Tag: travel

The perfectly formed, FUJI X-T20!

I am sure all of you by now have read all of the amazing reviews of all of the new Fuji film products that were excitingly released on the 19th of Jan! So my experiences? Well where to begin

As a portrait and travel photographer the obvious choice for me of the new arrivals was the X-T20, a smaller more compact little sister of the the X-T2 (a camera that I now use for ALL of my portraiture and travel commissions).

In November 2016, I was approached by Fujifilm asking if I would be interested in having a trial of another of their prototype cameras. Now is any photographer going to say no, to such a great opportunity? You’d be a fool not to get involved!

The very next day I was off on my travels again as a trainer for the wonderful Photojourney in Nepal, I packed up the x-T2 in my Billy bag and  just popped in the X-T20, and hoped that I would get a chance to give it a go.

With most of the prototypes that are sent out there are always some initial glitches, but I managed to get it up and running for a few days whilst up in the hills of Barpak, Nepal.

It was so small I would often take it out on my golden hour walks, something that I try and do everyday whilst visiting a new area, I would pop on either the 90mm or 56mm prime lens on and that would be it!

The following images were taken a year and a half after the devastating earthquake in Nepal, and I wanted to really highlight the way the town had managed to regenerate and develop with vigour and pride after such an epic event, it was really very inspiring!

As the X-t20 was a pre-production model, I was unable to shoot RAW so shot all of the images in Jpeg, and then processed after in Nik software as I love the BW conversion, I was amazed by the quality and depth of the files and the sharpness! Sheesh! That 56mm APD lens is something else!

The biggest benefit to the size was that I found was that I could very discreetly hand hold the camera, in all situations and it is pretty much unnoticed, really nice when you are trying to get natural portraits.

Even more so when imaging the children of Barpak, (and there were LOTS of children!) as they were certainly less intimidated with the smaller body, I was amazed how close to the subjects I was able to get.

I’m not one to go into to all the new technologies and features, but as a photographer who likes things easy I just like things to work the way they should!

Photography for me is more about the connection and interaction with the subject, and this lovely little piece of kit certainly allowed me to have that! The eye contact that I was able to maintain was easier as I was not behind a huge DSLR,  quite often I would use the flip screen with my eyes above camera to draw an expression from the subject!

The controls and menus are pretty much the same as the X-T2, so I was used to where everything was, just slight differences were noted but nothing too out of the way.

After returning from Nepal and a couple of firmware updates (very normal for the pre-production models) I was able to shoot RAW and the files as expected did not disappoint! The files are BIG! And again lots of depth and clarity.

I am still experimenting with the body and it has also recently been in my kit for a recent family holiday to Costa Rica, it was a great to take out on days and to the beach, and I am sure it will be a great add on to my work kit also!

I am now thinking of carrying two bodies (this one being the extra) to my portrait shoots, so that I am able to seamlessly shoot both wide and long lenses quickly! When shooting children at speed this can only be of benefit! I will update you when I have started my London portrait shoots in a few weeks! (its just too cold out there at the moment!)

In the meantime for all of the camera details just click on the images above we really could learn a lot from their strength of character!

Saraya x

 

 

 

 

 

A lovely little podcast !

A few months ago, just after returning from Photokina in Germany, I was asked by Ugo Cie of the traveling image makers podcast site, if I would share a few stories about my photographic journey and where it has led me in the last few years!

Here is that interview and a few words to introduce it by Ugo himself!

Enjoy! x

“A few weeks ago I was visiting Photokina, the world’s largest photo and video trade fair, held every year in Cologne, Germany. As I was leaving the exhibition’s floor at the end of my last day there, I happened to pass by Fujifilm’s booth and I noticed there was a talk about to start on the stage. The photographer that was going to present her work was Saraya Cortaville, who I didn’t know previously.

I decided to stay a little bit more to attend the presentation and I am happy that I did, because her work was truly inspiring and her personality captivating. At the end of the talk, I introduced myself and invited Saraya to be my guest on the show and she graciously accepted, so we recorded an interview a few days later and here it is.”

Podcast with travel and portrait photographer, Saraya Cortaville.

I hope that you all enjoy this insight into what I do if I am not taking images of children in and around London! Being a photographer really is a wonderful gift, when you can have such varied experiences!

You can see some of the images that I included in my chat on my travel page on the website! Or  join me on my travel intragram page!

Heres to the next adventure!

Saraya x

 

 

So I’m a cover girl!

A while back I was asked be the lovely Julie Oswin of the guild magazine,if I would like to be included with an article explaining my work overseas. Never one to turn down any form of publicity to spread the word about the wonderful charity Raleigh International, I jumped at the chance!

Aptly titled Creative Light the magazine for their members is an online publication with all the latest news and reviews in Photography!

Very informative with some really beautiful imagery to be inspired by, it is a great privilege for me to be included in this issue, and to be front cover as well !! Brilliant!

The cover image was one I shot in Hetauda, Makwanpur, in Nepal in February 2016.

Nepal-714

As usual I was taking my normal evening stroll, in the beautiful Nepal golden hour, when I spotted this little one, standing outside her house. I asked her mother is it was ok for me to take an image, she thankfully agreed, as I just love the colours and warmth of this image.

She gave me the biggest smile after this shot, but out of the two I really preferred this one. There is just something in her expression that really captures the innocence of childhood.

I will be heading back to Nepal later on this week, to a different area, more up in the Himalayan hills, where the scary and atmosphere is different from the Valleys, so I am looking forward to seeing the differences.

If you would like to read the full article in Creative light, please click the link here! And enjoy reading!

Saraya x

 

 

 

A new found friend from Photokina!

As many of you may have read on a previous post, a few weeks ago I was lucky enough to have been invited to speak at Photokina in Germany for Fujifilm, telling of my experiences of changing my camera system from a bulky Nikon DSLR to their lovely compact mirrorless X-T2

After my last talk of the show, I met the lovely Ugo who had been watching me speak, and here is a little interview that we set up a few days later…

First a few words from Ugo…

‘A few weeks ago I was visiting Photokina, the world’s largest photo and video trade fair, held every year in Cologne, Germany. As I was leaving the exhibition’s floor at the end of my last day there, I happened to pass by Fujifilm’s booth and I noticed there was a talk about to start on the stage. The photographer that was going to present her work was Saraya Cortaville, who I didn’t know previously.

I decided to stay a little bit more to attend the presentation and I am happy that I did, because her work was truly inspiring and her personality captivating. At the end of the talk, I introduced myself and invited Saraya to be my guest on the show and she graciously accepted, so we recorded an interview a few days later and here it is.

If you are interested in travel photography the rest of his site really does have some inspiring work! And is one that I will now check back with, for any great tips and advice before my next big adventure in a few weeks!

Nepal I cant wait to see you again! xx

Travel portraiture, Nepal
Nepal travel portraits
Hetauda, Nepal.
Nepali travel photographer

Saraya xx

A big thank you!

So it’s been awhile! A LONG while since I have posted here!

Because of all of your wonderful support I have been enjoying my time in the beautiful country of Tanzania in Eastern Africa, volunteering for the great charity Raleigh International.

It was really the experience of a life time, and I feel privileged to have been a part of the organisation for the last few months!

The projects and people were an inspiration, and I will never forget this.

The images that I took were used to document the volunteers time in this amazing country and to chart the progress that was made in the various communities that we visited.

The images were probably some of the best that I have taken in my career, as they were so out of the norm from what I generally do within my working life, and this pushed me to really think creatively and emotionally how to communicate what a wonderful experience this was for all involved.

With so many images to share here I was mainly posting onto my intsagram account which can be viewed here…

Mamma Grace

I am now back in my hometown, and starting to shoot more environmental portraiture, as this is what I am enjoying at the moment! I will now be posting further images to give you an idea of what to expect from this new move!

If you would like a location portrait shoot in London, Essex or Hertfordshire please do contact me! I would be very happy to discuss your requirements!

Saraya x

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