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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Nature Snob – X100s In The Wilds Of New Zealand

In Japan, when people point out “pretty” things in the natural world to me, I often end up sounding like a nature snob. Japan’s a great place and I love living there, but the truth is, when it comes to dramatic unspoilt natural scenery, the good bits are few and far between. It’s not that hard to find pockets of natural untouched scenery, but it takes a fair amount of effort and time and once there, you’ll be standing with a dozen other people looking at it, and unless you hit it at the right time of year, it will most likely be somewhat underwhelming. Not only that, but more likely than not, if you turn around and look the other way, you’ll be confronted by some sort of development.

New Zealand on the other hand, blows my fecking mind very time I come back.

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