Postcard from Liguria, Italy
We’re wrapping up the first week of the Italy Within The Frame. We’ve been on the Mediterranean for a week and now heading for Venice to begin one more week of great food, wine, and photography, all of which there is in abundance. I’m not going to lie to you, it’s been rough.
I’ve given myself new constraints on this trip. These intentional constraints fire me creatively, but they also push me in new directions and keep me learning. This trip I’m using my Fuji XE-1, mostly with the 14mm lens, and I’m shooting square, and mostly black and white. The image at the top , made in Vernazza, will be presented in black and white as a series below, but the colours, straight out of the camera like this, still wow me. These limitations push me to make different decisions than I might normally, to see differently that I usually do, and I’m having a blast with them.
The Fuji continues to surprise me with how good it is, and it’s performed extremely well for both landscape work and street candids. The only weird surprise was finding the word SUPER on my images, though reversed. It took me a while to figure out that my longer exposures were getting reflections from the writing on the lens (from the ring around the front element), after bouncing off my filters. Why manufacturers insist on writing all this stuff where it can be reflected is beyond me. I’ve gaffer-taped it for now, but I’ll probably track down some matte black model paint when I get home and do it right. At least I don’t have to worry about light leaks through the viewfinder as I do with my D800.
Carrying such a small kit makes all the difference for me, and many of the little features of the Fuji are winning me over – the virtual horizon as I compose, the in-viewfinder histogram, even the depth of field markers on the lens of the 14mm which makes street shooting without focusing easier – all of these make a nice change from shooting the larger DSLRs.
On to Venice now for one more week, and then home to finish SEVEN while I pack for my trip to the Khutzeymateen to photograph the grizzlies up north. We launched The Created Image a couple days ago, and if you’re interested in a two-day photographic intensive with me, in Vancouver, this July, you can get more details on the related post.