My name is Sebastian Boatca, a photographer based in Brussels, Belgium, editor at FUJI X PASSION – Inspirational Photography Magazine and vice-president of VIEWFINDERS – The Photography Club of Brussels and I embrace life through my experiences as a man, husband, father, traveler and photographer. The artistic expression is one of the ways we can blend into nature strings and communicate with the people around the world.
The way as I see the world is touched by both my life experience and my personality. All those glimpses of reality are filtered by what I call “a soul filter”. The result is a product of my own Self in a unique way, as I see time and space.
Photography is a way to express visions and feelings, worlds that emerge from melting the moment with some photographic tools, a way to connect people with different views of the same universe. A camera is a tool that captures a fragment of space in a moment frozen in time. The way each photo looks is a result of a unique inspiration, a set of factors that will never repeat again. This is why in photography it’s so important to pay attention to those factors, like awareness and experience, that build your own reality – your photography.
It is said that the best camera is the one you have on you. So true. More important than the camera itself is how you use it. The photograph is made by you – the camera is just a tool which works for your vision.
I have switched from a DSLR system to a mirrorless system. There are several advantages, but one major good point is that a mirrorless camera is lighter, smaller and the photographing experience is more pleasant. You can take it with you more often, if not every day, while a DSLR can be intimidating with its size and weight.
I have used several digital cameras; from a compact Panasonic camera, to:
Canon EOS 60D, then I switched to a mirrorless system, rich in elegance and high image quality : Fujifilm X-Pro1, Fujifilm X-T1, Fujifilm X100S, Fujifilm X-Pro2 and Fujifilm X-H1, while using several lenses, both fixed and zooms.
I also enjoy shooting with old, legacy manual focus lenses like :
Samyang 8mm F3.5 fish-eye, Hoya 35mm F2.8, Carl Zeiss Ultron 50mm F1.8, Meyer Optik Goerlitz Primoplan Red V 58mm F1.9, Helios 58mm F2.0 and Pentacon 135 mm F2.8. Adding a Lens Turbo II M42 – Fuji X speed booster makes the experience even more interesting, while reducing the focal length with 0.726X and gaining 1-Stop of light extra aperture speed (a classic 50mm F1.8 “becomes” a 36mm F1.3 lens) .
The colours that the X-Trans sensor from Fujifilm cameras can produce are simply stunning. Fuji is well-known for its amazing optics which produce sharp and detail-rich images. I can assure you I am not paid, or encouraged by Fujifilm to endorse their products, this is simply my own opinion based on my comparative experiences in photo shooting. With Fuji X-Trans APS-C sensors, coupled with amazing Fujinon XF lenses, the need for a Full-Frame camera is getting far away from me. Their cameras are very well build, in such an elegant way, which reminds you of Leica and classic famous 35mm film cameras. “Elegance” is the one word to describe a Fuji experience.