Where I Show You My Holiday Snaps

The Delightful Mr F and I have been on our holidays. We went to the West Country, an area of the UK in the, well western part of the country. The weather was typically British. There was rain, and wind, glorious sunshine and dull clouds, sometimes all within the space of an hour. This, however, did not stop us from venturing out in search of photoghraphic opportunities (and ice-cream). 

I had packed all my cameras and lenses. I was planning on taking a minimal kit, but then I ran out of time for packing decisions, and just chucked both my kit bags and a tripod in the boot of the car to save time and angst. In the end I shot mostly on my Fuji X100F with the occasional shot with my Fuji X70. I also shot the Olympus Trip 35, but that is for another post. 

With the weather being so unpredictable we got some great moody skies.

Clevedon Pier, Fuji X100F

Clevedon Pier, Fuji X100F

Clevedon, Fuji X100F

Clevedon, Fuji X100F

Swans, Torquay, Fuji X70

Swans, Torquay, Fuji X70

We spent a day in Weston-Super-Mare, and had glorious weather. I have been experimenting with the in camera settings in my Fuji X100F to see what type of effects I can create and how to control them. I love the Fuji film simulations, and I have come to realise that I much prefer controlling things in camera if I can. That isn't to say that I don't have a dabble in Lightroom when required. The next set of shots are all straight out of the camera, with settings adapted for the light. For example, highlights, shadows, colour, noise reduction etc. When I posted these on social media I was asked about settings. I have quite a lengthy blog post in development on this topic, so if you are interested, I hope to have it published in the next week or two.  

Weston-Super-Mare, UK, Fuji X00F

Weston-Super-Mare, UK, Fuji X00F

Weston-Super-Mare, UK, Fuji X00F

Weston-Super-Mare, UK, Fuji X00F

Weston-Super-Mare, UK, Fuji X00F

Weston-Super-Mare, UK, Fuji X00F

The results from the Fuji X100F are quite staggering, I mean look at the gorgeous blue in the shot above. No lightroom, no filters, just adapting the in camera settings. I get so much joy from using them and isn't that the point?

So, how did your holiday snaps turn out?

The Patience of The Delightful Mr F

Originally published on Fennell Books on 8th  January, 2017

I have discovered that The Patience of the Delightful Mr F is pretty much limitless, as I have had my head in the manuals for my cameras and glossy photography books* for the last several weeks.   I have also taken to carrying my camera everywhere. I used to rely on my iPhone, but the purchase of a Fuji X70, has changed that, and now I can get high quality images with an easy to carry teeny-weeny camera.

Fuji X70, from the Fuji website

Fuji X70, from the Fuji website

The only real way to get better at photography is to do it.  I am hoping that over the next 12 months I can develop my technical skills as well as start to get to grips with my own personal photographic style**.  After 2016, which frankly was a bit of a slog on many fronts, I am finding photography rather invigorating.  So, for now (or until change my mind or get bored), Sunday is hereby declared as Photography Sunday on the blog. Like an annoying relative back from a mundane holiday,  I shall regale you with my photographs. You have been warned.  Lets start as I mean to go on with a few shots from Devon.

 

*They are so pretty aren’t they? They also have the added benefit of making me look like an artistic intellectual. Appearances are so deceptive. 

** I am an engineer and therefore have no sartorial style to speak of.