Photographing an event in a storm with the Fuji X-T1

On the plus side, it wasn’t as windy as predicted but oh how it rained.

The event was the switching on of Preston’s Christmas lights in the City centre and while I had a good view in the press enclosure at the front of the stage there wasn’t any shelter.  In theory that shouldn’t be a problem for my usual combination of Fuji X-T1 and 50-140mm lens, both of which have weather proof seals but I’d had to send my lens back to Fuji for repair – the lens came away from the mount, not good!

Anyway, that meant I had to shoot with my 55-200mm which isn’t weather sealed. Fiddling about with a plastic rain-cover made things tricky in the heavy rain.  At one point my flash also stopped working and meant using high ISO to capture the shots.  All in all a rather wet gig but here are a few of my favourite pictures from the night. There are lots more on here: http://blogpreston.co.uk/2015/11/in-pictures-preston-christmas-lights-switch-on-2015/

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  1. I traveled Ireland for 30 days this summer. It rained off and on all but 10 days. At Mizen Head and several other places the rain in the fog was horizontal. At times it was so bad my wife would not get out of the car. I took a total of 6640 pictures (a lot of HDRs;, and, 460 Lightroom processed to 8 1/2 X 11s in 3 Ireland scrap books). I used my 2 Fujifilm X-t1s withs the16-55mm f/2.8 and 50-140mm F/2.8 lenses extensively in the adversed weather conditions. I have wonderful pictures, two wonderful cameras and two fantastic, sharp lenses. Sorry you had a problem.

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    • Hi Bob – the only problem I had was with the Nissin i40 flash and I think that was because the contacts got wet. I kept the 55-200mm lens covered to protect it from the rain and it performed well. I’ll be happy when I get my 50-140mm back from repair! Be good to have that f2.8 option.

      Have to say I love my Fuji cameras and lenses.

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