Fall at Black Island Farms


Sun Corn – Syracuse, UT – Fujifilm X100F

Fall is for family field trips to the farm. In fact, my family and I went on a field trip to Black Island Farms in Syracuse, Utah, just last week. I also brought along my Fujifilm X100F.

The farm was great! We went on a tractor ride to pick pumpkins in a pumpkin patch. We saw some farm animals. We watched a pig race and a turkey race. We played on a giant playground made from stacks of hay. We made our way through a big corn maze (and didn’t get too lost). It was a nice autumn afternoon, and this was a great way to soak it in.

As far as photography goes, it wasn’t the best conditions. The midday light was harsh with plenty of bright highlights and deep shadows. And when you have four young kids, you need a free hand or two for them. But that’s where the X100F came in handy.

The camera is small enough to fit into a large pocket. Grab it when I want to snap a picture, hide it when I need free hands! Smaller is better in these types of situations, and pocket-sized is a huge plus. A DSLR is simply too big and bulky.

I used the built-in fill-flash frequently on this trip. It handled the tough lighting without fuss. The X100F has a good dynamic range, but the scenes typically exceeded the limit of the sensor; however, the flash helped fill the gap, making the light a little more even.

I used my Classic Chrome Film Simulation recipe for these photographs. I love the film-like way it renders the pictures. It has a classic Kodak slide film look. And it come straight out of the camera looking finished. These are unedited. I don’t have time to mess with RAW anymore, and the X100F speeds up my workload drastically by producing good results that don’t need editing.

The Fujifilm X100F is the best camera I’ve ever used for snapping family pictures. Go on an adventure with the kids and come back with nice pictures to supplement the great memories made. It’s so effortless. I wish that I had this camera years ago!

The takeaway is that a couple hours at the farm in difficult light can still produce a number of keeper photos when you have the X100F in your pocket. These are mostly personal family pictures, but I hope you enjoy them nonetheless.


Autumn Flag – Syracuse, UT – Fujifilm X100F


Red Tractor – Syracuse, UT – Fujifilm X100F


Empty Bench – Syracuse, UT – Fujifilm X100F


Biting Cabbage – Syracuse, UT – Fujifilm X100F


Carrot Farmer – Syracuse, UT – Fujifilm X100F


Three Pumpkin Heads – Syracuse, UT – Fujifilm X100F


Say Hello – Syracuse, UT – Fujifilm X100F


The Crate Pumpkins – Syracuse, UT – Fujifilm X100F



Cute Little Pumpkin – Syracuse, UT – Fujifilm X100F


Found Two Great Pumpkins – Syracuse, UT – Fujifilm X100F


Help Needed – Syracuse, UT – Fujifilm X100F


The Pumpkin Master – Syracuse, UT – Fujifilm X100F


Jon’s Pumpkin – Syracuse, UT – Fujifilm X100F


The Perfect Pumpkins Are Picked – Syracuse, UT – Fujifilm X100F


Trouble – Syracuse, UT – Fujifilm X100F


Jon Watching The Turkey Race – Syracuse, UT – Fujifilm X100F


Climbing Hay – Syracuse, UT – Fujifilm X100F


Hay, Girl – Syracuse, UT – Fujifilm X100F


At The Bottom of The Hay Slide – Syracuse, UT – Fujifilm X100F


Jon In A Corn Maze – Syracuse, UT – Fujifilm X100F


Down Into The Corn – Syracuse, UT – Fujifilm X100F


Tattered Corn Blade – Syracuse, UT – Fujifilm X100F


Corn Stalk – Syracuse, UT – Fujifilm X100F


Nice Day At The Farm – Syracuse, UT – Fujifilm X100F


Leaf Shutter & Flash & X100F – Oh, My!


The Fujifilm X100F has two built-in shutters: electronic and mechanical. The electronic is a silent focal-plane shutter and has a maximum speed of 1/32,768. The mechanical is a nearly silent leaf shutter and has a maximum speed between 1/1000 and 1/4000, depending on the aperture. You can choose one or the other or have the camera automatically choose which it thinks is most appropriate for the situation.

When I purchased my X100F I didn’t think that the leaf shutter would be a big deal. I don’t do a whole lot of flash photography. I figured it would be a rarely used feature. Boy was I wrong!

A leaf shutter works more like an iris. There are blades, similar to aperture blades, inside the lens that open and close. It opens from the center outward. For this reason you can sync it to the flash at much higher shutter speeds. A traditional focal-plane shutter (which is found on most cameras) rolls across the frame, and doesn’t pair particularly well with flashes.


The Joy of Fishing – Huntsville, UT – Fujifilm X100F w/Flash

Leaf shutters are typically found on expensive medium-format gear. You rarely see them on other cameras. The exception is that Fujifilm has included leaf shutters on their X100 series, such as the X100F.

The Fujifilm X100F has a great built-in flash. There is a hotshoe should you want to add an external flash, but the fill-flash is more than adequate for most pictures. And Fujifilm has programmed the camera to perfectly balance the built-in flash with whatever lighting is available.

It’s truly amazing! The camera almost never gets it wrong. It just seems to know the perfect amount of light to add to the scene. The results are very natural looking. The pictures don’t scream that a flash was used.


Man In The Straw Hat – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X100F w/Flash

I wasn’t much of a flash-photography guy, but now I am. I find myself frequently using the built-in flash on the X100F. The flash and the leaf shutter are key features of this camera!

It makes anything from family snapshots to portraits to back-lit scenes to dim-light situations a breeze to shoot. Any setting with unwanted shadows can be made better by using the flash built into the camera.

There are many things to love about the X100F. The retro look. The classic controls. The film simulations. The camera’s exceptional ability to balance fill-flash with the rest of the frame is perhaps the best part of it. And it is all made possible by the leaf shutter.


Let’s Roll The Moon Across The Sun – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X100F w/Flash