Long Exposures with Fuji X-Pro 1

UPDATE: Sorry about the videos. It seems if you delete a Google+ account, they also trash your YouTube vidoes. Stay classy Google.

Everyone following me on Instagram knows I've been exploring long exposure landscape photography. Largely new territory for me, so I thought I'd post a little bit about how it's been going.

All of these photos have been shot using my X-Pro 1. A terrific camera that I've enjoyed both as an everyday walk about camera and in this case a fully functional, high quality landscape camera.

What do you need?
Let's start with the basics. You'll need a camera, and a set of filters. You can use a screw-in filters, but I would recommend investing in a LEE filter system. What does that mean? You'll screw in an adapter here into your lens, then attach the holder. From there you can insert numerous filters and stack their effects. Here's what this looks like.

Experimentations
Being pretty new to all this, I thought the best thing to do would be to just experiment. Great Falls National Park in Washington DC provided a perfect location to do so.

EXIF: ISO 200, f11, 17 seconds @ 18mm. Filters: Big Stopper + .6 Graduated Neutral Density for the sky. Mid-mourning on a cloudy day and very fast moving water.

EXIF: ISO 200, f11, 17 seconds @ 18mm. Filters: Big Stopper + .6 Graduated Neutral Density for the sky.

Mid-mourning on a cloudy day and very fast moving water.


EXIF: ISO 200, f11, 17 seconds @ 18mm. Filters: Big stopper + .6 Grad ND for sky. Mid-mourning, cloudy day, mostly calm water.

EXIF: ISO 200, f11, 17 seconds @ 18mm. Filters: Big stopper + .6 Grad ND for sky.

Mid-mourning, cloudy day, mostly calm water.


EXIF: ISO 200, f11, 1.4 seconds @ 18mm. Filters: none Pre-dawn, extremely high and fast moving water.

EXIF: ISO 200, f11, 1.4 seconds @ 18mm. Filters: none

Pre-dawn, extremely high and fast moving water.

EXIF: ISO 200, f11, 120 seconds @ 18mm. Filters: Big stopper. Pre-dawn, extremely high and fast moving water.

EXIF: ISO 200, f11, 120 seconds @ 18mm. Filters: Big stopper.

Pre-dawn, extremely high and fast moving water.

EXIF: ISO 200, f11, 120 seconds @ 18mm. Filters: Big stopper + .9 ND Hard Grad for sky. Dawn, extremely high and fast moving water.

EXIF: ISO 200, f11, 120 seconds @ 18mm. Filters: Big stopper + .9 ND Hard Grad for sky.

Dawn, extremely high and fast moving water.

Immediately you can see here, between the combination of REALLY high water and your's truly running the exposures too long I was losing detail in the river. Ended up looking like a cloud or something. Here is video.


Seeking some feedback on this issue, I asked brilliant landscape photographer Julian Calverley what he thought. He largely confirmed what I had been thinking, I was running the exposures too long, and that the LEE Big Stopper is useful at times but not something you should use on every shot.

This shot from the Lincoln Memorial is a perfect example of this. The sun was setting, I didn't need the Big stopper. As a result, I was running the exposure much longer than needed, while actually underexposing the image.

EXIF: ISO 200, f11, 125 seconds @ 18mm. Filters: Big Stopper + .6 ND Grad for sky.

EXIF: ISO 200, f11, 125 seconds @ 18mm. Filters: Big Stopper + .6 ND Grad for sky.

EXIF: ISO 200, f11, 28 seconds @ 18mm. Filter: Big Stopper + .6 ND Grad for Sky. Mid afternoon, cloudy and windy day.

EXIF: ISO 200, f11, 28 seconds @ 18mm. Filter: Big Stopper + .6 ND Grad for Sky.

Mid afternoon, cloudy and windy day.

EXIF: ISO 200, f11, 6.5 seconds @ 35mm. Filters: Big Stopper + .45 Hard ND Grad on sky. Windy & gloomy afternoon on the ocean.

EXIF: ISO 200, f11, 6.5 seconds @ 35mm. Filters: Big Stopper + .45 Hard ND Grad on sky.

Windy & gloomy afternoon on the ocean.

EXIF: ISO 200, f11, 3.2 seconds @ 35mm. Filters: Big Stopper + .45 Hard Grad ND on sky. Windy & gloomy afternoon on the ocean.

EXIF: ISO 200, f11, 3.2 seconds @ 35mm. Filters: Big Stopper + .45 Hard Grad ND on sky.

Windy & gloomy afternoon on the ocean.


Mr. Cooper, unhelpful assistant and hiking partner in crime. The pains of creation are well captured in this video. haha!

Mr. Cooper, unhelpful assistant and hiking partner in crime. The pains of creation are well captured in this video. haha!

A few more articles on long exposures, specifically with the X-Pro 1.
Don Craig
Flixel Pix —
Mark Hilliardatelier

And make sure you view Julian's terrific work.