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Make the Switch ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Jeremy Willcocks’ first love is cap uring landscapes, but with the pandemic and lockdown, he caught the bug for insect photography, enjoying the skills of a Fujifilmmacro lens

SCARCE CHASER Fujifilm X-T3 with the XF80mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR, aperture-priority AE, 1/450sec at f/6.4, ISO 400

I USED TO shoot close-ups with my Nikon D300 and 150mmmacro lens, but I never got on with it – and certainly wasn’t getting the results I’m getting now! I don’t knowwhy; perhaps it was the time of life and maybe I was less patient back then. During the first lockdown, I watched a few YouTube videos and became inspired to shoot water droplets using my FujifilmX-T3 and standard zoom (fitted with extension tubes to allowme to get in close). That combination worked well and inspired me enough to invest in a FujifilmXF80mm f/2.8 R LMOISWR.

It’s expensive, but a fantastic lens. Since then, I have been focusing on insects and flowers around local wildlife trusts and nature reserves, as well as my landscapes. My favourite location is northWales, especially Snowdonia. I really enjoy macro. The thing with landscapes is, if you go shoot a scene, you can bet your bottom dollar it has been photographed to death – that’s not the case with macro. Also, I’m quite restless. I’d never make it as a wildlife photographer sitting in a hide all day, but insects are different. You still need loads

of patience, but it’s a different sort of patience. If you take the time, you will get the shot. I enjoy plants, too. My journey to Fujifilm cameras began seven years ago with the X-T1. Before I took up photography more seriously, I had a Fujifilm digital compact and, although I can’t recall the model, loved its colour output. This was years before the FujifilmX Series, so I bought a Nikon D300. A few years later, I was finding the Nikon D300 outfit too bulky for long hikes, so I switched to a Micro Four Thirds outfit based on the Panasonic

Lumix G1. I used both systems in tandem for a while, but more Panasonic than Nikon because of the weight, then switched to the X-T1 when it came out. I added an X-T10, which I later upgraded to the X-Pro2 – I love its rangefinder style. My lens collection has also expanded, with the XF10-24mm f/4 R OIS, XF50- 140mm f/2.8 R LMOISWR, XF35mm f/1.4 R and XF18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LMOIS. More recently, I added an X-T3 – a wonderful camera that is instinctive to use and just gets on with it. I normally use aperture-priority AE, set a lens aperture

JEREMYWILLCOCKS LRPS Keen landscape and macro photographer jeremywillcockslrps

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