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Sarah Drove ~ A Photo Journal (Fuji XT3 + 23mm F2)

Last updated on December 1, 2020

We’d been to a 25th wedding anniversary.

We’d eaten too much cake.

I’d been drinking red wine.

The sun was setting.

Sarah drove.

Sarah Drives - Gower Peninsula South Wales - Portrait Photography by Ben Holbrook from DriftwoodJournals.com-10

Sarah Drives - Gower Peninsula South Wales - Portrait Photography by Ben Holbrook from DriftwoodJournals.com-10

Sarah Drives - Gower Peninsula South Wales - Portrait Photography by Ben Holbrook from DriftwoodJournals.com-10

Sarah Drives - Gower Peninsula South Wales - Portrait Photography by Ben Holbrook from DriftwoodJournals.com-10

Sarah Drives - Gower Peninsula South Wales - Portrait Photography by Ben Holbrook from DriftwoodJournals.com-10

Sarah Drives - Gower Peninsula South Wales - Portrait Photography by Ben Holbrook from DriftwoodJournals.com-10 Camera Talk

Camera: I shot this little photo series with my beloved Fujifilm XT3, which I love more and more as time passes – I recommend buying it here with the awesome Fuji 18-55mm zoom lens, which is excellent for video too. Or maybe go for the XT4 if you shoot a lot of video too as it has IBIS (in-body stabilisation) – this’ll be my next purchase.

Fuji XT3 with Fujinon 23mm f2 Camera Setup and Photos Samples by Ben Holbrook from DriftwoodJournals.com-2.jpg Fuji XT3 with Fujinon 23mm f2 Camera Setup and Photos Samples by Ben Holbrook from DriftwoodJournals.com-3.jpg Fuji XT3 with Fujinon 23mm f2 Camera Setup and Photos Samples by Ben Holbrook from DriftwoodJournals.com-4.jpg Fuji XT3 with Fujinon 23mm f2 Camera Setup and Photos Samples by Ben Holbrook from DriftwoodJournals.com.jpg

Lens: I had the Fujinon 23mm f2 lens on my camera, which I think it pretty much the perfect all-round lens. It’s roughly a 35mm equivalent in full-frame terms (because the Fuji XT3 has a cropped APS-C sensor), which I think is the ultimate “Goldilocks” focal length. Oh, and it’s weather resistant too (as is the XT3), so this setup is rugged too. Buy the Fuji 23mm f2 here.

Fuji XT3 with Fujinon 23mm f2 Camera Setup and Photos Samples by Ben Holbrook from DriftwoodJournals.com-2.jpg Fuji XT3 with Fujinon 23mm f2 Camera Setup and Photos Samples by Ben Holbrook from DriftwoodJournals.com-3.jpg Fuji XT3 with Fujinon 23mm f2 Camera Setup and Photos Samples by Ben Holbrook from DriftwoodJournals.com-4.jpg Fuji XT3 with Fujinon 23mm f2 Camera Setup and Photos Samples by Ben Holbrook from DriftwoodJournals.com.jpg

This set up (XT3 + 23mm f2) is so small and compact that you can carry it with you at all times. It is unobtrusive and lightweight, so you don’t have to think twice about taking it with you when you go out. This means you have it with you when moments like these arise – ready to capture the beauty of everyday life. Definitely my “desert island camera setup” (or “one camera, one lens setup”).

Fuji XT3 with Fujinon 23mm f2 Camera Setup and Photos Samples by Ben Holbrook from DriftwoodJournals.com-2.jpg Fuji XT3 with Fujinon 23mm f2 Camera Setup and Photos Samples by Ben Holbrook from DriftwoodJournals.com-3.jpg Fuji XT3 with Fujinon 23mm f2 Camera Setup and Photos Samples by Ben Holbrook from DriftwoodJournals.com-4.jpg Fuji XT3 with Fujinon 23mm f2 Camera Setup and Photos Samples by Ben Holbrook from DriftwoodJournals.com.jpg

Edit: I edited these photos (very minimally) in Lightroom. I used Fujifilm’s Classic Chrome film simulation and basically just tweaked the exposure and bumped the temperature up a bit. A little grain to help convey the sense of nostalgia I feel when I look at these.


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