As stated in the title, this is part 2 of my test run with the Fuji X-Pro1 + XF 35mm f/1.4 in studio. If you haven't read part 1 yet, you can check it out by clicking here. If you have, or just don't care to, then carry on. I've always loved the look of a quiet portrait. There is just something about the simplicity in it all that I find mesmerizing. No crazy lighting, no bizarre poses, no grand environments, but yet it still carries the power to make you want to stop and engage with it. Maybe the best way to describe it is that it makes the photo feel more human, but maybe that's just me...
Simplicity. I even love how the word sounds.
All images were shot using the Fuji X-Pro1 + XF 35mm f/1.4
In the previous post I talked a little about how the camera handled in the studio, what the files were like, and how it stacked up against my Nikon system. Today I just want to talk about what this camera represents to me and my crazy photographer brain. I'll keep this short.
A couple of days ago I was packing my gear to head to a job shooting some environmental executive portraits. The company I was shooting for has this amazing space with lots of exposed wood and brick, with cool custom lighting and random shit like Buck Hunter, some mini golf, an old punching bag, etc. It was far from your typical space, and they wanted photos that broke away from the typical norm, which is a nice little niche I've carved out for myself in the Calgary corporate market. I started to think about just taking the X-Pro1 and leaving the D800 at home, after all it is totally capable of producing the files I needed for the job, but then I realized how big of a mistake that would be.
You see, the X-Pro1 to me represents shooting only for myself. It's the camera that I pick up when I'm not working.
I think this is common for a lot of people who make their living taking photos. They have the cameras that they use to provide client work, and then they have the cameras that represent something more personal. For me, that is what the X-Pro1 has become.
I already know that the X-Pro1 would hold it's own as a working camera, I put it through those paces and it passed, but the decision to keep it away from client work, and use it strictly for personal work, makes it that much more appealing to me. It takes me back to a time when photography had nothing to do with the money I was making, and that's a good place to get back to as a creative.
With any luck the last couple of posts have been somewhat helpful or informative. If you have any questions, or just something to say, feel free to sound off in the comments below. Thanks everyone.