The end of summer

Charlene general 14 Comments

Nordjylland, Danmark

After days of glorious sunshine the weather moved in, and on Sunday rain clouds were piled grouchily on the horizon. By mid morning, everything had a slate grey cast to it.

“Let’s go to the beach,” Flemming’s Dad said.

The last time we were in Thorup, it was really foggy. When we got there this time, the boats were all sitting snug on the sand, and the sea behind them was brokenly striped in rushing foam and dark water.

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My hat blew off my head into a puddle when I stepped out of the car. We’d come down to get some fish from the shop, but it was closed.

With the main mission foiled, we enjoyed the coming of the rain instead, at the edge of the water. Ten minutes to run around the boats before the storm front swept in and needled us with cold rain.

There’s nothing like the beach during a storm.

Thorup is one of the last places in the country that tows the fleet onto the beach with a gigantic tractor, when it comes in with the day’s catch.

Thorup is one of the last places in the country that tows the fleet onto the beach with a gigantic tractor, when it comes in with the day’s catch.

We got back to the car just as the heaviest of the rain hit.

We got back to the car just as the heaviest of the rain hit.

Yeah, everything was wet.

Yeah, everything was wet.

Driving home through rain-laden forests.

Driving home through rain-laden forests.

I’ve not been in northern Europe this late in the year, and I am thankful for relatively gentle introduction I’m getting to autumn at these latitudes. I have no experience with real cold. The only winters I’ve lived through are those of Perth, Australia, and people tell me all the time how those are akin to a gentle spring day at more extreme latitudes.

I’ve experienced unending sunshine the months I’ve been around Europe (except for those few days in Scotland and Ireland), but I suspect these grey days are here to stay until I leave.

Hanging on to the last of summer in my head.

Man vs tree. Sunset a few days ago near home.

Man vs tree. Sunset a few days ago near home.

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  1. Really lovely photos! I found your work while researching the X-Pro2, and I’ve really been enjoying it. Keep it up!

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  2. Hi Charlene, very good photos they are mirroring the feelings and mood of autumn. I own the XF 35 F2 and are planning to add the XF23 F2. How do you find the 23 F2? regards Andreas

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      Andreas, the 23 has barely left my camera since i got it at the end of September. I love it. Working on a blog post on my thoughts about this little lens. It’ll be published in a few days. Stay tuned!

    2. Charlene, I am looking forward to read your upcoming blog, can’t wait. It is true that the image rendering on this lens is quite similar for all shooting distance and that the change in image quality is minimized for the changing F-value? And does this mean that regardless of the used F-Value the sharpness does not vary this much? In a normal way a lens is getting sharper with increasing the F-Stop. And how big is the danger to get addicted to the lens and leaving the Xf 35 F2 in your camera bag? Wish you a nice weekend Charlene

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      “And how big is the danger to get addicted to the lens and leaving the Xf 35 F2 in your camera bag?”

      Depending on how much you like the 35mm FOV, pretty damn big. It’s barely left my camera since I got it at the end of September.

      I will tell you now that I won’t be addressing any of the optical engineering facets of this lens at all. It will be very much about what it feels like to use this lens, so don’t get your hopes up.

    4. I think the addiction is coming soon. After our short holiday on hiddensee I will going to buy this little guy.
      Have a nice time.

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      Yeah, I think the warmth is definitely gone. Judging by your walking pictures, you do frequent higher elevations than I do (I’m pretty much at sea level here in Jutland), so I’m hoping your experience of snow isn’t going to translate to mine anytime soon. It’s interesting enough trying to adjust to the wind here, it howls and freezes nonstop!

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  3. I used the the xf 23 mm F2 for a couple of days. I have to say that the AF is very quick, a little faster than the xf35 mm F2. It feels good in the hands and looks nice. But I have to mention that I don’t know if this is the right DOF and lens for me. At the moment I feel more comfortable with the 53mm view the XF 35 mm f2 or 35 F1.4 gives me. The pictures with the 23 mm F2 are sharp until you shoot at MFD until 40 cm away from your scene with F2, F2.8, F3.5. (RAW and JPEG) The images that you get here are less than great. Its getting better when you reach F4 and is tack sharp at 5.6 until F11. But here you loose the bokeh (it’s a catch – a wide angle without good bokeh, swimming against the grain, break the rules, with the 23mmF2 no good deed) and loose much amount of light. With the 35mm F2 you get significantly better results in the close up range with far better bokeh. The overall sharpness of the 35 F2 ist very good. I know you won’t be spammed with technical facets but that is an issue that we have to be aware of. I am looking forward for your xf23mm F2 blog. Perhaps you convince me to give the 23mm F2 a chance instead of a bad rap. Regards Andreas

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