Monday, February 17, 2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

I'm working on my new site!

Hello everybody,
With an increasing number of visitors I've come to the conclusion that I needed a solution that was faster and easier to work with. So, the last week I've been working on my new site, which is going to replace this blogpage and also work as a gallery and maybe some other stuff in the future.

The new site is http://larsauthen.com so head over there and have a look. It's not finnished yet, and the gallery section is only half full. It's hard to figure out which pictures to put in the galleries actually! :D

I will continue my work of supporting the Fuji X cameras with testing and comparisons on the blog page over there from now!

Lars.
http://larsauthen.com

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Winter, cold, snow - who needs the weather sealed X-T1? Fujifilm X-Pro1 in cold weather

Living in Norway, I'm used to all kinds of weather. Rain, snow, tough winds and storms. Sometimes plus 25-30 degrees celcius in the summer, and down to minus 30 degrees celcius in the winter. So - I'm waiting in big anticipation for the upcomping Fujfilm X-T1 with its weather sealed body. My biggest concern is that it seems very small. I like the size of the X-Pro1. But, being weather sealed is a big plus. For now we only know of one weather sealed lens, the 18-135mm zoom, so perhaps I will wait a bit longer than the mid February release.

Anyway - who says I have to wait? Today it was minus 18 degrees celcius, snow and wind - and my Fujifilm X-pro1 with the XF14mm f/2.8 and XF 35mm f/1.4 performed flawlessly!





The above pictures is from Sør Fron Kyrkje (church) in Gudbrandsdalen.

The pictures below is from Ringebu stavkirke (stave church). You can read about the Norwegian medieval wooden stave churches here which are located in different places around in Norway. Ringebu stave church is first mentioned in 1270 although it could be older.












Sunday, January 12, 2014

Finally some winter shots! Fujifilm X-Pro and X100s

Finally we got a little bit of snow, not enough to go skiing though. But it brightens up the landscape a little bit. Today it was -7 degrees celcius, but the cold wind from the sea made it feel much colder. My "model" for the day was my wife of course. We spent some time outdoors, at Mærrapanna near Fredrikstad. A nice place to go swimming in the summer... in the winter? Well, a cup of hot chocolate always helps...But it's a strange thought that in six months time we will go for a swin here. The sun is visible this south in Norway the whole winter, but it stays pretty low on the horizon. Today sunrise was at 9:02 and sunset was at 15:47. At the darkest day, 21. desember it was rising at 09:12 and setting at 15:17... Still, no reason to complain, go north in Norway and you won't see the sun at all in the winter. 

The first picture is from the Fujfilm X100s, and the rest is with the Fujifilm X-Pro1 and the XF 14mm lens. 





Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Fireworks on new years eve! With Fujifilm X-Pro1 and XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4.0

At midnight I had my Fujifilm X-Pro1 ready with the XF 18-55mm mounted, ISO 200, aperture between f/13 and f/16, shutter speed between 5 and 10 seconds. Mounted on a Benro tripod of course. And these are some of the shots I got. Not exactly the firworks seen in Sydney or other major cities around the world.. but these are from my small home town. :D Happy new year!







Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy new year!

While waiting for the afternoon and dinner time on this last day of 2013 I brought my Fujfilm X-pro1 + the 14mm wide angle lens to the beach near where I live. I took some shots as the was sun setting. Nice way to end the year.







I used my Canon 7D + 70-200mm f/2.8 IS Mk II for this shot. Maybe it was my wife who phoned the rescue service to get me home in time for New Years dinner... ;) Anyway, they were flying pretty low above the beach were I was-

 I used my Canon 7D + 70-200mm f/2.8 IS Mk II for this shot

I guess the only way to get picture of myself is to use the 10 second timer on my Fujifilm X and a tripod...

This picture of me is also taken with my Fujifilm X-Pro1, Benro tripod and 10 second timer. Last day of the year, and celebrating with some Norwegian chocolate :D 


Monday, December 30, 2013

Fujifilm X-Pro1 + XF14mm f/2.8R - again..

Winter time is here... but where is the snow? Usually we have snow where I live, at least some snow if not perfect skiing conditions. I'm longing to use my 14mm (21mm FF) wide angle lens and take some winter pictures. This is all I got for now.. no snow..



The picture below is basicly the same as the above, almost the same framing, but with different exposure. The shutter time is increased to blur out the waves a bit more. Not sure what I like the most. I'm using the Phottix VND Variable ND Filter on my Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8R lens to achieve this, and I'm very happy with the result. Both pictures are shot at ISO200 and aperture f/16, but the above version has 0.8sec shutter speed, and the below one has 2.1sec.



Saturday, November 30, 2013

Fujifilm X-Pro1 + XF 14mm f/2.8R + Phottix VND Variable ND filter

Recently I bought a variable ND filter for my Fujifilm XF14mm (21mm equivalent in full frame camera) f/2.8R wide angle lens. I bought the Phottix VND Variable ND filter. Today I tried it out for the first time.



There were almost no movement in the water at all, I was hoping for a little bit more movement to blur everything out. Here I am at f/16, 20 second exposure at ISO 200 - the lowest ISO on the Fujifilm X-Pro1.

I am very happy with it. I could have gone to f/22 and gotten a even longer shutter time and maybe blurring the the water even more. But.. the sea was so calm today. Anyway, the filter itself did its job, I adjusted it to full effect, meaning 8 stops slower shutter time. You can adjust it from 2 to 8 stops. Nice!

Here's another shot, after a boat had passed by making some waves:

Fujfilm X-Pro1 + XF14mm f/2.8R, Phottix VND Variable ND filter, ISO 800, f/11, 1.7sec.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

It's a black and white world. Fuji X






Almost a black and white world, this last one ended up in color. The equipment for the day was a Fujfilm X-Pro1 and the XF 34mm f/1.4 lens + the XF 14mm f/2.8 lens.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Fujifilm X Pro1 and X100s Street Photograpy in Oslo

On a dark november's evening like this I miss the Norwegian summer. So after posting lots of pictures from Thailand recently, I thought I'd post some street shots from Norway. These picutres were taken in Oslo during a thai food festival in June 2013 at Youngstorget. Some pictures are from the festival area, others from the streets nearby.

 Fujifilm X100s, iso 400, f/8, 1/100sec.
Fast autofocus or not, I waited for this situation above to happen, and had already set my focus. I was waiting for one of the adults to move forward to give the street artist money. Then suddenly this girl with the colorfull dress and toy guitar jumped into the frame. Unfortuneatly I cut off the girls leg in the picture, but personally I like this anyway, with him following her with his eyes as she moves forward. I have posted this one before, but then it was the OOC JPEG which had blown out highlights in the background. This version is from the RAW file and post processed in Lightroom 5.

Fujfilm X100s, iso 400, f/4, 1/400sec.
For the above shot I took several frames, but I liked this one where the banjo player makes eyecontact with me. Usually I try to avoid that, but this one I caught just in the millisecond he looked at me, and before he changed posture. At the time I wasn't so familiar with the 35mm slight wide angle frame, having almost only shot the 53mm equivalent Fuji lens on the street so far. I was not close enough. I had to crop this picture a bit in post.

Fujifilm X100s, ISO 400, f/4, 1/1200sec.
The above is a lucky shot perhaps. I saw the woman in this nice coming. But I did not anticipate the street salesman coming over and following her for about 5 meters or so, or her closing her eyes and really showing her lack of interest.

Fujifilm X-Pro1 w/XF35mm, iso 400, f/2.2, 1/1250sec.


Fujifilm X-pro1, iso 200, f/2.8, 1/600sec.
Above - well, that's my wife there with the Canon strap over her shoulder... I like my Canon dSLR cameras too, but not on the street. They're too big. My wife doesn't mind though. Here she is ordering some food at the food festival.

Fujifilm X100s, iso 400, f/4, 1/1600sec.
Well, he's sitting on my spot... Hope he got some nice shots too that day. Me, well I should have crouched down a bit and gotten a better angle - and definatly used a smaller aperture and got the people at the table in the background in sharper focus. Still learning :)


My buddy Gunnar showing off his cap. Actually, this is my cap, but when we passed this hat store I asked him to wear it and let me photograph him in front of this window.

Fujifilm X100s, iso 400, f/5.6, 1/420sec.
I remember this was my first time were I spent a good amount of time on the street with the X100s, and I was very happy with it. It was much snappier in both focus and overall operation than my X-Pro1. But I still prefer the size and handling of the X-Pro1. 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Fujifilm X-Pro1 and X100s .. some shots from Thailand

It's been about 4 months since I came home from Thailand. I took so many pictures with my Fujifilm cameras. Here's a few samples.

Fujifilm X100s.

Fujifilm x100s.

Fujifilm x100s.
Usually I use the viewfinder, either electronic or the optical one. In the above picture I was sitting on the back of a motorbike, and the helmet made it difficult to use the viewfinder so the back LCD screen proved useful. 

Fujfilm X-Pro1 + XF 35(53)mm lens.

Fujifilm X-Pro1 + XF (53)mm lens.
As usual  the shots are taken i raw format, processed in Lightroom.