Robert Mitchell’s ‘Invocation’

I hade great fun on Friday shooting the rehearsals for a tremendous new piece of work by talented composer/pianist Robert Mitchell in Bournemouth. I shot with the X-Pro1 between 4000 and 6400 iso using the 35mm f.14 Fuji XF lens and the Samyang fisheye. You can see a selection of the images at:

and there is a review of the event with one of my images at:

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The Back Story

Titanic Victim

I decided to look at this image with a view to converting into a black and white print the other day, and I had never really studied it in any detail before. I suddenly realised it was a memorial on the grave of somebody who perished on the RMS Titanic, and my curiosity was aroused to see if I could find the story of the poor man and his family. What I found fascinated me.

It must be borne in mind that it is always said that everybody here in Southampton knew somebody on the Titanic, and that there was a loss in every street. Southampton was, after all, a major seaport and home port to the ill-fated vessel.

So what of Ernest William Hamblyn? A Devon man, he perished at the early age of 46 leaving behind a widow and a total of seven children. His home was about 4 miles (7km) from where I sit writing this. It is quite possible that over the years my path crossed that of one of his children, the last of whom died only 3o years ago. Certainly it is highly likely that his grandchildren are still living in the town. For reasons now unclear, but probably because of the law of the time, his widow did not inherit his estate but it went to his brother-in-law by marriage (a man who had no blood tie to him or his wife). The sum he left of £320 (close to £32,000 by todays standards) was a reasonable amount for a working man in those days.

Thanks to the internet and the tremendous records about the ill-fated ship you can now read Ernest’s story at this web site – trust me, it is fascinating and shows you never know what a simple image can lead you to. Y the way, if you know any of his relatives I would be very happy to give them a copy of the print.


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The Long and the Short of It

The Long and the Short of ItTaken at Cowes Week with the X-Pro1 then post-processed using Silver Effect 2.



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I am still editing my images from Barcelona in March, and here are 3 that I hope you like. All were with the X-Pro1 of course!

Boy Meets Girl Waiting on the Telephone Juice Girl

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Oxjam @ Mettricks

Last Friday evening I had a very pleasant time shooting the event to raise money through music for Oxfam, the UK famine relief charity. For the technical friends X-Pro1 @ 6400iso on 14mm lens. By the way, Mettricks at the bottom part of the High Street is a great coffee shop, and a favourite haunt of mine, especially on a Friday night! Here are the images:

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The Grapes, Oxford

The Grapes in George Street, Oxford is the towns only surviving Victorian pub. I took this lovely image of it on the X-Pro1 using the 18-55mm lens, and then did some work in Lightroom using the Velvia preset and a graduated filter:

The Grapes


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Capturing Croyde and Lundy Island with the XF10-24mm & X-E2 combo

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Originally posted on The Fujifilm Blog:
Follow Dale as he takes a journey round Devon’s beautiful Croyde Bay & Lundy Island. As you may or may not know the XF35mm is my ‘everyday’ lens but when it comes to landscape…

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