I’m Dan Bailey, a twenty-five-year-plus skilled out of doors photographer and official Fujifilm X-Photographer based mostly in Anchorage, Alaska. I wish to shoot landscapes, mountain aerials, journey, and journey.
I’ve all the time had a love for the outside, and about six months after I purchased my first digicam again in 1990, I learn an article about Galen Rowell, who mainly invented the thought of mixing journey and pictures as a profession.
I knew proper then that this was the trail I needed to observe.
After capturing with Nikon for fifteen years, I turned intrigued by the Fujifilm X Collection digicam in 2011. As somebody who likes to go mild and quick within the outdoor, I beloved the small compact kind issue; the picture high quality and colours introduced me again to the marvel I skilled capturing Fuji movies like Velvia and Provia.
By 2023, I went all-in with Fujifilm and started a brand new period of inventive liberation with my pictures.
Having been one of many first photographers to shoot with the Fujifilm X-T1, I’ve all the time been impressed with the standard and efficiency of the X Collection line.
These cameras match completely with my fast-moving, adventurous type and my fixed drive for inventive exploration.
For lenses, I’m an enormous fan of the small Fujifilm XF prime lenses;
XF35mm f/2 and the
I not often depart the home with out a minimum of two, if not three of those lenses.
On the longer finish;
XF90mm f/2 – I discover this lens has unmatched optics, with unimaginable efficiency and quick autofocus.
My favourite Fujifilm zoom lenses are all extremely succesful;
XF70-300 – this gives a compact kind issue, nice stabilization, and shut focus.
XF50-140mm f/2.8 – which is a pro-level telephoto zoom with a basic focal size.
XF100-400mm – this lens is sort of massive however very excessive performing.
I additionally use the Fujifilm XF1.4x teleconverter, which works on all three of those zoom lenses.
After I want to make use of flash, say for capturing motion sports activities, I take advantage of the Fujifilm EF-60 radio-controlled flashes and the Fujifilm EF-W1 Wi-fi Commander.
My favourite picture packs are the Lowepro Picture Sport III AW and the Atlas Packs “Athlete” mannequin. Each of those enable fast entry to my digicam gear and in addition to the mandatory out of doors gear I’ll carry, like power bars, water, jacket, additional batteries, and many others.
There’s by no means a time once I carry all of my lenses on the identical time, relatively I decide and select a small, optimum package that may cowl the vary of focal lengths and efficiency I want for any given shoot.
Generally it is perhaps three small primes, just like the 16mm, 35mm, and 50mm, whereas different occasions, I’ll add in one of many bigger telephotos, relying on what I’m photographing.
After I do use a tripod, my favourite is the Gitzo 0545T Traveler, and I’ve used SanDisk Excessive Professional SD playing cards virtually solely for the previous fifteen years.
I don’t love spending plenty of time processing pictures, and with the wonderful high quality JPEGs that the Fujifilm cameras create, I don’t often do a lot enhancing in any respect. My present favourite enhancing software program is DxO PhotoLab.
I take advantage of Picture Mechanic for looking, sorting pictures, and including metadata.
Mild and quick is the important thing to my guide. Whether or not I’m mountaineering, biking, or capturing out the window of my 1947 Cessna 120 bush aircraft, I really like the liberty and liberation of shifting shortly by means of the outside with a minimal package.
With a small picture pack, one X Collection physique, three prime lenses, a few Clif bars, and a spare jacket, my complete bag may weigh solely 5 kilos. This nonetheless offers me every little thing I have to seize the varieties of pictures that excite me and drive my ardour for pictures.