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    Photography: wedding, events, portrait, travel, natural history, "street", landscape and sport.

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    Fuji X-T1 & X-Pro 1
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    16, 23, 56, 60, 90, 18-55, 55-200, 100-400.

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  1. Having now sampled Cuba for myself including Havana, Trinidad, Cienfuegos and Viñales it is a stunning country for street and documentary photography even though I follow in the trail of many photographs however it is IMO still bested by India.
  2. Nice images "Owtafocus"; as my late wife said it is far far easier to criticise than create; I trust your X-P2 has been restored to great health; it isn't funny when you are 1000's of miles away from home when a camera goes doolally; I have heard of one or two issues with X-P2 and X-T2 models; lets hope Fuji sort the bugs out; I am in no rush to upgrade my well used, travelled and hammered X-T1's.
  3. An American classic car, tree and matching owner Cienfuegos, Cuba. Apart from US classic cars there were a few from the UK; this one an Austin A35 perhaps not quite original spec. Trinidad, Cuba. Silly me nearly forgot, both taken with my X-T1 and the redoubtable 18-55. Peter
  4. IMO India is probably one of the finest countries in the world for street photography, places like Old Delhi and Calcutta (Kolkata) and hosts of other towns and cities for me knock the spots off for example Cuba a popular destination for photographers; India I think is a very under-photographed land possibly because many people fear India due to poverty, health and other issues however our not going there doesn't help India; generally the people are very welcoming and provided you take precautions like not touching let alone drinking the local water amongst other considerations you will be fine; personally I can't wait to return. My companion at the time was terrified of India as she had read so much adversity but within 48 hours she had totally fallen in love with the country and her fears were groundless . Don't even start me on the potential nature and landscape photography within India! Some tribes in NE India try to protect their children from evil by marking their faces with large black spots of a tarry substance to make them look far less appealing to malevolence.
  5. At the end of the day there was a queue of ladies weighing in their tea pickings; they get paid what we used to call "piece work" in the UK i.e. according to the weight of tea clippings they had picked; we did find out that they are treated well by the tea plantations i.e. housed, fed, educated and had access to medical treatment but I suspect paid little more than pocket money; just a couple of expressions ....
  6. Hello Mark :-) I shoot entirely in RAW format and Black and White conversion is carried out in L/R or P/S or should I say CC? Good luck with your choice of Fuji cameras; the Fuji lenses are of stunning quality in terms of image quality and detail capture. Regards, Peter. In the UK we dare not take pictures of children as rightly or wrongly we seem to be in many ways a paranoid society however in most countries abroad there is no such paranoia; some people are proud for you to photograph their children, these two taken on Majuli island within the massive Brahmaputra river, Assam, NE India.
  7. Nothing wrong with being ultra picky; often we don't notice details in our own images that are blindingly obvious to others, many thanks veejaycee :-)
  8. Sorry for the long layoff; I have about 9,000 images from my trip to NE India but will sort some out, in the meantime this is a young Buddhist Monk looking as cold as I felt; it was about 6am and freezing cold at Tawang monastery; Tawang is 10,000 feet high.
  9. Good luck to you who are about to shoot their first wedding; I have shot many hundred and still enjoy them; I would be happy to go forth with the 16,,23 and 56 combination with a couple of bodies; I own a brace of X-T1 bodies but I wouldn't feel disadvantaged with the 18-55 which is a superb "standard" zoom lens except for the lack of aperture; nowadays I don't photograph many weddings but when I do I take all four lenses and the two bodies. Probably in your case OP I would agree with the others that the 56mm would be a great adjunct to your arsenal. HTH, Peter.
  10. Many thanks for your comments ....? I will have another look at my third image in light of what you suggest.
  11. A very few images out of many thousand from Old Delhi using my Fuji system in this case an X-Pro ! and 18-55; in my opinion probably the best place in the world for street photography apart from Calcutta (Kolkata)
  12. Whilst opium isn't smoked much in the UK it is sometimes used in remote villages within NE India where village law transcends state and national law, the villages see few tourists therefore the inhabitants aren't innured to strangers mostly being very welcoming and hospitable though I stuck to black tea rather than smoke opium, the atmosphere was very thick with opium and the acridity of the fire. I was in NE India in November for just over 3 weeks and if you want a photographic feast India has it all, I am already planning a return.
  13. The answer is whatever I have attached to my camera but of my clutch of lenses I would not want to part with my 23mm.
  14. It was so dark that my settings were 1/15 @ f/1.4 @ 3200 ISO using a Fuji X-T1 and the fabulous 23mm. The air was so thick that my partner had to leave with a blinding headache and was sick shortly after; me? .... no sense no feeling however the gear performed famously.
  15. Every camera has limitations including and maybe especially the X-Pro1 but as photographers we learn to operate our gear in spite of it's limitations; my X-Pro1 still produces stunning images, any whizz bang successor with matt black box ain't going to make my "old" camera any worse.
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