A Fujiholics Story Revisited - Rich Waine

Fujiholics Story Revisited last caught up with Rich Waine back in April 2015 when he explained to us why he was a Fujiholic. In this article we ask what he has been doing, his opinions regards the current X Series line up and what he has planned for the future.

Since your featured 'A Fujiholics Story - Rich Waine' has anything changed much?

Good question, well I am still a active Fujiholic. I am still employed full time in the IT outsourcing industry so photography is still a hobby for me. But over the last 18 months I think I have found my comfort zone with photography.

As some people know, I am not the most outgoing or confident person unlike how I may appear on social media so I try and keep my photography within genres that I feel comfortable photographing. The last 18 months I've been encouraged to boost my confidence by follow Fujiholics Matt Hart, Jim Moody and our new convert Warren Millar as well as many other great friends such as Elaine, Jude, Sarah, etc so I have been trying to get to as many Fujiholics events as I can.

I fear these people are starting to see a dry humoured side of me they probably didn't expect after first meeting me.

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In your last article you stated you had a Fujifilm X-T1 and a Fujifilm X100T, has your equipment changed much?

It has, I still own my Fujifilm X-T1 which I still have a great fondness for. It has been my main camera for my music photography, it has been soaked with rain & beer and been knocked and dropped countless times so it's never let me down, but since the last article I have traded the X100T in for the Fujinon 50-140mm f2.8 zoom lens which is just simply out of this world. The X100T is to me, probably the best fixed lens camera i have ever used but I was always conflicted if I should keep it in my collection or not mainly because I didn't have the time to use it and as the 50-140mm got released, it made sense to trade it in for that.

I currently own a Fujifilm X-T10, which has become my everyday camera when out and about, it usually has my 35mm lens attached all the time. The X-T10 also doubles as my 2nd camera at music events where I use it with my 12mm Samyang lens, 18mm or 35mm Fujinon lens. I find that the X-T10 is great for walking between crowds at festivals and as a street photography camera.

I am also a proud owner of the compact X-Q2. I have been after one of these since Richard Wan from Fujifilm dangled one in front of me at The Photography Show in 2015. The build quality on it is very impressive and the focusing is very fast. It is nice to have it in my laptop bag or keeping in the glove box of my car.

Out of the current line up, is there anything that you have got your eye on?

There are many exciting products in the X Series line up at the moment. Over the last 18 months it has been great to see Fujifilm engage with customers and develop and further enhanced their product lines including the recent announcement of a medium format camera, the GFX 50s which stole the show at #Photokina2016

Fujifilm have also released the X-Pro2 and a X-T2 which feature bigger sensors and even better colour reproduction. I do not own any of these cameras at the moment but I have tested them on many occasions while attending various Fujiholics events/photowalks and I do intend to purchase a X-T2 when I have done enough dancing down at the social club to pay for it.

One of the surprise cameras I owned was the Fujifilm X-A2. Dubbed a 'Selfie' camera it was actually pretty good and the XC kit lens, although the outer case was made out of plastic it was a very good lens. It was a nice camera to use and at the time made a perfect starter camera for the younger photographers who are active with the likes of Facebook and Instagram. Fujifilm has since released its successor the X-A3 which I  thinking about purchasing as they have upgraded the sensor size in that.

Hopefully, some time in early 2017, I plan on upgrading my Fujifilm SP-1 printer to the new SP-2 which is supposed to have better print quality and is now powered by AA batteries. These are cool to have at gigs/events as you can print someones photo and write your contact details on the back. They are also very cool to use in a wide range of photography projects.

You seem to have been doing a lot of music photography over the last 18 months, do you have anything else in mind?

Yes, I have been really interested in my music photography and I try and shoot as many local music festivals as possible. One of my long term projects I refer to as 'Low Key Artists' has really developed over the last 12 months or so. The project is probably a marmite sort of thing with some people but to me it is a way of showing a artist or musician isolated with a instrument etc. It has been great that many of the festivals I have been covering this year, I have been in the company of fellow Fujiholics Matt, Jim & Warren, but I do think that they should be thanking me for bringing a element of humour and wit to the group.

 

During 2017 I am hoping to do a lot more colour music photography and I am hoping to do more landscape, long exposure and motorsport photography.

I am also excited that I was recently asked to be part of the Fujiholics team. Fujiholics has really grown over the last 18 months and it is nice to be able to use technical skills towards helping to rebrand Fujiholics to help continue taking it forward and to give something back to the community that's been a great confidence builder for me.

There is also some very exciting events & workshops planned so I am really looking forward to being part of those. I am quite looking forward to 2017.

Richard Waine,
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Liverpool Photo Walk 2016

Rich Waine's Story:

After the success of last years Liverpool photowalk, FujiHolics decided to host another photowalk around the great city of Liverpool. This years event did not disappoint...

The day started off down on Liverpool's waterfront outside the River Mersey ferry terminal and home to the Beatles Museum. As most know, I can not even begin to socialise unless I have had some sort of bacon related meal and a warm cup of coffee. In true fashion, I ended up wearing most of what I was attempting to eat and not in a fashionable bacon wearing, headlining Lady Gaga way.

As the group started to grow, several introductions later, Matt Hart, the photowalk organiser and host gave a quick overview of what the photo walk was about, the route and the usual do's & don't for the day before officially starting the 2016 photo walk.

For anyone who does not know what a photowalk involves, it is a organised gathering of photographers who walk a route carrying out various types of photography, it is also a great networking opportunity were many friendships can be made.

FujiHolics is about FujiFilm camera users sharing a passion about the FujiFilm brand but with the focus being centred around the social gathering element or workshops,  not purely hardware related. The free photowalks are not limited to owners of FujiFilm cameras, anyone with an smartphone to a Hubble space telescope are welcome on the walks which makes for some great banter between owners of brands but also allows people of other brands a chance to try out the FujiFilm X system which usually often surprises a lot of people which how versatile the system is.

I genuinely do not think I have ever enjoyed myself so much as I have done today at any photography related event, and there has been some noteable, epic FujiHolics events...

Some of today's highlights included silly hats, selfie sticks, bad jokes, road kill Elmo's, non-birthday celebration and hug avoiding.. but most of all it's been full of great company with some people I would like to call my friends and other people who I have met for the first time and finally been able to put names to faces. I think I even managed a smile at some point.

I have come away from today's event with the view that there is more to life than being too concerned with elements of photography, that really, on reflection just do not really matter. Photography for the most, is something you should just go out and do instead of being stuck behind a computer screen reading technical specs, arguing on photography related forums as who makes the best camera and bragging rights over mega pixels and who can get the most likes on social media.

Text courtesy of Rich Waine: http://www.fujixmad.com/Blog/FujiHolics-Liverpool-Photowalk/


A Fujiholics Story - Rich Waine

About you

I’m a 30’odd year old from the north west of the England, UK. My main occupation involves working within IT outsourcing as a service engineer. As with the nature of this job, it has its ups, downs and restarts, lots of driving; frequent visits to coffee and sandwich shops.

My eyes were opened to photography from around 14 years of age after seeing my uncle coming home with a Canon SLR film camera and starting to use it for portraits and family outings. I started to look through the photography books he used to buy and was captivated by the vast subject matters from portraits all the way through to war photography. Unfortunately, camera gear was something that I couldn’t easily afford until the last five years or so.

About five years ago, I decided that I was going to invest in photography and bought my first proper DLSR setup and started to experiment with various genres of photography.
So, you’re a Fujiholic?

I purchased a Canon setup five years ago, but it was only around  2012 I have been really getting into photography and since February 2014 that I have been using the FujiFilm X series system.

It was an unplanned random drive to Liverpool, seeing a sign for a festival and an introduction to Matthew Hart at a later date that I am a FujiFilm user today. At the festival I noticed one photographer that didn’t look like the other photographers; his equipment wasn’t as big as the other events photographers. It was a day or so later while reviewing social media I noticed someone had managed to get a shot of my Canon lens sticking out from the crowd. It just so happened this photographer was Matthew Hart, the guy with small camera. I found out the camera he used was a FujiFilm X-Pro1. The photographs he took and style in which he processed them blew me away. I started to research the FujiFilm X system and then took the plunge six months later to buy the FujiFilm X-T1 after getting rid of my full frame Canon 6D.

I originally fell into the trap that if you are new photography that you can’t go wrong buying Canon or Nikon, and the premise at the time that Canon had decade of lenses to choose from. As soon as I opened the X-T1 box, the first thing that impressed me was the build quality of the 18-55mm lens and then was really impressed when I took the body out of the box and seeing how small and well built it was. As this is a newish system, I didn’t have to spend hours looking at lenses, the small collection at the time were all within the range of the photography I like to do and all were very well made and well priced. This just furthered my love for FujiFilm and my X-T1.

I am a firm believer that you use whatever camera you feel comfortable in using. There isn’t ‘one’ camera that is right for everyone. But I always recommend to people to try other camera makes and to do so with an open mind and disregard tech specs.

 

Where did you originally hear about Fujiholics?

I suppose I was introduced to FujiHolics via Matt Hart, I think it was around the time he bought some cake from a camera shop and it came with a Fuji camera. That was around that time I joined FujiHolics on Facebook and Google+ and more recently Twitter and this website.

 

Has being a part of Fujiholics helped you get our more with your camera?

I can truthfully say that being part of the FujiHolics community has not just helped me going out with my camera, but has improved the quality of my photography with the help of the other FujiHolics. It has also helped me overcome personal obstacles as I struggle with shyness, self esteem and very rarely push myself to do things. I have often joked that I didn’t have a social life till I bought a Fuji camera. I don’t like to class myself as a photographer, but merely someone who likes to go out and take pictures. When I review some of my photographs from my early Canon days to some of them I have taken on my FujiFilm camera’s I can see a huge improvement, not because it is something that comes with practice but because at the time I took the photograph I was actually enjoying what I was doing and most often than not I was in the company of some FujiHolics. 

 

Which is your favorite lens? Why?

I am currently buzzing about the 50-140mm F2.8 at the moment. As of this post I have not really had the chance to fully use it on a shoot but all I can say is I can’t wait for the summer festivals to start, the 50-140mm is a serious piece of kit. It would be only fair to say that my favorite lens at the moment would have to the 35mm F1.4 prime. The size, weight, price and the image quality you get from it combined with the X-T1 makes it one of the most portable and more powerful small camera/lens to have with you.

 

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

Unless I have arranged to meet someone or planned to go to specific place, I will tend to go on random travels around the surrounding areas so will take most of my equipment which consists of  X-T1/X100T, Samyang 12mm, 18mm, 35mm, and usually the 50-140mm just in case. I am enjoying filters at the moment so will probably keep my Formatt Hitech filters in my car along with my tripod.  I dislike having to carry a lot of equipment around with me so tend to go with a ‘stick what you can in pockets’ approach where possible. I have really been getting into street photography after attending one of Matt Hart’s courses that he runs, so if I feel like a bit of street, the Fuji X100T is the go to camera to keep it simple. The X100T is in a league of its own when it comes to street especially if you get the all black version.

 

When out shooting, what are your settings? Why?

I try not to get stuck on a particular shooting mode/setting configurations, I like to think I vary it depending on what type of photography I am doing at the time. If I am shooting street I keep the camera in a fixed aperture and allow the camera to choose ISO/Shutter speed within pre-defined ranges I set. Landscape or gig shots I will set ISO 200/Auto ISO, aperture around F1.8-F4 depending on lens and aim for a higher shutter for gig events. One thing I do for everything is to shoot RAW, turn off all noise reduction and do not bother playing around with sharpness settings etc as this just makes the camera do more work and these can be better controlled in decent post production software.

 

What kind of tools do you use for post processing?

I mainly use Adobe Lightroom CC and Google NIK collection’s Silver Efex as I like to shoot B&W due to being coloured blind. Sometimes, there are things which need to be exported into Photoshop. I use this setup as it all works together quite well. One thing I would recommend is to get a dual screen setup especially if you work between packages, it makes editing a breeze. I also have a graphic tablet but I very rarely use it as I find Silver Efex doesn’t.

  

What is your favourite Film Simulation? Why? 

I don’t think I have a favourite film mode, but when I am out with my camera I like to shoot black and white and quite often set the film simulation mode Monochrome (R). This is mainly to give me an idea how the shot may look. One advantage of shooting RAW is that you can set simulation mode and can switch between modes in post production with Lightroom.

 

What's next?

2015 was suppose to be the start of my first ever project based on long exposures and a side project of street/urban style shots in the rain but this doesn’t seem to be going to plan. This isn’t a bad thing, I have been side tracked with meeting up with other talented and like minded people on photowalks etc. I do seem to have started an unintentional project of photographs which I am calling ‘Bold Street Hipsters’ and also seem to be getting a lot of street style shots of people on push bikes which is becoming a bit of a amusing subject between some FujiHolics members.

This year see’s the return of three great Liverpool based festivals which I attended last year. Two of these I am really looking forward to attending, there are photo’s to be had all the time from the artists on stage but more so from the crowd which really makes these Liverpool festivals. Hopefully, I am really going to enjoy the Fujinon 50-140mm and planning on using the FujiFilm X100T in amongst the crowd.

Contact info

Richard Waine

Web: www.flickr.com/photos/richwaine
Email: Mail@Richwaine.co.uk