Striking Gold with the Fuji X-series

British Columbia has a lot to offer – stunning scenery, abundant wildlife, a high quality of life and friendly people.

Despite its many attributes, it wasn’t natural beauty and certainly not the quality of life that brought early settlers to this part of this world. It was gold!

Kasia and I recently went on a trip to the Cariboo region, driving along Highway 97, also known as the Gold Rush Trail. Like the early miners, we were there for adventure and mining for … great imagery. We travelled equipped with the Fuji X-T1 paired with the XF 14mm F2.8, XF 56mm F1.2 and X100S.

The trip took us from Vancouver to Hope, small but charming Ashcroft and Cache Creek. From there we drove north along Highway 97 through Clinton, 70 Mile House, 100 Mile House and 150 Mile House. Then we travelled further north to Williams Lake and Quesnel, from which we headed east toward the funky town of Wells and historic Barkerville.

We have a lot of material to share with you, including history titbits, travel tips and thoughts about the Fuji X-series cameras and lenses. You will also find some information about working with the X-trans sensor files. Here are just a few images to give you an idea of what’s to come. Watch this space.













Next time…


This is NOT HDR. Courtesy of incredible dynamic range of the X-Trans Sensor.


2014 © Olaf & Kasia Sztaba Photography. All rights reserved.

14 thoughts on “Striking Gold with the Fuji X-series

  1. Hi Olaf,
    I am always so impressed by your work. Your “eye” and your craft. I know you do very little post production and that is even more impressive. You are always very inspiring!!!!
    Do you find xT1 much better than the Xpro1? ( i have the xpro1 and wonder if it is worth upgrading. But will loose lots on that camera. But i always lost some great shots of my kids as the focus is poor. 🙁 otherwise I love it.
    Anyway. Thanks for being an inspiration

  2. Hi Olaf.

    Great photos, thanks for sharing.
    May I ask for your advise? I am going to be spending a week wallking up the Pyrenees mountains next week.
    I will be traveling super light, so can only take one lense with my xe-2.
    35, 27 or 14. Which one would you take?

    1. Robert,

      Normally I would grab my Fuji X100S, since its 23mm lens is, in my view, the most versatile for this type of shooting. 27 & 35 are very close but they could be a little bit limiting for grand landscapes. I would go with the XF 14mm wide-angle.

      All the best,


    1. Morrie,

      It is roughly 750km from Vancouver to Barkerville. it took us 8 hours to get there. We had only 4 days available, however, ideally 5-6 days would be ideal for such a trip.

      Thank you for visiting.


  3. Actually the first one is pretty impressive too! and the last 3 shots, if it ever comes to ranking…
    You should get a sponsorship by the British Columbia Tourism Office.

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