Greenland with X-T2

Greenland has became a popular destination to visit. With its beautiful ancient granite mountains, amazing glaciers and icebergs and sense of remoteness it is a great country to visit and photograph. My second visit to Greenland was on an old beautiful two mast oak Danish built ship - Donna Wood. Sailing in the Arctic is something I wanted to try for a long time and when I had an opportunity to photograph Greenlandic unique lanscapes from a different angle, from the waters of the largest fjord in the world Scoresby Sund, I happily grabbed the chance to do so last August.

Throughout almost two weeks I used one X-T2 with the 50-140mm f2.8 lens (my main landscape lens) and a vertical grip. The second X-T2 body had the superb 16-55mm f2.8. After photographing extensively with a tripod and filters in Iceland, just before this trip, I decided to go free of those and only used a tripod when I played with long exposures and occasionally used a CPL when shooting icebergs. One amazing thing about Greenland is how much colour you get when the light is right. Given the right conditions all the kingdom of ice turns on fire and even in poor light icebergs come out in all shapes and shades of blue.

Here is the selection of my favourite shots from the sailing trip in Greenland that show once again how capable the Fujifilm X-T2 camera and lenses are. Handling two X-T2s with vertical grips in the confined space of a zodiac boat was easy. If I could change a few things I would have taken XF100-400mm f4.5-5.6 lens too, as some icebergs and wildlife in Greenland are at a distance. I had a 1.4x teleconverter with me, but it was not enough to bring some scenery closer. I would also like to have a descent drone with a good lens and sensor next time, as iceberg views from above are amazing - something you can see in this stunning clip made by Brynjar Ágústsson.  Post-editing was done in Iridient Developer and Lightroom with Nik's collection plugins. Click on any image to adjust it to your screen size.

shadow of our boat at the bottom of the iceberg during sunset

waterfall lit up by sunrise light

shadow of our boat at the bottom of the iceberg during sunset

arctic reflection

Teryn & Chris's wedding

The last couple of months were busy with travel and work, so it is time to blog again. Last year I was asked to photograph a wedding for Teryn and Chris, which I agreed to do happily. And so in March I took my cameras (two XT2 bodies with grips) with 35mm f2 and f1.4, 50mm f2 and 56mm f1.2 (and Samyang 12mm f2 - teriffic small lens) and had a wonderful time photographing the day. I had the X-Pro2 with me as well (it lives in my bag) and it pretty much went through the day with me with the 35mm f1.4 stuck to it. I did not (and do not) use 23mm (35 FF) lenses, as I find them too wide for my liking when I photograph people. All my gear with spare batteries and chargers was nicely packed into Billingham 307 bag.
Here is a small selection of images, which reflect the story. I tried to capture those unstaged and unplanned moments as much as I could, which can build up the emotional memory of the day. Most of the shots were made with available light and manual focusing, using f2 lenses during the day and switching to f1.2 and f1.4 lenses in the evening. I used flash later on (Nisin i40) when the light was dead and the dancing floor had those purple/magenta beams swinging about... I do not need to write here again how good Fujifilm X cameras are for documentary wedding style, so I will leave the images to speak for themselves.  As for myself - I had an emotional day behind the lens with every minute of it being fantastic, making new memories and friends. Thank you Allison and Graham and Teryn and Chris for trusting me with your big day!  Sadly Allison passed away last summer from very fast and aggressive cancer. The last few weeks of her life were made as happy as humanly possible by the great staff and care at Salisbury Hospice. Not having her at the wedding made it a lot more emotional... Ohana.

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