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Easter Egg Hunting with the Fuji X100V

April 16, 2020

In between sharing more in depth thoughts about the Fuji X100V, I thought I’d share a few short stories / series of images that both encapsulate why I bought this camera as well as some of the struggles and successes I’m having with it.

I’ve already taken just shy of 850 photos with it so far – though I must admit, many of them were taken with the camera on high frame rate shooting modes. Regardless, that’s still a lot more than I’ve taken with any other camera I can remember in this short a of a period of time. As such, I am quite quickly finding myself in situations where I’m really happy with the results, but also sometimes quite frustrated with the shooting experience. Though, I should add, I’m pretty certain the shortcomings are more user error than something wrong with the camera…

This particular series was taken on Easter Sunday. We’d hidden a load of chocolate eggs around the house and garden, then followed two rather excitable children around as they raced to find them. I don’t think I had the camera set up properly in terms of the right focus modes etc. That sort of thing just hasn’t become fluent yet In actual fact, I still haven’t worked out which of the focus modes is best to default to yet, or even which would have been right for this situation.

I must admit, this sort of thing does continue to frustrate me. As I’ve alluded, I feel certain that the camera is capable of pretty much doing all of the work for me – I just need to figure out the series of settings that’s right for the particular circumstances I’m trying to shoot in. At the moment, despite the camera feeling really nice to handle and me not having the issue I had with the previous version in terms of pressing buttons accidentally, I still feel all fingers and thumbs when I’m using it.

I just have that sense that I’m never in the right mode, and all I can think about when I’m using it is about what mode should I be in instead. I talk about this feeling of frustration in my post about “The Lure of the Uncomplicated Camera” – there’s something about overly complex cameras that just boggle my brain and take something away from the experience.

But, I have really committed to the Fuji X100V as a camera. I feel almost belligerent in my desires not to find myself beaten or overwhelmed by it. And this is really motivated by the fact that I know that if I can master it, it will let me get these shots of my family as they run rings around me in the way they so often do.

I’m just not there yet, so it’s hard to get away from the fact that this particular spur of the moment grabbing-of-the-camera and running around the house did make me feel flustered and irritated. That being said though – I’m not unhappy with the results at all. A couple of them are out of focus, or at least not ideally focused… there were certainly a few more like that than I’m showing you here. But, despite that, I still feel as though I managed to capture something of the frenetic and overexcited atmosphere.

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

I’ll be back soon with some more shots I got of Connie sliding down a water slide in the back garden. More out of focus shots were taken then too – but none that don’t, again, capture something of the fun we had!

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    alex t
    April 16, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    I like this pictures a lot, I think from my point of view you just nailed it with all the running aroung and the positive emotions!
    Think I went the same path of not really getting to find my style to set up the Fuji camera because of too many possibilities… Nowadays I most of the time use single select focus point or for fast moving children face detection mode. For Colour settings you could maybe try what I did to find my colour mode. It is possible with each Fuji camera. Select Filmsimulation Series and choose three different ones. When you narrowed it down to one stile do the same with one stile three times. Each one with different sharpness, saturation, etc presettings. So I narrowed it down to two different colour settings that work for me. The rest of the presettings in my X-Pro2 I use for black and white.

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      April 23, 2020 at 10:27 am

      Thanks Alex, that’s a good tip!

  • Reply
    Harry Machold
    April 16, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    Hamish, thank you for this article which makes me feeling a bit more confident now…
    Confident though not necessarly competent here…
    I bought a Fuji X Pro 1 brand new the other day; unused and with a still sealed battery. A beautiful camera and surely capable to take great pictures with. If there would not be the fight with the camera in terms of its correct set up still; to take “Fremdobjektive” and enlarge the view finder properly to meter the different lenses…
    But I will get there; I will keep the camera. You instead are already on your way so much further than I am…As always, thank you for sharing your lovely family with all of us here on this site. Did you have to notice any stomach problems here with the girls…?
    Best regards
    Harry

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      April 23, 2020 at 10:26 am

      Thanks Harry! And no, they just gobbled a load of eggs and carried on with their little days. Gone are the days I can each chocolate like that…

  • Reply
    Jose
    April 21, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    Hey, Hamish,

    Nice pictures. I’ve been mastering my X100 for 8 years, so… Just want to say that maybe you’ll get more keepers with higher speeds and iso. At home I need at least 1/125 or 1/250 and probably 3200 or 6400 iso. I think some pictures are not tack sharp because of slow speeds. thank you for your reviews! All the best

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      April 23, 2020 at 10:14 am

      Yeah, that’s not the look I was going for though. I like capturing a little bit of motion blur in images like this

  • Reply
    Michael Daily
    April 22, 2020 at 5:42 am

    Re: frustrated with Fuji x100v
    I recently acquired a 100f after getting a 100s to see if I liked it. I use the 100f much the same way I have used my M2, Summicron 50mm (v2, 1958) or 35mm v3., generally with Ilford FX
    . I also have an M9 and a Sony a7ii. All of which I use with my Leica lenses. I choose my camera depending on what I plan to shoot. Each camera and lens has its purpose. I really learned with my M2 and a Busch Pressman 4×5. Whichever camera I use, I still think as if I were using one of them. My visual thinking is much the same and I choose things that are comfortable so I don’t have to think about anything but what I am doing. Cameras are tools for taking photographs. To do otherwise is like going to school to study “pencil”. Photographers don’t study cameras or lenses. The use them to say something.
    Michael Daily

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