Testing the Fuji 16mm f2.8 in Downtown Denver

First off, this is not a review. I may do a full review eventually, but this is just a test and some observations. The other day I finally got the chance to take the new Fuji 16mm f2.8 WR out for a spin, and I will say right off the bat, I really like this lens. It took me a minute to get used to the wider field of view, but not as long as I thought. At least in a scenery like wondering around a city, it is perfect for capturing the whole experience. There is some distortion as to be expected, and it isn’t the sharpest lens at f2.8, but it is small, light, and a ton of fun.

I think the 16mm combined with the 35mm f2 would make a killer everyday and travel setup. I definitely plan on selling my 23mm f2 as I never really loved it and the 16mm replaces it for me. I am going to hold on to the 50mm f2 for now because it makes a KILLER portrait lens and I am not quite ready to let that go yet.

Anyways, its a fun lens, I am sure I will post more pictures from it soon…also I need to wander around downtown a little more than I currently do.

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Cold Denver

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Last week was a bitterly cold week here in Colorado. It was no Polar Vortex so I realize I can’t complain, and I am not, but it was the coldest week in recent memory. The positive side of it is that I was able to capture some pretty cool images. This one in particular is one of my favorite photos in a long time. I like that it is almost two images with both sets of tracks, I like the truck on the right side and the silhouette of Denver on the left side, and I like the overal tone and vibe. I think I am going to print this one at some point, if even for my own archives. 

It’s already warmer this week and the snow is starting to melt, but that will provide photographic opportunities of its own.  

Street Photography is a Practice

Street photography is weird. At first you think you can just go out and do it, but pretty quickly you realize it takes a lot of practice to get good at. Thats where I am at now, I am am just trying to consistently go out and practice. I try not to go in with any expectations of good shots, I just grab my camera and go and practice. Some are good, and some suck.

Denver Colorado

I had a break from work and decided to take go for a little walk with my XPro-2. I walked a bit of the Cherry Creek Trail for the first time which was surprisingly pretty. The city is such an endlessly visually stimulating place, almost overwhelming sometimes.

XPro-2 | XF23mm f2 | Mastin Labs Ektar 100

A Week of Black and White

Last week my brother and I decided to challenge ourselves and shoot only black and white for an entire week. It was a very interesting challenge for me. Going into it I knew it would be difficult, but I didn't anticipate how much I would fall in love with it. About halfway through the week things just "clicked" and I really started to love it. 

All photography is an abstraction of reality, but monochrome gives images an added layer of abstraction that allows express feelings in a way that the more literal color photography does not. I still really love color, but I have fallen in love with what black and white allows me to do. 

After this week I have decided to mostly dedicate my X100f to black and white. It is my little rangefinder "loaded with Tri-X" that I can grab and shoot at any moment. I think you will see a lot more black and white in my portfolio moving forward.