Dispatches from Misty Vancouver

While the usual January weather in Vancouver means rain and… more rain, this year has been nothing but unusual. We’ve had numerous days of intense fog in the morning and beautiful sunshine in the late afternoon. As you may expect, such conditions have kept us awake and sharp-eyed, especially in the morning.

I notice that I enjoy photography the most when I leave my house with the Fuji X100S/T as my only camera. There’s something liberating in this approach that is hard to describe. Somehow, our creativity is flowing, our seeing is enhanced and our senses are tuned to the surroundings.

Sometimes I also take the Fuji X-T1, our favourite wide-angle lens XF 14mm F2.8 and super sharp XF 56mm F1.2 lens. In fact, I notice that these three focal lengths meet 99% of my visual demands. The longer we are involved in this art of seeing, the less and less equipment we need.

So when you start in photography, start with one lens and one camera. Master one focal length and only then add another perspective. Three prime lenses are plenty, four is abundance and five is a superfluity.

But enough of these incoherent ramblings; here are the images.
















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9 thoughts on “Dispatches from Misty Vancouver

  1. Hi Olaf, you’ve probably answered this question too many times, but can you please tell me what are the three prime lenses you’d recommend using and mastering (does one include the x100s/t?)? And, how would I “master” using a lens? Thank you! I really enjoy your blog!

    1. John,

      We are working on a post in which we will try to answer your question. In the meantime, check out out latest blog entry “Lenses first, camera second.”

      All the best,


  2. Beautiful as always Olaf. I had a portrait session in Langley on Friday, nothing but blue sky and sun, so it was a pleasant surprise when I woke up on Saturday morning and saw this amazing fog. I had no time to shoot though so thank you for capturing and sharing these amazing images.

    I know what you mean about shooting with the X100 series. I love my X-T1, especially when paired with the 56, but there is something special about shooting with my X100s.

    Thanks again!



  3. Olaf, thank you for posting these – they have inspired me to get out with my X100. I live here too and, sometimes, the winter distracts me from going out and taking photographs. By the way, very brave standing in the middle of the Lion’s Gate bridge! Keep up the good work.

    1. Mark,

      Thanks for your kind words. I have the same problem every winter. However, this year I decided to go out and experiment more. Fortunately, we had such a great January this year – less rain than usual and those unbelievable foggy mornings.

      All the best,


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