Yesterday, I drove my son to his football match and as I knew beforehand that I would have an hour of waiting time before the game, I packed my camera gear and my tripod and off we went.

The weather was not great yesterday (in fact, it wasn’t for the whole week) and when arriving at the parking area, we had pouring rain again. After spending a couple of minutes reading on my Kindle, I got lucky and rain stopped. When opening my gear box, I asked myself: what now? What will I carry around with me?

My challenge

Then spontaneously, I decided to take a small challenge: 30-40 minutes of time, 1 camera, 1 lens and 1 defined aperture, no tripod and go! What will I be able to achieve?

So I took my Fuji X-T2 with the Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R, no tripod and decided to do all my shots handheld, at F1.2 and only adapting ISO to reduce blurring the image.

 

First shots on the parking lot…

Fujifilm X-T2, 56mm F1.2 R, ISO 200, f/1.2, 1/750s

 

Fujifilm X-T2, 56mm F1.2 R, ISO 200, f/1.2, 1/600s

 

across the railway…

Fujifilm X-T2, 56mm F1.2 R, ISO 200, f/1.2, 1/220s

 

Fujifilm X-T2, 56mm F1.2 R, ISO 200, f/1.2, 1/1250s

 

Fujifilm X-T2, 56mm F1.2 R, ISO 200, f/1.2, 1/350s

in the park…

Fujifilm X-T2, 56mm F1.2 R, ISO 400, f/1.4, 1/125s

 

Fujifilm X-T2, 56mm F1.2 R, ISO 400, f/1.8, 1/100s

 

Fujifilm X-T2, 56mm F1.2 R, ISO 400, f/1.4, 1/170s

 

Fujifilm X-T2, 56mm F1.2 R, ISO 400, f/1.4, 1/180s

and back on the parking lot

Fujifilm X-T2, 56mm F1.2 R, ISO 800, f/2.2, 1/140s

 

Fujifilm X-T2, 56mm F1.2 R, ISO 800, f/2.8, 1/150s

 

Fujifilm X-T2, 56mm F1.2 R, ISO 800, f/2.0, 1/60s

 

Click here for all the pics from this tour.

 

As you can see, some pictures have a smaller aperture than f/1.2, and this I only discovered at home. Looking back at what happened, it was probably just the usual routine of playing with light, subject and aperture and I did it so automatically that I can’t even remember having done it. That’s it, just accept it and carry on. It didn’t have any impact on my motivation when shooting.

 

Perfect! I was satisfied with my challenge, had a great time and saw a lot of details in this park I would otherwise probably never have visited.

And, no rain during the shooting!

 

Click here for all the pics from this tour.

 

Your challenge

So, next time if you don’t know what to shoot or where to go, or if you think there is nothing interesting in your surroundings, just challenge yourself with some limitation (like one specific gear combination, or just low light, or one specific tight area like maximum 150 m from your starting point, or just black and white, and so on) and you will see that your creativity will come and you will have a lot of fun.

Then do this the next time as a group of 2 or 3 and you will be amazed about the variety of images and styles and that probably only very few images will have the same subject.

 

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