One of my favorite things about shooting with the X100, and now the X100S, is the simplicity that these cameras bring. By embracing the constraints that come with using a single focal length, I can focus completely on subject and composition. This is exactly what I needed this morning when I headed down to Corona del Mar with the X100S and a 10 stop ND filter. Here are three images from today's exercise in simplicity.
Still struggling to find my creativity, I decided to take my own advice and turn to the work of others for some inspiration. While reading David duChemin's blog and looking through Josef Hoflehner's images, I realized how little I knew about shooting in the classic 1:1 aspect ratio. I must admit, even though I was on Instagram for a short while, I never really got swept up into the Hipstamatic/Instagram craze. Maybe it's because my love of photography didn't originate in the film days or maybe it's because I just don't care for the look of images processed in those apps. Whatever the reason, I haven't spent too much time thinking about how my images would look in a square format.
After reading David duChemin's thoughts on the Fujifilm XE-1, I realized that my X-Pro1 lets me shoot in a 1:1 aspect ratio using either the optical or electronic viewfinders. This realization immediately got me thinking about the things I could do to change my routine the next time I'm out shooting. My first thoughts include combining the square format with the various film modes available with the X-Pro1. At this point, the possibilities seem endless, which is a good thing. I just need to keep the wheels turning until I have a chance to go out to make some photographs. In the meantime, I decided to crop a few of the images I made last month of the San Clemente Pier in the 1:1 aspect ration to try and start seeing in the square format. Here are two of the photographs that I cropped and then converted to black and white using Silver Efex Pro 2. Stay tuned for more photographs from my new project, hopefully soon.