Weight and Stuff Report – 26 June 2013

Down a bit today. I had a bit of a walk at lunchtime – first up to the Monument, as I needed to renew my travel card, then down to the Quayside, over the Millennium Bridge, past the Sage, back over the Swing Bridge then back to work. It was one of those days when I could have happily wandered around for another couple of hours with the camera, but mutter, mutter, someone’s got to do the work, etc, etc.

I was having a bit of a play with some new toys today, all of which will get their own posts in due course, or the fullness of time, or indeed when I find a suitable tuit. But here’s what one of them does – this is an unadjusted, straight out of camera JPG:

Millennium Bridge and Baltic

Millennium Bridge and Baltic

Camera X-E1
Aperture ƒ/14
Shutter speed 1/250s
Focal length 14mm
ISO 200
Taken 13:29, 26 June, 2013

Now that’s a pretty wide view, isn’t it? That’s taken with the Fujinon 14mm f/2.8 lens on the X-E1. As you’d expect with a wide-angle lens, there’s a bit of distortion. But what can the automagic “straigten” thingy in Lightroom 5 do with that?

Straigtened Bridge

Straigtened Bridge

Camera X-E1
Aperture ƒ/14
Shutter speed 1/250s
Focal length 14mm
ISO 200
Taken 13:29, 26 June, 2013

Hmm, not bad for a first pass. No other alterations were made.

Now whenever I get a wide lens, there’s one thing I just have to do – get a view of some other bridges from the Millennium Bridge. It’s a tradition, or an old charter, or something. Let’s see now:

Nicely Wide

Nicely Wide

Camera X-E1
Aperture ƒ/11
Shutter speed 1/300s
Focal length 14mm
ISO 200
Taken 13:32, 26 June, 2013

Hmmmm, not bad at all. Not as wide as with the 12-24mm on the Canon 5D Mark II, but still pretty damn wide. But we can do better than that, can’t we? Now this is what I call wide:

Fishy Bridge

Fishy Bridge

Camera X-E1
Aperture ƒ/1
Shutter speed 1/350s
Focal length 8mm
ISO 200
Taken 13:35, 26 June, 2013

That was taken with the Samyang 8mm Fisheye lens. Like Samyang lenses in general, this is strictly manual focus, and you have to tell the Fujifilm X-E1 (or X-Pro1, if that’s what you’re using) to “shoot without lens”, and tell it just how wide the lens is in the “mount adaptor setting” menu option. As you’ll see from the EXIF data, while it does allow you to adjust the aperture manually, and the camera works out the exposure, that manual aperture setting is not recorded. I rather like this result – a tweaked and edited version of the raw file will probably be better when I get round to it, but this is quite pleasing for a first try.

Readers with moderate memories may recall me showing off some fisheye images taken on the Canon – such as the equivalent view of the bridges I posted over three years ago. As the Fuji has a smaller sensor, the circular image thing isn’t going to happen, and while I’ll miss that in a way, I’m quite happy with the nicely curvy full images I got today. For instance, here’s a view of the Sage, taken looking up at it from the road below. The sun is right behind it, and giving that interesting halo effect:

Fishy Sage

Fishy Sage

Camera X-E1
Aperture ƒ/1
Shutter speed 1/280s
Focal length 8mm
ISO 200
Taken 13:41, 26 June, 2013

Again, I haven’t done any editing of these images yet – I just wanted to show off the basic concept at this stage.

And finally, here’s the reverse view of the bridges, taken from the Swing Bridge:

Another Fishy Bridge

Another Fishy Bridge

Camera X-E1
Aperture ƒ/1
Shutter speed 1/125s
Focal length 8mm
ISO 200
Taken 13:51, 26 June, 2013

My walk was apparently a little over two miles, which isn’t bad. Here’s the map, which as usual, you can click to see the fascinating details on the Garmin site:

Walk

Walk

3 thoughts on “Weight and Stuff Report – 26 June 2013

    1. Les Post author

      It may be a bit of both – knowing how to use the tool helps get the best out of it. And i’m only just beginning to get to know the kit

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