The view from Slieve Doan in the Mourne Mountains
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Exploring The Mournes : Fujifilm X100 Landscape Photography

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Fujifilm X100 Landscape Photography really comes down to simplicity. I always struggle to know which camera to carry in the mountains. There is lots to consider image quality (focal length etc), size, bulk, weight and even protecting the camera from the elements and terrain.

During the last two excursion (albeit to the same mountain route) I decided to pack just a single Fujifilm X100F camera in the little Fujifilm Leather case.

X100F in the mountains

One of the big advantages of the Fujifilm X series is the fact that the majority of the controls are traditional buttons and dials. There is very little need to be in the menus when out capturing landscape images. The only time I entered the menu on this visit was to activate the panorama setting (see below).

Is the Fujifilm X100 series the ultimate travel camera?

Although the Fujifilm X100F isn’t actually weather or dust sealed (The X100V is weather sealed) I rarely capture images during adverse weather conditions. Rain or snow on the lens has ruined enough images to bothered even trying. The leather case also adds a bit of extra protection especially when scaling up the sides of a granite mountain face.

Fujifilm Film Simulation Bracketing

My set up for Fujifilm X100 Landscape Photography is relatively simply. The 23mm lens with a little lens hood. I under expose each image by half a step and using the brilliant film simulation bracketing as almost a point and shoot.

Film simulation bracketing on the X100 series allows you to select three film simulations per capture. The camera will then render three separate JPG files according to the film simulations selected. As you can see below I opted for ACROS-G, Classic Chrome and Velvia.

It was a sunny day so back in Adobe Lightroom the ACROS and Classic Chrome images were rejected in favour of the Velvia JPG files. If I was shooting for a particular project I would shoot RAW and do all of the editing / film simulation work in Lightroom.

You can view additional Fujifilm X100 Slieve Doan images from my previous visit with the camera. Slieve Doan sits central in Northern Ireland’s Mourne Mountains offering 360 views of the main peaks from Slieve Bearnagh, Slieve Donard, Slieve Loughshannagh and Slieve Binnian.

Slieve Doan and the X100F Gallery

Fujifilm X100F Hands On
Belfast with the X100F
Running in the Mournes with the X100F
A Walk in the Forest with the X100F

Fujifilm X100 Panorama Photography

The Fujifilm X100F offers a great sweep panorama feature. Simply follow the direction of the arrow and the X100F will capture and automatically stitch the jpg images into a single jpg file, see below. The corner colour rendering can be a little hit and miss at times (especially with bright a sky) so it’s better to target the camera at bright area of the scene for the initial meter reading.

X100 Panorama
X100F Panorama

I will add both of the panoramic images to Flickr so they can be viewed large. Click here. The JPG files are great and I have one of Hare’s Gap printed and mounted on a wall at home.

There is a powerful simplicity with the X100 series camera. It’s small, light, portable yet versatile and capable of delivering stunning images with relative little effort.

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Links

100 Photographs Captured with the Fujifilm X100 Series
Slieve Doan
Slieve Loughshannagh and Slieve Doan
Long Exposure Photography
Adobe Lightroom Presets
X100 Related Photos

Route tracked with the Garmin EPIX2.

David

David is a documentary and landscape photographer covering everything from dramatic long exposure landscape photography through to live music. David is a former Official Fujifilm X Photographer.

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