Along For The Ride – the XF 16 – 55mm f2.8

As well as taking an X-T1 & XF 56mm f1.2 R out today, I took along one of the new-ish XF 16 – 55mm f2.8 R LM WR lenses. Still on my way home, so nothing to say about the results yet, but it was very good to work with. Smooth, fluid, fast and hassle free.

Depending on the visual results, the question now would be, how much extra out of focus-ness does the difference in stops give, because the 16 – 55mm was just so versatile.

Stay tuned.

The Japan We Know And Love I – Train Time

There are certain shared experiences almost all of us have in Japan. One of them is the train commute. This is part of my ongoing series not so much of trains, but of trying to relate to the nerdy types who take photos of them. They are concerned with documenting the existence, I am concerned with documenting the experience.

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Fujifilm X-Series Toy Filter – For When It Is Too Pretty

I’ve said it before, New Zealand landscapes can be mind bendingly, brilliantly, surreally, ridiculously beautiful. So so so pretty that they typically are impossible to photograph and even begin to approach doing them justice.

My solution: don’t try to do it with ‘straight’ photography.

That’s what follows from an excursion yesterday to Tawanui, in the Catlins region of the south east coast of the South Island.

The first one is ‘straight’ and shows how difficult it is to photograph, looking lack lustre and just too busy and plain, despite the fact that the reason I took this photo was that the view was simply splendid in its lush, glorious, idyllic greenery (all the native birdsong helped too no doubt).

The photos that follow it however, benefit from the surreal touches added by the Fujifilm X-Series Toy Filter mode (and the 1:1 ratio). All are with minimal post processing – white and black points set, maybe a slight increase in exposure and / or a little more vignetting for a couple of them.

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