Manly to Sydney Ferry ride- SOOC Samples from Fujifilm X-T2

There are many ways of witnessing the cityscape of Sydney. One that gives an entirely different experience is obviously the ferry ride. Ferries from Circular Quay run everywhere in greater Sydney. These serve as the daily commute for many Thousand people. It is also a cheap alternative to enjoy the views of the city if you are a tourist. The ride I personally love is the one to Manly where the famous Manly beach is in. A ride during the sunset hours and if your lucky, then a proper clear sky means you are going to enjoy it immensely. The way Sydney CBD reveal itself as you travel is one thing you will want to experience repeatedly.

Its already the beginning of the twilight and my ferry just left the Manly ferry terminal. The lovely Fujifilm X-T2 and Fujinon XF 18-55mm ƒ/2.8-4 R LM OIS were waiting for the right moment. I didn’t have much doubts on the low light capabilities of Fujifilm when I made the big switch from Canon. I had an extensive research on it and this is the time to test the ISO capabilities of Fujifilm X-T2. This is not a review for the lenses or camera body. But this is about how I can get usable results at higher, uncomfortable settings for any photographers. I didn’t want to increase the ISO unnecessarily for that purpose, however I was impressed by the results at high ISOs.  The X-T2 handled the noise pretty well at the noise reduction of -4 (the lowest setting). The camera was handheld, almost all of them were below 1/20 sec and I was adjusting the aperture accordingly. The sea was not too rough, but of course the ferry was swaying there and here. Under these circumstances it was pretty difficult to photograph, so I have to rely on the continuous high speed mode at 8fps to get at-least one usable image for each set, and it worked amazingly well and I got plenty of usable images. The autofocusing of Fujinon XF 18-55mm ƒ/2.8-4 R LM OIS was pretty impressive, I hardly remember a moment it was hunting.

How can I justify my earlier and current claims that Fujifilm never disappoints ?. Well just by posting the SOOC ( Straight out of camera) images. Yes you read it correctly, none of the images below were post processed by any means except to add a watermark and resize it. I levelled the horizon in one image which ill mention.  Enjoy the Ferry ride back to Circular Quay from Manly at dusk.

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Most of the ferries have viewing platforms. (1/20 sec, f/3.2, ISO 1600, Fujifilm X-T2 + Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS)
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Twilight scene from Manly-Sydney ferry. (1/20 sec, f/3.2, ISO 1600, Fujifilm X-T2 + Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS)
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Glimpse of Sydney skyline. (1/20 sec, f/4.0, ISO 2000, Fujifilm X-T2 + Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS)
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Ferry passenger enjoying the views of Harbour Bridge at dusk. (1/20 sec, f/4.0, ISO 2000, Fujifilm X-T2 + Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS)
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Swaying ferry and the views of sydney city at sunset. (1/13sec, f/3.2, ISO 1250, Fujifilm X-T2 + Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS)
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Sydney CBD skyline at twilight. (I did some horizontal levelling for this image) (1/13sec, f/4.5, ISO 2000, Fujifilm X-T2 + Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS)
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Harbour Bridge at Dusk. (1/20 sec, f/4.0, ISO 2000, Fujifilm X-T2 + Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS)