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Friday Image No. 166

Hollybush Spout, Ingleton Waterfalls Trail
Hollybush Spout (I think) on the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail, Yorkshire Dales. Fuji X-T2, Fuji 18-135 lens at 30mm. ISO200, 1/10″ at f/13.0.

Earlier in the week I popped up the Motorway (a couple of hours) to the Yorkshire Dales. As the weather was nice we decided to do the Waterfalls Walk at Ingleton. We like the walk and often extend it by walking further up Whernside to explore the scar.

Although I took plenty of shots from beyond the waterfalls walk, I wanted to share an image of one of the falls. I think it’s called Hollybush Spout and is quite difficult to capture because of the trees, which when covered with leaves send the contrast range of the scene sky high. Also, most of this part of the trail is on narrow path where you can’t stop for long. I certainly couldn’t set up a tripod on this occasion because of the number of people around.

What I like about this particular image is the rock face. The winter sun was quite low throughout the day and it’s had a nice warming effect on both the rock and the tree branches.

This image was captured handheld using the Fuji X-T2 and Fuji 18-135mm lens. This lens is fast becoming a firm favourite of mine. Providing you can hold it rock steady it will produce excellent image quality. No, it’s not on a par with the Fuji 50-140 f/2.8 but it’s much smaller. It’s a great walkabout or travel lens.

Hope you have a great weekend and enjoy some photography.

Friday Image No.165

The Canal, Uppermill, Saddleworth. Fuji X-T2, 18-135 lens. ISO200, f/11.0, 1/50″ handheld.

Over the Christmas break I headed out for a walk a number of times. Quite often I found myself taking the Fuji X-T2. Now that I have the 18-135mm lens, I find I’m using it more frequently as a “grab and go” camera. I’m also very pleased with the results.

On this particular morning, it was quite dull and grey. A heavy fog had descended and I didn’t hold out much hope of capturing anything useful. We decided to walk over to Doverstones reservoir as this can be quite atmospheric in the fog.

Our route took us along the canal which is when it happened. The sun started to break through the mist and the gave a lovely warm glow to the morning. It lasted around 20 minutes, during which time I managed a few different compositions. This one I seem to like in particular although it was quite tricky to process.

In the end I have did most of the processing in Lightroom. I started by applying the Fuji “Camera Pro Neg Std.” colour profile. I did try other profiles such as Astia and Provia, but all seemed to create a very false look to the colour. I find it’s always worth experimenting with the colour profiles as many seem to improve the Adobe Standard default profile.

I hope you like the image and have a great weekend.

Friday Image No.152

Fuji X-T2, 18-135mm lens, ISO400, f/7.1, 1/20″

I can’t believe it’s Friday already; the week has absolutely flown by. Monday, I launched my latest book and gave a presentation at Macclesfield Camera Club. It only seems like yesterday.

This time last week I had just given a presentation at York Photographic Society and decided to take a trip to Harrogate. I actually parked out at Harlow Carr (the RHS gardens) and decided to walk into town. On the return journey, I was walking through the woods and noticed a few really nice tree scenes.

This one in particular caught my eye due to the colour of the pines. I had the Fuji X-T2 and 18-135 lens with me and so took a couple of frames, focussing on the central pine and using a relatively wide aperture.

I hope you have a great weekend. I’m off for a walk in the ground of Chatsworth House tomorrow for a little R&R.

I Just Realised it’s Thursday

View from Higger Tor in the Peak District. Fuji X-T2 with 18-135 lens. ISO200, f/14.0, 1/45″.

I just realised it’s Thursday and I haven’t posted anything all week. Where has the week gone. I have been so busy trying to finish writing my Photoshop Masking book that I have overlooked everything else I need to do. I even have a couple of photography presentations at clubs next week and I’m not prepared.

Here then is a quick image that I shot a couple of weeks back in the Peak District. This is the view from Higger Tor (thanks for introducing me to the location Dave) down the Hope Valley. You can just make out the cement works I the distance on the large image.

I didn’t really get much as the storms kept rolling in but the Fuji X-T2 with 18-135 lens was perfect for quick shots between the showers.

Exercising the Ghost of Fujinon

Fuji X-T2 with Fujinon 18-135 lens. ISO200, f/11.0, 1/125″.

It’s almost a year since I purchased a used Fuji X-T1 and Fujinon 18-135 lens. I loved the X-T1 and fairly quickly upgraded to the X-T2. The Fujinon 18-135 was though a complete disappointment.

I remember returning home following the first outing where I had shot the scene above. I downloaded the images to my computer to review, but something didn’t look quite right. I zoomed in to 100% and to my horror the image looked odd. It was kind of soft without any camera shake. In the words of my wife, it looked like a watercolour painting.

After a lot of investigation with different RAW converters, I concluded the 18-135 wasn’t a good lens. I had read a lot of similar stories on the internet and had read a lot of reports which said it was the weakest in the Fuji line up. In the end, I returned the lens and invested in the 16-55 and 55-200.

Recently, I decided to have another try with the 18-135, purchasing a new example. Initial test shots appeared promising but it’s not until you use a lens in the field that you understand its weak points.

I have now had a couple of outings with the lens and have concluded that I love it. Sure, I would like to go to 24mm equivalent at the wide end, but you can’t have everything. I’m really enjoying the results and the earlier image sharpness problems seemed to have vanished with this particular lens. It isn’t the best performing Fuji lens in my line up by a long way but it has other redeeming features that mean I’m keeping it this time.