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Great light on stormy days or the Fuji 100-400 lens.

04th July 2016
Last week I had a few days away in the North East of England, not always great weather but often great light. Two days before I left I took delivery of the Fuji 100-400mm lens. I have been dithering over this lens for months. Twice I have ordered it before cancelling. I am so glad I finally did go for it. Yes, it is a bit of a brute to lug about but it is so worth it. Just over half of the best images made on this trip have come from it. The sensible way to deal with the weight is not to carry everything else as well. I took to carrying the 100-400 plus a 10-24 and 18-135 in a very small bag with just spare cards, spare battery as well as the X-Pro2. That is not a lot of weight at all.

Over the years I have come to the understanding that, even for landscape photography, the broad view is often not the best view. The less you include in a frame the more you see of what really matters. That concentration on subject matter is what gives impact to an image.

As I said earlier I did not always have great weather but because of the stormy weather I had great light. In between the rainstorms - wow! Take for example the picture of St. Mary’s lighthouse. I drove along the coast road to be greeted by the sight of St. Mary’s illuminated by sun with a really dark storm moving off behind it. By the time I had stopped the van and got my camera out it was in shade again but I got out the camera, set up my tripod and waited, and waited and got cold and wet until I went back in the van and to heat some warm soup. I had already seen a broad band of blue sky off behind me so I reckoned I had perhaps 20 to 30 minutes before the sun came out again but I knew I must not leave it too long or the storm would have disappeared too far offshore to act as a backdrop. All in all I must have hung about for an hour to get the shot, when you have travelled best part of 150 miles that’s not long to wait.

These and more will follow on to my galleries.

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