So yesterday my wonderful spouse convinced me to leave the office and go out for some holiday spirit with her. I did. What did we come back with? She came back with some great memories, and some gifts for the grandkids; me? Oh, exactly 1,698 raw files.
The place we went to is KNOWN for it’s holiday light displays. This is a wonderful place to visit anytime of the year, but during the holidays, it’s magical. I had been here once before, in December 2012 with my lil Panasonic LX7.
Knowing what to expect I packed my X-T2, the 16 1.4, the 35 1.4, and the 60mm Macro 2.4; and just for kicks, and because I Loooove the zoom effect on lights of any kind, I threw in my 18-55 lens.
I also threw in my small canvas carry-all bag a load of ND filters – which didn’t get used at all, my electronic shutter release, which absolutely sucks, and my travel tripod. All this fit inside my small, lightweight canvas bag with a Jill-E insert. In the outside pockets I threw in a water bottle, some ibuprofen tabs for my back (from carrying medium format film, and Nikon digital for years) and that was pretty much it.
I did not use the tripod at all. ALL my images were taken between iso 400 and 1600, handheld mostly wide-open at 1.4 whenever possible. I’ve posted below how many images per lens. Of course, I have yet to cull these for the keepers — I also have to cull through 11,911 other images that I’ve taken for travel/stock and personal use since July. I have whittled it down from 16,000 so I’m slowly making progress. I certainly won’t be at a loss as to what I’ll be doing on long winter nights! As a matter of fact I met a guy up in Maine that was out shooting with his 4 x 5 film camera. We got to talking and he told me that he would shoot all spring, summer and fall, then “relive” his memories as he developed his film in his darkroom over the cold Maine winter nights. He actually inspired me “not to worry” about getting caught up and up-to-date unless I was on deadline. And boy was he right! I am stress free with over 11,000 images to review, then edit and distribute around to the agencies.
Here are some details as promised as to the lenses I used at the village for the images:
16mm 1.4: 923 images, 35mm 1.4: 626 images, 18-55zoom (for special effects): 120 images, and the incredible 60mm 2.4 Macro: 29 images and only because it was just too dark to handhold the 2.4.
All ISO’s were from a minimum of 400, to a max of 1600. I selected the ISO instead of letting the camera do it. I just love these images, and the bokeh my lenses produced!
And to be perfectly clear: Not one lens gave me any trouble locking on to the lights. I don’t know what ju-ju Fuji has introduced but the 16, 35 and 60 locked on instantly — the 18-55 hunted a bit – especially at the 55mm F4 end but overall I could not be happier with the selection I took with me. I kinda wish I had taken the 23 1.4 so maybe if I go back next year I’ll be sure to pack that one as well, and leave the mini-tripod at home to balance out the weight.
All these images were shot as UNCOMPRESSED raw, 50.6mb each. I used a 128 Lexar fast card in slot 1, and a 32G Lexar in slot 2 for JPEG’s. I didn’t touch the JPEG’s. And, yes I shoot only uncompressed as no matter what anyone says I still don’t believe that no data is lost between compressed and uncompressed.
For your viewing pleasure, here are some fine Bokeh Balls! Look at how clean and crisp they are! I hope you enjoy looking at these as much as I enjoyed making them.