Challenged to Blur

Hogsweed silhouette
FUJIFILM X-E2 XF 35mm f1.4 1/12000s Hogsweed skeleton in Emsworth's Nature Reserve

The final week of my month in 35mm is based around the Week 8 Photo Challenge of foreground and background blur, which fits the large aperture lens well.

Whilst I might not have been the most inspired in this month of cold and gloom I’ve enjoyed shooting with the XF 35mm, it continues to be my favourite lens.

Daffodil peaking out from fence
FUJIFILM X-E2 XF 35mm f1.4 1/1000s Daffodil in Emsworth

The focal length has proven in general to be very versatile, particularly for outdoor use; not too long, not too short.

Railing at Emsworth Train Station
FUJIFILM X-E2 XF 35mm f1.4 1/1000s Path to Emsworth Station

The lens itself is also lovely to use; small, solid and a tactile aperture ring that adds to the experience of shooting immensely. It balances perfectly on the X-E2.

Pedestrian Bridge into Emsworth Nature Reserve
FUJIFILM X-E2 XF 35mm f1.4 1/450s Pedestrian Bridge into Emsworth Nature Reserve

All of these images were taken on a walkabout of Emsworth for the February assignment which shall be finished soon.

Railing post at the Slipper Mill Pond
FUJIFILM X-E2 XF 35mm f1.4 1/2200s Safety post at Emsworth’s Slipper Mill Pond

March will see the first processing challenge of the year. A month of no post-processing on PC. I will be limited to the in-camera RAW converter and Snapseed on my tablet. Aside from the obvious challenge of trying to “get it right” in the camera it will also serve as practice with the various film simulations the camera provides and editing on a mobile device, both of which will be important on our first family holiday in 5 years in April!

Seagulls lined up at Emsworth Mill Pond
FUJIFILM X-E2 XF 35mm f1.4 1/1250s Seagulls at Emsworth Mill Pond

Here are the other posts from this month’s challenge:
Week 1: Puppet Portraits
Week 2: Langstone Harbour
Week 3: Morning Flare & Classic Chrome

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