Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Pic(k) of the week 23: FUJIFILM X-T100 GOES TO CHURCH - RAVENNA, ITALY

Most people are familiar with the top three Italian tourist cities; Rome, Venice and Florence. Far fewer know what Ravenna has to offer! A city that has not one but eight UNESCO World Heritage sites, Ravenna has several renown churches with amazing mosaics and paintings. The city which was the capital of the Western Roman Empire from 402 til 476 and then of Byzantine Italy till the 8th century. 

As part of a weeklong photography tour around Northern Italy, I recently stayed one night in Ravenna to check out the most important sites! 

The top 5 of the World Heritage sites can be visited for a nominal fee of 11,-EUR; a great deal! If possible try to visit a couple of hours before closing (normally 7pm) to avoid the larger crowds.

I took two Fujifilm cameras on the trip; the first one was brand-new and part of an upcoming review, the X-T100; while the second one was an X-H1, my Landscape camera. One would think that the IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization) of the X-H1 would be essential to shoot low light images without a tripod. While the X-H1 definitively allowed me to shoot handheld at a lower shutter speed, the small 700,-USD X-T100 did a remarkable job as can be seen in the image below. Expect a full First Look review on the X-T100 within the next week.  

Back to the image which was shot at the Basilica San Vitale; hard to believe that all of the mosaics are almost 1500 years old! And we photographers are worried that a digital image file might not open on our computers in 50 or 100 years from now!  

Image details:
  • Fujifilm X-T100 with the XF23mm f2.0 lens, handheld
  • ISO 3200, 1/320, f2.8
  • In camera jpeg using Velvia Sim Simulation
  • minimal editing in Lightroom; selective opening of shadows
For the ones wondering why I shot the image at a relatively high shutter speed of 1/320s, I left the camera in AUTO ISO (set at max 3200) as I wanted to see its higher ISO capability in a variety of scenes. Overall I've been impressed with the image quality of the non X-Trans sensor of the X-T100 which will be part of my upcoming review on the new camera. 

Meanwhile, more images, with a mix of X-H1 and X-T100 images from Ravenna can be found here. It is interesting to see that images from both cameras, with a very different sensor, blend in quite well together.

Remember: "A good man is a good man, whether in this church or out of it" - Brigham Young


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