Fuji xpro-2, 27mm, f/16, 12s, ISO 200
I know this doesn’t look exactly like the best holiday weather (and it wasn’t), but you make the most of what you have, and I definitely like this haunting long exposure of the fractured rocks by the Cook Straight in Wellington.
Fuji x-pro2, 27mm, f/8, 1/4s, ISO 200
When you have the appropriate filters, there’s always a temptation to do really long exposures over rushing water. In my experience though, it doesn’t really work to render the flow. Exposure times around 1s or less work best in my experience, and this is what I did here at Huka falls, probably the most impressive rush of water I’ve seen in my life to date.
Fuji x-Pro2, 38mm, f/16, 10s, ISO 200
I arrived in Wellington in late December (so early Summer) to abysmal weather (although the locals told me it wasn’t all that bad…) Still, the coast south of city was such a perfect spot for long exposure that I decided to brave the rain. This is the result, which I think made it worth it!
Back to Reality
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/11, 1/100s, ISO 200
There I was, wandering around Seurasaari feeling like city and civilization were far away and then… I came back to reality.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/11, 1/60s, ISO 200
With the sun so low on the horizon during the (short) daytime, Finland forests let you experiment with backlighting. I quite like how this one came through.
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/1250s, ISO 200
I think my time in Finland was the first time I was truly exposed to a winter sun this low (and in the sky for so short a period). I made many attempts at shooting directly into the sun, using trees and branches as partial covers. This one (I think) works quite well at evoking what it felt like (ie. damn cold!)
House in the Frost
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 200
I really wanted to do this shot in long exposure of at least a few seconds, which would have frozen the water, but despite the embedded ND8 in the x100f and a polarizing filter, I would only bring it down to 1/5th of a second. So I shot this straight instead. Still pleased with the results although I really have to find a good source for ND1000 filters.
Fuji x100f, 28mm, f/11, 1/60s, ISO 640
I was worried that Helsinki wouldn’t give me a real taste of Finland, but fortunately, minutes from my hotel was a wooded island called Seurasaari: forest, seashore, winter sun and no cars, it felt like the rest of Finland (to me).
Colours of Swedish Fall
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/8, 1/600s, ISO 200
Yesterday I was invited to speak at a work related event on a cruise boat… in the middle of the Baltic Sea. How cool is that? Anyway, in between work stuff, I went on one of the many decks to take photos of the wonderful islands around. The colours of the trees slowly fading from green to yellow and red were magical.
The Mangrove’s Mouth
Fuji XPro-2, 27mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 200
Langkawi’s Bat Cave doesn’t feature sleek black automobiles or bat-shaped weaponry, just hundreds upon hundreds of bats. The cave mouth open’s directly on the Mangrove, and the stalactite there caught my eye. I like the contrast between the stone and the vibrant green of the mangrove itself.