Hvaler is awesome

The winter is coming quick now here in Norway, and the biggest tell is that the days are so short. Yesterday afternoon I went out for a little hike to a place called Kuvauen here at Hvaler where i live. I went out at around 16:00 and when the clock was 17:30 the sun was already gone. 

Its also the first time that I have been able to properly test my new camera (X-T2), the other times I have been out with it, it has either been night or awful weather, like last weekend when I went camping with a friend of mine. 

I have to say, coming from the Sony a6000 (I loved that camera) there is a big difference in using the Fuji. Forget image quality and stuff like that, its the feel of the camera I love - and its the reason I wanted it. The buttons on it are so nice, and I like that its a little heavier. This might just be in my imagination, but I feel like its sturdier on the tripod for longer exposures than the Sony simply because of the weight. 

Fuji X-T2 with the 18-55 f2.8-4 - 0,5 seconds exposure, ISO 200, F11. 

Fuji X-T2 with the 18-55 f2.8-4 - 0,5 seconds exposure, ISO 200, F11. 

I also have to say that I'm really impressed with the kit-lens that comes with the X-T2, I'm not much of a pixelpeeper, and by all means my pictures are probably not the sharpest ever -  but i don't see a difference in the quality of this lens compared to the Zeiss 16-70F4 I had previously. This is not supposed to be a review or anything, but I got to say I'm very pleased with the Fuji, and it has made photography fun for me again.

Back to Kuvauen!

When I finally woke up to some clear skies, and the forecast said that during the day a little front of clouds would come in over the horizon during the afternoon, I knew that I had to go out and do some shooting. Being a father to a little guy its not always easy to find the time to do stuff by myself, but luckily I was able to go out. 

Kuvauen is a three minute drive away from my home, and to get to the beach its a five minute walk. But to get to where I went yesterday up on the "mountain" and down to the shore again its another 30 - 40 minute walk. And while its easy enough to get there, I always forget how I got there so I get lost on the way back and have to spend another 30 minutes trying to figure out where I am. I was smart enough to bring my headlamp this time, so at least I was able to see something after the sun had set, because it gets dark real quick here now. 

After looking around for a while up there, I managed to find a composition I was almost happy with, I like how the light reflected on the rocks and the sky was absolutely beautiful. Before I would most likely pull out my Lee 10stop and do some super long exposures, but I wanted to try something else for a change and used a 2 stop instead just so I could get that 0,5second exposure. There was so much motion in the water that I wanted to capture instead of making it just flat, and the small streaks of water running up the rocks looks a lot better that just a big blur in my opinion. 

Fuji X-T2 with the 18-55 f2.8-4 - 0,5 seconds exposure, ISO 200, F11.

Fuji X-T2 with the 18-55 f2.8-4 - 0,5 seconds exposure, ISO 200, F11.

All in all it was a nice day out, I got a couple of pictures but most importantly I got to be outside. The nature here at Hvaler truly is beautiful, its just hard to capture it on camera sometimes. 

So until next time, have a good one!