London with the XT2 and the 18-55mm Kit Lens

Some time ago i decided to make the leap from Canon over to the Fuji X system, and quite frankly, i’ve not looked back.  Now I’m not saying i disliked Canon, moreover, i had many happy years shooting with various Canon DSLR’s, it’s just that the Fuji X system seemed to just suit me and my way of shooting.  I suppose it’s like a pair of underpants, some fit well, others not so, you can’t explain it but they just do, lol.

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Now, ask me to say what my way of shooting is and i couldn’t possibly tell you.   I’m a small chap and i like to feel at ease when shooting, free to float around, especially when shooting busy weddings, and not feel weighted down with cumbersome gear etc.  If the full frame DSLR’s suits YOU stick with them.

Anyway, since making the move to Fuji i’ve amassed a collection of Lens’, both primes and zooms and recently pondered which to take for a planned day trip to London for a birthday jolly outing.  I wanted to travel light, and as this was a family trip, photography was not the main purpose of the day.

I elected to take just the one camera, my XT2, and just one lens, the XF 18-55mm, the Fuji equivalent of a kit lens.  Its a lens that often gets left at home in preference of my primes, especially for shooting weddings etc, but decided to make the most of what this combination could give.

So, no tripod, no filters, no big zoom lens’s, i was free to ‘float around’ and have a good old family day out, while quickly grabbing the odd image.  As you’ll see from the images below just a day in London does not give you too much time to take it all in, so as my son wanted to visit the Tower of London that was the main part of our day.  If you’ve never done the Beefeater guided tour you MUST put it on your ‘todo’ list.  Their historical knowledge, humour, quick wit and amazing character make the entrance fee with while alone.

You could quite easily spend the whole day in the Tower and there is all manner of things to photograph but i tried to take a few different images away from the usual ‘tourist’ snap shots, let me know what you think.

Our second port of call was to take in the ‘View from the Shard’ which was a short 20 minute walk from the Tower via London bridge.  I managed to grab a few long exposures using the bridge wall as a camera rest, remember i had no tripod, and then some concrete bollards.  Sadly, these concrete bollards were put in place after the recent terrorists atrocities that took place here a few months back.

The view from the shard is quite amazing but its hard to avoid the reflections on the glass and there were no elevated positions on which to place my camera, so, i ramped up the ISO, opened up the aperture and took a few handheld shots.  They are not the best but certainly show the view we had.  I’m hoping to plan another visit which will take in a pre booked good sunset, lol.

I thoroughly enjoyed travelling with just one camera & one lens and will make the effort to use that ‘kit lens’ a little more.  I’d love to hear your thoughts and how you travel with your camera gear.  Do you try to travel light, or do you take a full compliment of lens’s etc?

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Nottinghamshire Pre-Wedding Photography – Thoresby Hall

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The weather in North Nottinghamshire can be bizarre at this time of year.  It had been foggy for the last few days without the sun making any appearance, but, it seemed Jo & Craig had all that in hand as literally just a couple of hours before their pre-wedding photoshoot the mist lifted and we were blessed with the most amazing light for their 40 minute photoshoot.

rob, ferrol,pre,wedding,photography,photographer,nottingham,nottinghamshireJo & Craig booked me to photograph their big day way back in 2013 and the pre-wedding shoot was a perfect time to catch up and run through their plans over a warming cup of coffee, but first we had to make the most of this glorious evening light -it was fading fast!!

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They are getting married later this month at Pearlthorpe Church on the edge of the Thoresby Estate in North Nottinghamshire followed by a reception at Thoresby Courtyard what has the backdrop of the stunning Grade 1 listed Thoresby Hall.  Coupled with the wonderfully ornate gardens they have certainly chosen one of the regions finest venues to say their “I do’s” and i’m totally delighted that they have also chosen Rob Ferrol Photography to capture their special day.

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I like to work in an unobtrusive way using a blend of contemporary and reportage photographic techniques to capture the full essence of your special day to create a compelling storybook portfolio of images for you to treasure for a lifetime.  If you like to find our more about our Wedding Photography please do get in touch or feel free to drop by our website or Facebook page.  We would love to hear from you.

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Lincolnshire Wedding Photography – Sarah & Michael

Finally managed to get round to writing this blog from my last wedding of 2014.  Its been an amazingly busy start to 2015 and certainly no complaints there!

Anyway, back to the wedding.  Sarah & Michael contacted me through a good friend who was very kind enough to pass on a ‘word of mouth’ referral and they soon popped over to see some samples of my work.  It was amazing to be able to capture this young couples special day as Michael was in the process of his Parachute Regiment training and the time they could spend together would be somewhat limited.  Her Majesties Forces have an uncanny knack of messing with personal plans, trust me, i know from personal experience, and it was touch and go for a little while as to whether he would get leave the planned date.

Thankfully though, everything was sorted and it was off to beautiful rural Lincolnshire for an intimate family wedding in the village of Alford.  The held their ceremony at the quaint Alford Community Church followed by reception at the recently refurbished Alford Corn Exchange.

Huge congratulations to Sarah & Micheal and thanks once again for booking Ron Ferrol Photography to capture your special day, your amazing album bundle has created a compelling storybook portfolio of images for you both to treasure.  Here are just a small selection of their big day.  Please feel free to share this blog post and if you are, or you know someone who is, getting married please do get in touch if you’ve still to book your wedding photographer.

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