Engadin: New Camera, Old Villages

After listening to my friend Michael gushing about the new Fujifilm X-T1 for weeks on end while refreshing the Fuji Rumors page every 5 seconds, I could not resist and ordered one, too. It arrived just before we left for our family skiing holiday in the Engadin valley, Switzerland.  So naturally, skiing was not on the cards for me! While my family was having fun on the ski slopes, I spent some time in the beautiful villages of Guarda and Scoul, testing my new gear.

So what’s the verdict? For once, the hype is justified. The Fuji camera is serious fun – I just love the manual controls and the compact size. Most important – the results are great: the APS-C sensor and those Fujinon XF lenses really are quite impressive.  And it’s so much easier to carry around.  I have become a Fuji fanboy!

Before you order that new X-T1 for yourself and head off to Switzerland, here’s one warning: Taking pictures in those slippery, snow-covered cobblestone alleys can be as dangerous to your health as competitive downhill skiing. Wear a helmet and practice hitting the ground goalkeeper-style without smashing your camera. On second thought, go for the boring option and get insurance for your gear…

In our kitchen

Some time ago, I watched the excellent macro photography tutorial on Lynda.com where the instructor used stuff from his kitchen for a tabletop photo shoot. I always wanted to do this myself, and finally, one grey Saturday morning when the weather was awful and the house was empty, I grabbed my camera, some spoons, forks and other stuff and started playing around. In the afternoon, I fired up Lightroom and did the postprocessing in Silver Efex Pro 2. I love those NIK tools so much… reminds me of the days long gone when I developed black and white prints in the darkroom at my school.

Most of the photos were taken using my Sony Alpha 65 and the Sony 50mm 2.8 macro lens, but for two of my favourite pictures in this series I actually used my small Sony RX-100 point-and-shoot, which, it turns out, has excellent macro capabilities. Can you spot these images?