Photography with a Fractured Elbow
Earlier this year I bought a FujiFilm x100, a fixed focal length digital camera with styling and controls reminiscent of traditional film cameras. Its small size and weight makes it the perfect camera for a restless photographer with his arm in plaster! If you want to know why I'm in plaster have a look at my previous post..
The above shot of Pulteney Bridge was taken after sunset using the x100's built in neutral density filter and a mini tripod. This enabled me to take a 30 second exposure creating the glass water effect.
Another long exposure shot but this time I was trying to capture the flight of the ball from a corner during Bath City's FA Cup qualifier against Harlow Town. I managed to capture the flight with a 2 second exposure, shame it didn't end up in the net (they lost).
Nice light at Westonbirt. The camera's only downside is the auto focus which struggles at close range. Normally I'd use manual focus anyway but that's tricky with one hand....
I normally set my cameras to shoot in RAW however the x100 has a collection of filter settings including this black and white one which can produce pleasing results. The lens can go as wide as f/2 for shallow depth of field however it's noticeably sharper at f/2.8.
A snap to prove I was in plaster and also to recommend the Chelsea Cafe in Weston which does a great breakfast!
So to sum up, although fracturing my elbow has been quite a frustrating experience on the plus side I have become quite fond of my x100. I didn't intend this post to become a review however if you are after a small, creative, reasonably priced camera I would recommend having a look at one of these. It's not a straight forward point and shoot camera and there are x100 t and s models which will have better auto focusing and processors, however I quite like the quirks of this basic model.