First Impressions of the new Fujifilm X-H1
I enjoy the challenges of taking on a new and different subject matter at each shoot. This week was no different, my setting is the beautiful Quinta das Carvalhas in Portugals horse country Goleaga.
My main subjects are Bentley, Chacko, Domino, Mr. Blue, Bill, Danny, Janice, and Toby and Diogo Galvao and Rafael Oliveira.
This gave the opportunity to test the new Fujifilm X-H1 camera, in a real life shooting environment.
Filming Horses in Golega Portugal
Fujifilm X-H1 borrows much from the Fujifilm X-T2, but Fujifilm made a few key ergonomic improvements, starting with an even more robust construction using thicker magnesium.
The grip is larger, offering a more secure handhold similar to the Fujifilm GFX 50S grip, and it employs what we would now call a “regular” shutter button, compared to the threaded, vintage-style shutter release of the X-T2. The electronic viewfinder is also new, with a resolution of 3.69 million pixels, up from 2.36 on the Fujifilm X-T2.
…”Just apply a LUT in the Fujifilm F-Log footage”…
For those of you who don’t know what Log is, you can take a look to Fujifilm white paper about F-Log here.
Log isn’t raw! It’s video!
However, it’s a special way of capturing that maximizes the tonal range of a sensor.
Behind the scenes still of me just getting a feel for the light and taking a quick portrait of Diogo.
Sometimes the light is so stunning you just have to stop whatever you are doing and take the shot.
Results, below, a dramatic, eye-grabbing portrait that’s reminiscent of cattle farmers from the early old west days.
Filming with the X-H1 as a dedicated video camera
This was one of the main features I wanted to really test, I hoped that the horses jumping and galloping would make for some cool footage…
Another thing that’s great about the X-H1 is the fact that it’s been designed for being used with larger lenses like XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR Lens .
Its designed for Fujifilm X-series mirrorless cameras and provides a 152-609mm equivalent focal length range.
…”I feel that the Fujifilm X-H1 is the ideal tool for my multimedia productions and perfectly found its place my creative toolbox.”…
The second part of my shoot consisted of shooting stills of the Horses and ponies, my crew and I set up a giant flannel black backdrop, I really wanted to have studio look and feel to the Horse Portraits.
I regularly have dedicated film and stills camera, in this case, I’m taking some stunning stills with GFX-5 and the 120 Macro. This is the perfect combination for my workflow Maximum quality for my stills and quality stabilized images with my X-H1.
This is quite simple two light set up, I have two Profoto B1 off-camera flashes with Westcott Halo and Octabank Softbox, I kept the same placement of the light for all the fury beast portraits.
Director – Executive Producer – DOP – Photographer – João Carlos yeah I do allot around here, I think I need a secretary.
Camera assistant – Video editor- Color-Grading – Graphics – Pedro Davim he does a lot of other stuff also, he needs a vacation.
Photo Assistant – Still Post Processing – Antonio Jose Almeida
Camera assistant Behind the scenes Camera – Joao Abel Ges.
Models – Bentley, Chacko, Domino, Mr. Blue, Bill, Danny, Janice, and Toby and Diogo Galvao and Rafael Oliveira.
Intern – João Brás good luck scout out in the world,.
Quinta das Carvalhas in Portugals horse country Golega
Bazar do Vídeo and SR Abel Chaves for technical support I have been a customer for more than 15 years,
Colorfoto and Eduardo Lima for technical support they have been another close partner in my career.
Profoto for some of the lighting gear. always awesome
Innovafoto for the technical support