Beautiful St. Petersburg

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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….

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    Camera: X-T1; Aperture: ƒ/4.5; Focal: 55mm; ISO: 200; Shutter: 1/900s;

 

St. Isaac’s Cathedral seen from the canal.

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    Camera: X-T1; Aperture: ƒ/4; Focal: 55mm; ISO: 200; Shutter: 1/750s;

On Nevsky Prospect the “main” (huge) street, refreshing to see someone not staring at a smartphone.
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    Camera: X-T1; Aperture: ƒ/4; Exposure: -33/100EV; Focal: 55mm; ISO: 200; Shutter: 1/125s;

 

One couldn’t have painted it better, truly worth calling it golden hour.

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    Camera: X-T1; Aperture: ƒ/4; Focal: 55mm; ISO: 200; Shutter: 1/1800s;

 

Though this looked quite messy with the signs and cars but I thought it makes the Trinity Cathedral stand out even more.

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    Camera: X-T1; Aperture: ƒ/4; Focal: 55mm; ISO: 200; Shutter: 1/600s;

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.FXT11915 1

    Camera: X-T1; Aperture: ƒ/4; Exposure: +67/100EV; Focal: 10mm; ISO: 3200; Shutter: 1/125s;

 

Mascot of a restaurant which I thought was funny.

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    Camera: X-T1; Aperture: ƒ/4; Exposure: -33/100EV; Focal: 18.8mm; ISO: 250; Shutter: 1/60s;

 

My wife had booked tickets before we had left to watch the Nutcracker. The interior of Marrinsky Theater.

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    Camera: X-T1; Aperture: ƒ/4; Focal: 10mm; ISO: 3200; Shutter: 1/26s;

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.
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    Camera: X-T1; Aperture: ƒ/4; Focal: 55mm; ISO: 1000; Shutter: 1/60s;

 

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.

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    Camera: X-T1; Aperture: ƒ/3.2; Exposure: +67/100EV; Focal: 18mm; ISO: 3200; Shutter: 1/58s;

 

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).

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    Camera: X-T1; Aperture: ƒ/4; Exposure: +33/100EV; Focal: 55mm; ISO: 800; Shutter: 1/60s;

 

The Atlanteans of the “New Hermitage”.

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    Camera: X-T1; Aperture: ƒ/5; Focal: 25.4mm; ISO: 250; Shutter: 1/60s;

 

Sunset over the river Neva.

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    Camera: X-T1; Aperture: ƒ/9; Exposure: +33/100EV; Focal: 46.3mm; ISO: 200; Shutter: 1/400s;

 

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.

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    Camera: X-T1; Aperture: ƒ/5; Focal: 26.5mm; ISO: 200; Shutter: 1/200s;

 

The resurrection church.

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    Camera: X-T1; Aperture: ƒ/6.4; Exposure: +67/100EV; Focal: 55mm; ISO: 200; Shutter: 1/210s;

 

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.

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