Back to my Fuji roots: coast and landscape

Overlooking the wild Atlantic coast it is never easy to forget the savage beauty of the ocean or the calm sunset of a still day.

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For a while I have been focussing on other photography projects but this evening I slung the lovely old Fuji Xpro 1 over my shoulder with XF18mm attached and set off along the sand.  Dusk comes slowly here in North Devon.  The light hangs in the air,  there is a glow,  cast from the sand and the sea, reflections of gold and blue.  Today not a cloud in the sky, a faint mist already drifting across the sand-hills,  everything calm. Around me feeding on the shoreline, Oystercatchers and Egrets, Sandpipers and Sanderlings. The haunting cry of the Curlew echoes across the River Taw.  Sometimes it is awe inspiring, sometimes you have to look out and look up, how can this magic be here for me,  yet others, far away suffer oppression and tyranny?  So for today I whisper a quiet thank you.

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Coastal photography with the Fuji XF 35mm

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.

Godrevy Light through sea thrift

Godrevy Light through sea thrift

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.

St. Ives from Gwithian

St. Ives from Gwithian

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.

Rocks and pool

Rocks and pool

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.

pool and rocks

pool and rocks