Snapshots Using the Tripod

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/2 sec, ISO200
“Talk to the Hand” Cedar Park, 2019

こんばんは。How’s it going?

I recently got a new tripod which I’ve been using for time-lapse videos, but I’ve also used it to get some very detailed photos using a smaller aperture and low ISO. Today’s photo is an example of that. I’m normally shooting hand-held at 1600-6400 ISO and wide-open, which means the photos are lacking in detail. But the Fujifilm X100 series of cameras’ 23mm Fujinon lens is actually very sharp when stopped down to f/4 or F/5.6 and coupled with a reasonable ISO. You can see so much detail in the lampshade above. I guess I’m just not used to seeing it very often, with the type of photos I normally make.

Honestly, though, it’s too cumbersome to use a tripod all the time, and the real advantage of the Fujifilm X100T is its portability/speed Still, it’s nice to break out the tripod and dust off the camera settings that I rarely use. Photography is so fun!


The Black Lagoon

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/6.4, 2 sec, ISO200
“The Black Lagoon” Cedar Park, 2019

Our 20-gallon aquarium looks so cool in black and white! That’s all for today. 😊



Photo info: SONY NEX-6, 16mm, f/10, 1/160 sec, ISO200
“Double-Rainbow” Cedar Park, 2019

Snapped this photo of a cool double-rainbow while on the way to pick up Koa from school. I keep the Sony NEX-6 in my car for just this type of situation. And of course for when the aliens arrive. 👽🛸👽

Sunset Shots

Photo info: SONY NEX-6, 27mm, f/4.5, 1/60 sec, ISO2000
“Sunset Time” Cedar Park, 2019

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today we had a bit of rain, which ended just at sunset. I was hoping to get a nice time-lapse, and I think it turned out okay:

The clouds after the sun dipped down below the horizon are most often the coolest.

The photo of of my little rig. Tomorrow a new ND filter will arrive, which will hopefully allow me to utilize a longer shutter speed so I don’t capture specks of dust or birds in the frame. We’ll see.

I hope you had a nice day!


Refining the Time-lapse Process on the Fujifilm X100T

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2, 1/1000 sec, ISO200
“Evening Clouds” Cedar Park, 2019

Today I spent a bit of time refining the time-lapse process on the Fujifilm X100T. With each one I create, I notice some tweaks that would make it better. I think I’m close to finalizing on my settings! 😊

For this video, I noticed there is a lot of flickering which I’ve determined is caused by the X100T’s built-in ND filter. It’s similar to the flickering that is caused by the variance in exposure when the aperture rings step down. In that case, even though the aperture might be set to the same f/5.6 for all the photos, the blades will not go to the exact same position each exposure. This causes the flickering in the final video. The solution to this on the X100T is to shoot wide open at f/2, so that the aperture blades don’t move. If you have a camera where you can force the blades to not move for each exposure, that is perfect! Or perhaps switch to a manual-lens with an aperture ring.

Anyways, the X100T’s ND filter will move into place for every exposure, so there is a slight variance in the amount of light that it blocks, and that causes the flickering effect. If you do need to reduce the amount of light hitting the sensor, I’d use a regular old ND filter screwed onto the lens, or take advantage of the extreme high shutter-speeds that the electronic shutter enables.

Speaking of the electronic shutter I suggest making sure you are using it for another reason: eliminating any moving parts during the image sequence capture. This means less wear and tear on the camera. Even at f/2, the X100T will activate the aperture blades. 🤷‍♂️

So, if you hear any noise whatsoever (assuming you have camera beeps turned off), then check your aperture, focus-type, ND filter, and shutter-type. It should be dead silent!

There’s is a lot to remember when making these time-lapse sequences, so I made a checklist of settings. These are specific for shooting JPG on the Fujifilm X100T, but might be helpful for other cameras as well:

  • Set ISO manually
  • Set white-balance manually
  • Set shutter speed manually
  • Turn off built-in ND filter
  • Set aperture to f/2
  • Make sure of external power source
  • Make sure the DR is not Auto
  • Set the shutter type to Electronic

That’s it!

The Fujifilm X100T is a nice little camera to create the time-lapse sequences. The only things that would make it better would be the ability to manually stop down the lens, and to remove the 999 exposure limit on interval shooting.

I hope you had a nice day.