JPEG Weekly - Entry No. 7 by James Posilero

I have set myself a challenge a couple of weeks ago and it is to shoot like I am shooting with film.

Here are the rules of the challenge:

  1. Except for my landscape work or any paid work (fingers crossed), everything else is photographed in JPEG.

  2. Each frame is only taken once and I cannot re-take the image.

  3. The rear LCD screen of my camera is turned off.

  4. I am not allowed to review my frames.

Since I started with this challenge, more and more I am learning to be happy with what comes straight out of my camera. Every press of the shutter is more deliberate and considered and the idea is to learn to slow down and think of absolutely everything before you press that shutter rather than spraying and praying.

I challenge you to do the same and when you post it online please use the hashtag #JPEGweekly so that I may be able to search for your images.

All photos from my Fujiflm X-T3, SOOC.

JPEG Weekly - Entry No. 6 by James Posilero

I am so excited!!!!

“Hold on James! This entry is late! Again! For the second time! What’s to be excited about???”

Let me explain.

This entry is late for good reason because last week I bought my first ever film camera, a Pentax K1000, and I have been using it non-stop over my Fujifilm X-T1 and X-T3. My first film of choice is the Fujicolor C200 because it was cheap and probably the most inexpensive option to test the camera.

 Pentax K1000 on the day of purchase with 3 rolls of Fujicolor C200

Pentax K1000 on the day of purchase with 3 rolls of Fujicolor C200

 Pentax K1000 with my very first used roll of film

Pentax K1000 with my very first used roll of film

I will write separately about my experiences with the Pentax K1000 after a couple more rolls and really take it through its paces. I can tell you one thing… it is quite liberating shooting film.

I quickly finished a roll of 36 exposures and after a couple of days in my favourite lab - Fitzgerald Photo - here in Perth, I collected the negatives, proof and scans today.

You can find FItzgerald Photo here.

 Negatives and proof courtesy of Fitzgerald Photo

Negatives and proof courtesy of Fitzgerald Photo

Anyway, this is about the photos so here they are! There are certainly mistakes but that’s to be expected. I personally love the imperfections.

Please enjoy them as much as I did taking them.

And my personal favourite is this image of my beautiful wife.

I think it’s safe to say that, moving forward, I will now be adding film into my repertoire.

Thank you as always.

James

JPEG Weekly - Entry No. 5 by James Posilero

Well it happened! I missed an entry last week because of a business trip! It was always going to be a challenge as I mentioned in the first entry but I will keep on going at it!

This past weekend was a busy and productive one from doing my house chores & gardening, to catching up with friends and playing paintball and absolutely getting peppered.

Since buying the Fujifilm X-T3, my good old X-T1 has not been in use and kept as a backup so I decided to make it my full-time walk around camera. I have customised it to shoot purely JPEGs and what you see here is the result. All images SOOC with no post-processing and I am quite happy with the photos.

Thank you as always.

James

JPEG Weekly - Entry No. 4 by James Posilero

Another weekend almost over but this was a special one because I just got back from running my first ever landscape photography workshop hosted by our friends from the Fuji X Aus community.

Huge shoutout to Gustavo Potenza (Admin) and Chong Lee (Moderator) for organising the event!

The group headed down to the Southwest of W.A. on Saturday to photograph Canal Rocks for sunset and Sugarloaf Rock for sunsire the day after.

Here are some behind-the-scenes snaps from my phone.

A trip such as this isn’t complete without the mandatory group portrait!

 Left to right - Kay Chandler, Janice Kho, Sue Sherley, Gustavo Potenza, Chong Lee & me  Fujifilm X-T3

Left to right - Kay Chandler, Janice Kho, Sue Sherley, Gustavo Potenza, Chong Lee & me

Fujifilm X-T3

Thank you as always.

James

JPEG Weekly - Entry No. 3 by James Posilero

Well I almost missed this one! A day late but as they say, “Better late than never”.

I was up at 4am last Saturday for a sunrise shoot at Cape Peron in Rockingham and as soon as the sun was too high and the light went from good to average, I decided to go around the cape and pick out possible compositions for future shoots. This was an exercise in “seeing”, getting to know the area and allowing myself to make mistakes.

If there is one thing I can encourage any photographer to practice, that would be composition and practice incessantly!

Thank you as always.

James

JPEG Weekly - Entry No. 2 by James Posilero

Last week I committed to a weekly blog and I’m happy to be back for the second time. It will take a lot of getting used to publishing one article a week but like I said, hopefully doing this makes me more accountable. You can find Entry No. 1 HERE in case you missed it.

I also decided to completely replace rule no. 4 and considered minor Lightroom edits to improve each photo. Here is the updated set of rules.

1.      Keep it simple.

2.      Genre & subject do not matter… just shoot!

3.      Do not expect portfolio shots… although a couple may just turn out to be.

4.      Minor Lightroom edits are allowed but spend no more than 5 mins per image.

5.      I will use any camera available to me whether it be my Samsung S8, Fujifilm XT-3 or Fujifilm Instax Mini.

6.      Most importantly… create & have fun!

I planned to drive and spend the day down the Southwest coast but the weather was terrible and it would have been a complete waste of time so on Saturday I decided to make the most of it and visited the Optus Stadium and the new Matagarup Bridge in the morning and Woodman Point in the afternoon. Seeing it was a really grey day, I decided to shoot black and white.

Optus Stadium and Matagarup Bridge

 

Woodman Point

 

All images are taken with my Fujifilm X-T3, Acros + Red filter film simulation with minor Lightroom edits.

Thank you as always.

James

JPEG Weekly - Entry No. 1 by James Posilero

Welcome to the first entry of what I hope to be a regular (weekly as the title suggests) blog series.

As I grow as a photographer I am finding more and more the need to create images on a daily basis. Whether I photograph everyday is another story. Being a landscape photographer I generally shoot in the blue and golden hours of sunrise and sunset but I feel keeping it this way has been stunting my growth & has given me an insatiable thirst, one that can only be quenched by peering through a viewfinder and pressing the shutter button... Often.

Committing to this blog series is a bit daunting because as much as I love photography I also have a life to live, family & friends to connect with, chores to do, and full-time work to support this addiction so a few rules needed to be made.

1.      Keep it simple.

2.      Genre & subject do not matter… just shoot!

3.      Do not expect portfolio shots… although a couple may just turn out to be.

4.      All photos to be straight out of the camera JPEGs, no post-processing no matter how little. What I see is what I get… and share.

5.      I will use any camera available to me whether it be my Samsung S8, Fujifilm XT-3 or Fujifilm Instax Mini.

6.      Most importantly… create & have fun!

 

All images are from my beautiful Fujifilm XT-3, SOOC JPEG, Eterna Film Simulation which I’ve really taken a liking to.

Thank you as always.

James

How the Fujifilm Instax changed my view of photography by James Posilero

 Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 (yes…. it’s pink)

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 (yes…. it’s pink)

Discalimer: Fujifilm has not influenced this article in any way, shape or form. The opinions here are mine and mine alone.

Now that’s out of the way, yes the camera is pink :) That’s because it is my wife’s who was gifted with the camera on her birthday. We played with it for a couple of days and then the inevitable happened… it was put away… out of sight… out of mind.

See, I was born in the 80’s and film was all we had back then. To view the photos, we had no choice but to have them printed and with the advent of the digital age, we somehow lost that… the final product… THE PRINT.

Some of you may argue with me but yes, the print is the culmination of a photo whether borne from film or digital file. Then again, that’s just me and each to their own.

We’ve had the Instax for 2 years and during that time I have been engaged with my first Fujifilm camera, the X100s. Eventually sold that to fund a used XT-1 and just recently upgraded to the XT-3, a subject for another day.

All this time, I have never really printed any of my photos and a couple of weeks ago I found the Instax inside my wife’s bedside table. From that moment we made a decision to use it more regularly especially having 100 films waiting to be used. There is definitely something gratifying about a photo instantly printed and tactile.

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I found the prints very nostalgic and have since made printing a focus. As we speak, I have two images from the XT-1 currently in a professional lab being printed in fine art paper and I am quite excited about it. Never have I printed anything beyond a 5”x7” & 8”x10” (once) and both these images are being printed in A3 size.

I will forever be thankful to the humble (pink) Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 for it opened up my photographic horizons. If there is one thing you can take away from reading this, I hope it’s that you start printing your photos too. Together let’s bring back the good old days.

Thanks for reading as always.

All the best,

James

 Fujfilm Instax Mini 8

Fujfilm Instax Mini 8

A tribute to my x100s by James Posilero

We all have that one camera which took our love for photography to the next level and that camera, for me, was the sleek Fujifilm x100s. I loved the tactile, retro look! It was light and easy to hold all day long and as a newbie back then it was very helpful to be able to see the exposure even before I have fully pressed the shutter. The images were superb too! It's Fujifilm and that's pretty much a given!

One day I found it no longer served my needs so I went on to purchase a second-hand XT-1 to pursue landscape photography but I decided to keep the x100s simply because I couldn't let her go. She was my first love after all!

A couple of months have passed and she has not seen any action, stored and ignored. So with a heavy heart I sold her to someone who will give her the life she was meant to have... to create images.

Below are images I created with my x100s and sad to say I miss her!

 
 

I am not a street photographer but I hope you enjoyed them. Let me know in the comments below what camera changed your photography forever.

Thank you as always!

A day trip to Collie by James Posilero

Collie, Western Australia is a small town 202 kilometres south of the capital city of Perth. For a few months now I have been wanting to see the Black Diamond Lake made famous by Instagram and the Honeymoon Pool. 

All images taken with my beloved Fujifilm XT-1 edited in Lightoom with my personalised Classic Chrome preset.

 

Black Diamond Lake

 

Honeymoon Pool

 

Wellington Dam

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