Lindesnes Lighthouse, the southernmost point in Norway

Well, more precisely, Lindesnes Lighthouse itself is very close to the southernmost point of mainland Norway. But for all practical reasons, most Norwegians and tourists look at it as the southenrmost place here.

Lindesnes Lighthouse just after sunset. Fujifilm X-T1 + XF 14mm f/2.8R lens, @ ISO 200, f/11, 2.5 sec. Benro tripod.

This summer my wife and I went on our yearly vacation to south Norway.  But something had changed since the earlier years, our son was born in August last year so this year we went on vacation with our 11 month old boy.  I planned to travel light - when it came to what photo equipment I would bring. But I also wanted to test out some of new equiptment, the Samyang 12mm lens and my Lee filters. 

So in my bag I had my X-T1 and the following lenses: Samyang 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS, XF 14mm f/2.8, XF 23mm f/1.4 , XF 35mm f/1.4 and the XF 55mm f/1.2. And Lee filter system, Big stoper, little stopper, ND grads and polariser filter. I left my Canon 7D mkII at home. Last year the canon with the 70-200mm f/2.8 IS Mk2 came in handy. But I had to leave something behind. 

Lindesnes Lighthouse at a distance, viewed from the north. Fujifilm X-T1 + XF 23mm f/1.4R, @ ISO 200, f/11, 1/45 sec. Lee polariser filter. Benro tripod.

Not long ago I bought the Samyang 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS ultra wide angle lens for my X-T1. It was very cheap, and until I tested it was not sure how it would perform. Optically it is execellent! And it is surprisingly well built. Manual focus only though. 

View from Lindesnes at sunset. Fujifilm X-T1 + Samyang 12mm NCS CS f/2.0 @ ISO 200, f/11, 25 sec. Lee Little Stopper (6 stop ND filter) + ND hard grad 0.6 filter (2 stops). Benro tripod.

Lindesnes Lighthouse before sunset. Fujifilm X-T1 + XF 14mm f/2.8 @ ISO 800, f5/.6, 1/60 sec. Handheld. No filters. 

The pictures in this blogpost were taken on my second evening at the Lighthouse. The day before it was so windy that my tripod actually blew over, and I barely catched my camera before falling to the ground. 

Bye bye Lindesnes. On the stairs, leaving the lighthouse after sunset. Fujifilm X-T1 + XF 14mm f/2,8 @ ISO 200, f/10, 0.9 sec. No filters. Benro tripod. 

I took a lot of pictures in this area this summer. But I will be back next year I guess. It's beautiful here. Hopefully I will catch the sunrise then. Here's two more from before the sunset. From a distance. 

Lindesnes lighthouse, early evening. Fujifilm X-T1 + XF 56mm f/1.2R @ ISO 200, f/8, 1/200 sec. 

Lindenes lighthouse, the whole area. Early evening. Fujifilm X-T1 + XF 14 f/2.8 @ ISO 200, f/8, 1/60 sec. 

 From the landscape near the lighthouse area. Fujifilm X-T1 + XF 14mm f/2.8 @ ISO 200, f/8. 2 sec. Benro tripod.

From the landscape near the lighthouse area. Fujifilm X-T1 + XF 14mm f/2.8 @ ISO 200, f/8. 2 sec. Benro tripod.

I used the Lee filter system a lot during my trip to Lindesnes. I understand that this is something I have to practise more with. But, with the X-T1 it is actually possible to both compose and focus with filters attached, thanks to the excellent viewfinder on the X-T1. 

On my trip I missed a telephoto lens for isolating objects or parts of the landscape. Just a bunch of wide angle shots can be a bit.. boring. And on windy days it feels a bit risky to change lenses, so maybe I'll get a wide angle zoom instead of using the Samyang 12mm, Fujinon XF 14mm, and the 23mm. It's very easy to get dirt on the sensor. Also, one wide angle zoom will easily replace the 3 lenses. But.. I like shooting primes. We'll see what happens...