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It was a lame day with heavy overcast sky when we visited, again, old ironworks at Fiskars, Southern Finland. It is our yearly visit there for our specific reasons. Because of the very bad light, I decided to use solely 'B&W film' in my X-T1. I hope you enjoy as much as I did strolling there with my camera
Whole set with explanations in Flickr: Fiskars in B&W
By the way, all pictures are SOOC JPEGs from Fujifilm X-T1 and XF35mm f1.4
Just back from a week in the Azores, a destination my wife and I had long wanted to see.
Full set here: Azores
We had an unscheduled stop in Angra do Heroismo on Terceira, as the airport on Sao Miguel was fogbound. Time for just a short stroll round a very interesting town.
Vasco da Gama statue by Martin Connolly, on Flickr
Angra do Heroismo by Martin Connolly, on Flickr
Some highlights from Sao Miguel in no particular order:
Near Furnas by Martin Connolly, on Flickr
The water here really is that colour due to volcanic activity:
Furnas Lake by Martin Connolly, on Flickr
More hydrangeas! by Martin Connolly, on Flickr
Towards Povoacao by Martin Connolly, on Flickr
Salta do Prego waterfall by Martin Connolly, on Flickr...
I recently spent a week on the beautiful Portuguese island of Madeira and in particular the main city, Funchal. These are some monochrome impressions of my trip, taken with X-Pro2 and X100T with a couple of guest appearances by my trusty GR. The macro shots, and a few of the others were taken with the Carl Zeiss Touit 50mm Macro - a surprisingly flexible and usable travel lens.
Let's start with a bit of "car porn" - A beautiful Austin 12 and a 1960s Opel:
Madeira Funchal May 2016 X100T Austin and Opel 2 mono par Lightmancer, on ipernity
A real REO Speedwagon:
Madeira Funchal May 2016 XPro2 Car Show 3 mono par Lightmancer, on ipernity
and a temperature gauge:
Madeira Funchal May 2016 XPro2 Car Show 6 mono par Lightmancer, on ipernity
A beetles reunion:
Madeira Funchal May 2016 XPro2 Car Show 28 mono par Lightmancer, on ipernity
Then off to the market for some fresh fish:
Madeira Funchal May 2016 Xpro2 Touit 50mm Mercado 7 mono par Lightmancer, on ipernity...
My girlfriend and I got back from our 3 week vacation in Indonesia almost a month ago, and I'm slowly getting around to sorting through the photographs. Used the RX100 for all the underwater stuff, and the A7r for everything 'topside'.
We spent one week in Raja Ampat, in Papua, eastern Indonesia. Fantastic, breathtaking dive destination, but expensive to reach and to dive. But worth every penny! We dove for 1 week, 19 dives.
Underwater photography is really quite a big challenge for me, because it combines requirements for situational awareness (diving well and controlling bouyancy/position in the water), flash use (at depth or for smaller stuff, available light makes things difficult) and positioning, and use of so-called 'wet lenses', which is what makes the RX100 a really great, relatively affordable diving system: everything from extreme wideangle to macro during a single dive, in a package that's travel friendly and 'affordable'. This was the second ever trip with a strobe, with new dive gear (finally bought my own), and occasional current diving, and the first real dives in almost a year, so the learning curve was pretty steep.
- Original Sony RX100
- Acquapazza aluminum housing
- INON wet lenses (macro and fisheye)
- Single INON strobe
The fisheye (UFL-165) is the weak link for me, due to vingetting a soft corners if I forget to stop down quite a lot, and I have now bought what should be a better lens (UWL-100 with dome), but it is a lot heavier. Which means fiddling with floating devices to make sure the camera is relatively 'neutral' underwater, making it easier to hold and use. Underwater photography is a whole different ballgame! Overall, the camera itself is a fraction of the cost of the system, and that's buying the wet lenses second hand (housing 800, strobe 400, wet lenses 300 total), but compared to getting a housing, ports, etc. for my a7R or even E-M1, it's downright affordable overall, and travels much lighter.
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