I planned an autumn photo session in Central Park to gather some images for my art portfolio. This means big prints, and big prints means something like a D810, or my Leica M 240. In this case the D810 won out because I knew the zooms, particularly the excellent 70-200mm f/4 would come in handy. I had tossed a macro lens in the kit for close-ups, but last minute I decided to substitute my Fuji X100T for its unique close-up properties. I tossed a Fuji TLC in my coat pocket to give myself an extra closer range.
|One of the first photos I took was this panorama of trees around the Pond. The final image is comprised of two images from the D810 and 70-200mm lens stitched together with PTGui.|
|This photo and the one below were both taken with the Fuji X100T.|
|In this shot I particularly liked the way the Fuji X100T lens flared out the sun rays on the sides. After discovering this, I applied the technique to several other scenes throughout the day.|
That said, it was still nice to have the flexibility of the zoom lens on the D810 particularly in the telephoto range. In the situations below I relied upon the 70-200mm f/4 zoom on the Nikon D810. I kept the camera on a tripod the whole time. I find that high resolution sensors like that of the D810 tend to cause more blurring when handheld.
|One thing about a zoom is that it allows you to adapt to spontaneous events as when a rising fish caused these ripples on the Pond.|
My main reason for packing the X100T was for close-ups, but I ended up taking only a few. Instead I gathered up some leaves and carried them back with me to do some still life shots later.
|In general the autumn colors in the park this year were not very inspiring with only a few pockets of brilliant color on a lone tree here and there.|
|Once again the nice lens flare from the sun was enhanced by the TLC on the X100T.|