On vacation with Fujifilm X-T1 + X100s - Part 2...

I got a lot of nice feedback on my last post with pictures from the south and south west part of Norway, both as comments on the page and as pm's. So thanks a lot. I thought I'd update this blog with a few more pictures and my thoughts about them.

In my last post I only posted pictures from the Fujifilm X-T1 + Fujinon XF 14mm lens and the X100s. I used them for most of my pictures that week. But I took a few shots with other lenses too. Here's one of my pregnant wife, taken with the X-T1 + XF 56mm lens:

Evening sun at Kristiandsand, near Roligheden camping. Fujifilm X-T1 + XF 56mm f/1.2 lens at ISO 200, f/2.0, 1/350 sec. .

I shot the above picture in RAW, post processed it in Lightroom 5.5. But unlike the other pictures in my last post, for this one chose the Camera Profile in Lightroom that resembles the Camera Astia/Soft Jpeg output. Most of them time the Lightroom 5 Fuji camera profiles makes the image look very close to what the camera would have processed in the same profile. I'm not much a portrait shooter, I guess. I like the color of the sun in her hair, it's taken late in the evening at 9:48pm - but it left her face a bit in the shadows. So maybe I should'a use a reflector or something and put some of that nice evening light back into her face. Not sure how that would have turned out either - and besides - how much should one carry on a weeks trip - living in small tent? ;)

Here's another shot taken with the XF 56mm lens. This one is of me actually, my wife took the picture:

Me, captured by my wife using the Fujifilm X-T1 + XF56mm f/1.2 lens at ISO 200, f/2.0, 1/640 sec. 

Me, captured by my wife using the Fujifilm X-T1 + XF56mm f/1.2 lens at ISO 200, f/2.0, 1/640 sec. 

The Fujinon XF56mm F1.2 lens is probably the sharpest lens I have. I have the XF 14mm F2.8, XF 18mm F2.0, XF 23mm F1.4, XF 27mm F2.8, XF 35mm F1.4 - and the 56mm. It beats all my Canon gear too - though I have to admit the only prime lens I have for my Canon 7D is a Sigma 30mm F1.4. Some of my other canon lenses are the well known EF 70-200mm F2.8 IS MK II, the EF-S 17-55mm F2.8 (which is very good too) and a wide angle lens 10-22mm.

Now, my wife likes taking pictures too. But most of the time she uses her iPhone 5. So - giving her a manual camera like the Fuji X-T1 sounds like trouble, right? Nope. I set ISO and aperture for her, shutter speed is left at auto. And the face detection fixes any auto focus issues that might have occured with my old Fuji X-Pro1. I use the face detection a lot!

In my last post I wrote that I missed having a tele zoom. And here comes a confession - in my car I had my Canon 7D with my EF 70-200mm F2.8 mounted. It stayed there in the trunk the whole week, except for two situations during that week. Here's one of the two pictures:

Jæren area, North Sea Road, in souh west Norway. Early morning, 0600 am. Canon 7D + EF 70-200mm IS MK2 at 200mm, ISO 400, f/8, 1/400sec. Hand held.

Jæren area, North Sea Road, in souh west Norway. Early morning, 0600 am. Canon 7D + EF 70-200mm IS MK2 at 200mm, ISO 400, f/8, 1/400sec. Hand held.

I was pretty far away, and I even cropped that photo a bit in post in Lightroom 5. Next year I will have the XF 55-200mm that's for sure. It's not as fast as the Canon because it's f/3.5 in the short end vs f/2.8, and the Fuji is f/4.8 on the long end while the Canon keeps f/2.8 throughout the whole zoom range. But on a picture like this it wouldn't matter. I'm at f/8.0 here. Or maybe Fuji has a new water restistant zoom out by then.  Now back to Fuji :)  :

Jæren area, alone the Nordsjøveien/ North Sea Road. Here the North Sea as seen from close to Obrestad Light house. Fujifilm X-T1 + XF 14mm F2.8 lens, at ISO 200, f/8.0, 1/250sec.

Jæren area, alone the Nordsjøveien/ North Sea Road. Here the North Sea as seen from close to Obrestad Light house. Fujifilm X-T1 + XF 14mm F2.8 lens, at ISO 200, f/8.0, 1/250sec.

The picture above, it's nice weather, blue skies.. at 08:15 am the sun is already high and making hard shadows. And the nice morning colors are disappearing too. One day I will be here when the storms are blowing. This is the Atlantic Sea - straight out. So, in this area one can experience some rough weather too. 

At the beach, Jæren area, North Sea Road. Early morning, 06:40am. Fujifilm X-T1 + XF 14mm F2.8 lens at ISO 200, f/16, 1/60sec.

At the beach, Jæren area, North Sea Road. Early morning, 06:40am. Fujifilm X-T1 + XF 14mm F2.8 lens at ISO 200, f/16, 1/60sec.

I guess this is all for now. During that week I took many pictures. Many of them taken during pretty hard daylight. I kept some of them because the time I visited those places was the only time I could be there. I was on a vacation with my wife after all. But lately I've been more and more aware of the light when I take pictures. I keep learning. I hope.

For part one of this trip, click here: ON VACATION WITH FUJIFILM X-T1 + 14MM + X100S

All images are Copyright Lars Authen

On vacation with Fujifilm X-T1 + 14mm + X100s

I recently spend one week camping in the southern and south western part of Norway, on the coast line from Kristiansand to Stavanger. It's a beautiful area of Norway I think, especially in the summer. You don't have the nice deep fjords of western Norway, or the mountains of North Norway that goes steep into the sea - but this part of Norway has its beauty of its own I think.

Sunrise over Borestranda, Jæren. Fujifilm X-T1 + XF14mm lens, ISO 800, f/16, 1/125 sec. I could have used a lower ISO and 1/60 sec and gotten a sharp image - but the wind made the grass swayed in the wind so I bumped the ISO to 800. Also I wanted to use f/16 to get it nice and sharp from front to back

I travelled together with my wife. She is pregnant, and that made some impact of what I could and could not do. Most of my photos were taken during day time, in harsh sun light. Not the best time of the day for taking pictures. Still, I managed to get out some mornings on my own and take som shots, while she was sleeping.

Early morning, about 4:50 am I guess. Sun rise at Borestranda, Jæren. Taken with the Fujifilm X-T1 + XF14mm f/2.8R, at ISO 400, f/11 and 1/60sec. Hand held. Developed in Lightroom 5.5.

I travelled with my Fujifilm X-T1 with the XF 14mm f2.8, XF 23mm f/1.4, XF 35mm f/1.4, XF 56mm f/1.2 lenses. I also carried with me the Fujifilm X100s. I had the 23mm angle already covered with the XF 23mm f/1.4 lens, but I soon discovered it was nice to have two camera bodies with different focals lenghts mounted. So I ended up having the XF 14mm f2.8 mounted on the X-T1 and using the X100s camera for everything else. That was true for 90% of time for that whole week!  I took some portrait shots of my wife with the XF56mm, but that was it. The picture below is my wife, 8 months pregnant. I used the X100s camera for this shot.

My wife, Joy, near Kristiansand, Norway. Fujifilm X100s, ISO 200, f/2.8, 1/250 sec. Post processed in Lightroom 5.5.

What I found was that the X100s was very, very handy for all the more social happenings - like going to a restaurant or meeting friends. It is so discreet and quiet. The X-T1 is not that big actually, but I found myself using the X100s a lot! I even took some landscape and nature shots with it as well. But for the landscape work I mostly used the X-T1.

Kvalsfossen, shot with Fujifilm X100s, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/60 sec.

Bridge over Kilefjorden, shot with the Fujifilm X100s, ISO 400, f/8, 1/125 sec. 

What I missed was longer lens for my X-T1. I was thinking about buying the XF 55-200mm lens, but I've read that there is a weather resistant verison coming later, so I might wait for that one. On the wider side I never felt like I missed anything wider than the XF 14mm f2.8. Maybe I could have made some more interesting shots some places, but shooting wider than 14mm (21mm on FF) is more demanding I think. Here's few more shots with my X-T1 and XF 14mm lens.

Bridge over Kilefjorden. Fujifilm X-T1 + XF14mm lens at ISO 200, f/8, 1/55 sec.

Jæren area, early morning. Fujifilm X-T1 + XF14mm lens, ISO 800, f/8, 1/60 sec.

Two years ago I was travelling the same area with the X-Pro1 and the XF18mm and the XF35mm lenses. I found it easer to photograph this time with the X-T1. Everybody's talking about the improved autofocus on the X-T1 over the earlier X-models. And that is true. But for the kind of photography I did on this trip it didn't matter. I use EVF for accurate framing on my landscape shots, and the EVF on the X-T1 is so much better than the X-Pro1's. Also, the the tiltable LCD screen found its use from time to time.

I used manual focusing most of the time with the XF14mm lens, using the markings/scale on the outside of the lens. Also having focus peaking helped me too. With the XF 56mm lens I used autofocus, and I used Face Detection when taking pictures of people. That worked really well, it makes sure the eyes are in focus and that is really needed when photographing at f/1.2-2.0. I wish the X100s had that feature as well. 

So - what will be my travel setup next time, for travelling as light as possible without missing anything? Two camera bodies for sure, the X100s and X-T1. The 14mm is a no brainer, that one has to come with me. The XF23mm I will leave at home because of the X100s focal lenght. The 35mm will stay home too most likely. The 56mm will come with me of course. Maybe, just maybe, I will get a 55-200mm lens too. But then again - it all begins to get heavy. So, we'll see. 

Early morning at Jæren, Norway. Fujifilm X-T1 + XF14mm lens, ISO 800, f/8, 1/60 sec. Post processed in Lightroom 5.5

All images copyright by Lars Authen. 

Some recent landscape shots and a night full of stars!

I love the Fujifilm X-T1 and XF14mm F2.8R lens combo. The picture quality over my former X-Pro1 fitted with the same lens hasn't actually improved. But the possibility to use my tablet or my cell phone, Samsung Galaxy S4, as a remote with live view on the phone screen - and touching the screen to set focus points, has made my life easier.

Though I admit that most of the time I use manual focusing and the scale on the lens itself to set hyperfocal distance when using the XF14mm lens. Still, the app, downloadable both for Android devices and Apple iPhone/iPad's comes in handy. Also, when using a longer lens the touch screen is nice for setting focus points. It's like suddenly my X-T1 has gotten a touch screen! Well.. almost...

Another nice feature is that I can override the settings on my camera through app. Meaning, let's say that I have set the aperture to f/16 ISO 200 with the dials on the camera itself - then I can use the interface on the phone to change it to f/22 ISO 400 or whatever. I don't have to physically go over to the kamera and adjust knobs - and by that risking to move the camera or bump into the tripod. I do it right there on my phone - or tablet. Also - it's faster this way. So much for shooting the old' fashioned way with the Fuji X-series... 

Here's a few shots

The last picture is acutally a 30 second exposure, f/22, ISO 200 with a 8 stop ND filter. The Sky came out a bit overexposed, especially to the left, but the RAW files you get from the Fuji X cameras have so much information, both in the shadows and highlights, that it's possible to bring back lots of details from the sky here.

This picture below is taken earlier the same afternoon as the the last one above. It's me and my pregnat wife, with the Fuji on a tripod, the wifi on, and you can see I have my cell phone in hand to relase the shutter! I used the screen on the cell phone to touch and set the focus point - easy!! It's the XF 23mm f/1.4R mounted on the X-T1. No need to stand behind the camera and prefocus on my wife and then run back and sit down hoping get the right pose during the 10 seconds available before the camera timer set off the shutter release  :D  So, a remote would have fixed this you say? Yes, but then I wouldn't have had the touch screen for focusing. 

I wish though that the app on my phone actually allowed for a 2 sec timer anyway so that it's possible to take a selfie without the phone so apparant in my hands :D

One more thing I'd like for the iPhone/Android app is a live histogram. And some performance increase. It can be a bit sluggish.  Also, I don't think you can use bulb mode with the app, meaning the longest exposure you get is 30 seconds.

Starry starry night!

Anyway, the picture below was only possible with the Android app. (Since I don't have a remote yet for my X-T1). I could have used the timer, but the larger screen from my tablet made it possible to judge the exposure in a much better way than the back of the screen. At least that's my opinion. It was easier to see how the stars came out. So I actually used the brand new Samsung Tab 3Pro with the relative large 8.4" screen (compared to the camera LCD) with the Fuji Android app. The Fujifilm X-T1 with the XF14mm F2.8R mounted was set on a tripod. I think it was about a 20 second exposure, f/2.8, ISO 3200 - to get the most light I could get in the shortest time possible  - so that the star ended up like dots and not lines or came out blurry. Higher ISO and I was afraid I'd get too much noise (though the X-series are very good with ISO noise). So the f/2.8 of the XF14mm helped me here. With the XF10-24mm f/4 I would have needed a good 6400 ISO! So. 

Another thing that made this picture possible with the help of my tablet is a app called "Star Walk Astronomy Guide HD 5." It helps you find the best direction to point your camera, to find where the star density is the highest, the Milkyway. Take a look at the homepage to find info and download links for your apple og android device here: http://vitotechnology.com/star-walk.html   . So now I had a way to find the best part of the sky and also a good way to control my camera and check my exposure! 

Actually this was my very first attempt at photographing the stars at all - ever! I think it came out pretty good. Could have needed a more interesting foreground of some sorts - but still... the stars came out nicely with this exposure! And - the colors you are seeing? They were there on the RAW file too. Not too much post processing in Lightroom, some contrast increase, a bit color saturation - that I always do on my RAW files - and sharpening. :D

Too bad I had to send back my Fujifilm X-T1 for repairs. It was one of the first models that had the light leak problem. It would take some weeks to get it back. I will write more about this later.

EDIT: Anyway, if you're interested in how to take pictures of the night sky, I recommend you to visit this site, tons of stuff to read here:  http://http://www.lonelyspeck.com/

Fujifilm X-T1 as a action/sports camera? The X-T1 review pt 2.

Earlier I've had success with the tracking predictive continous autofocus, nailing shots a 8 frames per second of a people running towards me. That seemed so impressive to me that I decided to take my X-T1 to some boxing matches, and as promised in part one - here a some boxing pictures and my impression of the X-T1 in such a situation.

Here are some samples with the X-T1. They are shot at ISO 3200 mostly shutter speed 1/500 sec, f/4 with the XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4.0 lens. Since I couldn't get close enough, I had to crop these shots a bit - which of course degrades the quality somewhat. Especially when I'm shooting at ISO 3200. Also, it's hard for you, the reader, to really judge the quality of these rater low resolution shots. But take a look at them, and read under to see what I think.

On my 27 inch Dell monitor, at full resolution in Lightroom 5, (not cropped), and zoomed in it seems like the Fujifilm X-T1 managed to get the boxers in focus at most of the shots. I took many, many more than shown above. Now, this is perhaps not so impressive. I'm at f/4 which gives me a bit more depth of field to work with than perhaps f/2.8 or larger aperture which I usually like to use to isolate my subjects. And I'm sitting some distance away from the boxers, also increasing the depth of field a bit compare to being close - like I usually am when shooting boxing. But I'm at 55mm so...

So, let me tell you what speaks against the X-T1. With the tracking autofocus you have to have one of the nine center focus points placed ON the subject at all times, or it will not track. On my Canon 7D it follows my subject with more focus points at the same time so it's easier to keep focus locked on fast and non-linear movements. Also, with continous focus the focusing system seems to pump in and out a bit while you have the shutter button halfway pressed. The EVF blanks out a bit when the shot is taken, giving the impression that it's shooting slower than it actually is. Still, this makes it harder for you to follow your subject even though they are brief. So, it'sa bit hard to see what you are doing, and it feels laggy even though you're shooting at 8 fps.

So, is it better to use single frame autofocus? Well, the X-T1 locks on fast compared to the other cameras in the X-series, and I had some success with pressing the shutter button down in one continous move - and by that getting the picture in the exact movement you have focus lock. This technique seems to require that you have set up your auto focus Release/Focus Priority in the menus to "Focus". It will then actually not open the shutter until it has focus lock. If others have better success witht he opposite, setting it to "Release" priority and by that making the camera take the picture no matter what, please let me know. I haven't tried out that yet. Anyway, for Continous autofocus and with Continous shooting High, I highly recommend setting this menu item to "Release". You're shooting at 8fps after all, and having one or two out of focus, maybe even only slightly so, in a long series of shots - I think it's better to make the camera continue taking the shots and hope the subject will get back in focus.

So, what is nice about shooting action with the X-T1? Well, 8 pictures per second is nice. Very nice. And the autofocus seems to work well for objects in a more linear motion, but not so much for objects changing directions fast. This is hardly surprising for such a camera. But the blank outs in the EVF, even brief, makes it hard to follow fast moving objects.

So, can it replace my Canon 7D for shooting boxing. No. It cannot. First off, I need a longer tele zoom lens. Fujifilm's XF55-200mm would have been nice if it had larger aperture at the longer end. Still, I think my success rate would have been lower than with the Canon 7D. The 7D are made for this, and even that camera struggles. Actually I'm not sure what is the best technique even with that camera. But it's faster, much faster with the autofocus, tracks better, and there are no blank outs in the viewfinde when shooting. Here are som pictures from the same day, taken with the Canon 7D and the EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS MkII lens:

One thing the X-T1 beat the Canon 7D in - and that was noise at high ISO. I wish the 7D was just as good as the Fuji X series.  Is it impossible to get good sports and boxing pictures with the Fujifilm X-T1? Certainly not. I could have done a few things to improve both my success rate and improve the picture quality, like getting closer to the ring and used a faster lens than the XF 18-55mm that maxes out at f/4 on the longer end. And remember - back in the old days there were no tracking autofocus or 8 frames per second. Still some of the most iconic boxing pictures are from back then. 

Fujifilm BLC-XT1 Leather Case for Fujifilm X-T1

A lot has been written already about Fujifilm X-T1 which was released recently. I picked mine up on tuesday 25. february. Today I also picked up the official leather case for the camera, Fujifilm BLC-XT1

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The package itself comes with the leather case, a strap and a cloth. 

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It mounts to the camera with a screw on the bottom, this also works as a mounting hole for tripod mounts, so you can use the camera with the leather case on a tripod. It is also possible to change batteries with the case still on the camera. Unfortuneatly, you cannot change memory cards because the memory card slot is now located in the right side of the camera and not at the bottom as on the earlier Fuji X models.

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The case provides a nice grip on the camera, and protects it further. The X-T1 is already weather resistant. 

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I'm not 100% percent happy with this leather case. It doesn't fit as tight as I would like it. And it's a bit unpractical to unscrew the bottom screw to remove it when you need to change memory cards. Of course, it's nice to be able to change the batteries when needed with the case still on. 

Fujifilm X100s: Test - Adobe Camera RAW for your high ISO shots!

The Jpegs from Fujifilm x100s smoothens skin details to the extent that it looks like plastic when you are shooting at high ISO. Normally one wouldn't use high ISO for portraits, but sometimes I do in more normal situations like at a party or in a restaurant. I don't have an off camera flash, so... pushing the ISO is the way to go for me. Many of us are used to shoting RAW, especially when shooting in low light. But some like to stick to Jpeg anyway. But if you're taking pictures of people, at high ISO on Fuji X100s and XE-2 (same sensor), and you don't like the skin smoothing feature- but still want the out of camera Fuji colors - Adobe Camera Raw might solve this for you now with their new release candidate.

Please take a look at these examples. (Please don't mind the composotion or lighting, this is just for testing details). They are all the same picture. It's from Fujifilm X100s, shot at a restaurant in low light, ISO 6400, f/2.0 and 1/34sec shutter time. So, I really couldn't push this any higher shooting in RAW  with my X100s.  Click on the pictures for larger size, or go to my flickr page to see full size examples - http://www.flickr.com/photos/authen/sets/72157641397929284/

First up is what you get as straight out of the camera JPEG (I shot in RAW, but converted to JPEG later in the camera - an nice Fujfilm function). The settings for this out of camera JPEG were everything at standard with Film simulation set to Astia. (my favorite Fujifilm simulation). So, Noise reduction: Standard. Sharpness: Standard. Color Space: sRGB. White balance: Auto. 

The skin lacks detail, it's more wax like actually - or plastic. Also look at the brick wall behind the modell, smoothed out. But of course - no noise.

So, you say this must be because the noise reduction in the camera is too high. Well guess what, here's the same exact JPEG, Straight Out of Camera, noise reduction set to lowest (-2) and sharpness set too highest (+2). Everything else is the same as above.

Look any better to you? For me it doesn't make much of a difference. A little bit better perhaps, but the skin is still smoothed out, making that plastic look, the brick wall likewise.

So, shoot in RAW a lot of us say. But then you miss the nice Fujifilm Jpeg colors, the straight out camera JPEG fans say! No, not anymore! (or very soon at least). 

Adobe is updating their RAW conversion program, ACR to version 8.4. It's not officially out yet, but you can already download a release candidate of the program from Adobe. It's a release candidate so the final version will probably be pretty much the same. You can download this from here: http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/cameraraw8-4-cc.html for the CC version, for the CS6 version look here: http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/cameraraw8-4.html

So here it is, the same colors as the in camera JPEG's - but no skin smoothing and no killing of details! The below is the same picture opened as a RAW file in Adobe Camera Raw 8.4RC, converted to full size JPEG. No adjustments were done in ACR conversion except - the I chose the new camera profile for Fujifilm. Astia/Soft - which gives the exact same colors as the in camera JPEG. But with a lot more details (which of course you can freely smooth out yourself later if you want, but now at least you have the choice):

The above is converted to sRGB in Adobe Camera RAW. And the two top pictures are sRGB from the camera. For some reasons on my wide gamut Dell monitor, when opening this blogpost in Chrome, the last pictures is less saturated. In all other browsers I've tried, Safari, Internet Explorer, with other screens, and on my iPad - the colors match up like they should. They also match up in Windows and inside of Photoshop.

To see this for yourself you can check out my Flickr set of the same pictures, in full size and downloadable:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/authen/sets/72157641397929284/

So what the heck the Chrome browser is doing - I don't know. Could be something with the wide gamut profile loaded from my Dell monitor too. Using different monitor or computer doesn't make this problem - even with Chrome.

Please note that the Jpeg from ACR is not saturation og contrast adjusted like the Jpeg out of the camera. So, one should increase the saturation just a tiny notch and the versions should match up even more.

Adobe Camera RAW color profiles now match Fujifilm X's!

There's been a lot of talk about the Fuji X cameras JPEG engine and the nice colors you get straight out of the camera. It's hard to recreate these colors when processing the raw files yourself. So a lot of people say they prefer the out of camera JPEG's and don't use raw. Especially there's been criticism and complaints about the Adobe Lightroom/Adobe Camera raw engine.  

Well it seems like Fujifilm and Adobe has gotten their act together and come up with a solution , at least when it comes to the getting the right colors, and recreating in Lightroom/ACR the look the camera make for its JPEGS. Take a look at these shots below. They are JPEG created in Adobe Camera Raw using the Astia camera profile, and then the same picture as JPEG straight out of the camera with the Astia profile chosen in-cam.

Can you see the difference? The colors should match really good!

In the camera Fujifilm X100s I chose the JPEG fine, Astia Soft profile, with color, sharpness, noise reduction and so on set to medium/standard setting. No changes at all. Dynamic range 100. sRGB color space.

In Adobe Camera Raw I converted the raw file to Jpeg, using the new Astia/Soft camera profile, and added a little bit of sharpness to match that closer to the in-camera jpegs who get their sharpness added automaticly from the camera. sRGB color space. I later downsized both the camera and ACR jpegs down to 1500x1000 and uploaded them here.

For now only the newest release candidate of the coming Adobe Camera Raw 8.4 version has this Fujifilm X support, but the since same engine is used in Adobe Lightroom we'll see a new version of that programm soon too. You can download the latest release candidate of ACR from here: http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/cameraraw8-4.html

Homlungen lighthouse, Norway - Fuji X

This shot is taken near Homlungen Fyr (Homlungen lighthouse), at Hvaler in Norway. I used my Fuji X-Pro1 +XF 14mm f/2.8R lens + Phottix variable ND filter for the shot of the lighthouse.

Fujifilm X-Pro1+XF 14mm f/2.8R @ f/16, 5sec., ISO 200.

How about a landscape shot taken with Fujfilm X100s? Here's one:

Fujifilm X100s, ISO 800, f/10, 1/125 sec.

Valentine weekend in Oslo

This is more of a "personal update", but ---what the heck... this is my photo blog. But there should be a few low light examples to show the capabilities of the Fuji X as well.

What a weekend it was! First my wife and me went to the doctor to do an ultrasound to check my wife's pregnancy. Everything looked fine, so we checked in at Oslo Plaza Hotel and went out to get something to eat. Most of the shots here are from Fujfilm X100s and are taken at pretty high ISO, 1600-4000.

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Staying at 31st floor gave me a nice view. This shot is taken with Fujfilm X-Pro1 + XF 14mm lens

Staying at 31st floor gave me a nice view. This shot is taken with Fujfilm X-Pro1 + XF 14mm lens

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Weather's getting worse, time to head go home...

Weather's getting worse, time to head go home...

First post!

Well, finally after trying out several blogging and publishing/portfolio options I've found something that I truly like - Squarespace. So this will be my new "home" on the web, starting Februrary 1. Actually I like it so much that I will move some of my more popular blog post from my old site, http://lakeviewman.blogspot.no over to this site. That will mess up the dates a little bit for some of the posts. I will use the original dates for the old posts. This post right here is actually my first post, even though it's not the first in the list here!

With over 23.000 visitiors on my old blog, I think I might have something going, and with many people still visiting the old posts over there, I think this job is worthwhile!

I've set up some galleries of some of my photos. I know I'm is supposed to just post "my very best pictures" - but -- I don't know which are my "best pictures". I consider myself still a beginner in photography, and the pictures I'd like to have in my galleries change over time.

Below is a picture I took at Hvaler, Norway, earlier this winter. I had set up my Canon 7D with the EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS MkII lens on the tripod for some shots of the light house - and I used my Fujfilm X-Pro1 with the XF14mm f/2.8R lens on a gorilla pod and timer to get the picture of myself



Winter, cold, snow - who needs the weather sealed X-T1? Fujifilm X-Pro1 in cold weather

Living in Norway, I'm used to all kinds of weather. Rain, snow, tough winds and storms. Sometimes plus 25-30 degrees celcius in the summer, and down to minus 30 degrees celcius in the winter. So - I'm waiting in big anticipation for the upcomping Fujfilm X-T1 with its weather sealed body. My biggest concern is that it seems very small. I like the size of the X-Pro1. But, being weather sealed is a big plus. For now we only know of one weather sealed lens, the 18-135mm zoom, so perhaps I will wait a bit longer than the mid February release.

 

Anyway - who says I have to wait? Today it was minus 18 degrees celcius, snow and wind - and my Fujifilm X-pro1 with the XF14mm f/2.8 and XF 35mm f/1.4 performed flawlessly!

The above pictures is from Sør Fron Kyrkje (church) in Gudbrandsdalen.

 

The pictures below is from Ringebu stavkirke (stave church). You can read about the Norwegian medieval wooden stave churches here which are located in different places around in Norway. Ringebu stave church is first mentioned in 1270 although it could be older.

Finally some winter shots! Fujifilm X-Pro1 and X100s

In the beginning of January we finally we got a little bit of snow, not enough to go skiing though. But it brightened up the landscape a little bit. Minus  -7 degrees celcius may not sound that cold, but cold wind from the sea made it feel much colder. My "model" in the pictures below is my wife, of course. We spent some time outdoors, at Mærrapanna near Fredrikstad on January 12. Mærrapanna is a nice place to go swimming in the summer... in the winter? Well, a cup of hot chocolate always helps...But it's a strange thought that in six months time we will go for a swin here. The sun is visible this south in Norway the whole winter, but it stays pretty low on the horizon. On January 12 the sunrise was at 9:02 and sunset was at 15:47. At the darkest day, 21. desember it was rising at 09:12 and setting at 15:17... Still, no reason to complain, go north in Norway and you won't see the sun at all in the winter. 

 

The first picture is from the Fujfilm X100s, the second with the Canon 7D +EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS MkII lens, and the rest is with the Fujifilm X-Pro1 and the XF 14mm lens. 

Fireworks on new years eve! With Fujifilm X-Pro1 and XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4.0

At midnight I had my Fujifilm X-Pro1 ready with the XF 18-55mm mounted, ISO 200, aperture between f/13 and f/16, shutter speed between 5 and 10 seconds. Mounted on a Benro tripod of course. And these are some of the shots I got. Not exactly the firworks seen in Sydney or other major cities around the world.. but these are from my small home town. :D Happy new year!At midnight I had my Fujifilm X-Pro1 ready with the XF 18-55mm mounted, ISO 200, aperture between f/13 and f/16, shutter speed between 5 and 10 seconds. Mounted on a Benro tripod of course. And these are some of the shots I got. Not exactly the firworks seen in Sydney or other major cities around the world.. but these are from my small home town. :D Happy new year!

Happy new year!

While waiting for the afternoon and dinner time on this last day of 2013 I brought my Fujfilm X-pro1 + the 14mm wide angle lens to the beach near where I live. I took some shots as the was sun setting. Nice way to end the year.While waiting for the afternoon and dinner time on this last day of 2013 I brought my Fujfilm X-pro1 + the 14mm wide angle lens to the beach near where I live. I took some shots as the was sun setting. Nice way to end the year.

I used my Canon 7D + 70-200mm f/2.8 IS Mk II for this shot. Maybe it was my wife who phoned the rescue service to get me home in time for New Years dinner... ;) Anyway, they were flying pretty low above the beach were I was-

 I used my Canon 7D + 70-200mm f/2.8 IS Mk II for this shot too

I guess the only way to get picture of myself is to use the 10 second timer on my Fujifilm X and a tripod...

This picture of me is also taken with my Fujifilm X-Pro1, Benro tripod and 10 second timer. Last day of the year, and celebrating with some Norwegian chocolate :D 

Fujifilm X-Pro1 + XF 14mm f/2.8R + Phottix VND Variable ND filter

Recently I bought a variable ND filter for my Fujifilm XF14mm (21mm equivalent in full frame camera) f/2.8R wide angle lens. I bought the Phottix VND Variable ND filter. Today I tried it out for the first time.

There were almost no movement in the water at all, I was hoping for a little bit more movement to blur everything out. Here I am at f/16, 20 second exposure at ISO 200 - the lowest ISO on the Fujifilm X-Pro1.

I am very happy with it. I could have gone to f/22 and gotten a even longer shutter time and maybe blurring the the water even more. But.. the sea was so calm today. Anyway, the filter itself did its job, I adjusted it to full effect, meaning 8 stops slower shutter time. You can adjust it from 2 to 8 stops. Nice!

Here's another shot, after a boat had passed by making some waves:

Fujfilm X-Pro1 + XF14mm f/2.8R, Phottix VND Variable ND filter, ISO 800, f/11, 1.7sec.