The Alps

The Alps are imposing, majestic and arriving to Chamonix in France late Friday night the surrounding mountains seemed quite magical as they were dimly illuminated by the towns ambient light. The next day saw plenty of fog, so much so that it was impossible to tell you were surrounded by such great mounds of rock and earth. Sunday morning saw the fog clear somewhat and after all I felt relief that I had brought the camera and collection of lenses to get a few shots. This was the second outing for the Fujifilm XE2 that I had acquired recently and I was keen to try it out especially with a couple of Nikon Ai Telephoto lenses. First impressions of this camera are very positive: the ergonomics are excellent with the shutter speed dial and aperture rings. The EVF is surprisingly good (although not a patch on an optical SLR viewfinder) but the addition of digital focus aids for manual lenses is much appreciated. The photos below are a some of my favourites from trying to capture some of the detail in these mountains. Most are with the Nikon 200mm f4 Ai lenses, which I must say is an excellent companion to the XE2; the remainder are with the 100mm f2.8 Series E which again feels like a natural pairing to the Fuji. One disappointment was the realisation that the K&F Concept lens adapter is not accurately measured so that the focus markings on these lenses are meaningful. This means its quite easy to focus past infinity which does not yield positive results. Finally these images were processed in Lightroom with a preset mimicking black and white film which I find a remarkably good rendition.

Looking forward by remembering back

Its been 10 years since photography became a passion of mine and I thought looking back at that journey would be a good first post to begin with on this new blog.

Its fair to say that when I picked up my first camera I didn't really have any real idea or direction of what I wanted to achieve with photography. I started just capturing snapshots of trips and other moments in my life, but soon got hooked and started focusing on particular types of photography. University was a great time to get into photography; the student newspaper gave me an opportunity to try out shooting sports and concerts. It gave me an appreciation of just how technically hard these two genres are, even with some professional gear (borrowed from the student photo society).

By now I think I've now realised that photographing people, whether portraits or street are also not something I particularly enjoy. I do still try the latter when out and about but to say the results are mixed might be a bit too generous at the moment. In some future posts I'll do a recap of my top 5 favourite images of each photography genre I've tried my hands at.

So looking through my images of the last 10 years, what do I enjoy most? Landscapes. Nature to me offers the best subject, and the process of capturing these images in visiting spectacular locations is a large part of this. Looking forward I want to make more of an effort in planning my trips to be landscape orientated, and this will start in a couple of weeks in Scotland. I also want to record more my planning on this blog so I can refer back to it later and maybe help others in their plans.