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