X-Pro 2 / 23mm f1.4 – ISO 200, f8, (1/27s, 0.6s, 1/7s)
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.
Fujifilm X-Pro 2 – Fujinon 23mm f1.4 – ISO 400, f8, 1/80
I’ve been to the Golden Gate Bridge many many times, but this was the first and only time where the weather actually did something interesting. And I wasn’t even planning on shooting here, there were even whales breaching under the bridge while shooting this.
I had along with me my Sony A6300, but only a Voigtländer 35mm Ultron lens at the time (which wasn’t quite wide enough), but also my Fujifilm X-Pro 2 with the 23mm f1.4. It turns out the 23mm lens gave me the perfect perspective that allowed me to frame the bridge and the flowers in one shot. See my Voigtländer 35mm f1.7 review.
I also left my tripod in the car so ended up shooting this handheld with only a single exposure. There was still enough light so it seemed to be fine.
Although the Sony A6300 is a lot of fun and now one of my favorite cameras, the X-Pro 2 has just such a unique look that makes me keep coming back for more. The camera also seems to handle dynamic range a little better. I’m not sure if it has better range, probably not, but it seems to produce images like this that are easier to work with straight out of camera.
And by the way, between the two, battery life seems about the same, as long as you turn off the camera after each use since the X-Pro 2 has a two minute auto off, where as the Sony can be set to something like 10 seconds. Makes a huge difference in battery performance. Come on get with it Fujifilm, this is a no brainer. 🙂
The last few years I’ve been shooting a lot of Landscape and HDR photography and found myself getting stuck with the routine that often comes with those styles. I was just going with the trends and I needed to hit the breaks.
This year I’m trying to shoot everything I can, looking for those incidental stories and moods. It can be challenging to get great shots, but at least this way the results are your own.