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.