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Train Ride

A couple of weeks ago I went for a train ride. Can’t remember when I was on such a trip last time…….it must have been more than 15 years ago.
The reason I took the train ride was to hand over my Fujifilm X-T2 that I had sold to a guy i Roskilde (a town some 200 km from where I live).
I could have just send him the camera….but I like that the buyer can see and try the camera (or lenses) before the deal is made. And I needed some time away from home after being unemployed for some time now.

Me….in Denmark 😉

Along with the X-T2 I was selling I also brought my X-T4 and the Fujinon XF 16-55mm f/2,8. I had booked the train ticket so that I had a couple of hours in Roskilde that I could use on photo.

You have to wear a facemask on all stations and in the trains.

The train ride from Kolding (where I live) to Roskilde takes about 2 hours and brings you over 2 large bridges (The old LillebĂŚlt Bridge and The StorebĂŚlt Bridge ) before you drive in a tunnel under the rest of StorebĂŚlt.

Roskilde

Roskilde is an old town with an UNESCO-listed Gothic cathedral, housing 39 tombs of the Danish monarchs but today it mostly known for the Roskilde Festival.

The harbour

The harbour…or marina…was in winter mode. Not much activity down there. But still things to photograph.

Johnny’s Bridge…..in winter mode 🙂
Will take some effort to get this motor running 😉

Time to get some lunch. Found this burger place and had myself a nice juicy burger and fries….and a large Coca Cola 😉

Wine, beer, food…….and a dentist 😉

Now it was time to get back home. 2 hours train ride wearing a facemask 🙂

The new DEFENDER

A couple of weeks ago I had to have service done on one of our cars. As we happen to have our service done by the car dealer of which our son-in-law is a co-owner, it is often possible to get a loan car a little out of the ordinary. This time I was lucky enough to borrow the new Land Rover Defender. Specifically a Defender 110 D240 “First edition”.

This car is the re-invention of the classic well known Defender. I know many people do not consider this Defender to be a “real” Defender. It is too refined, not rough enough it can not be repaired with a hammer and a roll of duct tape. Some go so far as to call it the “Land Rover Pretender”.
I will partly agree with these people. It is not the same as the old model …. but it is a great car anyway.
…. and yes, my dream car is one of the old Defenders, a 110 Crew cab which has been slightly rebuilt ….. I have a clear vision of the car in my head 😉

But this is not a car review!! This is a carlover with a camera on a small road trip in a fancy new car so not so much writing from now on….and more photos!!

A night out

I picked up the car in the afternoon and had planned to drive out to a highway bridge when it got dark. I know a great spot for car photography that I have used before https://www.instagram.com/p/BIEw9jeB6TO/

Unfortunately it started to rain just as I reached the bridge and after 15 minutes of waiting I gave up and turned the car home. On the way back I came past this gas station and it was obvious to take a few pictures there …. especially since the the X fits me with a X camera from Fujifilm 🙂
All photos are shot with a X-T2 + the 16-55mm f/2,8 and the 50-140mm f/2,8

The road trip

The next morning it was time to get out on the road ….. and on the beach. I had planned for the trip to go from the home address and out to Rømø on the west coast of Jutland.
Here is the opportunity to drive down to the beach itself which I thought could give some interesting photos of the car.
Unfortunately the weather was not the best …. pretty gray so at least there was no possibility to make any dramatic cloud pictures with the car.

I started by taking some photos at home in our courtyard to “warm up” for the day.

On the way to Rømø I passed a small forest where I could park the car. Took only a few single pictures as the possibilities to vary were limited. Instead, I tried to make a few different edits to the files when I got home.
You can get very different expressions in the individual photos depending on which editor you choose. However, I chose to go with the muted greenish toning of the images most of the time as I think it fit the car well.

On the beach

When I arrived at the beach I spent a few hours shooting photos at different angles of the car which can be seen below.

Urbex

Before returning home, I drove around the island a bit. I saw a couple of F16 fighters from the Danish Air Force who were on shooting training. But I also found an old disused factory where I got a couple of urbex photos of the car as the last ones.

FOG

At the moment here in Denmark we have some foggy mornings…..but since I’m not a morning person I don’t have many of those kind of photos.

But I was inspired by my good friend Anders Keis Hansen who did some great photos from Aalborg Harbour last week (see his cover picture on FB)
So…..this morning I went down to “my” harbour Kolby KĂĽs near our summerhouse on the island Samsø.
The fog was rather dense….but not so much that I couldn’t get element of the picture that wasn’t all clear.

On the way to the harbour I made a quick stop at Kolby Mølle to see if I could find a good angle to shoot a foggy picture of it. Since the mill stands alone on a small hill there wasn’t that many options….so only one photo!

ISO 200, 25mm, 1/400 sec and f/2,8

With me I had my old reliable Fujifilm X-T2 and the allround 16-55 f/2,8 Fujinon lens.
After 20 minutes i had the photos i felt i could get out of the morning…much faster than writing this blog post 🙂

On my way back to the summerhouse I went by Vesborg Lighthouse to get a picture I had in mind. A picture with an old tree by the road with the lighthouse in the background
With this photo I ended my foggy morning 🙂

35 mm of Samsø

One of the first lenses that Fujifilm made around 8 years ago was the 35mm f/1,4. It has a rather slow autofocus but what it lacks in that area it certainly win back in character.
It has become one of the most iconic Fujifilm lenses…if not the most iconic! Since the introduction in January 2012 photographers around the world have spoken about this special lens and a couple of month ago Fujifilm made a made a tribute video

One of the photographers in the video is the danish Fujifilm ambassador Charlene Winfred. I think that you should visit her web page and check out her photos….they are just great. https://charlenewinfred.com/

I also just love this lens. I use it a lot for my architecture and landscape photography and I think it’s partly because of the character and the focal length. 35mm on a APS-C sensor give you just around 50mm on a FF witch is more or less the equivalent of what we as humans see. The images are razor sharp, even when the aperture is fully open. The dynamic range and contrasts are absolutely stunning.

Samsø

In the headline I wrote “35mm of Samsø” witch is a reference to the Danish Island of Samsø where we have our summerhouse. This summer, I gave myself the creative obstructions that I only wanted to photograph with the 35mm the 2 weeks we were on the Island.
If you never been on Samsø…..I highly recommend that you visit it. It is very cosy, relaxed and you will find many good restaurants, beaches, flea markets and of course….photo opportunities.

Our summerhouse.
Our summerhouse.

Enough of all the writing….lets see some photos. I will try to divide them up in to themes to create some sort of red line……but all in all this is just a bunch of shots from my holliday 🙂

Black and white

The “score bike”
“Pedestrian street, probably the world’s smallest”

Long exposure

Those that know me and follow my work will know that b/w long exposure photos are a kind of photos that I do a lot of.
And of course I also did some of that during the holiday.

“My tree” on the moor. I have sooo many pictures of that tree

Houses

In some of the small villages such as Nordby you will find a big variety of doors…in all colours and shapes….some even with there own hashtag 🙂

#yellowdoor

Landscapes

Although Samsø is a fairly small Island you will find a great variety of landscapes from moors to oak forests and sandy beaches.

Urbex

A thing that you will have problems doing on Samsø with a camera is Urbex. There are not many abandoned buildings….but if you are lucky you can find some old farmhouses to explore.

Up the hill!

Those of you that know a bit about Denmark know that this country is a bit flat. But none the less we have a hill (not even the highest) that we call “Sky Mountain”
So Denmark is not the place that you would expect to have a motorsport Hill Climb event.

But we have…oh yes!!

At the only place in Denmark where there are hairpin turns, Munkebjerg, near the town of Vejle i Jutland. Every year on the first sunday of August a lot of classic cars join the Munkebjerg Hill Climb.
It’s a 1800 meters asphalt track with 60 meters increase from the start at the water to the finish at Munkebjerg Hotel.

A bit of history

Hillclimb has a long history behind it. In the childhood of cars, this was the way the factories could show what their vehicles were capable of, and a tradition of international hill racing was already developing around the First World War. During the twenties and thirties, international championships arose, and the big factories built cars specifically for Hillclimb, where the big stars of the time could shine.At that time, the audience went in large crowds to the famous hills, and Hillclimb had status in line with the Grand Prix, then Formula 1. After World War II, Hillclimb has shrunk to a small side discipline in motorsport, so it is quite appropriate that in Denmark it is historical motorsport that has taken up hill climb.

Raceday

My day at the Hill Climb started at 0730 in the secretariat of the paddock where I got my yellow west that allowed me to walk outside the barrieres on the track. Or as one of the officials said : “With the west you are now allowed to be run over by the racecars….but please don’t! It’s one hell of a job with all the paperwork that follows” 🙂
Due to Covid-19 the photograpers was not allowed to take pictures in the paddock during the day because the max amount of people in the paddock was limited to 100. So I only got pictures from the track it self.
With the west on I walked down the track to I almost reached the no. 3 spot on the map. Here I would start the days shoot of the cars passing under the railway bridge. the race started 0915 with the warm up round and then there would follow 3 heats.

All photos in this post is shot with my old but fine working Fujifilm X-T2 and 2 lenses. The Fujinon XF 50-140mm f/2,8 for shots of cars drivning to or from me (almost all shot on f/2,8) and the Fujinon XF 16-55mm f/2,8 for the pan shots.
I shot almost 1000 photos so I will only show some of the 120 pictures i ended up with. I have tried different edit from station to station so the photos not all look the same.
Hope that you will take a look at them all….at the end there are some special ones 🙂

After the first cars had passed me I walked across the track and found me a high place to shoot the next couple of cars.

The hairpin turn

The 3. stop of the day was at the hairpin turn at point no. 4 on the map. I stood at the inside of the turn up high so I could get some great pan shots of the cars.

Lunch break

It was time for my lunch break…..and something to drink. It was starting to get pretty hot although there was some shadow under the trees.
I went up to a spot between no. 5 and 6. on the map and enjoyed a quick lunch. There I met up with another Fujifilm user Jesper Gregers Bruun. Jesper loves speed…he drives a Ducati motorbike…and Fujifilm.
He didn’t have a photo west….but we could stand at that place together.

Jesper shooting with X-T3 and the 50-140mm

I had noticed that just down the track there was a very dark shadow from the trees and very bright sunshine. So if you exposed after the sunny spot and took the picture when the cars hit the the sun…..the background would turn almost black. I think that gave some interesting pictures.

Last station

The last station that I shot from was just up near no. 6 on the map. Here I again tried some pan shot and what you could call a autumn edit….with some brown colours.
This was not the easiest station to shoot from. For safety reasons I had to stand in the wood and shoot from a distance.

End of the day

This was the end of the day and if you are interested in who won the race…..you can find the results here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1skju2zvsabf1dy/AABVcjiV7dAPAfPta7ZwqusHa/2020-08-09%20-%20Munkebjerg%20Hillclimb?dl=0&preview=Endelig+resultat+-+Generelt.pdf&subfolder_nav_tracking=1

The most interesting cars…..for me….was not the quickest but those that gave the best photos. And those were the oldest ones.
So I tried to make some B/W edits to see if that would work on old cars. I think it did….but have a look for yourself 🙂

The last of the triplets

Review of the GF 30mm F3.5 R WR

This is my first review ever, so it will probably be a good idea to tell a little about myself before going over and looking at the lens.

My name is Kaare Bak, I am a gray-haired (yes, I am over 50) hobby photographer from Denmark. I photograph a little of every thing….however, I have my primary focus on long exposure, landscape and architecture, which the image examples in this review also will display. I usually shoot with the X-T2 and X70, so I’m not a daily user of the GFX system, but I am fortunate to lend it now and then.

Photo taken by Ricky Sam Winther from zenfoto.dk

Disclaimer

In other reviews, I often see a form of disclaimer and such one I also have to come up with so that no misunderstandings arise. I am not an official Fuji X photographer and I have no connection to Fujifilm, besides shooting with Fujifilm’s cameras and have done so since I acquired an X100T years ago.
I buy my cameras and lenses from local Danish dealers, but occasionally I am fortunate enough to be able to borrow products from Fujifilm Denmark, as in this case.
I love the vast majority of Fujifilm lenses and camera I have tried, and are therefore somewhat biased in my approach to testing this GF 30mm f3.5 lens.

The shooting

I was asked by Fujifilm in Denmark if I would be interested in doing an unofficial review of this new lens since I do a lot of wide angle photos. When I shoot landscape and partly also architecture, I often use my X-T2 with the Fujinon XF 16-55 f2.8 at 16 mm. The focal length provides an image section that is roughly the same as the test lens here provides on the medium format camera equivalent to about 24mm on full frame. Maybe that’s why it struck me as very easy to handle.

I’ve had the opportunity to shoot with the 30mm for a couple of weeks and I have to say I’m impressed with what it delivers. That you hopefully will see when it comes to the pictures later in the review.

But now over to what it is all about, the new GF 30mm f3.5 that was launched the other day. In my headline I called the lens for the last of the triangles and this is because I see the 30mm as the smallest of triangles in the range of 30 to 63mm where the other two are 45 and 63mm. The photographers who swear to zoom lenses have long had a lens that covered the focal length of the triangles, namely GF 32-64 f4.0. With the launch of the GF 30mm f3.5, the photographers who swear to prime lenses have now met that need.

Now I know that someone out there thinks that there is also a 50mm for the GFX system. That is correct but I see it more as an “adopted” lens. It is so different from the other three that in my opinion it falls outside the category. I think Fujifilm should make a GFX copy of their X100 series putting the 50mm on. A GFX 50R with fixed 50mm !! It have to be a wet dream for every street photographer!! 🙂

The lens

All the pictures of the lens are taken after a day of long exposure shooting, so yes the lens is not total clean…but then again….it’s a tool and tools should be used.
This is not official product shots…….Jonas Rask shoot those…check them and al the other fantastic pictures out on his page. 🙂

Fujinon GF 30mm f / 3.5 is designed so that it consists of 13 lens elements in 10 groups incl. 2 spherical elements and 2 ED elements, to effectively minimize the occurrence of spherical and chromatic aberration and thus provide the best image quality. The lens has an incredibly high resolution capability and is compatible with Fujifilm’s 102 mega-pixel GFX100 camera. In addition, the lens is also weather-sealed and resists dust and dirt, as well as moisture and can withstand low temperatures. All in all a great build lens for outdoor shooting.
The shape of this lens isn’t the prettiest. I think that lenses where the front element isn’t the largest look strange…but maybe it’s just me, and the lens performs brilliant so what the heck 🙂
Length is close to 100mm…99,4 to be exact. Width is 84mm and it weigh no more than 510 gram which is nice if you have it with you on a long walk.
Filter diameter is only 58mm which is smaller than most of my lenses for the X-system.
If you compare the 30mm with the 45 and 63 you will find that it’s heavier 510 gram versus 490 and 405 gram. It’s also longer 99,4 mm versus 88 and 71 mm. The diameter is the same for all 3 : 84 mm

The quality of the photos that it produces ist no less than great. There is great sharpness corner to corner. Very low….or no distortion at all as well as lack of vignetting. The image quality again is fantastic and when you put it on the GFX100….you can crop all you want and get just the frame you want.

Conclusion

So all in all would this lens be one I would buy (if I get the GFX-system) or is there better options for me in the many Fujinon G-lenses.

YES…I would buy the 30mm!!

Although landscape photographers often use very wide lenses I tend to shoot most around the 24mm FF as I mentioned earlier. Therefore this little gem of a lens would of course get a place in my photo bag.
If I put together the dream prime lens setup I would also get the 23mm for the wider shots, the 63mm for closeup and the amazing 110mm for portraits….but that will be when I win the lottery 🙂

But enough writing!! Now it’s time for some photos!!

All photos are taken with the GF 30mm f3,5 on a GFX100. The photos have all been edited in Lightroom.

I hope you enjoyed the review and the photos….happy shooting to you all 🙂

It’s ok to take Pictures, but please stay out of the field. Thanks