This is my favourite time of the year for photography (Port Moody with the Fuji X-Pro1)

The September-October period is my favourite time of the year for photography. It is the time when the summer “blue skies” days are over and instead you begin to encounter morning fog, stormy skies and the sun trying to find a space to get through.

Recently, I was driving my son home from his late-afternoon activity. The conditions outside were plain horrible – dull light and never-ending rain (it is Vancouver, after all) – the kind of afternoon when you wished you had stayed home. As we were driving I noticed a sudden clearing from the west accompanied by fog and misty air. I quickly parked near Rocky Point Park in Port Moody and took out my Fuji X-Pro1. As I started walking toward the pier I couldn’t believe my eyes.

The dark rainy clouds had turned into a beautifully coloured mosaic. Fog was flowing above the water and naturally diffused golden rays accompanied the park lanterns, which were just turning on.

In this magical moment I shot about 15 images, each of them without a tripod. In a few minutes it had all disappeared. The openings in the clouds closed and the rain started.

Once again, one of my favourite images was taken unexpectedly. All shots were taken with the Fuji X-Pro1, Fujinon XF 18mm F2 and processed in Lightroom 4. 

You can see the images (20×30 prints on canvas) at the fantastic Port Moody coffee place Caffe Divano, where not only can you have a cup of premium coffee and delicious homemade baking but also see the local art on display. This place is like no other. Make sure to check it out. 

9 thoughts on “This is my favourite time of the year for photography (Port Moody with the Fuji X-Pro1)

  1. Hi Olaf,

    I lived very near your location until moving to Nanaimo last March. I loved shooting the old mill remains on the other side of the bay. Very fine work. I’m hoping to get out of my Canon 5D Mark11 into somthing smaller and lighter and the Fuji is calling…

    All the best,


  2. Hello Olaf,
    “until you encounter great light” (Search for the unknown!) superb demonstration
    I do not know if it’s luck or experience or both. Without forget preparation and opportunity
    X-Pro 1 and XF 18MM : I thought there was distortion in the borders with the 18mm. Maybe post processed ?

    1. The 18mm lens is a very good lens. It is not as good as its 35mm brother but much better than many pro zoom lenses. Given the size/performance ratio it is a fantastic piece of glass.

      Thank you for your comments and kind words.


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