Fairy Tales And Such (Plus a Wide Conversion Lens)

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A quick blog post about my first impressions using the WCL-X100. The WCL-X100 is a wide conversion lens for the FUJIFILM X100 (and up). Since the return of our trip to Paris I added it to my wishlist in the hope of getting it one day. Not knowing my wish would come true that fast. Adri got me the converter as a birthday present (and it wasn’t even my birthday yet!). This way I could use the converter already during our visit to the Efteling.

The WCL-X100 gives you a 28mm equivalant view and attaches directly on to the camera. This can easily be done by simply removing the front ring (or adapter ring and lens hood). The converter comes with a lens pouch and front and rear lens caps. It matches the quality of the X100S and integrates perfectly with the camera. It looks fantastic as it uses the same materials, textures and colors as the existing X100. I wanted the black version instead of the silver one. Just for kicks. :)

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Oui oui Paris!

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Finally we had a weekend in Paris. We had been looking forward to this trip for a long time. First and foremost to enjoy the city together. But I also wanted to take some photos while we were there of course. It’s such an iconic city and the birthplace of street photography. The city with its architecture, streets, avenues and people is just screaming to get photographed.

Instead I ended up with a lot of “meh” photos. How come? There are the famous iconic landmarks that have been photographed a zillion times by every tourist on the planet. Trying to get some original shots there isn’t the easiest thing. Street photography itself is not easy. The fear of shooting strangers in the streets and the realization this was the place and time for street photography added to the pressure of “making it happen”. Nevertheless some shots from our weekend in Paris below.

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One Day Holiday in Heidelberg, Germany

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Less than a day actually! We arrived at night and left by the end of the next morning. One day is way too short but unfortunately we didn’t have more time. But I am sure we’ll go back one day and stay a little longer.

This time we drove back by car from Hungary. Since it’s quite a drive from Hungary to Holland we thought it would be nice to stop in Heidelberg for the night. We always wanted to go to Heidelberg because Adri used to study there and really liked the place. She was also curious to see how the city looked after all those years.

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Deeper underground

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No matter how many times you visit Budapest, it never gets boring. :) There’s always something (new) to be seen, a place to go or simply enjoy the city as it is.

There are the obvious sites you have to visit as a tourist. And they’re not all above ground. The Budapest Metro system is one of those nice surprises the city holds. Line 1 (M1) and 4 (M4) especially. My idea was to ride the Metro and take some photos while doing so.

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Bonjour Brussels!

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Here’s another post about Belgium. One day difference between visiting Ghent and Brussels. One month difference between blogging about them. :) But here it is!

After having spent the day in Ghent and the night in Vilvoorde, we headed for Brussels the next day. Brussels is the capital and largest city of Belgium and has been a major center for international politics. What’s also interesting is that the city is bilingual. Both Dutch and French are used there.

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Antwerp: Churches and Other Stuff

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You can hardly call it abroad but that’s what Belgium is. :) Less than two hours driving and you’re there. At least from where we live. Because it’s so close we thought it would be a nice idea to go there and let Éva have a taste of Belgium and see what Antwerp is like.

Taking the X100S for the trip and an attempt to document the city. Having it set to aperture priority with a minimum shutter speed of 1/125th I let the camera do it’s work. Using the exposure compensation dial where needed.

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