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WEC Press Conference in Black and White

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While at the recent FIA World Endurance Championship test at Le Castellet in the South of France a short press conference was held to promote the first race of the season at Silverstone on the 15-17 April.  I attended in my capacity as the FIA Media Delegate and took some shots of some of the participants. 

However I decided the colour shots were a bit 'meh' so I converted the images to monochrome using NIK Silver EFEX Pro2 software and I am much happier with the results.

All of the images were shot on the Fujifilm X-Pro2 and the XF50-140mm f2.8.

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Seeing A Picture With a Difference

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When working at a motorsport event it is very easy to get caught up in the 'big picture' capturing that racecar out on track or taking a dramatic image of a pitstop.  I occasionally like to step back from this and look for images that are not the norm or objects that lit by the sunlight.

Take the shot at the top of the page.  This was a photocall for the no12 Rebellion Racing crew of Nelson Piquet Jr, Nico Prost and Mathias Beche.  I took some shots from the side on the pitfall and then I saw Rebellion on their race suits and decided to take a close shot of their legs and race boots.  this was captured on the X-Pro2 and XF50-140mm f2.8.

The image below was also captured on the same combination of camera and lens while walking back to the pitlane from the multicar photoshoot at the last corner of the track.  The sun was very low in the sky and relaxing off of the red stripes that are painted on the inside of the last corner.  The colours and textures caught my eye.


This shot was …

Using the 1.4x Converter With Fujinon Lenses

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The Fujinon XF 1.4x TC WR has been available since autumn 2015.  The converter is a useful addition to the camera bag for any photographer using the X-Series system who has either the XF50-140mm f2.8 and /or the new XF100-400mm f4.5/5.6 as it extends the focal length of these two lenses at the expense of one stop of light.

The 1.4x converter only works with these two zoom lenses due to the fact that part of the converter protrudes and fits into the back of the lens.  

The advantage is it keeps the profile of the converter very small - it only increases the size by 16mm - but it means that lenses that have enough clearance to the back element can accept the converter.  

This means the two cheaper Fujinon telephoto zooms - the XF55-200mm f3.5/4.8 and the XC50-230mm f4.5/6.7  - cannot be used with the converter, much to the disappointment of owners of these lenses.

Fitting the 1.4x converter to the 50-140mm f2.8 turns it into a 70-196mm f4 (or 105-300mm f4 equiv) and the 100-400mm f4.5/f5.6 …

The New Ford GT at The Prologue

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Ford have entered two of their stunning Ford GTs in the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship to challenge the might of Aston Martin, Ferrari and Porsche for the world title.

2016 is a special year for Ford as it is 50 years since the American manufacturer took a famous 1-2-3 at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans with New Zealanders Chris Amon and Denny Hulme taking the win for Ford.

Here are some shots from the last few days at the Circuit Paul Ricard where the teams and drivers have been testing.





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The Prologue - Start of the 2016 FIA WEC

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Today was the first time the teams and drivers taking part in the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship had the opportunity to take their cars on track at the same time to compare their pace against the opposition.  The venue is the Circuit Paul Ricard on the Cote d'Azur and I was attending the event - The Prologue - in my capacity as the FIA Media Delegate for the World Endurance Championship.

This afternoon I decided to go out on track to get some images to accompany the reports and interviews I would be producing for the FIA official website and also give the Fujifilm X-Pro2 its next big test and that was to shoot motorsport.

As regular readers of this blog will know I have been attending different sporting events to test out the X-Pro2 and the XF100-400mm lens and a couple of weeks ago I attended the 6 Nations Rugby international at Murrayfield where Scotland beat France.  

The blog demonstrated the X-Pro2's capabilities as a camera that could be used for team sports.  Now I …

The Colours of Paul Ricard

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The colours of the kerbs and buildings on and around the Circuit Paul Ricard are vibrant and bright. Today was the set up day for the European Le Mans Series ahead of the two day test that begins tomorrow. 

Using the Fujifilm X-Pro2 and 50-140mm f2.8 or 10-24mm f4 lenses I took some shots around the facility.