I'm not a "flower" guy. Really not. If I love mountain, nature, trees, green fields, I really don't care about the flowers. Ok, it's here and there, bringing an interesting touch of color, but that's it. I've never been either a "macro" guy. Simply because it's not the kind of photos I like to take. So you can imagine my disappointment when I had to visit an "arboretum".

"Being dragged into" is more close from what happened. Anyway. If I had to go, better take a camera with me, which was the x-pro 1 with the 35mm and the 18mm. Traveling light, not really motivated and you probably know what I'm talking about. If you don't like the place where you are, you'll find most of the scenes boring, and you won't even consider pulling your cam out of its bag.

It's with this kind of thoughts that I arrived in a quite nice and neat park, showing a billion of varieties of trees, vegetables, flowers, plants, grass, bonsais, etc, etc. It's when the first comment about how nice was the [insert a Latin-botanic plant name here] came, that I started to play with the x-pro just to keep my hands away from some innocent leaf. I realized that The macro mode was never switched on before, and that "flowers" would be an interesting motionless subject to give it a try (Did I already mention that I'm really NOT a "macro" guy ?).

First, switching to macro mode will automatically activated the EVF. I'm not that used to the EVF and I've learned at the same time how to cope with the slight lag you can have during movement. Hopefully, the wind was quite low that day and the flowers were barely dancing.

But the EVF gives also the interesting possibility to reduce drastically the size of the AF spot (AF button + wheel). This helps a lot, and is probably something I'll try in other situations.

Second, the minimum focus distance drops down to a low 25cm or so (highly scientific thumb rule result). Knowing that the usual focus distance of the 35 mm without macro mode is more or less 70 cm, the gap is huge and it becomes tempting to use this mode for normal shots. On the other hand, 25cm with a 35mm lens is sometimes to far to get the result you want. The frame becomes to big and it starts to be tricky to avoid shadows, lights, leafs, bees, whatever you'd like to keep out of it. Of course, the gorgeous amount of available pixels allows you to cut the disturbing part, but its so satisfying to have as a final result exactly what you had in your view finder.

Then we arrive to the caviar. The depth of field is simply amazing. There's no need to mention again the quality of Fuji lenses in general, but the creamy of the DoF is just great. The EVF shows an interesting preview of what you will approximately get at the end. It's not that precise, and the final result will differ slightly , but it's way more convenient than the somehow indicative darkening of your scene of a classic DSLR. It really helps in being creative: playing with the silhouettes in the background, including or excluding the element you want, and being creamycreamycreamy when you want !

It gives a lot of pleasure, maybe too much, up to a point where it's easy to make mistakes: forgetting about the light direction and creating strange outlines, or getting strange pictures where the remaining sharp zone is 5 by 5 pixels...

At the end of the day, I went back home with interesting pictures that you'll find now. All the photos are as out of the camera, not a single pixel is missing. I shot in RAF and converted simply the files with photoshop CS6. No post treatment at all. Exif available. Further talk or question/remarks/critics/ at 403error.org @ gmail.com

PS: please excuse all the grammar mistakes. As you've probably noticed, I'm not, ho no, really not, a native speaker

Just for fun, an interesting crop (100%)
No joke, it's a bonsai.

About DoF, here bellow are 3 interesting examples of what you can get. The first one is ok, when the second shows a strange backlighting mark on the left of the third bulb. And the third one is just a disaster of a way too big aperture for the context (f/2) !

On the occasion of a short week end in the south of Belgium, we had the opportunity to visit a colleague that loves WWII stuff. "Stuff" is way not enough to describe the burning passion of a community that, on some occasion, gather on historical sites an create for a couple of days a real camp.

Everything's in there: Vehicules, clothes, music, blue smoke of exhausts, muddy shoes and barbecues. Left the beer that remains, and always will, belgian....We unfortunatelly came in the afternoon of the first day, where the camp was still troubled by the settlement of the toilets, the snack bars, and the (noisy) arrival of the last participants as well as the first visitors.It was tricky then to keep the frame free from any "modern disturbance", trying to render the old times atmosphere... Old times for an old camera, here are shots done as usual with my Nikon F3 HP and kodak TMax400. Lens was probably again a 50mm.

And the last one taken in a church nearby...

A peaceful place in the middle of nowhere. A new place to make up for the familly.

A nice morning at sawing, pulling, burning...till we had to leave...way too early that day. And not before taking a couple of pictures !

Old nikon F3 + 50mm, TMax 400