A Fuji Xmas At Big Bear

ISO 200, f/2, 1/10000sec, flash power -2/3 – Classic Chrome

For Christmas Eve and Christmas day my wife and I decided to get out of town and go up to experience winter in Big Bear. It also happened to be a great place to take some photos with the Fuji X100T.

My original plans were to actually shoot some landscapes at Big Bear Lake or Lake Arrowhead but you know how it goes when it’s cold. Standing under the stars watching my hands freeze to my tripod didn’t sound like fun. So I ended up just hanging out around town and shooting with my Fuji X100T for two days. 

 

Fuji X100T At Big Bear

For most of the midday shooting I ended up playing with the on camera flash. With the right settings you can really get some nice fill light and some great photos. 

I also tried some shots with the ND filter so the background wasn’t overexposed, but then I feel like the scene got too cluttered. I ended up turning off the ND filter to help the foreground stand out from the background. You can see this effect in the photo above and below.

I’ve posted below each photo the camera settings I’ve used as well as the film simulator. All photos where shot in RAW and processed in Lightroom with some new presets I’ve been building for the Fuji film simulators. 

ISO 200, f/2, 1/1000sec, flash power -2/3 – Classic Chrome

ISO 640, f/5.6, 1/10000sec, flash power -2/3 – Provia

ISO 4000, f/2.8, 1/60 sec – Classic Chrome

ISO 200, f/11, 1/210 sec – Classic Chrome

ISO 200, f/11, 1/10sec – Classic Chrome

ISO 500, f/2.0, 1/60sec – Classic Chrome

ISO 2000, f/6.4, 1/1000 – I left my flash on – Monochrome

ISO 200, f/11, 1/320 sec, no flash – Pro Neg. Hi

ISO 200, f/11, 1/280 sec – Monochrome+Ye

 

Dinner In Monterey Park

Incidentally it’s almost impossible to find any restaurant other than iHop and maybe Del Taco that are open on Christmas Day. If you can call those restaurants. So on our way back home to the City of Angels we made a pit stop in Monterey Park, which happens to house a very large Chinese community, actually the largest in the United States. Luck for us, the Chinese don’t close down shop on Christmas day.

ISO 3200, f/2.0, 1/60 sec – Monochrome+R

ISO 1000, f/2.0, 1/60 – Velvia