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Under the Bridge

Today was interesting weather-wise. I woke up to the sound of a steady rain. It sounded great, and by the time I left for work, it had receded.

There was the constant threat of rain again all day, so at lunch, I took my umbrella and X100 for a walk. Basically, I was hoping for some heavy downpours to capture. The X100 is not weather resistant, but with it being six years old, I’m a little more cavalier with it than say my X-T1 or X-Pro1.

However, it was not to be. The most rain was little sprinkles; barely enough to warrant opening the umbrella, let alone trying to keep the camera dry.

I eventually came to the highway 417 overpass. Here I grabbed this neat shot. The water is the Rideau canal.

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I usually shoot in manual mode. That is, I define the shutter and aperture the camera uses, rather than letting some scientist in a lab determine the right exposure. The only downside (if you’d call it that) is I can’t quickly change exposure for a given situation. In this case, under the bridge called for a slower shutter speed and larger aperture. A few seconds after I took this shot, a young woman walked by. I thought a quick street photo might be interesting. Well, I didn’t have time to set the exposure, and the shot below resulted. I quite like it. It has a rough film appeal.

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It won’t win any awards, and I could have fixed it up in Lightroom to take away the blown out bits (which I did), but I like the original version better. It has a classic look to it.

5 O’clock Shadow

I found this one waiting to be posted but never got up. Winter is dark, and it gets dark early.

However, there are moments of brilliance. Take this photo. At this moment in the day the sunset runs right down the road. I was amused by the size of the shadows cast at the people crossing the street.

Got this from my office window before heading home at night with my Fuji X100.

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Revisiting the X100

I am…sort of, a Nikon photographer. Sort of, because I’m moving ever so slowly to the Fuji X system.

Having used Nikon gear for a long time, I was in search of an easy, cary-around camera. And Fuji came out with the X100. Cool. A camera that was small, light and a fixed lens, meaning I never have to think about which lens(es) to bring with me. It was a bomb, and getting one was nearly impossible. We went out west for a vacation to Edmonton, and in doing some research, McBain Cameras had them in stock. My girlfriend knew the area and knew where it was, and we ended up getting there a few minutes before closing. I bought the camera. Next day we went to the McBain outlet in the West Edmonton Mall to get a leather case (gotta have the cool case).

Now, being a Nikon guy, it took some getting used to, this new camera, interface and such. Remember also, this was 1.0 of this camera, and it was loaded with issues. Some I wasn’t even aware of, and chalked it up to my learning curve. Suffice to say, I didn’t like the camera, but I did. It was quirky, but gave some great looking photos. Every time I was about to throw it out the window of a moving car, it gave me a great looking shot. How could I ever throw away such a lovely camera! Rinse and repeat.

My one issue was actually the fixed lens. While I thought it would be the great levity from choice, it was quite the opposite. See, I usually like to be close to my subject, and the 35mm equivalent lens never quite cut it, for what I was shooting. I hated it. But the built in macro made for some lovely shots. I loved it!

I ended up buying the X-Pro1. Another love/hate/love relationship ensued which, after a trip to London with only that camera and two lenses, made it a full love relationship, put the X100 on the shelf.

Fast forward to this week. Fuji has come up with, essentially, the X100 3.0, called the X100T. Reading over the specs and videos, I have that “I want it” feeling again. So, I pulled out the original X100 (which I do carry daily to work…just in case) and today, set the different film modes and went for a walk.  Gotta say, still not sold on the focal length. Not close (telephoto) enough for me. And even with the cool film sims, fiddle with it in Lightroom. Habits die hard. I am a RAW shooter, so film sims, though neat (and never having actually shot the film types) are not for me. Also, I have to say, I’m still not a fan of black and white. I’ve tried, oh, I’ve tried, and I just can’t get into it.

Still, its a fun camera to have around. And while I love what Fuji has done to make the X100T, I won’t be running out to get it. I have the X100, the X-Pro1 and the X-T1. Don’t need another camera. Below are some of the shots from a walk today. Just a few. I’d say what the film simulations were that I used, but I ended up tweaking them enough in Lightroom, that they aren’t straight out of the camera to be fair.

I still have a love/hate relationship with the X100. Certainly enough to keep it around just the same. And there is that teleconverter to make it a 50mm equivalent…..

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Using the Black and White film simulator. Still don’t like monochrome. Nothing to do with Fuji.

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Shooting from the hip. I’m no street photographer. No guts.