A Walk To Dunbar Castle With the 16mm and 90mm Lenses
Today was my first opportunity to go for a walk with the camera since returning from Austria earlier this week. I decided to take just the X-T1 with the 16mm f1.4 and the 90mm f2 prime lenses to limit my options and force me to think creatively with these two brilliant pieces of glass.
My first stop was at the west end of the beach looking back towards the entrance to Dunbar's Victoria Harbour and the ruins of Dunbar Castle. The shot at the top of the page was taken on the 16mm and then I switched to the 90mm as one of the Dunbar fishing fleet, the Triton, headed towards the harbour entrance. You really get a sense of scale as the ramparts of the old castle tower over the little fishing boat.
I then turned round 180 degrees to shoot westwards towards North Berwick Law as the sunlight hit the rocks while the brooding rain clouds gathered on the horizon.
Meanwhile the sun continued to shine on Dunbar so I kept walking along the clifftop path. As I walked up the path towards the small tunnel I spotted a lone poppy by the path and using the 16mm I captured the red flower with the bay as a backdrop.
I then framed the castle in the entrance to the tunnel using the 16mm to get everything in the image
On the otherside of the tunnel the next little bay opened up and once again the 16mm f1.4 Fujinon came into its own. The 24mm equivalent focal length is perfect for landscapes such as these, capturing the vista in front of me without the edge of frame distortions that can be caused by ultra wide angle lenses.
I spotted some giant daisys growing alongside the path so I stopped to get some close up shots, again using the 16mm. The 'Shasta Daisy' is a common sight on the pathways and road side verges in and around Dunbar at this time of year.
All images taken on a Fujifilm X-T1 + Fujinon XF16mm f1.4R WR or Fujinon XF90mm f2R LM WR