Andrew Marr
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Urban Compositions with the Fujifilm X-T2

I think it’s important to find ways to extend your knowledge and put yourself in situations that are out of your comfort zone. It’s in these situations where you are challenged, you takes risk, you might fail but you learn.

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I decided this year to explore another style of photography, specifically Street Photography. Don’t worry, I’m not giving up Landscape but rather using Street and Urban styles to learning more about landscape photography.

So I start of along the river and find a composition using the bridge and a light pole. For some further interest, I wait for a car, bike or runner to move along the bridge into the scene. That’s the general approach I take with all the images I capture that morning. Find an engaging composition and wait for somone to move through the scene to create an interesting human element in the image.

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This was one of my first shoots with the X-T2, and although this was not meant to be a review, I’ll still share some of my thoughts. The Fujifilm X-T2 is a fantastic camera for this sort of photography. It's light, compact form factor makes it easy to carry and use as well as it doesn’t stick out like my DSLR. The more you can blend in to the environment for Street Photography the better. I also enjoyed the ease of access to many of the camera settings through the easy to manipulate dials IOS, shutter speed, aperture and exposure can all be changed with having to hunt through menus.

This is the first camera I’ve owned that has a flip-out screen. This feature provides a completely new way to approach street photography. I can have the camera down at my waist infant of me, looking down on the screen that folder up. Composing images using this technique feels surprisingly natural. While I use a combination of this and the more traditional way of viewing the image, I ended up using the flip-out screen probably 70% of the time.

The other challenge in the video was preparing for the exhibition. Again a another first time experience for me so I thought I’d share that experience through the video.

I've uploaded more images from this session in project that can be found here!

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