As some of you may recall I dumped Flickr a few weeks ago. I didn’t know quite where to post the images I produced so I decided to temporarily use Instagram. I’ve not been disappointed…

Instagram has proved to be an excellent choice. I have had to spend a little time getting my work recognised by that time has been well spent and I am now often getting upwards of 50 ‘likes’ on an image. I’ve been fortunate to have the support of three established Instagram feeds who have all featured some of my work.

What I do like is the camaraderie amongst the Instagram community. There’s very little back-biting or criticism and if I have a grumble about Instagram, it’s those who spam-post your site with offers of 1,000’s of visitors going to your site to ‘like’ an image. I want people to come voluntarily to view my photographs.

So, if you’re interested in getting your work seen more widely, give Instagram a try. It’s great to see your fan base grow – however slowly or quickly that happens – and for the comments that are often made.

See you on Instagram…

Hay-on-Wye – A Collection of Postcards

As a ‘dessert’ to my trip to West Wales, I made a night stop at Hay-on-Wye, which is just about in Wales. It’s a beautiful town to visit; no Costa, Subway, McDonalds or other shop chains, just lovely independent shops… and bookshops… with photo books aplenty! Here’s a few images from the town:

And, yes, I did buy a couple of photo books: a retrospective collection of images by the great Sir Norman Parkinson and a book of landscapes from Fay Godwin, both bargains!

All images © Tony Harratt/The Fuji Freak – 2016

The Busy Bee

In truth, I’ve not been very active over the past few weeks because summer hasn’t happened in my part of the UK. Just the few nice days in Wales, of which more will follow soon.

Last Sunday wasn’t too bad a day so I went on a garden “safari” in my lovely partner’s garden. The lavender attracted a large number of bees, so I pointed my lens in their direction. I was lucky enough to catch this short sequence of one bee lifting off after feeding on lavender flowers…

Lift off!

Pembrokeshire Coast Path

Lots of new work to be displayed after a couple of short breaks…

I had a most enjoyable time during the middle of July visiting the south-west Wales stretch of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path in the St. David’s area. The weather travelling down was, at best, awful and it wasn’t until I got south of Aberystwyth that things got a little better. However, arriving in the Fishguard area there was sea fog, which stayed from Saturday evening through to Monday lunchtime! But it was well worth waiting for the sun to shine. I hope you enjoy these images…

Introducing The New Fujifilm X-T2

There were rumours on Twitter last night about a new camera that was due to be released into the wild. And here it is… the Fujifilm X-T2! Enjoy the read and follow the links to learn more.

The Fujifilm Blog

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Imagine a camera that takes the best features of the Fujifilm X-T1 and X-Pro2 and combines them together to create the ultimate photographers and videographers tool.

Well, today we are excited to announce the combination of these cameras in the new Fujifilm X-T2!

The Fujifilm X-T2 is one of the most anticipated cameras in Fujifilm’s history. Not only will the impressive 24.3MP APS-C X Trans CMOS III sensor capture the joy of photographers around the world, but now with the addition of 4K and 2K video formats you will be able to film the emotion too!

Adding to this is a bundle of features that includes an electronic shutter with a limit of 1/32,000 second, an Intelligent Hybrid Phase detection AF, a robust weather resistant body, an impressive 3-way tilting 3.0” LCD and a 2.36 Million dots Electronic Viewfinder and dual SD UHS-II memory card slots that will capture up…

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Interview: The Most Comprehensive Guide on the X-Pro2 — The Fujifilm Blog

Tony Phillips is an author, photographer, pilot, teacher, and lecturer, and has a long-standing passion for photography. To date he has 8 published books on photography. Four on Fujifilm X cameras and lighting. All are available on the following website. He is recommended by MirrorLessons as one of 6 Authors of Mirrorless Camera Manuals Whose […]

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Experimental Photography

Over the past few weeks I’ve been experimenting with some new techniques I’ve been reading about. There’s two techniques that have stuck in my mind and if you follow my Twitter feed, you may have seen the images I’ve created using them.

The first is ‘Intentional Camera Movement’ (ICM) where a slow shutter speed is used to blur the scene. As with all experimental work there is a degree of hit and miss; with ICM there is a significant miss element but when you get it (almost!) right, it is very rewarding. The image I’m posting using this technique was taken in Liverpool’s Sefton Park during the Africa Oye festival. A shutter speed of 1/15sec was employed and the camera allowed to drop vertically.

The second technique came from Valda Bailey, a photographer from Sussex. She has been producing images using multiple exposures – any number from 1 to 100! She is able to blend these images in her Canon dSLR to create a surrealistic picture. I had seen her work last year at an exhibition in Southwell, Nottinghamshire but my interest was aroused at another Nottingham event in early June where she gave a presentation of her work and tips on how to achieve a satisfactory image.

My X-Pro 2 has only the capacity to capture two images for a multiple exposure. I put some thought into how I might enhance just two images and came up with using Alien Skin’s Exposure X software. This little program has three options that can be used satisfactorily: a texture; a light leak; and a border. I’m very pleased with the way this second image has come out.

And here are the two images; I hope you don’t think I’ve lost the plot!

Intentional Camera Movement
Multiple exposure – close up of a flower head and the field they were in

All images © Tony Harratt/The Fuji Freak – 2016

Notes: If you’re interested in learning more about these techniques take a look at Doug Chinnery‘s article in Outdoor Photography magazine (July edition) about experimental techniques for landscape photography.

To find out more about Valda Bailey’s work, click on her name (on the left). She has recently published a book through Triple Kite Books entitled ‘Fragile‘, which can be ordered via her web site and is a wonderful source of inspiration..