My Fujifilm X-T1 had just arrived and its first outing was to shoot a performance by American band ‘Leeland’ hosted by Fuel Events. These nights always tend to be something special, and are as much about highlighting social injustice as they are about music; tonight as no different.

Hope for Justice

The aim of the event was to raise awareness of the ‘Hope for Justice’ charity. The story was simple, sobering and shocking. We hear a lot about the concept of human trafficking but few of us realise just how prevalent it is our local cities and communities. It is easy to think this is a third world problem, it clearly isn’t and ‘Hope for Justice’ aim to tackle the issue head on to uncover and abolish the hidden crime of modern-day slavery.

Hope for Justice

It isn’t just about awareness, Hope for Justice are a NGO (non-governmental organisation) who work to gather intelligence and assist in the process of removing victims from exploitation within the UK. Tim Nelson from the charity explained how they work alongside law enforcement and in 2014 were rescuing an average of two people from slavery in the UK every week. Hope for Justice do a phenomenal work, if you want to find out more about Hope for Justice check out


This was my first experience of the US based group Leeland. The band offered a passionate performance to the packed Belfast Audience. Leeland have been around since 2006 when they launched their first album ‘Sound of Melodies’, their successes to date includes Grammy award nominations for each of their album releases. Leeland were particularly impressive, the quality of a recorded performance in the live setting, the audience were clearly uplifted.

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Where Sky and Water Meet

Supporting Leeland were ‘Where Sky and Water Meet‘ (Love the CS Lewis reference) a rather impressive praise band hailing from the great town of Antrim. The audience were clearly impressed by the performance but equally impressed were veterans Leeland who highlighted one of Where Sky and Water meet’s songs. They would have been a hard act to follow.

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The X-T1 & Music Photography

I literally opened the box of the X-T1 an hour before the show but I was so excited I knew I had to use it at the gig. Generally I need the reach of a long (200mm) lens for music photography but as this was a smaller venue the X-T1 with the Fujinon 35mm and 23mm lenses were a perfect combination.

In a word the X-T1 is “stunning”; despite having the same specification as the X-E2 it feels like a completely different animal. Having all the controls accessible on the camera body is brilliant in the live music setting and I was blown away by the accuracy of the metering.

I will write a post dedicated to the X-T1 but even after a few hours it is clear this camera is something special. The buttons on the X-T1 are programmable so am I am looking forward to setting it all up to suit my shooting needs. It’s fast, I was snapping away throughout the first three songs and this mirrorless masterpiece was delivering with every image. I even paired the camera with my phone to log the location details; this camera does everything, better still, although not relevant in this context the X-T1 is weather sealed!

I did make the unfortunate error of shooting RAW so I have had to jump through a few hoops while I wait for Adobe to offer X-T1 support in Lightroom. That said I am amazed by the quality of the images.

I will cover the X-T1 in full detail once I have become better acquainted but this is a camera like no other! If you were having doubts about moving from a DSLR camera to a mirrorless camera then you need to try the X-T1, you won’t look back.


Fuel Events
Hope For Justice
Where Sky and Water Meet
Fujinon 23mm Lens