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Landscape Photography on Kauai, HI with a Fuji X-T2

For the last several years I have been making an effort to take a week long vacation overseas. I keep going back to Kauai, HI for some reason. It’s just such a fantastic place to explore and it’s very photogenic year round. I usually go in March… that’s probably not the best time to go but you take what you can get when it comes to time off work. In March the weather can be super unpredictable and it usually rains quite a bit. This year was cold, wet and hard to plan anything due to inclement weather. We still had a great trip though and I came home happy with some great images.

If you’ve been following my work at all you’ve probably seen my other photographs from Kauai, Maui and Oahu. I have put them together in a landscape photography series called “Someday Place”. I will more than likely add some of the images you see below to this series. Last year I made the big switch from Nikon to Fuji. I sold most of my gear, kept a few lenses that may or may not get used again on my new body with an adapter. We’ll see if it’s worth carrying them around. After many weeks of research I jumped onboard with Fuji and got an X-T2. I am very happy with it! I’ll admit that it’s not perfect, but my Nikon D610 was nowhere near perfect either. I do love the style of the Fuji and how light weight they are. It was perfect to bring along on my trip to Kauai, HI paired with a 16-55mm F2.8 lens and my Feisol Carbon Fibre Tripod. It was a breeze to hike around with it on Kauai and I found that I would pull out my camera a lot more just because it was easier to manage.

Although the weather was pretty bad for the entire 10 days, I did get out to take some photos in the early morning and during sunset. Below is a gallery you can click through. You can see all my camera settings when you enlarge the image incase you’re curious. In the end I highly recommend the Fuji X-T2 as a travel camera!

I made sure I pushed the camera as far as I thought it could go. The night photos were tricky, but if you had a good flash light to do some light painting and help with focusing then everything was pretty smooth. It held up nicely for some high ISO shots as well as some lengthy exposures of up to 4 minutes. I found the Fuji X-T2 performed really well in pretty much every setting.

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