Starry eyed...

August 2, 2016
Cannot photograph the moon and then neglect the stars... I was fortunate in visiting the rolling hills of Northumberland County the other day. Beautiful landscape in central Ontario, Canada. There I found what I miss in suburbia where we live: starry skies!

Yet another great test for the Fuji. I brought my tripod, but forgot my remote control, so could only shoot at a maximum of 30 seconds, but with an ISO of 800 the camera did not disappoint at all. Best to aim the lens at the skies when there are still some remnants of daylight around, or else keep the lens open for more than half a minute. That will be a project for the future...

For now, I was able to shoot the image below (more in the Gallery) at 30 seconds, aperture 5 and ISO 800.
I had preset my lens to infinity because it was unable to auto-focus in a scenery this dark. I used the Fuji iPhone app to operate the camera to prevent motion blur due to me touching the body. As the shot counted down, I also used the flashlight in my iPhone to shed some extra light on the cemetery structures in the foreground. A car that drove up the hill during the exposure then also shed some light on the trees, which came out nicely.

I found that the image did not have a lot of noise, but of course, the fact that it "only" has 16 megapixels shows up as a slightly more grainy capture. Have a look in the gallery for some more shots of my stay in this beautiful area. It is halfway between Toronto and Kingston, where we plan to go later in the year. And at that point in time I will have the newer version of the Xt-1. A cute little upgrade with a 24 megapixels sensor that I have high expectations of!

 

Moonstruck!

July 22, 2016
The other night I cycled home after a business meeting and saw this huge full moon in between the houses of suburbia. It was already too bright to photograph it, but I was sure that it would come back the next night. So I prepared my photo bag and went cruising for a good location.

We have been in Ontario now for over two years and I am still on the hunt for the best location for different circumstances. It took me awhile to find a lake-edge spot that would suit my purposes. My idea was not so...
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Adobe Camera Raw now reads my .RAF raw files! Hurray!

July 2, 2016
Here I am, only weeks into buying the Fuji Xt1, and all of a sudden my Adobe Camera Raw software can read the raw-files it produces with extension .RAF... Ooh what? That is wonderful! Maybe my software was updated in the background, but I am not aware making any changes. This means I can work a lot faster, not having to convert using Lightroom but just jumping straight in with the Camera Raw editor! And think about the space I will be saving on my hard disks as well! Yey!! Mehappy!

Here is my ...
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A festival of colours

July 2, 2016
When I still worked with analog film, Fuji was my go-to film brand. It turns out that now that we have entered the digital world, Fuji is still very good at capturing all colours of the rainbow in bright and lively shades. I took my photogroup to Graffiti Alley in Toronto the other day. And I am very happy with the results that were, again, sometimes surprising.

I worked mostly with my wide-angle 10-24mm zoom lens. Not ideal when you want to do a candid tele-shot but interesting when photograp...
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Fuji and long exposure shots

July 2, 2016
I have been doggedly plodding on with the Fuji in the past two weeks and my focus has been on long exposure and spontaneous street captures. All of this to find out what I can get away with, where the limits are. I also talked to a guy at Fuji's about operating the camera via remote control.

It turns out that the Fuji cannot be used with Pocket Wizard devices (TTL1 and TTL5). At least not those I bought for my Canon gear years ago. It is a bit of a disappointment. Apparently the Nikon varietie...
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Bird in motion!

June 20, 2016
Through the years I have really grown to appreciate birds as subjects for photographs. The other day I wanted to see how the new camera dealt with them.

Below is one of the shots taken at Mountsberg National Park where I happened to arrive just when their daily show was beginning. I have visited them multiple times, but mostly in winter. This time they demonstrated owls and kestrels in flight. Like before, I did not have high expectations about the FUJI coping with these circumstances. The sho...
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Ambiance

June 20, 2016
When I researched the FUJI Xt1 extensively on the internet, I found many great examples of what the camera can capture. Getting there myself was another thing entirely as this blog documents!

On a recent walk however I managed to capture what I think is an amazing shot. And it proves that there is truth in what I read: the camera is very good at picking up ambiance in a scene. I was walking around in a national park in my neighbourhood and felt kind of bored. Nothing much was happening, it was...
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Working with the electronic viewfinder (EVF)

June 20, 2016
A general note about working with the Electronic View Finder.

The camera has the option of taking pictures in the classic way, by looking through the Viewfinder. Because this is a mirrorless camera, we cannot look right through the lens, as with the big DSLRs. The consequence of this is that what you see in the Viewfinder is an electronic rendering of the image as seen through the lens.

This takes some getting used to, if only because there always is a slight delay. The nice thing is that if of...

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Focus! Finally!

June 20, 2016
After my agonising first few days with the camera trials and software tribulations the fun is now back and I venture out in suburbia to see what I can capture.



Success! Finally! In focus and captured as expected... it may seem simple: some flowerpot on somebody's doorstep. But it is not that simple. At least not with a new camera that has so many options as the FUJU Xt1. But I am starting to figure this little darling out. First and foremost because I have set my focus mode to Spot AF. And I h...

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JPG versus Raw...

June 20, 2016
I have never believed in shooting just .jpg. Some photographers make a big deal of this. I do not. I like to be able to post-process my shots the way I prefer and not put my fate and faith in the "hands" of the in-camera jpg-processing computer. Raw files are minimally compressed by the camera and simply give me more to work with. So the materials on my site always come from raw-files unless otherwise indicated.

All digital images need some basic adjustments such as sharpening and sometimes cr...

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Posts in this blog will only accept small-size copies of photographs made with the FUJI Xt1. To see a selection of a bigger size, check out my Gallery page!