A Fujiholics Story - Graham Ormondroyd

About you

Graham Ormondroyd 01I have been playing with Cameras ever since I was a lad, the first of many hand-me-down cameras was a Kodak 110, a camera that a still have laying around somewhere today! Being a guy that is obsessed with technology and generally an early adopter I played with a few new and short-lived film formats (notably APS) before plunging in and buying my first digital SLR, a Minolta with a whopping 5 Megapixel sensor. My love of photography waxed and waned as was my want and as my other hobbies dictated and for many years I was happy with a water proof, crash proof point-and-shoot that came with me to document all my mountain and water borne adventures. This little camera coupled with the second best camera I owned, my iPhone, was all I needed, especially when coupled with the rise of Instagram.

However something changed, my life changed and Jack Elliott was born on the 23rd September 2015. I was determined not to have all the memories of those early years only captured on an iPhone


So, you're a Fujiholic?

My name is Graham and I am a Fujiholic… now!

After a few months of research I decided what camera set up I was going to invest in, I wanted something that would not be too intrusive, interchangeable lenses, I wanted my style of photography for Jack to be more street that portrait, I wanted to capture him living not posing (although that is getting to be more difficult, he is 7 months old not and posses as soon as he hears the camera been switched on). So, who are the great street photographers and what cameras did they use? Right that was it I have my set up… a Leica M240 and a 50mm lens, fortunately my wife had other ideas, she wanted to eat and have heating through the first months of Jacks life, so it was back to the drawing board and more research.

I have a thing about street photography, when it is good it is amazing and captures a story perfectly, however I still believe that 90% of street you see is mundane, but then I came across a X-Photographers website and the pictures just made me keep coming back again and again, what camera is he using? Hmm Fuji, OK I wonder if they are any good? Two things sold me one was a review of the X-Pro 1 that said ‘it’s 99% of the Leica M240 at a 10% of the price’ and second was the enthusiasm of my local camera shop. Little did I know that the first bout of enthusiasm was nothing compared to what came after sales.

Very soon after my first Cambrian visit, I was back and stepped in to the world of Fuji and bought my X-Pro 1 with a couple of prime lenses. Before I had the camera out of the box I was invited to Social media groups and the journey started.

What has me hooked and now proclaiming myself a Fujiholic is the shear versatility of my X-Pro 1, bought for street style but now used on the hills, mountaineering, landscape and even the odd sudo-portrait. Couple the versatility with the exciting and inspiration people I have met through the Fuji community and I am hooked.

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Which is your favourite lens? Why?

I only shoot prime lenses, I need to slow down and think about my photography and this is one way of doing so, for most of what I do this is fine, but I think that one day I will go to the dark side and get a zoom lens, just for weight and added flexibility on the hills

So my favorite lens, if you would have asked me six months ago it would have been my Fujinon 18mm f2, such a versatile lens and my go too lens when I want to take just one with me, however more and more my new 35mm f1.4 is attached to the front of my camera, I love the shallow depth of field that can be achieved and how that can make subject pop out of the background.

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If I had to pick a desert island lens I would have to go back to the original and the 18mm.

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When you next go travelling, what gear will you take?

This is a hard question, I travel a lot for work, I travel in the hills and I travel with my family, as to the kit that I take, I always take something, whether it will be the X-Pro 1 and 18mm lens slipped in to my laptop bag when I am away with work, right through to all my kit, tripod and filters when I am away with the family or in the mountains for an extended period.

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What kind of tools do you use for post processing?

Post processing for me has to be simple, and Adobe Lightroom CC and the Nik Collection are perfect, I can turn an average photograph in to something of quality without having to spend 40 hours doing so. My life would not allow me to do that, far too much going on! I do experiment with how much I can change the mood of a photograph in post and the results can be quite startling.

What's next?

So what is next for me in terms of my photography, really to continue to learn the craft, I am a newbie and need to develop my skills, which I am looking forward to, more practice, more courses and more kit to allow me to do this.

As for new kit, the Fujinon 90mm prime is on my list along with (shhh) a zoom lens (probably the 18-55mm f2.8-4). But I have to say the new Fuji X70 has captured my thoughts, to have Fuji X-series quality in my cycling jersey pocket would open up a whole new realm of photography.

Of course there will be more peripheries, more filters, new tripods you never really stop buying kit.

A Fujiholics Story - Paul Sanders

Paul SandersI’ve been a professional photographer since the age of 19. My mind was made up for me at school hen the careers advisor told me I shouldn’t be a photographer - apparently it’s too competitive and I hadn’t got the right aptitude for it.

My career has been varied so far, I’ve shot glamour calendars, advertising work, wedding and hair fashion for a very well known hair stylist. But most of my photographic life has been spent as a news photographer or picture editor.

I started in news photography at a paid for weekly newspaper in Northampton and moved fairly swiftly to wards a career on Fleet Street, firstly with international wire service Reuters and by 2002 The Times. By 2004 I was made picture editor of The Times and took control of the visual content of the publication in all its various guises. I’d look through around 17-20,000 images everyday, assign photographers across the world covering everything from conflict to Royal weddings, weather features to business profiles.

By 2011 I got ill with stress related issues leading eventually to a breakdown, depression, insomnia and self harm, so by the end of 2011 I left the cut throat world of newspapers and set about shooting landscapes. I started using 5x4 Ebony cameras and 6 x 12 horseman as well as my DSLRs and to cut a long story struggled a lot, my illness didn’t help but the amount of kit I had bogged me down to the point that I pretty much stopped taking pictures.

By chance I went into the local camera shop and picked up an X-Pro1 with a 14mm lens. I decide dot get back my inspiration I’d only shoot with one camera and one lens for a bit. The joy of being free from the big bag of kit was like a breath of fresh air through my photography and my life.

So, You’re a Fujiholic?

Having used the X-Pro1 for a while, when Fuji released the X-T1 I was hooked from the moment I touched it - it reminded me of my Nikon FM2 - A camera I loved and still do, but here was this little camera that didn’t get in the way of my photography and had the looks and feel of a camera that got me started. I made the decision overnight pretty much to go Fuji. I started selling my Canon gear and acquiring Fuji lenses and some change!

Which is your favourite lens? Why?

I don’t really know because I go through phases of loving different lenses. When the 10-24 was launched I used nothing else for months. The lens I use a lot at the minute is the 50-140, but the lens that I have on my camera most is the 23mm.

The optics of all the Fuji lenses are stunning, so in truth the lens I have on the camera is my favourite.

What's next for me?

I'm trying to get gallery representation, and it’s not as easy as it might sound, so this year is about getting my work into as many fairs and exhibitions as possible.