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  1. I don't use flash often, but for the few times I do, I put the flash options to the "Q" Menu. Just keep pushing the Q until the configuration menu pops up. You can put in the "flash mode" option and the "flash compensation" option. Do you have your X100T set to electronic+mechanical shutter? This automatically deactivates the flash (which makes sense). You have to set it to mechanical only. Hope this helps.
  2. The Dark Hedges (Northern Ireland 2015) Instead of the landscape, I chose the "street" approach... Fuji X-T1 with 35/1.4
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    My favourite shots

    Random selection of landscapes, travel and street shots that I really like. Taken with the X-T1 or X100T.
  4. I was on a short trip to Austria this weekend and managed to sqeeze in a little time for shooting:
  5. Hey everybody! Today, I’d like to share a brief story about a photograph I took two days ago, the joy of having a small, lightweight but high-quality camera equipment and knowing how to use your (limited) resources. It's the same that I already published on my blog. The story started a few days ago when I walked past this spot: It’s the Marienberg Fortress in my current home town, Wuerzburg. I hadn’t realized how good this spot was before, but as you can see, the time of the day and the weather conditions were not too great. So I just kept it in mind. I’m currently pretty damn busy at work, so I don’t really have time to go out and shoot, let alone actually PLAN anything. Nevertheless, I take my “go-to” equipment with me every day, which comprises of: The Fujifilm X100T A Haida 49mm ND 3.0 filter A tiny table tripod (Cullman 50007 digipod short) A cable release I’ve got no dedicated bag for this. I sometimes use a ThinkTank Retro 5, but normally I throw it into whichever bag I have with me (keeping everything organized with the power of the almighty zip-lock-bag… which also serves as a nice protection in case it rains). The whole thing weighs less than your average DSLR body, gives me full control over all relevant settings and yields images of great quality… moreover, I actually TAKE it with me. Anyway, back to yesterday: So I sat in the office, prepared a talk I will give next week and saw that the weather was behaving more or less in the same chaotic way as the days before – promising some nice clouds at sunset. So I just grabbed my bag, rushed out to the spot and set everything up, which more or less looked like that: The combination of the built-in ND filter, my screw-in filter and the great image quality at several apertures and most ISOs allows for a decent amount of freedom in exposure time, so I chose something one-minute-ish (although in the end I chose a 30s picture as the “keeper” thanks to a boat driving through) to nicely blur out the water but keep the clouds visible (they moved in the wrong direction for nice cloud-trails). Of course the whole thing wasn’t too stable on the tiny tripod and the surprisingly shaky bridge, but it sufficed to get a sharp picture. Thanks to the built-in WiFi, doing a rough edit on my smartphone was a breeze. So there you go: The point here is: It’s not about the equipment you have with you – it’s about knowing what you want, what you need, how to get it out of the things you have with you and how to work around the limitations. Whatever this means for you depends tremendously on your style of shooting, your own expectations and which compromises you’re willing to make. And you will have to make them. But this is something that you have to figure out for yourself, so don’t believe anybody who tells you about “that prefect camera” or whatnot. However, for ME, my current “small” setup is pretty close in terms of a daily companion and a whole lot of fun! To conclude, here’s the final Lightroom edit and another one I took later in a moody b&w edit:
  6. Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland (2015) Taken with my X100T @f/16, 1/4s
  7. Hi Eric, thank you! I enjoyed Hoi An a lot, but mostly because we spent a lot of time there - so I got to know the "spots", the way the people act and react, etc. (Also, the inner part of Hoi An is a "traffic calmed zone", so carelessly stepping onto the street while you are shooting does not equal instant "death by motorbike"). The best place however was the small village I can not remember near Ninh Binh. We spent a few nights at a homestay there and it was just great. Just a few miles outside the city, but like a totally different world. It was a place where people actually lived, rather unaffected by all the tourism, and where you could at least get a (very) small glimpse of the actual everyday life of the people. And they were all very friendly! Also, here's another landscape
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    Vietnam (2014-2015)

    Images from a 3-week-trip through the northern half of Vietnam.
  9. Thank you, Beginer! If you are living there - have some Bún chả, it's one of my favourite dishes I had in Hanoi. I had the best in the food stall at 43 Hang Buom, but I guess there's plenty more very good ones. Seriously, the food in Vietnam was downright awesome! Anyway, sorry for the delay - time to finally continue. Despite all the madness on the streets, there's also plenty of places where things calm down considerably, giving you the impression of isolated islands of silence within the busy city. That's what I want to show you in part II... Streets of Hanoi, Part II An area where things immediately get a lot more relaxing is the Temple of Literature. It was great to leave the tourist crowds behind while wandering further into the area, picking out some small details, enjoying taking pictures. Great place to be. Another calm (and somewhat eerie) place was the West Lake. It was shrouded in fog the day we've been there, dampening the light and the noises and as such being an interesting change of pace. Yes, there's the pagoda and stuff, and people who really want to sell you some fruit, but all in all it was very soothing just standing there and watching life around (and on) the water.
  10. Maybe. Also bought them from teamworks as far as I remember. I don't have any especially bad examples online (well, I do, but they are B&W edits for that reason), but here's one where I "abused" the effect to make the sky more dramatic. Definitely one of my worse images, but it serves as an example. Stacked the ND Grad 0.9 and 0.6 in a 45° angle. If I have some time on the weekend I'll shoot a direct comparison of the Haida and Hitech ND3.0.
  11. Right there with you. Still waiting for them to finally let me reassign this strange red button on the top... can't remember that I ever used it. Does it have a function? Okay, jokes aside, I installed FW4 a few days after its release but don't care much about it. The "eye" feature of face detect might come in handy one day, but at the moment, my "old" method still works faster. Besides that, little has changed for me. I don't do sports or fast moving stuff, so I work 99.9% in "S" drive with AF-S (that's why I seriously love the "lock" feature that came with one of the FW-updates). For me, the X-T1 already had way more features than I needed to begin with, but new options are always nice to have (as long as they allow me to still use the camera in the way I'm used to). Focus&Spot metering interlock was a godsend. So was MS+ES because it pretty much makes accidentally NOT capturing a RAW impossible. And yes, new features make things more complicated, especially when they are forced into an old UI (as Rico mentioned). But that's the price you pay for allowing the people who do not care about the new features to keep using the camera the way they used to. If there was something new I cared about, I reread the manual, if not, I didn't have to. That's a good thing. Because seriously, I read the manual once when I got the camera to set it up in a way that it behaves as I want it, and from there on it was aperture, shutter speed, ISO and my Fn-Buttons. Sometimes the Q menu, becoming able to costumize it was also a good thing. In the end, for me, a camera is always just a tool that allows me to capture my vision of a scene. And it should do so in the least hindering way.
  12. Sorry, but I have to disagree. I used several Hitech filters (ND3.0, ND Grad 0.9, 0.6 and 0.3) for a long time and (at least mine) produce pretty heavy tints, especially when stacked. While the grads produce a magenta tint, the ND3 goes in the blue-green-ish direction. The combination is just a pain to correct in Lightroom and ruined more than a few shots. I replaced my 3.0 with the one from Haida (see here) and I am seriously impressed. It has a slight tint, but I'd just call it "warm". It actually looks really pleasant. I haven't tried the Lee filters, so I can't comment on them, but at the moment, Haida seems to offer the most "bang" for your buck.
  13. X-T1, XF 10-24 Processed from the RAW in Lightroom using the Monochrome-G profile and corrected the exposure ever so slightly to match the +0.3EV OOC JPG. Nothing else. Shows just how good those Fuji B&W profiles are.
  14. Together with today's shot comes a slight change of plans: While I initially wanted to show some of the street shots also in here, I've decided to make a dedicated thread in the respective forum. Check it out here: The streets of Vietnam. Besides that, there's not much to talk about today. It's another one from the boat trip I mentioned above. Lan Ha Bay (as seen from a ridge on Monkey Island):
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