Alternate Landscapes – Lockdown Perspectives
I’ve owned a Fuji x100s for 6 years. It has been a favourite tool for image creation. It is light enough to carry almost everywhere, heavy enough to ‘feel comfortable’. I prefer to have some weight in a camera.
The fixed lens (23mm F2 lens) is enough for a variety of subjects, and being ‘fixed’ requires thinking and creativity to get good images. The big advantage is not having to change lenses and risk dust and other objects reaching the sensor and creating the inevitable ‘dust bunnies’ on an image. Having lived in India for the first 4 years of camera ownership this was particularly valuable.
Having started my photography passion in the pre-digital age I loved using Fuji Velvia and Provia film. The saturation of colours they produced was my preference. The pre-sets of Fuji and Provia in the digital Fuji x100s are very similar, in my opinion.
Lockdown has found me experimenting much more with this camera. Manual focus, full manual shutter & aperture, or combination of auto of either preference, range of ISO, low light, flash in various modes. It’s been a joy to play around and has opened up new ideas and opportunities for images once we are through these strange and inhibiting times.
It has also made me see the world I am currently confined to in new, different and interesting ways. Thinking and seeing ‘differently’ has, and continues to be, a very valuable learning process.
The following images are all taken within a 10-metre square area of the garden during the blooming Spring.