Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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.

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

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 

Monday, December 30, 2013

Fujifilm X-Pro1 + XF14mm f/2.8R - again..

Winter time is here... but where is the snow? Usually we have snow where I live, at least some snow if not perfect skiing conditions. I'm longing to use my 14mm (21mm FF) wide angle lens and take some winter pictures. This is all I got for now.. no snow..

The picture below is basicly the same as the above, almost the same framing, but with different exposure. The shutter time is increased to blur out the waves a bit more. Not sure what I like the most. I'm using the Phottix VND Variable ND Filter on my Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8R lens to achieve this, and I'm very happy with the result. Both pictures are shot at ISO200 and aperture f/16, but the above version has 0.8sec shutter speed, and the below one has 2.1sec.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

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.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

It's a black and white world. Fuji X

Almost a black and white world, this last one ended up in color. The equipment for the day was a Fujfilm X-Pro1 and the XF 34mm f/1.4 lens + the XF 14mm f/2.8 lens.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Fujifilm X Pro1 and X100s Street Photograpy in Oslo

On a dark november's evening like this I miss the Norwegian summer. So after posting lots of pictures from Thailand recently, I thought I'd post some street shots from Norway. These picutres were taken in Oslo during a thai food festival in June 2013 at Youngstorget. Some pictures are from the festival area, others from the streets nearby.

 Fujifilm X100s, iso 400, f/8, 1/100sec.
Fast autofocus or not, I waited for this situation above to happen, and had already set my focus. I was waiting for one of the adults to move forward to give the street artist money. Then suddenly this girl with the colorfull dress and toy guitar jumped into the frame. Unfortuneatly I cut off the girls leg in the picture, but personally I like this anyway, with him following her with his eyes as she moves forward. I have posted this one before, but then it was the OOC JPEG which had blown out highlights in the background. This version is from the RAW file and post processed in Lightroom 5.

Fujfilm X100s, iso 400, f/4, 1/400sec.
For the above shot I took several frames, but I liked this one where the banjo player makes eyecontact with me. Usually I try to avoid that, but this one I caught just in the millisecond he looked at me, and before he changed posture. At the time I wasn't so familiar with the 35mm slight wide angle frame, having almost only shot the 53mm equivalent Fuji lens on the street so far. I was not close enough. I had to crop this picture a bit in post.

Fujifilm X100s, ISO 400, f/4, 1/1200sec.
The above is a lucky shot perhaps. I saw the woman in this nice coming. But I did not anticipate the street salesman coming over and following her for about 5 meters or so, or her closing her eyes and really showing her lack of interest.

Fujifilm X-Pro1 w/XF35mm, iso 400, f/2.2, 1/1250sec.

Fujifilm X-pro1, iso 200, f/2.8, 1/600sec.
Above - well, that's my wife there with the Canon strap over her shoulder... I like my Canon dSLR cameras too, but not on the street. They're too big. My wife doesn't mind though. Here she is ordering some food at the food festival.

Fujifilm X100s, iso 400, f/4, 1/1600sec.
Well, he's sitting on my spot... Hope he got some nice shots too that day. Me, well I should have crouched down a bit and gotten a better angle - and definatly used a smaller aperture and got the people at the table in the background in sharper focus. Still learning :)

My buddy Gunnar showing off his cap. Actually, this is my cap, but when we passed this hat store I asked him to wear it and let me photograph him in front of this window.

Fujifilm X100s, iso 400, f/5.6, 1/420sec.
I remember this was my first time were I spent a good amount of time on the street with the X100s, and I was very happy with it. It was much snappier in both focus and overall operation than my X-Pro1. But I still prefer the size and handling of the X-Pro1. 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Fujifilm X-Pro1 and X100s .. some shots from Thailand

It's been about 4 months since I came home from Thailand. I took so many pictures with my Fujifilm cameras. Here's a few samples.

Fujifilm X100s.

Fujifilm x100s.

Fujifilm x100s.
Usually I use the viewfinder, either electronic or the optical one. In the above picture I was sitting on the back of a motorbike, and the helmet made it difficult to use the viewfinder so the back LCD screen proved useful. 

Fujfilm X-Pro1 + XF 35(53)mm lens.

Fujifilm X-Pro1 + XF (53)mm lens.
As usual  the shots are taken i raw format, processed in Lightroom.

Friday, November 1, 2013

On the street with the XF 14mm f/2.8R

I like the 21mm angle more and more. In my previous attempts I found it wide enough for my landscape shots, and this time I found it very good for architecture,and a occasional street shot. Keeping the aperture at f/11-f/16 and manual focusing gives me fast enough reaction time to capture some moments that my autofocus on the X-pro1 would have missed.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Fujifilm X-pro1 - the joy of the XF14mm f/2.8R wide angle lens!

So, finally I had some more time to test my newest purchase, the Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8R wide angle lens for my X-Pro1. The 14mm on Fuji's execellent X-trans crop sensor equals 21mm on a full frame sensor. This was the first time I had a full day to play with this lens. After using a 10-22mm wide angle zoom on my Canon 7D for some years, it was actually liberating to work with only one focal lenght!

Today I used a f/22 aperture for most of my shots to create a biggest depth of field possible, from 1 meter (3 feet) to infinity. On my Canon wide angle zoom I lose some sharpness when using such a small aperture, but being a single focal lenght lens - and with Fujifilms reputation with their XF lenses, I wasn't all that worried. And, I was right. The files looked real good when I opened them in Lightroom 5. All shots done in RAW format, processed in Lightroom 5 with VSCO film pack 4.

And here's my beloved Fujifilm X-pro1, with the XF 14mm f/2.8R lens, Benro tripod and cable release.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Fujfilm X-Pro1 + XF 14mm f/2.8R Wan Ok Phansa day

Saturday October 19 was Wan Ok Phansa in Thailand. Thai buddists in Norway was also marking the day at the Buddist temple near Jessheim outside of Oslo. I brought my Fujifilm X-Pro1 and the XF 35mm f/1.4 lens and my brand new XF 14mm f/2.8 lens. I was expecting to only shoot with the 35mm, but to my surprise I found good use of the 14mm too. Here's some shots, all done with the XF 14mm lens (21mm equivalent on full frame sensor).

All of these shots are perhaps not that interesting, or any good. But it's more to show how I used the XF14mm this day. The following shots are done with the XF35mm f/1.4 lens: