Over the last few days I’ve captured a number of pictures from my house of the nearby Wasatch Mountains. I’m very fortunate that I live so close to such a majestic and beautiful landscape. I can see it from my living room. I can sit on my patio and watch the light change and the seasons change on the mountains. It’s right there! I feel very lucky to witness this and be able to capture it with my camera.
It’s been between overcast and partly-cloudy lately, with conditions changing rapidly and dramatically. It’s gone from fairly uninteresting to amazing and back to mostly uninteresting in a matter of moments. This has repeated over and over. I’ve tried to keep an eye out for it, and tried to be quick enough to photograph it before it disappeared. That’s not always possible, and many times I wasn’t successful, but sometimes I was.
The film simulation recipe that I chose for these pictures is my Velvia recipe (I also used my Ilford HP5 Plus recipe, and those pictures are in Part 2). These settings are bold and vibrant, much like actual Velvia film. I really appreciate this film simulation recipe for landscape photography where I want colors to pop. The mountain is covered in the fresh green of spring, and these settings are the best for highlighting that. If I want vivid colors, my Velvia recipe is what I choose.
The gear that I used for these pictures is a Fujifilm X-T30 with a Fujinon 100-400mm lens attached to it. I like to use a tripod or monopod with the 100-400mm lens, but these pictures are all hand-held. If I had waited to attach a tripod to the lens, I would have missed many of these shots. The long telephoto lens allows me to bring the mountains up-close, like I travelled into the mountains to capture these pictures, yet I didn’t even leave home. It really is amazing that I was able to make these photographs without going anywhere.
Changing Light, Part 2: Ilford HP5 Plus
See also: Film Simulation Reviews
Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing. I shoot with a Fuji xt2 primarily but have recently dusted off my x100s.
The X100 series is a beautiful camera!
What a view to live by… does well with your Velvia recipe. I kept my Canon 400mm 5.6f and it does well as long as I can shoot from a tripod…if it wasn’t for that lens I would have that 100-400mm.
It is a great view! The Fujinon 100-400mm is a good lens, but I can’t say that it’s a great lens. Does what I need it to, though.
Beautiful. Sometimes Velvia seems a bit too much.
Velvia can be too much for sure. I like it for vibrant landscapes, but not much else.
Wonderful landscapes and i quite like the vibrant greens and blues there.
Thank you! I appreciate the feedback.
Mountains, manna from heaven, you’re a fortunate guy to wake up every day w/ those beauties on your windowsill. Lovely shots!
Thank you! I am incredibly fortunate. My wife and I dreamed for many years about living in a place with this kind of view.