I’ve just returned from five days at the Snap Photography Festival in Wales.  Last year, I was a speaker at the convention in the West Wales hills and I was pleased and honoured when Laura Babb, the organiser invited me back this year to speak again.

From the SNAP Website: SNAP is a 4-day summit, retreat, workshop, and wedding photography conference (although we hate that word – stuffy and boring, which is nothing like us!) and festival all rolled into one. SNAP is unique. We say that with conviction as the feedback from our speakers and attendees is that they’ve never experienced anything like it.

Although I was speaking a few times, I obviously took a camera and snapped a few images as memories for me of a great week.

I had my fist experience of the Fujifilm GFX while there too, which was an added bonus.

Not only is the convention educational, it has an amazing vibe and is just a massive amount of fun.
snap-photography-festival-1Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/125, ISO 500 – XF50mm F2R snap-photography-festival-2Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/125, ISO 200 – XF50mm F2R snap-photography-festival-3Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/420, ISO 200 – XF50mm F2R

This is the very talented Marriane Chua enjoying some of the torrential ran we had thrown at us by the Preseli Mountains.  We had a lot of good weather too, of course.snap-photography-festival-4Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/125, ISO 1,000 – XF50mm F2R

The Snap photography festival is as much about social as it is about education and this seems to be a recurring theme.
snap-photography-festival-5Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/50, ISO 12,800 – XF50mm F2R

Hands on with the Fujifilm GFX 50S

Whilst at the convention, which was sponsored by Fujifilm UK, I had a chance to spend an hour with the GFX 50S.

I’ve not used the GFX before and only really seen it at trade shows and conventions.

This is a photographic hero of mine, Franck Boutonnet, who was testing out an X-T2 whilst I was testing out the GFX.
snap-photography-festival-6Fujifilm GFX 50S:  f2.8, 1/125, ISO 640 – GF63mm F2.8 R WRsnap-photography-festival-7Fujifilm GFX 50S:  f2.8, 1/125, ISO 200 – GF63mm F2.8 R WR snap-photography-festival-8Fujifilm GFX 50S:  f2.8, 1/125, ISO 250 – GF63mm F2.8 R WR snap-photography-festival-9Fujifilm GFX 50S:  f2.8, 1/280, ISO 100 – GF63mm F2.8 R WR snap-photography-festival-10Fujifilm GFX 50S:  f2.8, 1/125, ISO 500 – GF63mm F2.8 R WR snap-photography-festival-11Fujifilm GFX 50S:  f2.8, 1/125, ISO 500 – GF63mm F2.8 R WR snap-photography-festival-13Fujifilm GFX 50S:  f2.8, 1/125, ISO 250 – GF63mm F2.8 R WR snap-photography-festival-14Fujifilm GFX 50S:  f2.8, 1/125, ISO 160 – GF63mm F2.8 R WR snap-photography-festival-15Fujifilm GFX 50S:  f2.8, 1/300, ISO 100 – GF63mm F3.6 R WR

Like I said, I had maybe an hour maximum with the GFX.

I won’t be using it for shooting my style of documentary wedding photography.

I’ve spent the last six years downsizing from DSLR to smaller, faster mirrorless and I don’t want to reverse that decision.

However, what I can say about my experience with the GFX is that it is very true what people are saying; the image quality and the “medium format” feel of the images is unrivalled from anything I’ve ever used.

I can see this camera being amazingly popular with editorial wedding photographers or those who spend a lot of time doing bridal portraiture.  It really does create razor sharp, gorgeous images and I intend renting one later in the year to see if it fits well with my equine work.

snap-photography-festival-16Fujifilm X100F:  f5.6, 1/125, ISO 200

This is the QT Albums guys busily being busy.  They have some beutiful albums and presentation ideas for photographers.snap-photography-festival-17Fujifilm X100F:  f5.6, 1/450, ISO 200 snap-photography-festival-19Fujifilm X100F:  f5.6, 1/160, ISO 200  snap-photography-festival-20Fujifilm X100F:  f8, 1/850, ISO 200  snap-photography-festival-21Fujifilm X100F:  f4.5, 1/150, ISO 200

Last year, I was amazed at the concept of a “Silent Disco” and this year, it happened again ~ though I was less surprised by it this time around of course.

High ISO Fuji X-Pro2

I chose to shoot a few frames in the tipi in the middle of the night with the 35mm F2 and the X-Pro2.  There are some extreme ISO shots here and it’s always a lot of fun trying to get some shots from the legendry party at Snap.snap-photography-festival-22Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/60, ISO 5,000 – XF35mm F2R
snap-photography-festival-23Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/125, ISO 1,250 – XF35mm F2R
snap-photography-festival-24Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/125, ISO 640 – XF35mm F2R
snap-photography-festival-25Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/125, ISO 10,000 – XF35mm F2R snap-photography-festival-26Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/60, ISO 5,000 – XF35mm F2R snap-photography-festival-27Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/160, ISO 10,000 – XF35mm F2R snap-photography-festival-28Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/160, ISO 2,000 – XF35mm F2R snap-photography-festival-29Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/60, ISO 640 – XF35mm F2R

Thursday morning saw us head to the local beach at Mwnt.  I know this area of Wales reasonably well and it never ceases to amaze me how beautiful it is.

snap-photography-festival-30Fujifilm X100F:  f5.6, 1/850, ISO 200  snap-photography-festival-31Fujifilm X100F:  f5.6, 1/900, ISO 200  snap-photography-festival-32Fujifilm X100F:  f8, 1/850, ISO 200  snap-photography-festival-33Fujifilm X100F:  f4.5, 1/750, ISO 200  snap-photography-festival-34Fujifilm X100F:  f5.6, 1/250, ISO 200

Just a quick reminder that there are a few places left on my workshop in Lausanne, Switzerland next weekend if you are interested.

It was great getting my hands on the GFX for a while and amazing to catch up with some old friends and make new ones at Snap.

Until next time, happy snapping.

~ Kevin

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