Long Exposure Photography (X-Pro1)
I genuinely didn’t expect to find a compact camera packed with as many professional features as are found on the Fujifilm X-Pro1.
This camera is all about quality without compromise. It should be noted that the images in this post were captured with a preproduction version of the Fujifilm X-Pro1 which things can only get even better.[box]The Long Exposure (PDF eBook)
The eBook covers everything from the equipment you will need right through to post-production processing in Adobe’s brilliant Lightroom 4. This guide has been written with the beginner to the long exposure process in mind; however, the enthusiast and professional alike may find something of relevance also. The Book comes with 6 dedicated Lightroom Presets. The Long Exposure Ebook [/box]
Anyone who has visited FlixelPix before knows I particularly like the challenge of long exposure photography. A nice wide lens, low light and a shutter speed of 30 seconds or more creates moody black and white ghostly landscapes and ultra white waterfalls.
To test the camera I thought it important to try the type of photography I wouldn’t instinctively consider when using a compact camera. I still had the mindset that The X-Pro1 would be for everyday work and that I would need to retain my DSLR for landscapes and long exposures.
Even before taking a photo the X-Pro1 I was surprised how feature rich the camera is for long exposure work. The camera comes with two modes Bulb (B) and Time (T) mode.
Normally I would use the bulb mode and a remote switch with my DSLR but found on the X-Pro1 the T mode which offers up to a 30 second exposure was meeting my needs nicely.
A really nice feature is that both the T and B modes offer a large visual counter on the rear LCD. The camera is also equipped with long exposure noise reduction to ensure the best quality of image.
It is hard not to get excited that stunning long exposures photographs are possible with a camera that is considerably smaller and lighter than my DSLR.
The result of a compact and light X-Pro1 camera meant my Manfrotto tripod felt twice as heavy as usual so perhaps the next step is to find a reliable tripod that is easy to carry over long distances as the X-Pro1, any suggestions would be appreciated.
For the long exposures I used the 18mm (27mm equiv.) lens and although it is tighter than I normally would shoot long exposure photographs the minimal vignette meant very little cropping in postproduction.
It was also interesting to note that as a rangefinder style camera the X-Pro1 was still able to focus when using an ND filter making the whole process of long exposures easier and cleaner.
I really can’t fault the X-Pro1 the camera software makes landscape photography a really enjoyable process.
Even after two days of long exposure photography I hadn’t experienced a single lock up or issue and I was equally pleased that after a two days of long exposure work the battery was only partly depleted.
I am quickly coming to the conclusion that the X-Pro1 is my one stop camera solution producing remarkably sharp and detailed images even when taking 45 second long exposures. I love this camera. You can view the full set of images in my X-Pro1 flickr set.