The chose to use the Fuji X-T1, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite cameras of all time. It is no wonder it is selling out everywhere. Most of the time for my personal work I use the Fuji X cameras set to a 1:1 square crop mode.
I had only two lenses with me, the 18-55mm zoom and the 56mm f/1.2 which I often used with a Nikon 5T close-up lens. Instead of using a macro lens for close-ups, I prefer to put a close-up filter on a fast aperture lens to create extreme bokeh effects. The Nikon 5T is equivalent to a +1.5 close-up filter, except that it is really a lens because it is made up of two elements. It is not made anymore. I happened to still have my original 52mm and 62mm sets. They occasionally turn up on Ebay. The 52mm and 62mm filter size makes them a perfect match for the Fuji system, and I have found the results to be exceptional. There are two lenses in each set. One acts as a +1.5 close-up filter, and the other +3.0. Not only are these close-up lenses sharp, they also do not lower the contrast of the taking lens, as so many close-up filters seem to do.
|Tulips with a passing taxi along Fifth Avenue taken with the 56mm lens at f/1.2 using the Nikon 5T close up lens.|
|Easter Lily with the 56mm lens at f/1.2 using the Nikon 5T close up lens.|
|I tried to incorporate the sun into many of the photos because of the important role it plays in the feeling of springtime.|
|Daffodils and a blossoming tree across from the Flat Iron Building|
|Daffodils in the Union Square Farmers Market. This close-up was done using the 18-55mm zoom wide open.|
|Another variation of the daffodils with the Flat Iron Building done with the 18-55mm zoom set to 21mm. The tilt-out screen of the X-T1 makes it a lot easier to do these extreme low angle shots.|