Who says the Fuji X cameras can't take action shots?!

Discussion in 'Street and Documentary' started by Mikey, Jun 10, 2013.

  1. Mikey

    Mikey FujiXspot Veteran

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    Redeemed an Amazon Local (similar to Groupon) voucher for an NYC cruise except instead of a lunch cruise, we ended up on a belly dancing cruise. :p It was the 3rd Annual NYC Bellydance Boat Show. My wife and I grinned at the fact that a photo op just landed on our laps. ;)

    There was good ambient light coming from the surrounding windows and after cranking up the ISO to 3200-4000, I was able to shoot at shutter speeds of 500-1000 with the kit zoom wide open. Yes, the AF wouldn't (or would be slow to) lock 25% of the time but guess what, when the AF locked, it rarely missed. One of my big concerns when I still used the OM-D was the AF missing its target; I always had to wait till I got home and loaded my images up to my computer to find out. I also do like how when reviewing continuous shots in the LCD (I have an X-E1), the camera lumps the burst shots together -- makes it easy to delete a series of bursts together while chimping. I think I shot around 12-15 frames of 2-3 (mostly 2) bursts each (approximately 35 shots) and ended up with 10 keepers (~15 good ones except some images were too similar-looking to really keep).

    As always, C&Cs are welcome...

    A couple of front acts...
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    Shahrzad, the most junior of the 3 main acts...
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    Valerick Molinary, a Puerto Rican dancer who recently moved to Miami...
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    Soraia Zaied from Cairo is apparently a beloved Egyptian superstar bellydancer...
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    I know that in horrible lighting conditions that the current generation of Fuji X ILCs will perform poorly (unlike the awesome OM-D) but my recent shooting experience makes me highly optimistic that this issue will be fixed when the X-P2 and X-E2 come out.
     
  2. pniev

    pniev FujiXspot Veteran

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    Great shots. Great colors!
     
  3. donlaw

    donlaw FujiXspot Regular

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    Nice photos, but something tells me video would serve better here.
    Thanks for sharing.
     
  4. Mikey

    Mikey FujiXspot Veteran

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    Thanks! :)

    Hehe.. I completely agree except I'm a photo enthusiast, not a video enthusiast. :p Besides, I heard that the Fuji X video capabilities aren't up to snuff compared to the other mirrorless offerings there.
     
  5. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther FujiXspot Veteran

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    Can't = No
    More challenging = Yes

    That being said, great series! :cool:
     
  6. Mikey

    Mikey FujiXspot Veteran

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    Thanks, kabayan! It's just that based on posts I've read online, I was prepared to go home without a single good shot. :p Now, I really want to get my hands on a 55-200. (Suffering from GAS)
     
  7. Dacalac

    Dacalac FujiXspot Veteran

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    Mike
    It's definitely a lot more challenging! You really have to think about the space you're shooting in and plan ahead with what you want to get. I was assigned as a street shooter for a lantern festival and wanted to get the dragon dance. I was lucky enough to get a spot front and center. The first few shots I took were a bit out of focus but after I started thinking about where the action was going to be and setting my focus point accordingly I was able to get a few more usable shots.

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    2013 Lantern Festival by dacalac, on Flickr
     
  8. Mikey

    Mikey FujiXspot Veteran

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    I like this 1st one. :) May I know what lens and settings did you use? Thanks!
     
  9. Mikey

    Mikey FujiXspot Veteran

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    On second review, found a couple more shots. Hope you like 'em...

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  10. Dacalac

    Dacalac FujiXspot Veteran

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    Mike
    I was using the 35mm and shot it at 1/140th @ f9 and 200ISO. Gave me a wide enough DOF that I was able to cover a large dance area. I think this was as low as I could go with the available light without camera shake being a huge issue. =)

    I like how you captured the dancer's joy in the shots. You can tell she's really into it! It's also amusing to see some of the audience reactions. :p
     
  11. Mikey

    Mikey FujiXspot Veteran

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    Thanks for the info!! May I ask -- any reason why you didn't want to bump up the ISO any higher to get faster shutter speeds? Having been previously pampered by IBIS, I myself also struggle with avoiding camera shake with my 35/1.4.
     
  12. Gary

    Gary FujiXspot Top Veteran

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    That's what I call action.

    Gary

    PS- I'll feed you any time you want to shoot. (... and I have the 55-200 ...)
    =G=
     
  13. Dacalac

    Dacalac FujiXspot Veteran

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    Mike
    Truthfully I may have forgotten in this case. I had it set to auto400 and forgot to switch out. :p
     
  14. Mikey

    Mikey FujiXspot Veteran

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    What's your experience with using auto ISO? I only tried it once and it didn't work for me (ended up underexposed) but then again I had a backlit subject (though I could've sworn I pressed the AEL button).
     
  15. Hyubie

    Hyubie FujiXspot Veteran

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    My humble contribution to "action" shots :)

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  16. taz98spin

    taz98spin FujiXspot Top Veteran

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    TAZ
  17. Mikey

    Mikey FujiXspot Veteran

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    ^^^ Awesome action shots, Taz and Hyubie!!! :bravo-009:
     
  18. taz98spin

    taz98spin FujiXspot Top Veteran

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    Haha, thanks! I love jumping photos!
     
  19. Mikey

    Mikey FujiXspot Veteran

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    I was just over at the Fuji X Forum and saw some (even) awesome(r) action shots -- motorsports and sumo wrestlers. Now, I really have no doubts that the X system is more than capable of delivering stunning action shots. :D
     
  20. Mikey

    Mikey FujiXspot Veteran

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    Very tempting offer. Hehe.. Gary, where in SoCal are you? I have a brother who lives near LA and I may visit him sometime this year.