One Year Anniversary Google+ Photo Walk in Fremantle WA

What a successful event! I would personally like to thank all of the 25 or more photographers who made it to the One Year Anniversary Google+ Photo Walk which I hosted with Paul Pichugin in Fremantle, Western Australia.

I managed to meet more than 24 new faces and a few old mates as we casually strolled Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour and the streets of Fremantle. Amazing we even met a few photographers along the way who had no idea about the event but still decided to join us for the entire walk and breakfast!

Hats off to Google for the amazing platform which enables photographers to connect and share photos anywhere.

Over the weekend I am looking forward to seeing some of the amazing photographs from the many talented photographers who came to the event. You will be able to see what happened at the event as Google recently released a new Events feature on Google+. Users were able to connect to the event live from their mobile devices by selecting a Party Mode which allowed uploads of photographs and video. To see the some photos and video go here.

If you missed out on the walk don’t worry. There will be another photo walk planned later in the year. At this stage the location will most likely be around the Perth Hills although this will be advised later on.

Here is a quick shot from a mobile (excuse the quality) of some of the photographers who stayed on for breakfast after the event.

Now I’m off to Albany to photograph some whales so I hope to see some photos later on tonight.

Until then.

Happy Shooting.


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CameraED – Week 2 – Fujiflm X Pro 1 – Sand Dunes

I wanted to see what the Full HD video would be like on the Fujifilm X Pro 1 so I headed for the sand dunes…..

CAUTION: This video may put you to sleep ;)

The final photos photographed with the Fujifilm X Pro 1 can be seen below.

Fujifilm X Pro 1 – ISO 200 – 35mm – f1.6 – 1/3800 sec

Fujifilm X Pro 1 – ISO 200 – 35mm – f8 – 1/550 sec

Fujifilm X Pro 1 – ISO 200 – 35mm – f8 – 1/1100 sec

Fujifilm X Pro 1 – ISO 200 – 35mm – f16 – 1/640 sec

Fujifilm X Pro 1 – ISO 200 – 35mm – f8 – 1/400 sec

Fujifilm X Pro 1 – ISO 200 – 35mm – f9 – 1/450 sec

Fujifilm X Pro 1 – ISO 200 – 35mm – f16 – 1/350 sec




ABC 1 – Photo Finish Competition – Lighting the Lens

I was challenged after seeing a Facebook post from ABC 1 TV program “Photo Finish”. The brief was simple – Submit the most creative and imaginative photograph you can – it can capture or depict anything you like! There is a trick to it though, every photo must include a camera lens somewhere in the shot. The lens can appear anywhere in the photo, but it must be there!”

I quickly got to work and compiled three images that were going to tell a story. The photos were taken using the Fujifilm X Pro 1 and Canon 1D MK IV.

Image 1 – The old fire place to ignite the photo

Image 2 – Some ghostly clouds to add some atmosphere

and lastly a photo of my old Canon 400mm f/5.6L USM lens

The next step was to combine the photos in Photoshop to meet the competition brief

The final result:

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Guest Photographer Post – Paul Pichugin uses the Fujifilm X Pro 1

Hey All,

I’ve been lucky enough to be given a Fuji X-Pro1 by Leigh Diprose for the last few days to give it a road test and see what I can do with it. I was heading away for the weekend already, so I took the X-Pro1 on a bit of a road trip around the south of Western Australia. My very initial impressions of the Fuji X-Pro1 is that it has an exceptional build quality, the camera is quite nice to hold even with my large hands, many of the smaller cameras seem to get lost in my hands. The controls are all fairly intuitive and very accessible, with in minutes of picking it up I was able to use most of the functions I would normally use on my dSLR.

First stop was about 3 hours drive out of Perth, I’m a sucker for clear night skies, we are lucky enough to have very little light pollution here in the west. I decided to give the Fuji a go at some star photography, normally I’d photograph this with my dSLR as it has quite good high-ISO performance.

Milky Way – Fuji X-Pro1

This image was photographed at ISO1600, f2.8 and a 30 second exposure. The camera was in single shot mode and this is a RAW image with minimal processing. Within the first 3 images I was incredibly impressed by the high ISO performance, there isn’t a huge amount of noise in this image and the clarity in the RAW image is exceptional. The straight jpeg was very similar to this RAW file that I’ve just added some sharpening to.

Dawn – Fuji X-Pro1

ISO1600, f2.0, 1/4000. This is a straight jpeg out of the camera with no adjustments, I’ve just resized it and added my signature. The noise levels are very acceptable, I’d have no issues printing this image fairly large. I’m very impressed with the dynamic range of the sensor too.

One of the more interesting modes I found for shooting was the automatic panoramic mode, you set the camera at your start point, press the shutter and sweep the camera from left to right, it then takes a series of images and stitches them together.

Fuji X-Pro1 – Panoramic mode

This is a slightly adjusted panoramic image, photographed with the Fuji X-Pro1 in panoramic mode. f4.0, ISO400, 1/220 the final full sized image is 5120 x 1440 px, so definitely a printable size.

Salt Lake – Fuji X-Pro1

This was photographed at: f8, 1/1500 and ISO800. I’ve done some processing in Adobe Camera RAW, the files are very flexible and retain a lot of detail.

Secluded Beach – Fuji X-Pro1

A RAW image with some minor tweaks in Camera RAW.

Overall I’m very impressed with the camera, I think it would make the perfect travel camera for someone who is accustomed to having professional level gear with them, but doesn’t want to have to carry it all over the world! This camera is definitely aimed at the enthusiast / semi-pro photographer, it has more than enough manual functions to keep any photographer happy, while retaining enough automatic modes to make it easy enough for the beginner to use. The files it’s 16mp sensor produces are very clean and very ready to print!

I have the camera for a few more days so I’m going to be trying out a few more seascape type images and a few other subjects. I’m definitely going to look into getting one, I’d really like to take one with me to Cambodia in September, I think it would be the ideal camera for the photo-journalist / documentary and street photographer.


Paul Pichugin

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