My last week was spent in Portugal in and around Lisbon where I photographed primarily with the Fuji X-T1, a little with the Leica M, and always had the Sony RX 100 III tucked in a pocket. The fast aperture and increased 24mm wide angle of the new Zeiss zoom on the RX 100 III came in handy every now and then when I was in dark quarters or when I needed a quick grab shot and had the wrong lens mounted on either the X-T1 or Leica M.
On these trips I take two types of photos: I shoot in color of stock and switch to black and white for my art portfolio. One of the reasons I like shooting with the Fuji so much is that I can shoot both black & white and color at the same time by keeping it in RAW and jpg at the same time. The X-T1 also show me the exact crop I am using in the viewfinder -- very handy because I usually shoot a square format for my art portfolio and mostly 3:2 for the stock. The Leica did not show these crops in the finder so I had to rely on guesses for my crops and also had to remember what portfolio I was shooting for while editing later. Right after I finished this trip, Leica came out with a firmware update that at least provides guide lines for the various crops on the finder, but still does not transfer these crops to the final image.
For this blog post I am showing only the color images, mostly done for stock. In the next blog post I will put up the monochrome images done for my platinum portfolio.
|The Belém Tower in Lisbon juts out into the Rio Tejo. I was lucky enough to have the old sailing ship pass by it early in the morning and grabbed the shot with the Fuji 55-200mm zoom on the X-T1.|
|I photographed from the top of the castle looking down on the city of Lisbon using the Leica M (240) -- fit here with one of my favorite travel lenses, the 21mm f/2.8 Elmarit.|
|Another vista from inside the castle. This one and the image below both taken with the 35mm Summilux on the Leica M. I also did a monochrome versions of these two scenes for my platinum portfolio, which I will be showing in the next blog post.|
|The new Sony RX100 III with its new wider zoom and fast apertures came in handy for shooting dimly lit interiors, such as this in the Jerónimos Monastery.|
|A section of the Monumento dos Descobrimentos dedicated to the famous navigators who sailed from Portugal on voyages of discovery. The map below is part of a large inlay on the ground below the statue.|
|The unusual art deco building is the Lisbon Rossio train station photographed at 18mm with the Fuji 18-55mm zoom.|
|Outside of Lisbon, on the way to Sintra is the Queluz National Palace with French-style gardens.|
|Manicured trees in the garden of Queluz.|
|The Palace of Pena photographed from below using the 18-55mm zoom and polarizing filter with the X-T1|