June 5th, 2012
This is my visual record of the fading elegance and colourful flavour of roadside America along the old route 66. These were all taken hand-held using the Fujifilm X-Pro1 with the 18mm, 35mm, and 60mm lenses. I used a polariser on the lenses at times but apart from that they are as shot. These are processed from RAW files. I used Fuji Velvia mode in camera and I replicated the look of the in camera jpegs using a custom preset in Adobe Lightroom.
That is a small selection of what there is to see on the 66. If I was to do the journey again I’d spend more time in Arizona and New Mexico. Arizona is amazing! The scenery is spectacular. The subject of another blog post perhaps along with Chicago. On this holiday we spent 3 days in California driving Route 1 up the Pacific coast from LA to San Francisco, a few days in the big cities and 10 days driving Route 66. If we stopped on the 66 every time we saw something interesting it would have taken us 15 days or so. The 66 carves through vast plains and desert on a seemingly never-ending journey. Other times it winds its way through mountains or rocky ravines.
This was principly a holiday not a shoot fest and I didn’t want to take an SLR and all the stuff that goes with it. So I took the Fuji X-Pro1 and it went everywhere. In the bars at night, to breakfast etc. The Fuji is a carry anywhere camera and it fitted in my Think Tank Retrospective 5 bag perfectly even with the 3 lenses and filters. I use a Retrospective 7 for my Fuji kit at workshops because I can also fit my X100, a Speedlight or two and my iPad in it.
The X-Pro1, Is it any good? It’s fantastic! There is so much negative stuff about this camera from pixel peepers and boffins out there on the forums and blogs, just ignore it. This camera and it’s lenses are superb. Please feel free to comment these pictures.