A little over a month ago, the freshly released Fuji X-Pro2 arrived on my doorstep and I have not been able to put it down since. In five weeks, my X-Pro2 has not been put away into a camera bag, nor has it taken up a spot on my shelf to await the next photography outing. Meanwhile, my Nikon cameras have sat there, thoughtfully protected in cases and bags, rightfully wondering whether I'll ever pick any of them up again. The Fuji X-Pro2 is that good. Now, after spending one month with the Fuji X-Pro2, I find myself at a philosophical crossroads: is the honeymoon period with this camera simply a little longer than any others I've experienced, or has Fuji made a deep enough ripple in the water that DSLR cameras won't ever be able to capture my heart again?
Recently I wrote a blog post entitled Under The Twin Bridges where I recounted an afternoon of exploring the area beneath the northern footing of the Thaddeus Kosciusko bridge outside Albany, New York. On that day, I had my X-Pro2 with me and captured more than 300 images. To render those images in the beautiful black and white tones, I shot in RAW (as I usually do) but previewed and then later processed the pictures using the X-Pro2's new Acros black and white film simulation. The results were amazing. Today, the sun was shining bright and I wanted to stretch my legs and go for a walk. So I grabbed my camera and headed out the door, ending up at the head of an abandoned houses's driveway.
It's always sad to see a house left behind, but someday I'm certain this house will have a new owner who will bring life back into it. In the meantime, I captured these images to pass the time on a sunny day and to help clear my head from the otherwise incessant pace of everyday life. As I've noted before in regard to Fuji cameras - especially with the X-Pro2 - there's just something about them that makes picture taking a unique pleasure relative to others. I believe it's partly the feel and the weight of the camera in-hand; partly the tactile feedback of the focus and aperture rings on the lenses; and partly the beautifully smooth and addictive sound of the shutter. Just holding the camera and walking around prompts a sense of tranquility and thoughtfulness for the world around us.
On this particular day, the sun was shining brighter than usual, casting lovely shadows of the still-bare trees on the ground. I found the contrast of the neglected house, with it's broken down backyard play area and pool deck, beautifully contrasted against the bright green grass and silhouettes of trees. The thought of the changing seasons was on my mind, and the prospect of the trees about to be reborn, as someday this house will again become a home for someone.
Footnotes: All images, Fujifilm X-Pro2 with Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R