Technique

Gear

I’ve been a Nikon user for many years - through film and later digital. did have a short flirtation with a lovely old Linhof 220 which had a marvellous Rodenstock lens, but the quality I now get from digital is so good that I can enjoy similar quality with the flexibility of a much more portable system. 

The new Fujifilm X series is wonderful and I'm now fully converted to that. I always shoot in RAW and only convert to jpg for output.

Most of the photos you see here are taken with Fuji X series gear (X-T1 & X-T2). I have Fujinon  27mm, 35mm, 56mm and 60mm primes, Fujinon 10-24, 18-135 and 100-400 zooms and a Samyang 8mm fisheye. I also have a Fujifilm X100F with fixed 23mm lens. Some older ones are taken on an X-E1.

Many of the even older photos are taken with Nikon D800 kit, but My Nikon days are gone; I prefer the Fujifilm gear.

A Manfrotto 055 carbon fibre tripod is used for most landscapes - it really helps to refine composition as well as maximising sharpness; it's also essential for the long exposure shots. I use an L plate on the camera and a Manfrotto ball head.

Filters - I often use Lee grads and rarely a polariser, but no others apart from neutral density - again Lee filters (a 4 stop and a 10 stop Big stopper).

Oh and one of the most useful accessories is a good pair of wellys!

I also have a DJI Mavic Air drone - see 'Drone pics' page.

Software

I use Photoshop Lightroom for organisation and most editing, Photoshop CS4, Photomatix Pro for HDR, and Helicon Focus for focus stacking. I’m slowly graduating to Capture One but still learning!

© laurie brett 2020