Any one who follows any of the Gallery Le Fey sites will know that for the most part I photograph coastal landscape scenes. Not always, given the contrasting tones of sea, sky and sand, as simple as it sounds.
Reflective light, blown out highlights and wide dynamic range are other pretty standard exposure issues for the camera and photographer to overcome. So staying in the VW Camper at Gwithian, Cornwall, overlooking Godrevy beach, probably one of the top ten best beaches in the world, was a great place to try out the FujiFilm XF 35. mm lens. The light in Cornwall is extraordinary. On the North coast the sea is a translucent blue green colour, with crashing pure white surf. The sand very light and yellow. The sky on clear days is really bright and even when overcast or stormy there is an elegance to the coastal scene that is hard to describe or resist.
Normally a 35mm lens would not be a great choice for these sort of landscapes but the Fuji XF seemed to handle the light and tones perfectly. Even at 9.0 a.m the light was harsh and bright so I used a polarising filter which I reckon gave me a stop or two advantage.
I mostly shot at f5.6 or f8 at 200 ISO and let shutter speed take care of itself. This lens is incredible. On the Fuji XE2 it is neat and well balanced, it just works with no fuss and gives, in my view, perfect rendering of tones and contrast.