up by the handset.
Using the camera shutter actuation rather than flashguns is not going to result in as snappy a response time, but with care you can capture the immediate aftermath of a balloon burst (in this case filled with flour)
I fired a nerf dart (with a pin in the front) at the balloon from around 5 feet away. The time taken for the sound to reach the phone and for the phone to trigger the D800 and for the shot to be taken equates to around the time it takes for the dart to travel to the target.
The new hardware paired with the updated iOS App feels more reliable than the previous incarnation (which already worked great) it is also a little snappier to trigger (make sure that you set the correct values for delay in the settings menu...
I'd like to see an option for the trigger to fire the camera (or Flashes) on a numbered trigger count. e.g. fire the camera on the 2nd noise detected above x value. This would help avoid 'false' triggers for example when opening the shutter before a burst
Example photo attached with the two states of the flour balloon..
I recently picked up an iBlazr LED light for smartphones. This is a clever little device that can supply improved flash performance or video light for smartphones.
It charges via USB and connects to your phone via the audio jack. I'll post some shots taken with the iBlazr shortly.
I was on my way home from work this evening and stopped to get a snap shot of the fountains on the Southbank. A nearby security guard decided to move me on as there was a family with children in the fountain and I didn't have their permission to photograph them... The worlds going mad.
A quick post with some behind the scenes photos of a recent Balloon Burst photo that I took. I used TriggerTrap Mobile to fire the camera.
Google spent a week in my offices and gave us a chance to play with some cool technology including the up-coming Google Glass.
Technology continues to grow exponentially and it won't be long before items such as these are common place in the streets of the UK. The potential is endless and the developer community has had hands on with the product for some time now.
Using the glass was an interesting experience that made me wonder whether people will be entirely looking where they are going when wearing this around London. Perhaps I should be developing an App that makes a beep impact warning if the wearer strays too close to other pedestrians! :-)
Comparing a D800 to an XE-2 should be like comparing apples to oranges. 36MP Full-Frame DSLR compared to 16MP APS-C mirror-less ...
I have been using the Fuji XE-2 for a couple of months now. I bought it to replace my 'walk about' compact camera which was a Sony X100 and with the idea that I might use it as my travel camera when flying abroad.
I didn't expect the quality of the images to compete with my D800, I have the 'holy trinity' of Nikon glass (14-24, 24-70, 70-200 @ f2.8) and the detail within the 36MP RAW files can be exceptional. The Fuji and 14mm f2.8 weighs about the same as the Nikon 24-70 on it's own! It makes my D800 feel like a tank, never mind how it would have made my D3 feel!
I'll post some example images in this post, but in my opinion the Fuji stands up against the D800. So much so that I have pretty much not used my DSLR since owning the Fuji.
I use the D800 for macro shots because I have a macro lens for it and that is about it... I am on the fence about switching entirely over to Fuji!
I expect to keep both systems for now, not due to the quality of the images but there are advantages and disadvantages of both:
- D800 has better, faster focus
- D800 has better battery life
- I have wider selection of accessories for the D800
Fuji may announce a full-frame mirror-less camera at some point. I would be interested and wouldn't want to build up a large set of APS-C compatible lenses and then need to replace..