with the Fuji XT1
As you might have read in my earlier posts, the Fuji XT1 is my favourite camera for travel. I recently purchased their new tele-zoom XF 40-150mm f/2.8 and using a lens like this can give you a new perspective on one of the most photographed cities in the world.
As a photographer, you always want to try to have your angle on photography. A large part of that is post processing, and I went for substantial contrast in these images, and also some vintage film emulation. While everyone is obsessed with getting noise-free images at high ISO, I was shooting at low ISO’s with the Fuji XT1 and adding noise afterwards in post processing.
I love the quality of Fujinon lenses (no Fuji isn’t paying me to write this, it’s just something I concluded after trying so much equipment in the last years). The XF 50-140 is another gem, and it performed admirably on my Fuji XT1. Their image stabilisation does offer 4 to 5 stops of advantage. I read that the technology comes from their optical stabilisation of military grade equipment like binoculars and is now used in their lens range.
I’m mainly using DXO film pack 5fiveanalogue film emulations here. I like the ease-of-use, straight out of Lightroom, and also the fact that you can now add micro-contrast in lows, mids and highs separately. It’s an excellent tool to add sharpness and detail to specific regions of your image without affecting Bokeh.
The Vatican is also an intriguing place, it’s a strange twist that the epicentre of Christianity was constructed in an area where Christians used to be executed in mass numbers by the Romans.