I want to get back to holding a camera and making some images. January and it’s cold Canadian winter does not make it as easy to get out there. But I did anyway. I decided to break out the Fuji X-T1
There is a walking path nearby that the city deemed this year to keep clear, which made it easier to get out for a walk. The side streets are terribly dangerous to walk on, given recent thaws, rain and subsequent freezing, so the cleared walkway is welcome.
A light snow was falling, giving the appearance of a fog. It made for a nice effect on the distant trees.
It felt good to get out and make some images.
I gave myself a Christmas present… a Fuji X-Pro2 Graphite edition. It’s an X-Pro2 with a cool look to it. Through some searching and a few other discounts, I got it at a really good deal. I’ve been looking at it for a while and while the weather sealing and wifi were definite draws, the 24 megapixel size was holding me off. It’s just a stupid amount of pixels for what I do with the camera. In the end, the deal/price I came up with was worth it.
So this is one of my first pictures with it. I find I have a tendency to purchase new gear in the winter when it’s too cold, too dark and just not feasible to get out and use the new stuff. Huh. This shot was from my back door in -20 temperatures. The sun was going down and the blue in the sky made for a neat picture. I was shooting other things in silhouette when an airplane was taking off. I grabbed this shot.
Its important to note that this is straight from the camera as shot with an ISO of 3200, not post processing other than a slight crop. The colours and rendering are awesome. Looks like I made a good choice!
A few days ago was a terrific evening sky. No storm, just puffy clouds and a wonderful sunset. Being in the suburbs, seeing the sun to the horizon wasn’t going to happen, but the sky was still great.
A few planes flew over and I had my new 50-140mm f2.8 lens on the Fuji X-T1 at the ready to catch this silhouette of a jet taking travellers to some adventure.
Yesterday winter made one of its last hurrahs with a moderate snow fall. I was up to Carp to see my doctor and the snow on the trees looked fantastic. As I have mentioned before, a local freight runs up through Carp on a regular basis, and I always ensure that my appointments are on the correct day and rough time that it comes through. So I had my camera with me.
After the appointment (all is well) I drove around the area to scout out a new position for the train. In doing so, I caught a few pics of the snow covered trees. The blue sky just looks awesome.
And after shooting this, I noticed the yellow fire hydrant. Blue and yellow are complimentary colours, so…
Sadly, no train came. It seems to be a no luck week for the limited freight trains around here. Did make this shot down the line heading just outside of town.
All shots with the Fuji X-T1 and 16-55 f2.8.
Since purchasing the Fuji 16-55 f2.8 lens last year, I’ve been dying to use it in inclement weather. Its a weather-sealed lens, and with the equally weather-sealed X-T1, its a no brainer for wet weather.
Granted, I wasn’t about to stand out in a downpour to prove it is weather resistant, but the opportunity to have it get wet a little bit and not worry about it was always on my mind. That and some sort of rain shot would be neat.
Yesterday, soon after I got home, a sun shower came through. As with a few other times this summer, I grabbed said camera/lens and hoped for something interesting.
That was the day. First off, as I stood under the canopy in the backyard (because I don’t really want to get wet), I shot the water dripping into the hanging bird bath.
I went out to the front of the house. As it was a sun shower – the sun still shining – I hoped for a rainbow. I wasn’t disappointed. There were two!
The camera and lens didn’t really get wet. A few splashes/drops. But its nice to not have to worry about water seeping in and ruining things.