Longmont with the 56mm

I recently traded my 16mm f1.4 WR for the 56mm f1.2. Don’t get me wrong, I think the 16mm f1.4 is one of the best lenses Fuji makes and its one of the best lenses I have ever used, but I found I didn’t use it that much. I also own the 18mm f2 and it is 90% of the lens yet much smaller and much cheaper. So I decided to try my hand at the 85mm equivalent focal length. I wanted a better portrait lens, but I also want the ability to experiment with that focal length on the street.

I had about an hour to kill this morning before I could get started working, so I walked around downtown Longmont. My goal for this little walk was to experiment with reflections and a bit of abstraction. I would have loved to have a bit more human element in these photos, but it turns out there aren’t many people out and about in Longmont at 6 in the morning. I am still pretty happy with some of these photos and extremely happy with the lens. Its a really fun alternative to my standard 18mm and 35mm setup.

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I wanted so badly for somebody to walk bye in one of the above reflection shots, but there were zero pedestrians. I will need to revisit this idea when there are more humans present.

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P.S. Longmont is a lovely town! Tons of cute shops and good restaurants, coffee shops, and bars. Also the people are so friendly. I would love to spend some more time here.

X-Pro2 | XF56mm f1.2 | Mastin Labs Ektar 100

Eastlake Colorado

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There is this little community in Thornton Colorado called Eastlake. It is an old country town that somehow has remained mostly unchanged as the metropolis of Denver slowly surrounded it. It is mostly abandoned but still has a lot of charm, but it is about to change…

Later this year the Denver Light-Rail system will open its newest line and station right in the heart of Eastlake. My prediction is that this will bring massive change to the area. I think the charm of Eastlake will be quickly discovered and we will see new business and growth in the area. I am actually really excited about the change. I think it could turn into a really awesome community less than 5 minutes from our house. There is a bit of melancholy to it as well. Change is always a little bit sad, even when it is for the better.

A couple weeks ago on my birthday, while the kids were sleeping, I stole a couple hours away to spend some time making images. I wandered around Eastlake and tried to capture a little bit of the way it is now, before the changes happen. I am actually not stoked with these pictures, I don’t love the lighting and I think I can do better. They inspired me though to consider turning this into a bigger project. I think I am going to try to go back to Eastlake every couple months and document the change as it happens. It deserves to be remembered how it was and documented as it changes.

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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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