The Delightful Mr F and I were down in Devon just after Christmas, car boot packed to the hilt with books and camera gear. The light in South Devon is gorgeous, soft and subtle. Well, normally it is. The week we were there it was stormy, rainy, windy and generally horrible. Stormy weather can be fantastic to photograph, but in this case the weather was so angry it wasn’t safe to take the kit out in it and I was worried we would end up being blown over a cliff.
We put a brave face on it by sitting in our cosy cottage drinking coffee and eating biscuits whilst reading and hoping the roof wasn’t going to be torn off.
On the last day, it stopped raining, and the wind dropped to what felt like only Force 7, so I headed out for a walk with my X100F. I wasn’t anticipating much in the way of photographic opportunities as the light was pretty dull, so thought I would experiment a little bit with the digital zoom. The digital teleconverter is a little piece of Fuji wizardry, whereby the 35mm (full frame equivalent) optical lens is converted to a 50mm and 70mm (full frame equivalent) focal length, giving that little bit of extra reach. There is some discussion on the internet about whether this is a simple in camera crop which gives you the same result as cropping in post processing, or whether Fuji have included some interpolation to upscale the file to the same size as without the teleconversion to help maintain the image quality. The general consensus is that it is more than a simple crop, but I can’t find any Fuji source to confirm that.
Anyway, I wandered along the top of the valley overlooking the River Dart and found the tree in the shot above. This is taken at the 70mm (full frame equivalent) zoom. I played about with the metering, purposely blowing out the highlights to get this more wintery looking scene. What looks like snow on the ground is actually the river.
I had a go at a variety of other shots, but none were really noteworthy, and I was starting to get very cold, so headed back to the cottage, when suddenly the sun broke through, and this tree* looked as though it had been dropped in from Middle Earth. The sun disappeared within a minute or so, and that was that.
I decided that I like the digital zoom. It only works in jpeg, so less latitude for post processing, but as I do a minimal amount of that anyway, it doesn’t really bother me. The file quality looks to be pretty good too, I am sure if you pixel peep you can find something to complain about, but for me, it’s a handy extra feature which I can make use of now and again.
*I do like trees; in fact I am a little bit obsessed with them, ever since I had to identify a series of trees in the local woods for a school project.