This week was my little boy’s birthday and another ideal day to use my Fuji X100F.

Six.  I can’t believe it.  Crazy how time flies, but this is even more of a reminder to me that the most important things in life are often the things we take the most for granted and document less.

To photograph what is closest to you and the things that you enjoy and have an interest in. Make the whole process as fun and as least difficult as possible – Trent Parke

Armed with my Fuji X100F, we had a whirlwind 24 hours which I wanted to capture just a little bit differently from the normal way.

Thinking about the time I collated every frame from a wedding with my X-Pro2’s I decided to try something similar for the day with the X100F.

A few things to note about the film below:

  • There are exactly 1,000 frames in this collection.
  • I shot RAW+JPEG (which I found myself amazed at how the buffer coped with this).
  • I shot to a 256GB Sandisk memory card.
  • Everything was spot metered.
  • Everything was shot using CH (High).
  • A majority of the images were shot with the ND filter activated.

I’ve talked before about how changing to mirrorless cameras enabled me to really start documenting my family and life around me more.

I’m not sure whether I’d have done this with a DSLR, or even, to be honest, with an X-Pro2.   This is a day trip with my kids and my wife, the X100F sitting in my pocket and pulled out when needed.  Perfect.  

So, here is the clip.  1,000 frames shot with a Fuji X100F.  A day in the life of me, so to speak.  I hope you enjoy it (best with sound):

I hope you enjoyed it, but let’s be honest, there isn’t too much art in these images.   If you stop the sequence at any point you’ll likely fall on a benign image.

However, the collective parts, together make me smile so much.

There was no effort involved in making this, but there was bucket loads of love involved.

I can’t really explain how I’m so drawn to the simplicity, tactility and smallness of the Fuji X100F and the X70 too for my personal images.

Part of what I try and do is make my children interested in photography too.  Well, at least interested in the importance of history, of which photography is our vehicle.

Rosa has my X30 camera which she likes using, and Albie had about ten minutes with my Fuji X100F on his birthday.  He took some nice snaps actually, and it’s very interesting how I thought Albie was drawn to photographing people, whereas Rosa is much keener on shooting flowers and close up things.

I think making photography fun for my kids is as important as it is for making it fun for me.

I know a lot of people are still waiting for their X100Fs to arrive.  For me, this little video (from a technical perspective), tells me that the Fuji X100F is a remarkably quick camera to work with.  It’s got strong bones, that camera….and the AF is rocket fast.

And because I’m a monochrome, junky, here are a few of my favourite stills from the collection (but please watch the photo film above too):

fujifilm x100f speed shootingFujifilm X100F: 1/240th at f/2, ISO 200fujifilm x100f speed shootingFujifilm X100F: 1/125th at f/2, ISO 400 fujifilm x100f speed shootingFujifilm X100F: 1/240th at f/2, ISO 320 fujifilm x100f speed shootingFujifilm X100F: 1/125th at f/2, ISO 200 fujifilm x100f speed shootingFujifilm X100F: 1/150th at f/2, ISO 200 fujifilm x100f speed shootingFujifilm X100F: 1/240th at f/2, ISO 640

I’m also running two photography workshops in Lausanne, Switzerland in conjunction with Fujifilm Switzerland this weekend.  There is still spaces available on Sunday.  Saturday is all sold out.

  • Happy Snapping – Kevin (in my Studio in Malmesbury, listening to Live from South Africa, Mumford & Sons))
  • Eddie

    Happy birthday, Albie! All the best !
    Eddie & little Maria

  • Bob Morgans

    Nice memory of the day! Good to see Barbados and Malpas places in there, too!

    A good idea. Will try and do it myself!

    Thanks for sharing Kev

  • Great project! I’m so stealing this.
    Love the music, too!

  • Did you do videos and picture grab from them? How was this done? I am not a video shooter, so have no clue. I am deciding between this camera and the X-T2 or X-T20. I currently have the X-T10 with 35mm F/2 WR Lens. I want to delve deeper into the system, but am really loving this small X100F camera. I know it isn’t as functional as the others I’ve listed, but I need a camera with a good 35mm equivalent lens and I’ve always wanted to get an X100F. I shoot Ricoh GR, but this seems better for stills & videos. Yeah, I know the X-T2 and X-T20 have 4K. I am still thinking. Ugh. I am older, my eyes aren’t as good, and my back and neck certainly don’t want to carry anything heavy. The smaller and more compact the better. I’ve even thought about the X70, but it would be redundant (with Ricoh GR still in service(, and it has no viewfinder. (I actually love that Ricoh GR to death.) The X100F would be the Ricoh with 35mm and viewfinder though. Awww Decisions!

    I love your work, and this was just phenomenal. I also like the focal length as it seems like I’m in the scene, if that makes sense.

    • Hi Elaine – all these images are stills. No video recorded for this (though the X100F has a pretty reasonable video functionality).

  • Oh, and having said all that, I am curious. Which is your absolute favorite Fuji camera for everyday carry or family moments and why?

    • It’s the X100F. Because it’s so light and capable. Closely followed by the x70.

  • Epic! I like this one even more that the wedding one!
    Oh and cute kid! 🙂

  • Steve Jupp

    Delightful shots of the children. Do you find the Q menu button gets touched by mistake? I’ve read a couple of reviews which reckon it’s easy to do.
    Thanks for all your posts – regular inspiration!

    • Not any longer. It was an issue for th first month or so but I never hit it any longer.

  • Love the video! I’m using the x100T still – not as fast as the F I suppose but I loooove using it with my family.

  • Niall Duffy

    Really great posting, and what is particularly good about it is that you have turned one of the side effects of modern digital cameras – too many shots – into a feature by animating them. Am curious as to whether you have modified these in post, or whether they are straight out of the camera, and what JPEG setting you used. Also what did you use to create the montage of photos.

    • These were all raw files. I’ve dropped basic jpeg exports into premiere pro and used that the apply a film grading.

  • Gleb

    Very nice day and photos! I like your style very much. Kevin, what focusing mode do you use?

    • Thank you. I use bbf so the camera is actual in manual focus mode.

  • Wonderful! Such a typical family birthday. I particularly recognised the expression on your daughters face around 1:42 – seen that same sulk before !!

    Looks like Albie had a good day 🙂 Thanks for the effort in sharing these.

  • Hi Kevin

    great video. Amazed again that it is all done with stills like the wedding video.
    But when you watch it, don’t you miss sometimes that it’s not filmed as a video with sound?

    It’s always a compromise, if you film a scene using video mode, you don’t get the high resolution stills, but you’ll have a video with sound and so on.

    Greetings from Cologne
    Patrick

    • Yes, point taken. Though for me, filming needs a totally different mind set. I need to think about ss and fps etc. Also, by doing this I’m literally shooting stills for about three seconds. Additionally, I have all these as full size 24mp stills and I can edit individual ones as I like (such as the mini ones). I couldn’t pull a frame out of video. It’s only a bit of fun though.

  • Nick Heissig

    After 40 years photographing family only recently have they accepted it gracefully and naturally. I do therefore love your family photographs because they picture such a happy atmosphere. My 18 month old half French granddaughter actually reacts to being photographed brilliantly so maybe things are looking up.
    I do get told off for taking photographs of the Severn Bridge when driving over it with my X30….possibly because I am the one who is driving.
    Thanks for sharing your photos with us.
    Nick

  • I would imagine that the process of taking these images for this purpose is akin to shooting old 8mm reel film. Those reels only had a few minutes time and so you had to be selective about when to shoot. the photofilm has that 8mm feel to it. Nicely done Kevin!

  • Hannah Richards

    Kevin I loved this! What awesome memories for you and your family. Did i spy good old Barry Island too? Ordered my x100f after reading your reviews, hoping it arrives this month!

    • Thanks Hannah and yes, good old Barrybados. It’s lush there 🙂

  • Marty

    I realize this project was to take 1,000 stills during your son’s birthday. Congratulations and many more to him and his family. I know and love that you are a &W stills guy. Something for you to consider. SOUND. How much will you appreciate hearing the voice of your six year old son when he is 18? His voice will change. The way he speaks will change. You could put sound snippets over the music and under the photos. This could change the way you capture moments, or not.

    Marty

    • Hi Marty – this wasn’t a ‘project’ – just a day out. It wasn’t really planned. I wouldn’t have wanted to rig up lavalar mics for example. However, you are very right about sound and I often do thing such as put a table mic on the dinner table and just record that. I’ve lots of sound of the family, just being the family. It’s a very powerful
      Memory indeed.

  • Andrei

    Far from you, Siberia is admired and fascinated by your work)
    Thank you

  • Jay

    Kevin this was splendid! I’ve always enjoyed the photo films. They are most remarkable and unique. I’m curious how many batteries you went through on this day. 1-3? Impatiently waiting for my X100F to arrive.

    • I definitely didn’t change the battery for this. When you are shooting in CH mode, you’ll usually get more juice out of the battery I find.

  • Well done… and yes time goes insanely fast, it seems my little one was born just a few years ago and will be 19 next week… so treasure every moment

  • Peter Iliev

    Great music in the clip Kevin, I really like it 🙂

  • Christian K. Ibsen

    Absolutely brilliant work Kevin! You mention that you use BBF and spot metering. Does that mean, that the point where you place your focus is also automatically where the spot metering is done – or do you lock your exposure and then doing the focus (I’m curious, as I’d like to give BBF a try – seems pretty powerful).

    I also really like the sound track you’ve used – do you mind if I ask where you find tracks like this?

    • Thanks Christian. I typically lock focus with the read command dial, then expose and lock that, then recompose.

  • Wow! that was a great concept!

  • Geoff Mountfield

    Happy Birthday Albie,
    Amazing images as always, such a great creative idea to assemble all the jpegs into a movie. I was lucky enough to get my hands on my 100F from Amazon France 3 weeks ago. After reading one of you blogs in now use spot metering all the time, great tip.
    Thanks Kevin

  • John

    This was a really wonderful concept! I think it turned out amazingly.

    I was wondering if you could share how you got your colours SOOC, or if you could share your film sim + ton settings? It’s such a simple yet effective look.

    Regards,

    • Hi John – these are actually raw files (standard jpeg from) that I put into Premiere Pro. I then used Premiere to colour grade. I was surprised too 🙂

  • I think this is really amazing. You are right in that none of the images would be described as art on their own but as a whole its very powerful. As a dispassionate observer we feel it, so I can only imagine what it will be like for you too, particularly as your kids grow up.

    I does make me hope that perhaps I could encourage you to do tutorial or something similar for this type of film, perhaps behind a paywall?

    Either way thanks for sharing you have encouraged me to try something new!

  • Inspirational idea!
    I love how it’s done, something I will definitely try in the future.
    I ended up getting the X100T as it was just over £700 brand new and couldn’t justify getting the F….

  • It’s always a great pleasure browsing your pics!

  • anil bolayir

    Hi Kevin!!!

    Can you please tell me the name of the monochrome filter that you applied? It is Great!!!

  • Adrian Ervine

    Bang on 59 seconds made me ROFLMFHO! Love it! Assuming this is your other half communicating a sign of endearment to you, as it’s the very same method of communication used by my other half any time I get her in the frame. In fact for 10 years now I have been lead to believe the term “twat” is also a term of endearment. We are still married and also have a 6th birthday in July for our daughter…..how times do fly…

  • Hi Kevin,

    I love all your works, but this has got to be my favorite so far 🙂

  • I hate to dwell on tech stuff (I do love this video very much) but when you made your video in Premiere Pro, how did you import your jpgs? I find importing an “image sequence” is no good for me, because of the gaps in file names. (It appears PP wants consecutive file names, with no gaps in consecutive numbers.)

    Also, did you change the sequence options to get the frames-per-second that you wanted in the video (e.g. 10 images per second of video)?

    Thanks!

    • The images are numbered from 1 > 1000.jpg. Before you add them to the BIN, you’ll need to set the default image length in the PP/Preferences box. I couldn’t find a way of changing this after they were imported so had to keep removing the images and reimporting.

  • Makes sense. I’ll renumber them out of Lightroom and try that. Thanks!

    • I use something called Faststone Photoresizer to do my renaming etc.

  • Cool! Did you resize the jpegs there, or in PP? I guess you could easily make a 4K video, now that I think about it.

    • I actually resize them there too as I think it’s a better compression algorithm.

  • Good to know. Thank you.
    I assume the conversion to 1080p leaves you with a slight crop to take care of in PP?

    • Yes, but setting the sequence size accordingly should do it automatically.

  • This is brilliant, Kevin. Such a wonderful snapshot of a special day in your life!

  • Neil Horner

    Brilliant , will have to give it a go !

  • david

    Just a question (from a lazy beginner who relies heavily on matrix metering and his EV control dial):
    how do you cope with spot metering and adjustment?
    Do you use AEL, EV adjust and then auto focus?
    Or do you focus manually, do spot metering and adjust EV?

    • Hi, David.

      I focus first, then lock the exposure by half depressing the shutter button. Then recompose and shoot. I use the back button focusing technique.

      • david

        Hi Kevin,
        I usually use back button too on the X100 and my sigma merrills, it works very well with moderate apertures and a constant distance to the focused subject/object.

        However, when using spot metering, I often fail to get the exposure right, especially when recomposing. I used this technique with my sigma merrills and it is more miss than hit.
        With the fuji, the raw files are a bit more forgiving and bracketing helps with the learning.

        But you do it with jpgs, and I wrote it before and still am impressed by your selection of photos that are well-exposed.
        Kudos 🙂