One of my favorite places in northern Utah is Antelope Island State Park. It’s such a strange land! Antelope Island, which sits in the Great Salt Lake, seems like a world away from the Salt Lake City metro area, even though it is located very close to the city. Wildlife abounds, including buffalo, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, big horn sheep and many other animals. At one time the bison herd on Antelope Island was the largest in America. There are a huge variety of birds that migrate across the area. The water is often calm, and the reflections can be incredible. There are sandy beaches. There are trails that curve across the rugged landscape. There is a unique beauty to Antelope Island that draws me back. It’s one of my favorite places to photograph!
Antelope Island is also disgusting! There’s a certain “rotten egg” smell that can be found near the shores. There are tons and tons of bugs, including biting no-see-ums, brine flies (that cover the shore like a thick cloud), mosquitoes, tons of spiders (venomous and non-venomous), among other things. It’s pretty common to see dead birds. There’s plenty to love and hate about this place. I try to look beyond the gross to see the beauty. It is indeed an odd place, and one has to purposefully look beyond the negative aspects to truly appreciate it. I feel like it is a secret treasure that is easily overlooked.
My wife, Amanda, and I visited Antelope Island earlier this week. I brought my Fujifilm X100V, while she had her X-T20 with a Fujinon 10-24mm f/4 lens attached to it. For my pictures, I used my Kodak Tri-X 400 film simulation recipe for black-and-white and my Fujicolor Reala 100 film simulation recipe for color. I reprocessed in-camera a couple of the rainbow pictures using Velvia. Amanda had PRO Neg. Hi loaded into her camera, but she reprocessed most of her pictures using either Acros or Velvia.
Even though we used different cameras with different generation sensors, I thought that our pictures worked well together. I wanted to share them with you as a set. I found it interesting that for some images our vision was nearly identical, and for others we captured our pictures differently. Amanda did a great job, and it was a fun experience to go out and photograph with her. Antelope Island once again proved to be a great location for photography. Enjoy!
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Great photos as always, how’s the 10-24mm?
That’s Amanda’s lens. She hasn’t had it very long (a couple of weeks). She’s used it more for video, and so far it’s been good for that. This was her first time using it for stills, and she said it was fine, but she is still figuring out how to best use it.
Amazing landscapes. I prefer the b&w set but the color one has its beauty
Thank you so much!
Amanda’s second black & white is stunning-the cloud makes the image. Can you advise which recipe she used or a brief description of any post processing. Thanks.
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Her settings for that picture: Acros+R, DR100, Highlight +1, Shadow +2, WB Auto, Grain Strong, Sharpness 0, NR -2.
Hi Ritchie, I love, love black and white images from the X100V.
Me, too! Interestingly, my all-time favorite digital camera for b&w (based on the results, not the user experience) that I ever used was the Sigma DP2 Merrill. When I saw my first pictures from the X100V, I thought that finally I found a camera that produces similarly wonderful b&w pictures (but a much, much better user experience)! I think part of it is the improved lens, and part of it is the new JPEG features.
Love all the BW’s! When things get normal, would love to visit the park some day.
It’s a beautiful place. Odd, and sometimes disgusting, but beautiful!