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Silent Valley

Silent Valley with the X-T1

Having shot some music photography with the X-T1 and 35mm Fujinon lens it was time to head to the stunning Mourne Mountains. The X-T1 is so fresh the major photo editing applications are yet to support the RAW image files.

I far prefer shooting RAW and although I have used a number of different RAW processing applications I have a workflow in Lightroom that works so well I have decided to shoot JPG until Adobe roll out their X-T1 support.

Path to Ben Crom

The purpose of the day was to get out into the hills alongside Silent Valley and on to Ben Crom reservoir so snapping JPG files with the X-T1 along the way made perfect sense. I packed my Lee filters, a small travel tripod and I was happy.

It was a cold, dull day, I captured a couple of long exposure images of silent valley before we made our way to Ben Crom Reservoir. The colour of the surrounding landscape was as cold as the day. Using X-T1 for long exposure photography was a pleasure. (If you want to know about this technique check out the long exposure ebook.)

I was able to use the T-mode shooting 20 second exposures at f/8. The dial to adjust the exposure duration is on the front of the camera and it feels like a really natural place for it to be.

Silent Valley Long Exposure

The one thing I have noticed (even after two days) is just how accessible the X-T1 controls are to the user. The whole camera is ergonomically perfect and you can customise the buttons to suit your particular style if necessary. I have already made one small change setting the top of the d-pad to be the focus position as it is on other X cameras.

Ben Crom

At the top of the Ben Crom Reservoir the high winds were blowing spray from the surface, it was cold and painful. It was reassuring to know that the weather sealing was protecting the camera, roll on weather sealed lens support as anyone who has ventured out to the Mournes in winter will know just how important camera weather sealing actually is!

Silent Valley


The JPGs from the X-T1 are impressive direct from the camera. My usual Lightroom RAW workflow didn’t work as well with JPGs as it does for the Fujifilm RAW files but the JPGs didn’t need much work anyway. That said I really can’t wait for RAW support directly in Lightroom.

Silent Valley, The Mournes


I will be covering the X-T1 in fine detail when I have used it in a few different situations but I am completely smitten. I have read so many positive comments about the camera and with a plethora of 5 star reviews it is clear the Fujfilm X-T1 is definitely something special.

After two days of using the X-T1 I’ve failed to find a single thing I don’t like. Personally I find the ergonomics perfect and the centred viewfinder is ideal for those who use their left eye. The X-T1 is the perfect interchangeable lens partner to the X100s and I love the X100s.

It was a great day out in the Mournes and the X-T1 was the perfect photographic companion. Even on a cold, windy and exceptionally dull day it was still a pleasure to attach the Lee filters to my 14mm and capture the beauty of the Silent Valley.


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