Travelling with Fuji X-T1
It’s been more than 16 years the last time I’ve been to St. Petersburg (the one in Russia) and it is still truly one of the most beautiful cities I have seen. Why ? The entire city is like a museum, the architecture, art, the canals and colorful nights makes you walk and walk and shoot and shoot.
This time I had decided to pair the X-T1 mainly with the 18-55mm lens and I have to say I forgot how good this lens actually is, even in difficult situations (mostly made difficult by myself) it was fast and produced sharp pictures. I think the latest firmware plays it’s part. Another trip where I wished I would have liked to have a tripod (so started to look at those monopods with 3 small legs).
Whilst on a canal cruise this wedding couple was standing on a bridge, not sure anymore why he was looking to the sky….
St. Isaac’s Cathedral seen from the canal.
On Nevsky Prospect the “main” (huge) street, refreshing to see someone not staring at a smartphone.
One couldn’t have painted it better, truly worth calling it golden hour.
Though this looked quite messy with the signs and cars but I thought it makes the Trinity Cathedral stand out even more.
St. Isaac’s cathedral ceiling, the interior was quite extravagant and rich in decorations. I struggled a lot with the X-T1 to proper expose. The iPhone 6, though much lower in quality, had no issues with the low light. You have to love that 10-24mm.
Mascot of a restaurant which I thought was funny.
My wife had booked tickets before we had left to watch the Nutcracker. The interior of Marrinsky Theater.
Since we had nice seats in a loge I was able to place the camera in front me and take some (spy) shots and it worked out fine I think.
In a traditionell russian restaurant. A meal called Siberian Muksun Stroganina. Muksun is a fish found in siberian arctic waters. Here served frozen, with vodka served in glasses made of ice combined with pepper and salt. i don’t think I’ll take that again.
When I looked to the right I saw a horse head and a guy talking to him which was like, what the… until I realized someone was riding the horse (moved the camera too fast due to the surprise).
The Atlanteans of the “New Hermitage”.
Sunset over the river Neva.
A personal favorite though nothing exciting or dramatic, just like the colours, view and clouds and the mood the scene conveys, I felt like I’m not in 21st century.
The resurrection church.
This is like a half panorama, not purposely shot but when I screened the shots they were a good candidate for the new lightroom “merge panorama” function. I have to say it does a very good job. I had processed them first in Capture One and merged the dng’s in lightroom.