This weekend was a wedding free weekend (well, I had one on Friday) and so Rosa and I went to work making a Makeblock mBot.

I bought this back from my recent trip to Photokina and had been waiting for an opportunity to let Rosa get to grips with this amazing little system.

So, as part of my fascination with documenting my everyday life, I took a few simple snaps with my X100T whilst she got to work building the mBot.

She loves it by the way, and has named our new robot “Mungo” after one of her best friends.

making a makeblock mbotFuji X100t: 1/75th at f/2 ISO400
making a makeblock mbotFuji X100t: 1/60th at f/2 ISO320
making a makeblock mbotFuji X100t: 1/60th at f/2 ISO320
making a makeblock mbotFuji X100t: 1/70th at f/2 ISO400
making a makeblock mbotFuji X100t: 1/70th at f/2 ISO400
making a makeblock mbotFuji X100t: 1/126th at f/2 ISO640
making a makeblock mbotFuji X100t: 1/125th at f/2 ISO200
making a makeblock mbotFuji X100t: 1/125th at f/2 ISO200
making a makeblock mbotFuji X100t: 1/125th at f/2 ISO640
making a makeblock mbotFuji X100t: 1/125th at f/2 ISO200
making a makeblock mbotFuji X100t: 1/125th at f/2 ISO640
making a makeblock mbotFuji X100t: 1/125th at f/2 ISO800
making a makeblock mbotFuji X100t: 1/125th at f/2 ISO800
making a makeblock mbotFuji X100t: 1/125th at f/2 ISO1,250
making a makeblock mbotFuji X100t: 1/125th at f/2 ISO1,000

If your kids are into building things, engineering or just, well, having fun, then I reckon the Makeblock mBot is a great gadget.

Next stage is to plug it into the PC and start programming it.

  • Happy Snapping – Kevin (in my Studio in Malmesbury, listening to J.S. Bach: Mass in B Minor)
  • Gordon Bates

    Looks good, Kevin. Maybe a Christmas present for my eleven year old granddaughter. How old is Rosa?

  • Gordon Bates

    Thanks, Kevin, my granddaughter should be able to manage it then.

  • Nick Heissig

    I am told my incapability at my age to cope with the things children easily take in their stride – computers, mobile phones, Facebook, Photoshop and the little button bottom right on my Fuji X30 – is because I have different ‘spatial awareness’ to the younger generation. I therefore admire Rosa’s dexterity and appreciate the way it has been recorded for posterity. The gadget is available from Amazon for £65.99 and I have been wondering who I can buy one for a present. My children are possibly too old, but my Anglo/French granddaughter, now aged 1 year, might be a candidate.

    • lol – though I think at one year old it might be worth waiting for two or three years 😉

  • Terrific. Whatcha mean 11 year old. I’m 73 and I want one 🙂
    Where can I get this thing?

  • This is fantastic. Love the concentration in her eyes.

  • Ashley O’Hare

    I went to buy an x100t last week after all the praise you and other great photographers give it, for an upcoming wedding. I was a little disappointed with the autofocus whilst in OVF and instead bought the Xpro2. However, I still lust for the x100t 😫

    Do you find there is a slight delay in af with the OVF compared to the EVF. It’s not something I’ve seen mentioned before.

    Thanks for all the great info….ash

    • Hi Ash,

      The X-Pro2 is quicker than the X100T as it’s newer technology by a matter of a couple of years. That said, the OVF on the X100T is generally quicker than the EVF as there is far less computer jiggery-pokery going on. Not sure why yours seemed slower.

  • Elliot

    Hi Kevin,
    Recently discovered your site through twitter and I think over the last few hours I’ve read almost every article from the last two years!
    I’m undecided between buying an x100T or splashing the extra cash for an xPro2 + 23mm 2.0. I’m very much an amateur (I understand manual and most of the basics, I think) but in the new year I want to take my photography more seriously and hopefully to the next level. Your articles have helped educate me, although I’m still left undecided!
    Anyway just wanted to say I’m pleased to have discovered your site and not only is your photography fantastic but as is your writing style – it’s been a pleasure reading your articles.
    Cheers,
    Elliot

    • Hi Ellit – tbh, it may simply come down to budget. I personally love the X100T and is a camera I would not want to be without. But it doesn’t offer the versatility of say an X-T10 or X-T1/2……

      Thanks for the kind words.

  • Awesome shots Kevin! You and Patrick Laroque inspire me with your family/personal documentary work. I’ve been taking pictures of my 5 month old daughter since birth. I hope to keep it up as long as possible.

    If you don’t mind me asking… Are the photos above SOOC? Velvia with color dialed down a bit or Classic Chrome with color dialed up? Thanks

    • Thanks!

      These are CC JPEGS but slightly tweaked in LR after.

  • Khiem

    I love the color. Look like movie color grading. Pushing teal and orange? Can we get this kind of color tone just by setting up the camera’s setting? I’m not a fan of post processing. Once we get there, it’s a whole new, complicated world.

    • Hi Khiem,

      These images are JPEGs from the camera that are slightly warmed up in PP.