First vacation trip with Fuji XP!

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by pniev, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. pniev

    pniev Student for life

    Jun 10, 2013
    Just got back from vacation so I need to catch up! This year's vacation trip was non-DSLR. Brought the Fuji XP1 with 18-35-60mm, spare battery, SD-cards in my backpack. I left light meter, flash at home. Although I brought a lightweight tripod, I did not use it much (the people I travelled with were rather impatient ;-) ).

    I must admit I was more used to quickly making shots with a DSLR than I thought I was. The LCD and the EVF of the Fuji were hardly useable in harsh light circumstances and I underestimated parallax errors in close-up (wrongly assumed I could rely on the adjusted indicator in the OVF). It also took me some time to get used the checking the position of the exposure composition dial (which easily rotates accidentally). But these minor annoyances were compensated by the fun factor and the weight. I happened to switch between four exposure settings: 1. fixed aperture, auto-shutter, fixed ISO; 2. fixed aperture, fixed shutter, auto-ISO; 4. fixed aperture, ISO, and shutter speed. Although I used the 18mm more often than expected, the 35mm was definitely my favorite. I only used the 60mm to shoot a dragonfly, and some elk.

    Some shots from the trip:

    Mesa Verde just before thunder and rain hit us (photo taken from driving car, so I remained dry). The grey clouds combined with the light on the trees was spectacular).


    Yellowstone Lake:

    Trainride Durango-Silverton:


    Thunderstorm (again):

    Well-camouflaged insect:

    Geyser and bacteria:

    Mormon Temple at night in Salt Lake City:

    Alamosa Sand Dunes. Took this one with the camera around my neck so I could not compose properly:

    Thanks for looking.
  2. Phoenix

    Phoenix SC Top Veteran

    Dec 28, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
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    Phoenix Gonzales
    Excellent shots. Based on your images, looks like you had a lot of fun on your trip.
  3. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
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    Great shots! I'd love to see the first one in colour. The last one wouldn't look out of place in an epic movie about settlers being lost in the wilderness - love it.
  4. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
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    Agree that the last is really special.
  5. Maczero

    Maczero SC Regular

    Mar 19, 2013
    Fife, Scotland
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    I love the B&W shots, but I am also a sucker for the colours and abstract shapes of the geyser pool in Yellowstone.
  6. Burkey

    Burkey SC Top Veteran

    Apr 18, 2011
    Northern New England
    There are some very fine images in that set! Thank you for sharing them.
    . . . David
  7. pniev

    pniev Student for life

    Jun 10, 2013
    Thanks for your kind words!

    and a lot of rain! :smile:

    Unfortunately the rest of the family is missing (the camera hung (?) around my neck and secretly took the shot. I am not sure if they liked it that I took a photo. So I feel a bit guilty.
    Here is the color version of the first photo.
    And one more:
  8. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
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    I've done that. Key is to not make eye contact, and look elsewhere as you're hitting the shutter --COUGH-I mean just resting your hand on the camera COUGH--