Taking the Samsung NX1 out for a spin in Malibu California.
The setup I used for these photos was the Samsung NX1 with the 12-24mm lens. It’s a pretty fun combo to use. The lens feels a little cheap, but the quality of the image it produces is surprisingly good. The only draw back is the fluctuating aperture when zooming. And it’s a very slow lens.
When you think of a landscape photography camera I bet the first thing that comes to your head is a Nikon D800 – or the Sony A7r. Am I right? I bet you never think of Fujifilm. Who has ever considered using a Fujifilm camera for landscape photography, I mean come on, they’re only 16 megapixels right?
For the last few weeks I've been doing some experiments and tests on my different lenses, trying to find that sweet spot.
During these tests I discovered why we really shouldn't always be shooting high apertures as landscape photographers. I've found my Samyang 14mm lens performs best really at an f13. I've always been shooting f16. You can read all about what I've learned about diffraction here.
So with my recent photos on this particular lens I've been shooting at f13. You might be thinking there will be less DOF at f13, but once you apply post sharping, everything turns out really nice.
My area of focus on this shot was the rock in the foreground, which was only 2 to 3 feet from the lens. Yet the pier in the background also remains in focus because of the nature of this ultrawide lens.
About The Shot – 'Malibu Gold'
This Landscape Photo was taken near the Malibu Pier in Malibu California. It was an extreme high tide so I was able to capture the waves interacted with the foreground rock formation. The lighting and time of day made the rock look almost like gold.