Monster Glass XF8-16mmF2.8 with Daniel Malikyar / FUJIFILM

– The feeling that I used to
get when I’d score a goal, is the same feeling that I
get now when I take a shot that I’m really excited about. My name is Daniel Malikyar, and I’m a Los Angeles-based
director and photographer. Photography really sparked the idea of visual storytelling for me. And I think the transition
to cinematography was relatively seamless. Growing up, the expectation of pursuing an art like photography, is not something that
is generally supported, because it’s such a difficult field to be able to excel and progress in. But midway through college,
I just kinda realized that whatever you set your mind to, if you work towards it, it’s possible. I come from a lineage of soccer
players, my dad, my grandpa. Soccer has been a huge part of my life, and has really shaped the
person that I am today. I’ve been developing a short documentary on Brazilian street soccer
for quite a while now. When I heard that FUJIFILM was releasing the XF8-16mm, I was really excited to be able to capture some extreme wide-angle perspectives. For Brazilians, soccer is like a religion. Everywhere you go, you see it. It’s an art form and a passion created through years
of hardships, happiness, and everything in-between. Something that I think
soccer and photography share in common, are community. As soon as you find a group
of like-minded individuals that really wanna pursue
the same passion as you, I think that is an invaluable experience. I think one of the most
compelling and interesting facets of this project, was the fact that we traveled throughout the favelas of Rio de Janeiro to capture the true essence
of Brazilian street soccer. I think one of the most important parts of travel photography and filmmaking, is really immersing
yourself within the culture. Looking at things the way the locals do, and capturing them to
really tell the story and the essence of what is before you. Seeing things from above and getting that birds-eye view allows you to capture a perspective that most people dream of seeing. The XF8-16mm was huge in a helicopter. Being able to get that
close to the Redeemer and still maintain the width
and depth of the composition was something that could only be captured on a lens of that scale. As soon as I got my
hands of the XF8-16mm, I couldn’t wait to go out and capture low light at a wide angle. Because this lens is an F2.8 and it really did prove its worth. I plan to continue to use this lens for a lot of the wide angle
and establishing shots in both my films and photography. There’s always use for a wide-angle lens.

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