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Introducing John Rourke

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Professional Lifestyle, Extreme Sports and Travel Photographer Director of John Rourke Creative Ltd & Adrenal Media
John Rourke has been a professional freelance creative for over 25 years, specialising in film production, photography and design.
With a degrees in Engineering, also Graphic Design and Advertising, John has a unique perspective that surpasses others. While at University, illustration quickly became the bias, this led to a heavy slant into photography. John then achieved a sponsorship from the National Lottery Fund to study Photography at Leicester.
Shooting landscape, wildlife, portraits, fashion, and street life with a provocative and unconventional touch, his understanding of the extraordinary and unflinching fixation for the extreme has led him to specialise in extreme sports, documentaries, and photojournalism.
As the director of photography and founder of Adrenal Media, the Official Photographic Sports Agency for world renowned endurance races such as the FIA World …

Picture of the Day: Speeding Aston Martin

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This shot by John Rourke of Adrenal Media is of the 2016 European Le Mans Series Championship winning Beechdean AMR Aston Martin Vantage.

This was taken during a special photoshoot set up at the Italian race circuit at Imola, the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in May 2016.  The car was actually moving slowly as the camera was set on the end of a 6 metre carbon fibre boom.  

The long 10 second exposure used to capture the shot gives the impression of high speed from an angle that would be impossible to get if this was actually during a race.

CAMERA:  Fujifilm X-T2
LENS: XF10-24mm f4R OIS


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FUJIFILM X-TREME

Fujifilm X-Treme is a project run for Fujifilm by official X-Photographers Jeff Carter of MacLean Photographic and John Rourke of Adrenal Media.  
Having already proven that Fujifilm cameras can work as well as any other camera system in the world of motorsport within the World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours …

Introducing Jeff Carter

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MACLEAN PHOTOGRAPHIC MacLean Photographic was founded in 1996 and takes its name from owner Jeff Carter's full name - Jeffrey Stuart MacLean Carter. Based in Dunbar, just 25 miles from Edinburgh, Jeff Carter travels the world with his camera, always on the lookout for that next great image to capture.
Jeff Carter has been a professional photographer since 1994 and on leaving the Royal Air Force in 1996 he set up MacLean Photographic, specialising in sports photography, becoming the Official Photographer for the British Canoe Slalom team ahead of the Los Angeles Olympic Games. In 1997 he gained a Licentiate to the British Institute of Professional Photographers, one of the first to gain the award with a portfolio of motor sport images. 
In 1998 he became the staff photographer at the Grantham Journal, one of the largest weekly newspapers in the East of England, working to provide the news staff with a variety of news and sports images.
In 2000 Jeff Carter took the post as the Press Off…

Picture of the Day: Splashdown

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This image was taken by Jeff Carter at the Industry Wakeboard Pro Tour event held at Foxlake Adventures near Dunbar in Scotland.

Using a very slow shutter speed to project movement into the image, Jeff followed the rider as he made his jump from one of the ramps. As he landed the spray engulfed him and the long exposure provided a lot of movement in the water and the background.

Camera: Fujifilm X-T2 
Lens: XF100-400mm f4.5/5.6 
Exposure: 1/20s @ f22 ISO100

CLICK HERE for more images from the Foxlake Outdoor Festival


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FUJIFILM X-TREME

Fujifilm X-Treme is a project run for Fujifilm by official X-Photographers Jeff Carter of MacLean Photographic and John Rourke of Adrenal Media.  
Having already proven that Fujifilm cameras can work as well as any other camera system in the world of motorsport within the World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, these two sport and commercial photographers will be taking…

Picture of the Day: Red Bull BMX Team

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Today's Picture of the Day is a bit of BMX action from the Red Bull Ring near Spielberg in Austria.

John Rourke captured this image during the display ahead of the European Le Mans Series race at the home of Austrian motorsport.

The image was taken on an Fujifilm X-T1 and XF10-24mm f4 with an exposure of 1/4000 @ f4 ISO200 to freeze the action as the rider left the top of the ramp.


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FUJIFILM X-TREME

Fujifilm X-Treme is a project run for Fujifilm by official X-Photographers Jeff Carter of MacLean Photographic and John Rourke of Adrenal Media.  
Having already proven that Fujifilm cameras can work as well as any other camera system in the world of motorsport within the World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, these two sport and commercial photographers will be taking the Fujifilm X-Series and GFX cameras and lenses to the extreme in different sporting environments.


If you are using a Fujifilm cam…

Picture of the Day: WEC in Mexico City

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This image was taken during free practice for the 6 Hours of Mexico last September, the first visit to Mexico by the FIA World Endurance Championship and the fifth round of the nine race world championship.
The image was taken by Jeff Carter on the Fujifilm X-T2 and XF100-400mm f4.5/5.6R OIS LM WR fitted with the XF1.4x converter.  
The sun was setting behind the grandstands and Jeff spotted the sunlight reflecting on the track surface as the cars exited the stadium section of the 4.3km Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.   
It was just a matter of waiting for two cars to be in the right position on the track and this shot is of the Porsche 911 hybrid having just over taken the Ford GT.  
The exposure was 1/1600s @ f10 ISO200 to freeze the action.
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FUJIFILM X-TREME

Fujifilm X-Treme is a project run for Fujifilm by official X-Photographers Jeff Carter of MacLean Photographic and John Rourke of Adrenal Media.  
Having alread…

REVIEW: Using a Fujifilm X-T20 for Sport and Action

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In July 2015 I posted a review of the Fujifilm X-T10 which I tested alongside my X-T1 as a lightweight alternative to the larger and more expensive camera.  So when Fujifilm announced the launch of the X-T20 I was keen to put one to the test.  

I took an X-T20 along with me to the FIA World Endurance Championship event at Spa-Francorchamps, the TCR International Series race during the European Le Mans Series event in Monza and I took a few shots with it during the recent Water Ski event at Hazelwood Ski Centre last month.


Like the X-T10, the T20 is tiny compared to it's bigger brother.  Even with the battery grip removed from the T2,  the picture above shows the larger camera dwarfing the X-T20.  

Now this can be seen as a good thing if you are traveling and need a lightweight camera with a big punch but when using it with long lenses such as the 50-140mm or 100-400mm the X-T20 can be a little unbalanced.  And like the X-T10 there is no battery grip option but you can fit a metal han…