I’ve just returned from five days at the Snap Photography Festival in Wales.  Last year, I was a speaker at the convention in the West Wales hills and I was pleased and honoured when Laura Babb, the organiser invited me back this year to speak again.

From the SNAP Website: SNAP is a 4-day summit, retreat, workshop, and wedding photography conference (although we hate that word – stuffy and boring, which is nothing like us!) and festival all rolled into one. SNAP is unique. We say that with conviction as the feedback from our speakers and attendees is that they’ve never experienced anything like it.

Although I was speaking a few times, I obviously took a camera and snapped a few images as memories for me of a great week.

I had my fist experience of the Fujifilm GFX while there too, which was an added bonus.

Not only is the convention educational, it has an amazing vibe and is just a massive amount of fun.
snap-photography-festival-1Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/125, ISO 500 – XF50mm F2R snap-photography-festival-2Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/125, ISO 200 – XF50mm F2R snap-photography-festival-3Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/420, ISO 200 – XF50mm F2R

This is the very talented Marriane Chua enjoying some of the torrential ran we had thrown at us by the Preseli Mountains.  We had a lot of good weather too, of course.snap-photography-festival-4Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/125, ISO 1,000 – XF50mm F2R

The Snap photography festival is as much about social as it is about education and this seems to be a recurring theme.
snap-photography-festival-5Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/50, ISO 12,800 – XF50mm F2R

Hands on with the Fujifilm GFX 50S

Whilst at the convention, which was sponsored by Fujifilm UK, I had a chance to spend an hour with the GFX 50S.

I’ve not used the GFX before and only really seen it at trade shows and conventions.

This is a photographic hero of mine, Franck Boutonnet, who was testing out an X-T2 whilst I was testing out the GFX.
snap-photography-festival-6Fujifilm GFX 50S:  f2.8, 1/125, ISO 640 – GF63mm F2.8 R WRsnap-photography-festival-7Fujifilm GFX 50S:  f2.8, 1/125, ISO 200 – GF63mm F2.8 R WR snap-photography-festival-8Fujifilm GFX 50S:  f2.8, 1/125, ISO 250 – GF63mm F2.8 R WR snap-photography-festival-9Fujifilm GFX 50S:  f2.8, 1/280, ISO 100 – GF63mm F2.8 R WR snap-photography-festival-10Fujifilm GFX 50S:  f2.8, 1/125, ISO 500 – GF63mm F2.8 R WR snap-photography-festival-11Fujifilm GFX 50S:  f2.8, 1/125, ISO 500 – GF63mm F2.8 R WR snap-photography-festival-13Fujifilm GFX 50S:  f2.8, 1/125, ISO 250 – GF63mm F2.8 R WR snap-photography-festival-14Fujifilm GFX 50S:  f2.8, 1/125, ISO 160 – GF63mm F2.8 R WR snap-photography-festival-15Fujifilm GFX 50S:  f2.8, 1/300, ISO 100 – GF63mm F3.6 R WR

Like I said, I had maybe an hour maximum with the GFX.

I won’t be using it for shooting my style of documentary wedding photography.

I’ve spent the last six years downsizing from DSLR to smaller, faster mirrorless and I don’t want to reverse that decision.

However, what I can say about my experience with the GFX is that it is very true what people are saying; the image quality and the “medium format” feel of the images is unrivalled from anything I’ve ever used.

I can see this camera being amazingly popular with editorial wedding photographers or those who spend a lot of time doing bridal portraiture.  It really does create razor sharp, gorgeous images and I intend renting one later in the year to see if it fits well with my equine work.

snap-photography-festival-16Fujifilm X100F:  f5.6, 1/125, ISO 200

This is the QT Albums guys busily being busy.  They have some beutiful albums and presentation ideas for photographers.snap-photography-festival-17Fujifilm X100F:  f5.6, 1/450, ISO 200 snap-photography-festival-19Fujifilm X100F:  f5.6, 1/160, ISO 200  snap-photography-festival-20Fujifilm X100F:  f8, 1/850, ISO 200  snap-photography-festival-21Fujifilm X100F:  f4.5, 1/150, ISO 200

Last year, I was amazed at the concept of a “Silent Disco” and this year, it happened again ~ though I was less surprised by it this time around of course.

High ISO Fuji X-Pro2

I chose to shoot a few frames in the tipi in the middle of the night with the 35mm F2 and the X-Pro2.  There are some extreme ISO shots here and it’s always a lot of fun trying to get some shots from the legendry party at Snap.snap-photography-festival-22Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/60, ISO 5,000 – XF35mm F2R
snap-photography-festival-23Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/125, ISO 1,250 – XF35mm F2R
snap-photography-festival-24Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/125, ISO 640 – XF35mm F2R
snap-photography-festival-25Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/125, ISO 10,000 – XF35mm F2R snap-photography-festival-26Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/60, ISO 5,000 – XF35mm F2R snap-photography-festival-27Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/160, ISO 10,000 – XF35mm F2R snap-photography-festival-28Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/160, ISO 2,000 – XF35mm F2R snap-photography-festival-29Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/60, ISO 640 – XF35mm F2R

Thursday morning saw us head to the local beach at Mwnt.  I know this area of Wales reasonably well and it never ceases to amaze me how beautiful it is.

snap-photography-festival-30Fujifilm X100F:  f5.6, 1/850, ISO 200  snap-photography-festival-31Fujifilm X100F:  f5.6, 1/900, ISO 200  snap-photography-festival-32Fujifilm X100F:  f8, 1/850, ISO 200  snap-photography-festival-33Fujifilm X100F:  f4.5, 1/750, ISO 200  snap-photography-festival-34Fujifilm X100F:  f5.6, 1/250, ISO 200

Just a quick reminder that there are a few places left on my workshop in Lausanne, Switzerland next weekend if you are interested.

It was great getting my hands on the GFX for a while and amazing to catch up with some old friends and make new ones at Snap.

Until next time, happy snapping.

~ Kevin

  • Simon

    Perhaps it’s just me, but if you took away the camera details from under each image, I certainly wouldn’t be able to tell you what was taken with the X100F, Xpro2, or GFX… they’re all just lovely images to get lost in. Thank you for sharing Kevin – love your work.

    • Thanks Simon. You can certainly tell the differ nice when looking at the full size images – but compressed for a website, probably not.

  • Michael

    I always enjoy your f16.click posts, and here I especially liked the skyscapes. And I also liked the shots of photographers taking shots of photographers, which has a lovely silliness about it.

  • Agree with Simon actually… some subtle skin tone differences for sure, but a consistency that’s crackin’

  • Hi Kevin, I’m a big fan of your work and blog. I just wanted to ask a quick question about the x100f. Is there a reason you shot the disco images above on the x-pro2, is the x100f not as capable in lower light conditions?

    Reason I’m asking is because I’m in the process of deciding between the two cameras. I’m making the switch from a Nikon DSLR and the compact size of the x100f really appeals to me. I find the biggest barrier I have to taking photos is the lack of desire to lug a bulky camera around with me.

    • Hi Jeff. The x100f is a capable low light camera but it won’t match the speed in those conditions of the xp2 and a lens such as the 35f2 which I used for the disco.

  • Kevin, was your conference held in an unheated building?! Everyone appears to be all bundled up against the cold!
    Thanks for sharing.

    • It was cold for some of the time, and warm for others. Part of the peril of being in The Preseli hills 🙂

  • Sere Yordan

    Hi Sir,
    I’m very inspired by all your works.
    If you don’t mind, I wanna ask you several questions about your color photoworks. Was that color chrome that you use for all photos above? Did you use spot metering as usual?
    Did you make the WB warmer in post pro? Did you use auto WB or some preset? Thanks for your answer Sir.

    • Hi Sere – these are from RAW. Processing was CC, contrast and warmed up.

  • I’m also in agreement with Simon. I think it speaks as much about your clear style and technique as it does of the Fuji quality across the systems. Really enjoying the more panoramic crops – as someone who is becoming addicted to 16:9 for portraiture, I’m a great fan! Without the funds to buy, I’m also keen to rent a GFX to do some portraiture. I think my last three purchases have been as a result of (or certainly confirmed by!) your assessment and demonstration.
    As ever, your work provides enjoyment and inspiration, Kevin.

    • Thanks Alec – and yes, I also love shooting 16:9 and need to do it more often, especially for my personal work. It makes creating photo films so much easier.

  • Brett Patching

    Hi Kevin, thanks for another great post. I find it instructional to see the type of compositions you’re making with the XF50mm f/2 (and GF63mm f/2.2) compared to the 23mm lenses. I really like the night shots! (My own favourites are nr. six and eight.)

  • lim chia

    Hi Kelvin,
    The other day i have followed blog post regards your camera setting. The photo of yours seem more warmer and the contrast is just nice. Is there any particular preset you done to your photo. Or just contrast changing only?

    btw, i love your photo so much.
    lim chia

    • Hi Lim – all the images are warmed up a bit in LR. I typically use a shadow split tone.