On assignment: Noorderwind

A few weeks ago I was in the Netherlands for the last overseas film shoot for Back to the source. I went there to see Maarten Kamphuis and Youval Kuipers of ProGauntlet. Youval is also the director of Noorderwind, a group of Historical European Martial Artists who are also stunt performers. He asked me to if I could get him a few photos he could use on promotional material. As I needed some more promo photos for the film myself, I was happy to oblige. This turned out to be the most “guerilla” shoot I’ve done so far, but I’m pretty happy with the results all things considered.

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Taming the wide beasts

When I started getting serious about photography, I seemed to be erring on the telephoto side of the lens spectrum. I’m not sure why, maybe I felt more comfortable shooting from further away. Until recently, the widest lens I owned for the 7D was a 28mm. Bearing in mind it’s on an APS-C sensor, this isn’t massively wide. But this changed after I got the Fuji XF 10-24mm for my X-T1. Considering my favourite lens is a 35mm, seeing the world at 10mm through a viewfinder was a bit of a shock. This prompted me to start experimenting on how to best use wide and ultra-wide lenses.

All the photos in this post have been taken on the Fuji X-T1 with the XF10-24mm F/4 R OIS.

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