Adrian Murray

X-Pert 53 Interview

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Adrian is A Photographer from Louisville, Kentucky in the uSA. He is completely self taught and specialises in storytelling and landscape photography. 

Adrian is a well known and hugely respected photographer and that's not just in Fujifilm circles. He also has a very unique style and finish to his photography that suites his preferred genre perfectly. It is so remarkable that it has amounted to quite a following. The subjects that most benefit from this processing technique are the very ones that it was designed for, his children. I for one can relate to how special it is to capture your children and to make each and every photo memorable and aesthetically distinct, and to see someone at the calibre of Adrian's ability doing the same is truly inspiring. The natural light that he utilises is also so carefully and lovingly manipulated so that it brings out the best from the shot, warm and charming. His Lightroom methods are also as true to how the photo was taken as possible too and not too over processed that the reality is sucked from them. This is another reason why I admire Adrian's work. His gallery of shots are very beautiful indeed and are yet another set of XF35mm shots that highlight just what theses lenses can help record. I am so very pleased that Adrian agreed to taking on this interview. So...

Here is Adrian's X-pert 53.

1. What Genre Of Photography Do You Specialise In?

I started in photography with one goal in mind, capture stories of my children growing up. Therefore, my specialization is in the storytelling portraitures. Specifically with my own children. Beyond that, I also like to point my lenses at peaceful landscapes. 

2. Why Do You Like Using The XF35mm Lenses?

I’ve only used the 35mm f/2 and I love that lens thanks to it’s portability, weather sealing, sharpness, and accuracy. It is a powerhouse of a lens packed into a tiny body. I can trust it to do what I want and I get accessional results with it. 

3. What Do You Like Photographing The Best With Your XF35mm Lens/Lenses? Why Your Choice?

I use this lens for tighter shots of environmental portraits as well as general head shots. 

Why Your Choice?

Mostly because it’s so easily portable and fast. 

4. Do You Shoot Professionally With The XF35mm Lenses?

I’ve used this lens for photography clients as well as with images that have been licensed. 

5. Fuji XF35mm F/1.4 Or Fuji XF35 F/2? Why Your Choice?

F/2

Why Your Choice?

When I was looking into the lens options for this focal length the f/2 won out because it had WR which is important to me since I do not like to worry about rain being an issue. 

6. How Often Do You Reach For Your XF35mm Lens/Lenses?

As mentioned before this is the default lens on my cameras. That might not have been the case had the 23mm f/2 been out and if I didn’t have the x100f. I love that focal length but since I have the x100f I don’t really have a need for a dedicated 23mm lens outside of video. 

7. Could You Live With Just An XF35mm Lens In Your Photography Bag?

I could make it work but I shoot at all the focal lengths to achieve dramatically different results. 

8. Do You Like To Use Available Light Or Studio Light With Your XF35mm Lens/Lenses?

I use available light for all of my photography. 

9. What Fuji-X Camera Body Do You Prefer To Use The XF35mm Lenses On? Why Your Choice?

The X-T2, hands down. It pairs quite nicely and I love having the articulating screen. Plus, I don’t really make use of the X-pro2’s OVF. There is also the added bonus of having better video options on the X-T2 that make me use it while the Pro2 collects dust. 

Why Your Choice?

Answered above

10.Do You Have Any Favourite Photographs Using The XF35mm Lenses?

I have several images that I love that have come out of this particular lens. I've included the top ten: 

11.Finish This Line: The Fuji XF35mm Lenses Are… 

...some of the most versatile lenses available. You can approach portraiture, landscapes, street photography, etc. Beyond that you’re able to adhere to top quality glass in a small form factor. 

Iain Palmer

Abundant Magazine