The Fujifilm X-Pro 2 as of late, has been my favorite camera to use for incidental photography. I kind of just leave it around so it’s very accessible, near the front door or wherever and grab it whenever I go outside. Aside from my X100F, it’s become my grab it and go camera with the advantage of swapping lenses depending on the mood I’m in.
In the very little free time I have these days, I’ve been still trying to go out and shoot at least on the weekends or between jobs. Finding time to actually process the photos is a whole different story.
For this set my wife and our little one took a stroll down to Santa Monica with my Sony A7rII and a Helios 44M-2.
These last few years it seems like it’s been one wedding after the next. They’re usually pretty fun, but always a challenge with the little one, except maybe this wedding – this one was awesome.
There has been something I think all Sony shooters have been waiting a long time for and it’s not more megapixels.
I pulled out my ol Sony A7rII again. I had to take a break from it for awhile and focus on some of my Fujifilm lens reviews. You know, I never did a full review on the Sony A7r II. Weird right? But there is a good reason . . . I don’t really love it. And because I don’t love it, it’s hard for me to get excited enough about it to spend the time reviewing it. It’s almost a super cool camera, almost, but there are a few things that really bother me.
When shooting Bodie, a ghost town high in the Sierras of California, I had my ten-month-old baby with me and I needed to be able to get some shots quick without thinking about it. It was also 94 degrees outside and somehow raining on and off. I felt that bracketing shots was a good approach to getting an interesting takes on this crazy California ghost town. I was so confident in the X-Pro 2 to be able to do this that I even left my A7rII in my car, hidden of course.
With the new +-2EV bracketing, HDR on the X-Pro 2 is a lot of fun and much much easier.
So how do you shoot HDR on the X-Pro 2?
It might seem like I’ve been shooting a lot with Fujifilm, but that doesn’t mean I’ve given up on my Sony A7rII.
I actually still love my Sony, but because of the larger sensor with a ton of megapixels and larger files sizes, it’s become my special occasions camera. Mainly my landscape photography camera and it especially shines after the sun has set when you’re on the edge of complete darkness. Like with this shot.
There was only a sliver of light and it seemed the colors were all but gone. But after a thirty second exposure, the colors just exploded. And that’s where the Sony A7rII out shines any other camera out there.
On my second night up in Mammoth there wasn’t much going on with the weather. It was clear blue skies everywhere except in this one direction looking out towards the Twin Lakes. Literally everywhere else was boring blue skies so this was my shot for the night.
In front of me here were the twin lakes with mosquitos buzzing thick in the air (I somehow did not get one bite), behind me was another lake, Lake Mammie. I got a few shots there later, but didn’t stay long because there was a black bear hanging out about thirty feet away from me and it was making me uncomfortable.
I drove up to Mono Lake and Mammoth to test out some Fujifilm lenses and was fortunate enough to have an amazing sunset at Mono Lake despite the rains earlier that day.
I was actually planning to shoot at Mono Lake for two nights, but the sunset and weather was so good the first night, that I didn’t really need any more shots. It was probably the best situation in terms of weather and location I’ve ever been in.
I come to the Santa Monica Pier a few times a year to test cameras and lenses or to just update my portfolio. Even though I only live a few miles away, it’s a huge pain in the ass dealing with the crowds and parking. At least this time it ended up being a rewarding experience.
This time I was using the Fujifilm X-Pro 2 and the Fujinon 16mm lens.