The stars of this post are XANDER and The PEACE PIRATES www.xanderandthepeacepirates.co.uk Before you read any further go and check out their music. So much soul and rock and Roll... The Xander Brothers deserve your attention for sure.
I love photographing bands, so when I got a call from Stu Xander asking if I was keen, my answer was of course yes straight off the bat! These guys are seriously cool, they are in tune with the world and the situation it's in now and are trying to make a difference. They certainly spread love with their soulful music! We hit it off straight away and I loved working with them.
They are fresh off the back of a trip to LA where they played at the NAMM show. This is where their story got interesting... They have hooked up with Eddie Kramer, he is the guy that recorded Hendrix and Led Zeppelin to name a few. That's some pretty big stuff! They have a Pledge Music site going where you can donate to help fund and receive cool items, I love this new approach to music...
check it out http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/thepeacepirates
So lets have a look at what I created...
So you may look at my camera settings and think, 'why such high ISO?' well the answer lays in the story of the day. The shoot was almost cancelled due to the guys car breaking down on route form Liverpool to London that morning... They eventually made it but late into the afternoon, as it was winter the sun left the sky around 4pm so we had to work fast. It was not ideal but these things happen and you have to adapt and work it all out quickly. So thank you Fuji and the nice high ISO... I must say the quality is great even though they were shot as the day entered dusk.
I shot everything on the Fujinon 35mm f1.4 lens, its nice and fast for the lowlight and you can get that beautiful bokeh from the wide open lens.
We decided that we wanted something a bit soft with a little tip of the hat towards the 60's & 70's music. I went for a quite washed out colour with a bit of twist.
I got all the flairs in camera, I did this by taping some baking paper to the edges of the lens, a low tech solution, but I quite like the effect and have used it several time now. Have a go its pretty cool!
I shot the images around Little Venice in London and chose to use the Fuji X-Pro1 because its so inconspicuous. I love the fact that you can walk around busy areas and no one notices it. It doesn't scream professional camera so wont attract attention and unwanted questions. Most people assume its an old film camera too, I have to say that when I have used it on jobs I have had to explain to clients how good it actually is as they often seem to wonder why your not rocking a big old setup!
Once again the Fuji has proved it is very capable.. I am buying more lenses and expanding my kit, I think it will be with an X-E2 rather than an X-T1 but who knows... One thing I know for sure is that I am defiantly adding the Fujinon 56mm lens to my kit. http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/fujifilm_xf_56mm_f1_2_review
Check out Xander and the Peace Pirates Music... It's AMAZING
Check out some of my other work here... www.paularcher-uk.com