I went up to see my wife, since she is an engineer for SRF Consulting here in North Dakota and her project is out there in Williston, but I figured I could take a few pictures while I was out there. Now she did still have to work, though, so I got to hang out with her on her paving site, where she is an inspector.
Before I go more into it, it seems that every time I drive to Williston there is an amazing sunset.
A few more photos here before I close out this blog post. Not too many people want to read about construction, so I will finish out with my thoughts on how the X-T1 performed here:
What I liked:
Having a smaller camera in this situation I feel was definitely beneficial. I could move around more easily and stay out of the way more than if I had been carrying my D4 or D800.
Being able to see the exposure in the viewfinder is awesome. With a hugely backlit scene in a lot of these photos I was able to dial in my exposure compensation in order to preserve details in the much more interesting foreground. With my Nikon gear I would have had to take a few test shots to dial in the settings so that the backlighting wasn't as bad.
Sometimes to get the super low shots the tilting screen was awesome, but it also allowed me to be more on the look-out for machinery or workers and stay out of the way more than if I would have had my face pressed into a DSLR viewfinder the whole time.
In this situation the image quality was awesome. Yes it was a low ISO thing, but there is something about the Fuji colors that I love over even my D800.
WiFi to phone:
A lot of my Wife's family doesn't really know what it is that she does, so it was really nice to be able to shoot the Jpeg photos (shooting in RAW+ Jpeg) to my phone and post them to facebook or instagram. Those are some of my most-liked images, actually. It was nice
What I didn't necessarily like:
None of the lenses that I was using are weather sealed, and it is QUITE dusty in Williston. I had to do quite a lens and sensor cleaning when I got home. The perfect lens for this whole day would have been the upcoming in 2015 Fujifilm 16-55 f/2.8 R WR weather sealed lens. So if Fujifilm wants to send me one of those I'll go take more construction photos with this great system.
Since I was using the LCD on the back a bit, the battery life did suffer a bit. I think in around 7 hours of shooting that day I went through 3 or 4 batteries. That was with leaving the camera on with the EVF+eye sensor going, so that could have contributed a bit, but not too much.
And since that was a HUGE block of text, I'll leave you with one more super artsy photo:
Until I stop being lazy and actually write more of these...