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Postcard from Brazil

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On the grid for the final time in 2014 at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in Sao Paulo.  The cars and drivers are lining up for the 6 Hours of Sao Paulo in front of three packed grandstands along the main straight of the historic circuit in Brazil.



The shot at the top of the page was taken on the Fujifilm X-T1 with the XF55-200mm f3.5/f4.8 lens.  The second images of the grid was taken on the Fujifilm X-Pro1 fitted with the XF10-24mm f4.




The third and fourth shots were taken on the Fujifilm X-T1 with the XF56mm f1.2, with the final shot showing the media scrum around Emerson Fittipaldi, who is driving in the race this weekend.

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Caipirinha

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An team dinner at the Fogu de Chao in Sao Paulo was topped off with a generous supply of Caipirinha.

Caipirinha is Brazil's national cocktail, made with cachaça, sugar and fruit, most commonly lime. Cachaça is Brazil's most common distilled alcoholic beverage (also known as Pinga or Caninha). Both rum and cachaça are made from sugarcane-derived products. Specifically with cachaça, the alcohol results from the fermentation of sugarcane juice that is afterwards distilled.

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Scrutineering in Brazil

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Today the track action begins for the final round of the FIA World Endurance Championship in Sao Paulo and all of the teams and drivers are prepared for the first free practice session that begins at 13:00 (local) / 15:00 GMT this afternoon.

Yesterday I went down to the scrutineering bay to get some shots of the GT cars going through their technical checks and also conducting some pitstop practice in the pitlane.





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The Simplest of Things

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Sometimes the simplest of compositions can make an interesting picture and this images of a rock on the beach is a good example. The red sandstone pebble, the white sand of the beach and the blue sea beyond makes for a colourful contrast, while the shallow depth of field has concentrated the viewers focus on the pebble.

This was taken at Whitesands beach near Dunbar using the Fujifilm X-Pro1 and the XF35mm f1.4 lens.  An exposure of 1/80 @ f8 (200 iso) was used.

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Setting Up

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For the eighth and final time in 2014 the teams are setting up their garages and preparing their cars for a 6 hour race in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

This time we are in Sao Paulo in Brazil for the deciding round for four of the titles, including the World Endurance Manufacturers' Championship and the World Cup for GT Manufacturers which are currently led by Toyota and Ferrari respectively.

I arrived in Sao Paulo last night and arrived at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace this morning bright and early.  I decided to get some images of the set up in the garages for the official website and Facebook pages using the XF56mm f1.2 on the Fujifilm X-T1 and the XF18mm f2 on the Fujifilm X-Pro1.

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VIDEO: TÊTE À TÊTE WITH TONI VILANDER AND GIANMARIA BRUNI

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This morning I am flying to Brazil for the final round of the FIA World Endurance Championship in Sao Paulo.  This season has been one of the best of my career in motorsport with four titles still to be won next weekend.

In Bahrain we continued with our series of Head to Head interviews where teammates ask each other questions about themselves, their careers and their relationship with each other.  
One of the interviews we recorded was with the new FIA World Endurance Cup Champions for GT Drivers, Gimmi Bruni and Toni Vilander, who have been racing together for many years.  

There was so much good stuff we had to split the interview into two parts.

Part One -

Tête à Tête with Gianmaria Bruni and Toni...by fiawec

Part Two
Tête à Tête with Gianmaria Bruni and Toni...by fiawec

Both videos were filmed using the Fujifilm X-T1 and the Fujinon XF56mm f1.2 lens.  A Nikon ME1 external microphone was also used.

Gone Fishing

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This is the scene at Seacliffe beach looking out towards Bass Rock and what a difference a month makes! All the Gannets have now flown to their winter nesting grounds and The Bass is now brown instead of snowy white for a few months.  The top shot was taken this month and the image below was taken in September.


We look forward to the Gannets returning in the spring when we will be taking another boat trip out to Bass Rock in 2015.

Both images were taken on the Fujifilm X-T1 and the Fujinon 55-200mm f3.5/f4.8 telephoto lens.

We are now heading off again for the final trips of 2014. Starting tomorrow we have eight days in Brazil for the final round of the FIA World Endurance Championship in Sao Paulo.

We then fly to Doha, the capital of Qatar, where the FIA Awards Gala is being held this year on Friday 5 December, before flying back to London for the Autosport Awards on Sunday 7 December.


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There's a Storm Coming

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I missed posting an image yesterday and I apologise for this but I have been working on updating the MacLean Photographic website for a new project that I will be launching this weekend (all will be revealed soon).

This was the scene this morning from the beach at Belhaven Bay where the sun broke through the low cloud cover for a little while but out to sea the black clouds were gathering.  This time of year is excellent for landscape photography when the sun is low in the sky for most of the day (when it appears of course).

The image was taken looking east along the beach back towards Dunbar and Winterfield golf course using the Fujifilm X-T1 and Fujinon XF18mm f2 lens.




Home for a Few Days

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I arrived home from Bahrain on Sunday afternoon and have a few days in Scotland before I head off again for two weeks in Brazil, Qatar and London before the end of the FIA World Endurance Championship season finally comes to a close.

Yesterday evening the promise of a nice sunset had me shutting down the computer for an hour, grabbing the camera bag and tripod and walking across the road to the headland over looking Belhaven Bay.  I wasn't disappointed as the sun dipped behind the Lammermuir hills and Traprain Law on the horizon.

Once again the Fujifilm X-T1 was pressed into service with long exposures using the 14mm f2.8 and 56mm f1.2 lenses, while the X-Pro1 was fitted with the 55-200mm to take telephoto shots of the scene before me.








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Flying Above the Gulf

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One of the pleasures I get from flying is being able to view the world from up on high and over the past few years I have seen some amazing sights from nearly 40,000 feet above the earth.  This year I have taken 75 flights and I still have another 8 to go before Christmas with two flights on Monday to Sao Paulo via Paris and then two on Tuesday 2 December back home via Amsterdam.  My final trip will be to Qatar via London for the FIA Awards Gala in Doha on the 5 December.

Last Sunday I flew to Edinburgh via Doha after the 6 Hours of Bahrain.  The flight to Doha was at 5am and as we approached Qatar the sunrise illuminated the Gulf with all the oil tankers lined up below us like toy boats.


The second part of the journey home was a 7 hour trip on a Qatar Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner direct to Edinburgh and as we taxied to the end of the runway our aircraft followed a giant Airbus A380. 


After take off the sun was reflecting off the waters of the Gulf (top picture) and the islands just off…

VIDEO: Tête à tête with Romain Dumas and Timo Bernhard

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Continuing the series of short video interviews where drivers from the FIA World Endurance Championship ask each other questions 'tête-à-tête' or head-to-head.  Last weekend at the 6 Hours of Bahrain was the turn of Porsche works drivers Romain Dumas and Timo Bernhard, who have won the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice as co-drivers (2010 overall with Audi and 2013 LMGTE Pro with Porsche). 

Bernhard is also one of only a handful of drivers to have won Endurance Racing's Triple Crown - 24 Hours of Le Mans, 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring, which he won in 2008 with Dumas and Emmanuel Collard in the Porsche RS Spyder, which they talk about in the interview.

The video was shot on the Fujifilm X-T1, fitted with the XF56mm f1.2 lens.


Tête-à-tête with Romain Dumas and Timo Bernhardby fiawec

The next Tête à tête will be with newly crowned FIA World Endurance GT Champions Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander.

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On the WEC Grid in Bahrain

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The build up to the 6 Hours of Bahrain, round 7 of the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship, included the traditional grid walk for the VIPs and the media. I attend in my capacity as the FIA Media Delegate and also to grab a few quick shots for the fiawec.com website.

This gave me a last opportunity to put the Fujifilm X100T through its paces before I had to, reluctantly, hand the camera back.  There a lot of photographic oppoortunities on the grid and the X100T is a good camera to use as it is very stealthy - nobody is bothered by a small, retro looking, compact camera - and the fixed focal length means I have to get in close to get the shots I wanted.  


The 23mm f2 lens is one of the best in the Fujifilm range and being a fixed lens there is no compromise in it's construction.

On the grid was double F1 World Champion Fernando Alonso who was visiting the FIA WEC in Bahrain, the weekend before the final Formula One race of the 2014 season in Abu Dhabi.

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REVIEW: First Impressions of the New Fujifilm X100T

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The X100 was the camera that began my Fujifilm journey back in October 2012 and my version is number 506 of a 10000 limited edition run of cameras and I have always been very happy to use this camera for personal and for clients work.  

I tested the X100S when it was launched in 2013 and, while I recognised the improvements this camera offered, it wasn't a big enough step forward to justify me upgrading my trusty X100.  This weekend in Bahrain I have been able to put the third generation of the X100, the X100T, to the test.



Externally the X100T is the same size as the X100, fitted with the same pin sharp Fujinon 23mm f2 fixed lens as the X100. The layout of the controls on the top is the same and the controls on the back are familiar to anyone with an X-Series Fuji. 




The physical differences are the larger LCD on the back and the improved button layout, which includes a +/- 3 stop compensation dial as seen on the X-T1 and a more tactile aperture ring which now has 1/3 stop increments…