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Taking the X/100 for a walk

In Random Moments, Street Photography on April 30, 2011 at 4:08 AM

Forget about the tedium of pixels and megabytes, other then to say, the X/100 has sufficient and high enough quality of both.

Let’s talk about making pictures.

What is great about this camera is the psychology of it. Shooting on the street and amongst an increasingly neurotic (about being photographed) Australian public-is that nobody cares. It is a great advantage in being able to document people as they are, instead of them reacting to a photographer with a ‘house brick’ DSLR.
The images it produces are incredibly sharp even at F2. Noise does not even get on the radar to after iso1600. Time lag on releasing the shutter is minimal, if not at all. Too many features to mention but if I can sneak one in-the Panorama is a lot of fun.

I think it is a great second camera for professionals or a great camera-period-for anyone who loves making pictures.
It is not a compact and not a DSLR it fills the void between both.
There always was a high end small film camera that serious photographers could take with them anywhere even when they were not on assignment. A decade and more after the tidal wave of digital photography, swamping film photography, Fuji has provided the digital version of that camera. It comes in a beautiful and classic retro package with superb build quality.
It has been a long time coming but has arrived.
Firmware needs a serious update, it is quite idiosyncratic but that is a minor minor. It is a camera that takes a while to get to know but once you do know it, you will be very happy that you did meet.
This is the thinking photographers camera.
I will be back with more.
In the meantime here are a few random images made with the X/100 while walking around Surfer’s Paradise….
All Photographs © Jack Picone


Khaosan Road

In Random Moments, Street Photography on April 29, 2011 at 6:28 AM

A father and daughter moment on Khasosan Rd. Khaosan ” translates as “milled rice”, a reminder that in former times the street was a major Bangkok rice market. In the last 20 years, however, Khaosan Road has developed into a world famous “backpacker ghetto”. Jack

Vivian Maier

In Photography News on April 29, 2011 at 5:46 AM

The recent story of  Vivian Maier’s found photographs have  captivated the world and in a sense rewritten the story of street photography.

There is now a website containing some of her extraordinary work.

Please view it here.


In Random Moments on April 28, 2011 at 2:29 AM


Chessboard, Bali-on the iPhone. © Photograph by Jack Picone


In Photography News on April 28, 2011 at 1:53 AM

Not a still photograph and also not video.

Interesting article in The Mail on Cinemagraphs

Visually engaging.



X/100 Panorama Mode

In Photography News, Random Moments on April 24, 2011 at 3:04 AM

Self portrait taken in Panorama Mode on the X/100. Just press the button and it sweeps 120 degrees. No stitching needed, the camera does it for you. Too clever. Lots of fun! © Photograph by Jack Picone

War: A Book By Degree South

In Photography News on April 21, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Jon Levy editor of Foto8 reviews War: A Degree South Collection #1 (from Issue 27 of 8 Magazine).

°SOUTH also called ‘Degree South’, is a photographic collective of Australia’s most creative and award-winning documentary photographers who have covered conflicts from Vietnam to present day Afghanistan.

The contributors to War and the conflicts they cover for the book:

Tim Page – Vietnam and Laos
David Dare Parker – East Timor and Indonesia
Ben Bohane – Burma, Papua New Guinea, East Timor, Kenya, Tibet, Solomon Islands, West Papua
Stephen Dupont – Afghanistan, Angola, East Timor, Palestine, Rwanda
Jack Picone – Angola, Bosnia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tajikistan
Michael Coyne – Iran
Ashley Gilbertson – Iraq
Sean Flynn – Vietnam (Honourary Member & Absent Friend)

MPLA Government soldiers attack  and shoot a young unarmed Angolan man who refused forceful conscription by Government soldiers, 1993 Angola.  © Photographs by Jack Picone

“Restrepo” director Tim Hetherington killed in Libya

In Photography News on April 20, 2011 at 11:26 PM

I have just received the sad and shocking news that Tim Hetherington has been killed on assignment in Libya.

Tim was working with Chris Hondros when they took mortar fire on Tripoli Street, the main thoroughfare leading into the center of Misrata.

It is now confirmed that Chris has died as well.

Tim was a friend and colleague.

Rest in peace Tim and Chris.

Please view the Reuters account of this tragic event.


Fish and Chips

In Random Moments on April 18, 2011 at 9:13 AM

Get a job! Buy your own Fish and Chips! © Photograph by Jack Picone

The Never Never

In Random Moments on April 18, 2011 at 9:03 AM

The Indian Pacific transverses the Australian outback. Enroute from Perth to Sydney. © Photograph by Jack Picone