Some English Countryside

The English countryside, its growth and its destruction, is a genuine and tragic theme.
E. M. Forster

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A crisp evening in Göteborg

Last week I was visiting colleagues in Göteborg. We have an office just off the shipping lane close to the landmark Ericsberg crane.  The area used to be a busy ship building area but these days it’s a filled with smart looking apartment blocks, hotels and offices.

Taking advantage of clear skys and crisp clean air, I thought I would take myself and my new camera for yet another evening stroll. I am still really pleased with how the pictures I shot in Turin came out and I was hoping that I would get an equally high level of satisfaction from these.  Having just looked through them on my larger computer screen, I am far from being disappointed.

This first shot was taken as I left the office on the way to the hotel.  The sun had just dropped behind a blooming steam cloud from a distant chimney stack.

Göteborg at dusk

The lens I have been using is what is available as a kit lens together with the X-E1. I have to say this 18-55 is really more than just a kit lens. The build quality is great and it seems sharp throughout it’s range. It’s not the fastest in terms of XF lenses available and sometimes it hunts for focus in low light but the results so far are more then impressing me. Together with the X-trans sensor, this lens is rendering some great images. More than I would expect from a bundled combo.

Göteborg at dusk

An evening stroll around Turin

Last week I had the opportunity to spend an evening in Turin which gave me the chance to try out my new Fuji X-E1 camera with 18-55mm kit lens.  I’ve blogged before about how fantastic the X100 is in low light (see https://fotomind.wordpress.com/2011/11/15/eiffel-tower-meets-x100/ and https://fotomind.wordpress.com/2011/11/20/a-few-more-shots-of-paris-by-night/) so I was really interested to see if the X-E1 would be as good or perhaps even better.

I must confess that as I had people with me, I pretty much let the camera do its own thing.  ISO was limited to 6400. The only thing I did try for some shots was the manual focus which compared to the X100, is way better to handle. This makes the future prospect of buying some old M-Mount lenses and an adapter really exciting (I just hope Fuji will introduce focus peaking in a coming FW update).

Typical for Fuji, the jpeg engine is awesome.  To be honest I’m blown away and I’m so glad that I was able to resist the distraction of the new Sony Nex 6 which very nearly pulled me from going for the Fuji.

An evening stroll around Turin, Italy.

With auto focus the camera did hunt around a bit in really dimly lit situations but nothing that distracted from the pleasure of using this camera.

An evening stroll around Turin, Italy.

I’m no camera reviewer so I’m going to stop here.  All I can say is that I am definitely not regretting making a further investment into the Fuji X series and I am really looking forward to getting more and more familiar with this camera.

Wet and windy Rutland

While visiting the UK over the Christmas holidays, my wife and I took some time out from the family to visit Rutland water. After a fantastic pub lunch we drove around to the south shore and took a wet and windy walk along the edge of the reservoir.

Rutland water was created in the 70’s to meet the water needs of an increasing local population and involved the flooding of many small villages, farms and fields. One such village was Normanton and all that remains are a few farms, a hotel and cottages. The remains of the Church can be seen at the edge of the water.

As usual my trusty Fujifilm X100 was able to bear the cold miserable weather to capture some nice moody shots of the church, and one of the Pub of course.

Faradibad

Last week I was lucky enough to travel for business to Faridabad, Northern India. Unfortunately my schedule didn’t allow for any decent photo time. I managed a few shots from the car though.

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