It’s been a while since I’ve bought a camera or lens, but here’s my newest acquisition: the Fujifilm WCL-X100 wide-angle adapter. It’s basically a lens that screws onto the front of the X100 lens and changes the 35 mm (equivalent) focal length into a 28 mm, with no significant loss in quality. 35 to 28 may not seem like much, but it actually makes a big difference.
28 mm used to be my favorite focal length and I’ve had a 28 mm lens since the 80s when I used my Minolta X-700, so it’s nice to pair that focal length with my favorite camera of all time, my Fujifilm X100T.
The first thing I did after receiving the WCL-X100 (which I bought used for $179), was to take this time-lapse. The sun was going down and I just missed an awesome cloudburst (see photo at the bottom of this post), but I think the sky still looked amazing. FYI, I set the camera to auto-shutter speed so it could adjust to the darkening sky. I think it did pretty good, with only slight flickering.
At 28 mm:
And for comparison, here’s a time-lapse looking towards the same direction at 35mm.
Today I had a few hours by myself this morning so I decided to head over to the nearby park and take some time-lapse photos with my Fujifilm X100T. Honestly, I’ve been lazy by just shooting the time-lapse videos from the comfort of the house, but I thought I’d try something new and see how it goes. So I packed up my gear and headed off.
Here’s the video I made from two ~30-minute sequences:
I’m pleased with how it turned out! The camera settings I used were not any different from what I use at home, but it was a lot more difficult to see the LCD screen, and the electronic viewfinder wasn’t much better because it was so bright outside.
I knew I’d be outside for a while, so to pass the time, I brought my folding chair and my iPad and did some sketching and reading. Under the shade of a tree and with a nice breeze, it was quite pleasant! The only thing that ruined the experience were the ants, which would seemingly appear out of nowhere. I got bitten a couple times on my feet, but luckily these weren’t fire ants so there was just the initial sting. Whew. But still, what a nuisance!
When setting up for the lily pad sequence, I was entertained by a small catfish that was enjoying the afternoon as well. Can you spot it in the time-lapse video? 😊
In addition to the regular camera gear, I think it’s useful to bring a fold-able chair, hat, sunscreen, and water. And don’t forget the lens hood! (I forgot mine).
It was fun to go outside to take the time-lapse photos and I’m looking forward to doing more of them!
There’s a big storm to the south of us in Houston, but we’re starting to feel the effects up here in Austin. Rain’s in the forecast! I’m thinking of Bay, though, since he’s at school in Houston. He said classes might be cancelled tomorrow if the rain is to heavy. I hope it doesn’t flood down there!
Anyways, we had a beautiful sunset tonight and I set up my little time-lapse rig to capture it. I left the camera in aperture priority for this video, shot at f/8 and let the camera choose the shutter speed to adjust to the dimming sky. I think it did a pretty good job, with just a little bit of flicker. It’s fascinating to me to see how the clouds change color both gradually, and in sudden bursts of color. Time-lapse is like a glimpse into another world that is beyond our perception normally. Isn’t it incredible? I think so!