Pretty Picton, Sandbanks and Fuji's 27mm

Every year Eddie and I like to take a little mini trip out to Sandbanks Provincial Park.  It really is the most beautiful beach within a couple of hours from here.  Usually I want to bring a camera to take photographs but in the past few years I've been leaving the heavy Nikon D800 at home in favour of the iPhone.

Things are different since I've converted all my camera equipment to the Fuji system.   I am now able to bring along a quality camera in my beach bag.   Even though I have several lenses I decided to bring along only one lens with my Fuji XT1.   I decided for the sake of convenience to try and stick to one focal length and brought along the 27mm (equivalent to 41mm in 35mm format) had given me to try out.  I could have also brought the 35mm 1.4 but the 27mm was 100g lighter so that was the deciding factor.   I must say after a full day, I absolutely love this lens!  It weighs only 78 grams making it nice and light to carry around all day when you want to be doing other things as well... like swimming!  :)  The combination of Fuji's XT1 with the 27mm is almost as compact and light as Fuji's much loved X100S which I've been thinking I might like to add to my kit however this teeny 27mm pancake lens pretty much nixes my need for the X100s.   Here are some favourites from the day.

Scenes from Canada #Eh

Yesterday we celebrated Canada's 147th birthday.  We are a young country and aren't usually in your face about our patriotism however on July 1st of every year we do pull out all the stops to show our pride.  We are a "True North Strong and Free" country.    We are diverse but we are free to be who we are.

Here are some highlights.  The Snowbirds did a flypast, we heard from some great Canadian talent including Quebec's queen of soul: Nadja, impersonator Veronic Dicaire, a punk rock dude from BC:  Marianas Trench;  Folk singer Serena Ryder from Ontario and Newfoundland pianist Terry Kelly accompanied by Manitoba fiddler Sierra Noble.   I also managed to capture a marriage proposal, a Hare Krishna dance routine, an African bongo drum performance in front of the National Arts Centre and some costumed Falun Dafa ladies enjoying some Poutine. 

All photographs and video were taken with the #FujiXT1.  I did struggle with which lenses to bring given that Fuji had sent to me the 35mm F1.4 and the 27mmF2.8.  I knew that I would want to capture some of the stage shows and would only be able to do that if I had the 55-200 lens so I brought that one with the 18-55 figuring that would be the easiest way to have every focal length that I would need.   What I realize now is that many of the photographs I took would not have been possible without the tilt screen of the XT1.  It came in very handy when lifting that light camera over my head and tilting the screen just so that I could see and photograph what was going on. 

African Drum Dance at Canada Day 2014
Veronic Dicaire performs at Parliament Hill on Canada Day 2014

Day Trip to Merrickville

My sister Julie ( who was visiting me from Manitoba) and I decided to take a little day trip out to Merrickville often referred to as the Jewel of the Rideau due to its charming 19th century architecture, artisan boutiques and restaurants.  Fuji had just sent me their 27mmF2.8 and the 35mmF1.4 lenses to try out. 

I was actually quite surprised at how much I enjoyed the 27mmF2.  I loved how small, light and unobtrusive that little pancake lens is on the XT1 and the focal seems to be just about right!   At a 41mm in 35mm format equivalence, it is not quite as wide as the 18mm (27mm equivalent) but not quite as zoomed in as the 50mm.   Also, I didn't mind that there isn't an aperture ring on the lens itself.  

On the other hand while I love the 35mm F1.4, the lens hood bugs me a bit.  It just seems to be tricky to get the lens cap on and off with it attached to the lens.  That is about it for now.  I am looking forward to making good use of these two lenses over the Canada Day weekend. :) 

Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival with Fuji XT1

 It was festival weekend in Ottawa with the Jazz Festival, the Glow Festival, Teddy Bear Picnic, Dragon Boat races etc.  I couldn't attend all of them, so I picked the one where I would likely find some dancers.   I love to photograph movement and expression.  Dance has both and having grown up in the north, with memories of participating in the Northern Games,  I hardly pass up a chance to get to a powwow.    Here are some of my favourites from the day.  

For this event I brought with me the #Fujifilm #XT1, #55-200 and the #35mm 1.4 but I used the 55-200 for the majority of the images.