My Fuji XT-2 arrived a week or so ago and I really need to get out and try it out.

So when an opportunity came along for a trip up to the Yorkshire Dales with my good friend Adrian of McFade photography I decided it was a good opportunity to take it out for its first airing.

We planned the day as a trip up to visit some iconic landscape areas in the Yorkshire Dales above Settle and then headed over towards Ribblehead. I had been wanting to go back to get some more images from around Ribblehead and impressive viaduct, in that location.

The day started out as a dry one,  but then we had rain showers and then sunshine throughout the afternoon, which I hoped might give some interesting skies but perhaps not always the best way to try out your new camera.

However it was only showers so a quick cover up  with a shower cap when it was raining at its most persistent worked well to keep the Fuji XT-2 and its lens  dry.

So here are some of the images from my new Fuji XT-2

Landscape Photography - Landscape Photographer - colour image of the line of cascading water the colour of Peat flowing down the weir and beyond
Richard Spurdens Photography – Water the colour of Peat III
Landscape Photography - Landscape Photographer - water the colour of Peat I
Richard Spurdens Photography – Water the colour of Peat I
Landscape Photography - Landscape Photographer - colour image of the peat coloured water cascading past the river height marker
Richard Spurdens Photography – Water level indicator
Landscape Photography - Landscape Photographer - colour image of the line of cascading water the colour of Peat flowing down the weir and beyond
Richard Spurdens Photography – Water the colour of Peat II

Using a slow shutter speed for these really help to bring out the water movement and peaty colours.

A short drive and a longer walk downhill to a well hidden water fall was worth the walk despite the walk back been in the rain.

Landscape Photography - Landscape Photographer -a single fern I
Richard Spurdens Photography – landscape photographer – A single fern
Landscape Photography - Landscape Photographer - colour image of a few fallen leaves againts the flow of the stream of peat colours - the start of autumn
Richard Spurdens Photography – The start of autumn

Driving across to ribblehead gave a few opportunites to stop and get some images with the dry stone walls. Using the new Acros film simulation on the XT-2.

Landscape Photography - Landscape Photographer - monochrome view to the -white-house
Richard Spurdens Photography – landscape photography – Fuji XT-2, Fuji XF 50-140 -60m,1/60s @ f4.0
Landscape Photography - Landscape Photographer -
Richard Spurdens Photography – Fuji XT-2, Fuji XF 50-140 -100m,1/60s @ f4.5
Landscape Photography - Landscape Photographer - monochrome image of wire fence on top of a dry stone wall, using a shallow depth of field
Richard Spurdens Photography – Fuji XT-2, Fuji XF 50-140 -100m1/60s @ f2.8
Landscape Photography - Landscape Photographer - monochrome image of large leaves starting to die back as autume approaches
Richard Spurdens Photography – Fuji XT-2, Fuji XF 50-140 -50m1/30s @ f3.2

Finally a few images towards the viaduct and across towards Ingleborough with it low clouds as a hat.

Landscape Photography - Landscape Photographer - monochrome view to the ribblehead viaduct
Richard Spurdens Photography – landscape photography – view to the ribbleheas viaduct – Fuji XT-2, Touit 12mm 0.5s @ f 20.0
Landscape Photography - Landscape Photographer -dry-stone-walls-line
Richard Spurdens Photography – Fuji XT-2, Fuji XF 50-140 -50m1/60s @ f8.0
ingleborough-in-the-rain
Fuji XT-2, Fuji XF 50-140 -50m1/60s @ f8.0
Landscape Photography - Landscape Photographer - monochrome image of the limestone pavement in the foreground with the distant hill top shrouded in the clouds
Richard Spurdens Photography – Fuji XT-2, Fuji 18mm f2.0

So what were my first impressions on using the new XT-2 ?

There were some really good improvements in the new version especially the increased number of focused points and the little joy stick which enabled you to quickly move the focus point to were you need it. Fuji seem to have listened to there users and made some good improvement in the focusing and easy of which you can move that around, the new film mode is also a gives a good feel to the images too.

I now need to try it out in the studio next.

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