Daily Inspiration #353 by Rasmus Rask

Dear Steve,

I love your site. It provides daily inspiration and good insights. I am a casual street shooter with an artistic mind based in Copenhagen. I am currently working on a photographic storytelling project entitled OPTICULARITY:

www.opticularity.com

I shoot very randomly. For me it is mostly about being equipped with a camera. I feel more inspired when I have that strap around my neck compared to when I don’t. I would like to think that I see more when I have that strap around my neck. I was actually thinking about asking you a question. How much do a guy like you get to go out and just shoot randomly? For me these random trips with my various cameras (I shoot Canon 5D mark II, Leica X1 and Fuji X100) become an extremely valuable diversion from my daily duties as a consultant, boyfriend and father. When I shoot I recharge my energy. Maybe that’s why so many middle age men likes to engage into street shooting 🙂

After reading your review of the X-pro1 I kind of got second thoughts. I would like something for street shooting with high IQ, decent focus, a 50-90 mm range and F-stop around 1.0-1.4.

Please find below some blue sky diversion shots

kind regards

Rasmus Rask

25 Comments

  1. Thanks for the comments and thanks to Steve for sharing.

    I can confirm that the majority of my shots are 5DMarkII Shots. My preferred lenses are 135mm F2 and 50mm 1.2. I primarily use Aperture 3 and the ColorEfecPro4 plug in for PP work.

    I did eventually buy the Fuji X-pro1. I could not resist the high IQ. I must say the pics are awesome, just need to get my head around the AF and wait for Aperture 3 RAW support.

    Please feel free to write me on my email if you want to comment on my website in more details or exchange shooting experiences in general.

    • Well done on getting the X-Pro 1. It really is awesome.

      The AF “problems” are not really problems at all. This is not a DSLR and it is wrong to use it like one.

      AF is relatively slow. But it is VERY accurate. And by altering the size of the focus box with the rear control dial, you can easily control AF so that it does not hunt back and forth.

      Also, if you are shooting a moving object, do NOT half press the shutter. That is what you would do with a DSLR, not with the Fuji. For a moving object just trust the camera and push the button all the way without a half press. You’ll get a better hit rate.

      It is just a lovely, lovely camera. Out of camera JPEGS are amazing.

  2. I love the colors. The blu-ish tint…awesome….especially in picture three where the red-striped scarf contrast so good with this mood 😀
    Go on with this 😀

  3. I love the composition, color, light. Steve,after reading your review of the x-1pro I change my mind to buy this camera.Will wait and see what next will come out.Thank you for your site.

  4. I love the composition of the first and second images, more so the second one. I prefer the lighting in the second and third images. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Rasmus – nice images, what gear did you use for each one? Any from your X100 as I’m considering buying?
    thanks,
    jeffrey

    • I really don’t see the significance of your question… People take photos, not cameras. Probably be of more interest to hear how they were processed.

      • Agreed, the camera (make/type) used matters so little it is just a minor player in the act of photography.

        The very fact that the question *has* to be asked proves it is not the camera but the photographer that counts.

      • In considering buying a X100, I’m trying to find out how well it does making shallow DOF, compared to a DSLR, as his third image had a good representation of it. Wondering if that was shot with his Fuji, that’s all.

        J.

      • We all know that what makes a great shot is not the camera but the photographers BUT come on you have to stop saying that it does not matter……
        It does change, if not why would we read reviews about cameras? Why would we spend money on lenses and cameras? When you wanna buy a new camera, it is natural that you want to see what results other got with that same camera. The major part is the photographer but having good tool can definitely allow you to achieve better results given that you know how to use your tool…
        That is just my opinion

    • Some people might wanna switch to decaff.

      Anyway, the metadata says that all 3 were shot with EOS 5D MkII.

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