Amberley Chalk Pits and Heritage Museum in West Sussex is one of my favourite places to visit. It’s within 10 min of my home and the many events held there are always fascinating. I’ve photographed the site many times during my visits and there are several posts on this Blog showing the various scenes and exhibits. Today saw an Edwardian Street fayre laid out within the historic grounds. Fortunately the showery weather we’ve had all summer was manageable today (despite some tropical downpours through the night). Initially the event was very quiet, most likely due to the Olympics, but at lunchtime the place started to fill up. I always enjoy my visits here, the staff are so friendly and knowledgeable, and today I even had the chance to create an engine turned engraving on a rare rose engine made by George Plant. Many of the staff (who are volunteers) were kitted out in Edwardian attire, and the vintage steam engines and steam trains were out as usual transporting visitors around the large downland location.
On a rare morning off it’s my policy to try and avoid carrying around heavy burdensome pro kit. Instead, I elect for a good compact camera. In fact today I had two Fuji X series cameras with me, the X10 is equipped with a very useful fast zoom lens and the X100 has a full sized sensor and fixed 35mm equivalent lens. There was no need to bring them both out today, but I found it interesting using them together and then comparing the files afterwards. There is approximately an even number of photographs here from each camera. The detail and lowlight capabilities of the X-100 make this an extremely desirable piece of equipment and the versatility of the X 10 helps to explain its popularity. However both these cameras are rangefinder types and are aimed at advanced or professional photographers, I would not recommend either of them for a novice. But if you started your photographic life on film rangefinders, you’ll be right at home.
On this outing, and the last, my X-100 drew some attention from two other photographers, both of whom were very experienced and knowledgeable. One of the gentlemen I met on my last outing already owns a camera of this type and the photographer I met today is considering moving in that direction as an addition to his current Leica lineup.
See more of my photographs from the museum here: Amberley Heritage Museum