Low Light With The Beast

Since I bought my D2X this summer, I had not really tested it in any lowlight situations.

Being a 12 year old camera, I obviously knew that it would not perform as well in low light as my X-Pro1; however, it certainly did not disappoint.

While in Ottawa the other day, I pulled out the D2X to take some interior shots of Saint Patrick’s Basilica.  I set the ISO at 800 (I tried a few shots at H 0.3) and opened my lens as wide as it would go at 70mm, which was f/4.5.

VR is a wonderful technological advantage and it assisted me greatly in getting sharp photos, even down to shutter speeds of 1/13 of a second.

I can only imagine that I would have a much easier time taking low light photos with a much faster lens, like the 35mm f/1.8 for example.  I will definitely have to look out for a good used copy.

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Night Shooting

I had an engagement down in Old Montreal the other night and doing some forward thinking, i brought along my X-Pro1, which fit nicely in my jacket pocket.

It would have been a good idea to have brought a tripod along, but it would have been a bit cumbersome to lug around while attending to business.

In order to get a decent shutter speed, i had to boost up my ISO to 5000 with some photos  – the 27mm does not have OIS.  If there was plenty of light from the moon and other light sources, the files came out relatively good.

However, if i was taking photos of a darker scene, things tended to turn to mush and there was not much i could do to save them.

In the end, even though i had to hand hold the camera for all these photos, things turned out okay.

All photos taken with the Fuji X-Pro1 and the XF 27mm f/2.8.

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Afternoon Plane Spotting

It has been a while since i did some plane spotting, so i took advantage of the great weather we had today and made my way up to the airport.

Finally, they have 55th Ave. going north under Cote de Liesse, set up for two-way traffic again.  Hopefully, one day, that overpass will be torn down and rebuilt.  I won’t hold my breath though.

Sunday’s before noon is pretty quiet at the airport, so i did not stay long.  However, i was able to get some shots of aircraft that i have never seen before.

All photos taken with the D2x and the Nikkor 70-300 VR G.

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Some Instagram Photos

Here are some of my latest photographs from my Instagram account (@englishmaninmontreal).

Photos taken with my LG G3.

For these photos, i used Photoshop Express on my phone to spruce them up a bit.  You can download Photoshop Express for free in the Playstore (Android).

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Flying on one engine!

It’s a very windy day today, so i had some aircraft come over head in order to land on 10-28 at YUL.

As i was taking a photo of an incoming Dash 8 Q400, i noticed something wasn’t right:  the aircraft’s left engine was not running!

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Despite this not being a dire situation, i am sure there was some nervous passengers on this flight.

Photo taken with the Nikon D2x and the Nikkor 70-300mm VR G.

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