Project 365-2: February 2019

February was probably the most mixed-up month of the project. Starting with one of my most underused lenses, the XF 27, I soon decided to sell it. The external focus mechanism with its hefty movement during focusing and the lack of an aperture ring were the main reasons for that. After making the decision, I used different lenses for the remainder of the month, but mostly the XF 10-24.

 

Here is the full gallery for February 2019:

  • Aperture: ƒ/2.8
  • Camera: X-T1
  • Taken: 7 February, 2019
  • Focal length: 27mm
  • ISO: 2500
  • Shutter speed: 1/52s

Project 365-2: January 2019

January was the month of the XF 14. This was quite a change compared to the XF 56 I used in December. The XF 14 is nice and small, but I in general I found the wide angle harder to work with. Obviously, it is also harder to create a bokeh effect — but not impossible due to its short minimum focus distance.

Here are my favorites for January:

    

And here is the full gallery for January 2019:

  • Aperture: ƒ/2.8
  • Camera: X-T1
  • Taken: 19 January, 2019
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 800
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s

Project 365-2: December 2018

After two months with the XF 23 f/2, December 2018 was a month with a considerably narrower field of view: That of the XF 56 f/1.2. Much larger in diameter and heavier than either the XF 35 or the XF 23 f/2, this lens is still fairly good to handle. Its optical characteristics are stunning. A maximum aperture of f/1.2 allows for a very narrow depth of field. Stepped down it handles direct sunlight well. I like that field of view and the slight compression effect of the 56 mm focal length.

My favorites for December are:

       

Here is the full set of pictures for December 2018:

  • Aperture: ƒ/1.2
  • Camera: X-T1
  • Taken: 29 December, 2018
  • Focal length: 56mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/1700s

Project 365-2: November 2018

November 2018 was the second month dedicated to the Fujinon XF 23/f2.0, this time with three exceptions, where I chose photos made with other lenses. This includes one of my favorites of that month:

I made that photo after my train was cancelled and thus having some unexpected free time. The sun was shining through a break in the clouds and a nice warm light was reflected by the rails. The XF 56 produces a nice star effect when stepped down.

Have a look at the full gallery of November 2018:

Project 365-2: October 2018

In the second month of my 365 day project I used exclusively my newly bought XF 23/f2.0. It’s nice and small and equipped with a rather fast auto focus mechanism.

With the beginning of October, I used darktable instead of Lightroom as my main raw processor. This was due to my general switch to Linux as my main operating system. Darktable is very powerful, but its user interface is rather cluttered.

This is one of my favorite photos of that month and one where I achieved exactly the result I wanted in post processing:

Here is the full gallery of October 2018:

  • Aperture: ƒ/11
  • Camera: X-T1
  • Taken: 20 October, 2018
  • Focal length: 23mm
  • ISO: 800
  • Shutter speed: 1/280s

Project 365-2: September 2018

So, here we go again. After a break of nearly three years, I’m starting a new “365 project”, i.e., taking at least one photo per day and publishing exactly one photo. My first 365 project I had to cancel about one month short of finishing it due to time constraints (I was working on my dissertation back then). After ending that project, I used my camera only occasionally. Regarding the time constraints, things have changed for the better a little. So I decided to start another 365 project in order to force myself to recover my proficiency in photography.

A general motto of the project will be to use one lens, mostly a prime lens, exclusively for a whole month. I’m starting with the Fujinon XF35/f1.4, which was one of the first lenses I bought back in 2014. The 35 mm focal length is almost equivalent to 55 mm in full frame terms, meaning it is the traditional standard focal length.

Take a look at my results for September 2018, the first month of my 365 project:

  • Aperture: ƒ/11
  • Camera: X-T1
  • Taken: 1 September, 2018
  • Focal length: 35mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/550s