A Landscape Photographer in Lockdown

Saddleworth footpath. Fuji XE3 with 16mm lens. 1/160″ at f/5.0 and ISO250.

I’ve lost count of the number of weeks we’ve been in lockdown (unless my wife reminds me). The only thing I know for certain is that I really need a haircut.

Whilst I’ve been coping with lockdown fine, I’ve really missed getting out with a camera. I miss the landscape. I miss being out in the countryside, miles from anywhere. I miss being out before dawn and watching the sun rise. And I miss being on top of a mountain.

Although I’ve been using the time in lockdown to work on writing new books and courses, you can only do so much of that. To divert me from work, I’ve rekindled my love of film and scanning. My repertoire of memorised songs for my Banjo, as well as my playing, has improved. But again, none of this replaces being out with a camera.

Whilst I haven’t taken my camera out locally for a long time, yesterday I decided I would. I headed out for a short exercise walk with the Fuji XE3. I recently bought this camera and subsequently a couple of new primes (56mm and 16mm). It was during the walk that I shot this image on the footpath opposite my house. I don’t know if it’s the enforced absence from photography, but I really like the image.

I shot the image handheld with the XE3 and 16mm f/1.4 lens. The exposure is 1/160” at f/5.0 and ISO250. I then converted the RAW file with Capture One before further processing in Exposure X5 using the Acros film simulation.

The image quality from the 16mm lens seems quite exceptional and I love the film processing in Exposure X5. But what was most noticeable is that using a couple of primes made me see things in a completely different way to a zoom lens. It was as if I was seeing my local area through new eyes and it was energising. I’ll think I’ll be taking my camera a little more often in the future.

I hope you’re coping well with whatever restrictions are in place for you and that you manage to have a great weekend.

8 thoughts on “A Landscape Photographer in Lockdown

  1. Nice dreamy effect, Robin.

    Did you apply a Norton effect? Best regards – Jorge.

    On Fri, May 8, 2020 at 9:18 AM The Lightweight Photographer wrote:

    > rnwhalley posted: ” Saddleworth footpath. Fuji XE3 with 16mm lens. 1/160″ > at f/5.0 and ISO250. I’ve lost count of the number of weeks we’ve been in > lockdown (unless my wife reminds me). The only thing I know for certain is > that I really need a haircut. Whilst I’ve bee” >

      1. Hmmm! That’s an interesting thought. Perhaps there is something in this. I never used to appreciate the Peak District (which is on my doorstep) but now I love it.

  2. I love your image and that you did it in black and white. I too have been challenged to stay closer to home for shooting and it has forced me to further explore local areas with a new outlook and opportunities. Good luck with your local explorations!

  3. You’ve summed up so many of our feelings as photographers in lockdown Britain. So many of us are now having to come to terms with finding landscapes on our doorstep. It’s a challenge but also a delight being forced to look at our local environment in a new light.

    This is a lovely photo, I really like the dreaminess of this shot.

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