Traveling with the Fuji x100s
As I am sitting at Kevlavik airport in Iceland on my way back to the US, I thought it would be a good time to share my experience shooting with the Fuji x100s for a month. I left the Canon gear and L glass behind on July 3rd and never looked back! My trip started with a 4 day trip to Iceland followed by a month in France, my home country. Please keep in mind that this was a personal trip, not a client assignment. If you are not familiar with the Fuji x100s, it is a small retro looking mirrorless camera with a fixed 23mm focal length lens (35mm equivalent) which means that you cannot change lenses. What’s on the camera is what you are going to have to live with. Having shot with a dslr for many years, I had already come to the conclusion that a fixed focal length lens, such as the 50mm or 40mm, was the key to experiencing more growth as a photographer. Not letting the gear get in the way was both very liberating and very satisfying. The smaller size camera added to this sense of rediscovery. I traveled really light this time, with the lightest carry-on bag I ever took on board of an airplane. Accompanying my x100s was the ultra light 11″ MacBook Air. I still shoot RAW with the Fuji. I process my images in Lightroom 5.
I was hesitant to tackle Iceland with a fixed lens and no other option. Although I am not a landscape photographer, I knew that I would miss my dslr and a selection of lenses when exploring new landscapes. Truth be told, the thought of my 5D Mark II and L glass crossed my mind a couple of times but I did not dwell on it. I had limited time and the lighter approach was perfect, no camera bag, no tripod. I looked like any other tourist out there!
Here is a sampler of pics I shot during my vacation. Although most of my work is B&W street photography these days, when I travel I photograph whatever moves me. It was quite a colorful trip this year so I selected a variety of genres to give you an idea of what a fixed lens can do if you let your vision take charge.
Iceland is not all about landscape and nature, Reykjavik also offered wonderful and colorful street photography opportunities…
After Iceland I spent several days in Paris shooting mostly street photography. The Fuji is the perfect tool for that!
Conclusion: Photography had never been more satisfying on any previous trips! The Fuji X100s fits my style and I foresee that the DSLR will only be used for commercial assignments in the future…