Recently I sold all my Canon gear and moved to a Fuji system (X-Pro2) for my personal photography. I still have the Sigma SD-H for my landscape projects, but the Fuji comes out whenever a family friend wants portraits or there’s a birthday party, etc. The quality of the JPEGs it produces has cut down significantly on my processing time… and I find I have less and less of the latter as the kids grow!
I’d already taken my Sigma to this year’s Royal Easter Show, focusing on daytime abstracts of the carnival area, which you can see here. However, the thought occurred to me I should bring the Fuji X-Pro2 and 40mm f2.8 pancake lens back at night to see if I could get some interesting high-ISO shots. As I was gearing up at home, I noticed a glass prism I had bought for playing around with portraits of the kids (see below) and decided to throw it in and see what I could come up with.
The result, as you can see, is fairly interesting. The prism lent itself perfectly to the clash of colours and lights you see at a carnival. Did it inspire some strange looks seeing me wrangling this piece of glass in front of the lens? You betcha, but I’m happy with the results, which have a nice Blade Runner-cum-Tron-cum-’80s movie poster-type feel to them. I’m thinking it may even be worth exploring a little further.
What do you think? Am I losing the plot. If it’s anything like my hair, that’s very likely. Perhaps I’ll get a couple printed up just because. In the meantime, here are the remaining images:
Finally, there was one image I took without the prism using the Sigma, just to see how far I could push it (Read: Pretty damn far NR-wise with the new Sigma Photo Pro). The image was out of focus and far from sharp, but I still love the look of it. It’s a wonderfully retro vibe to it.