My X journey with Fujifilm

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Mateusz GĂłrny

"Mateusz Górny - a trained navigator - sailor, photographer by passion. The first camera as a child I received from my grandfather on Christmas, which was like a bean seed. Waiting a few years to germinate, when I saved from spending money on my first digital compact camera made by Pentax. A year later, I took the first place in the category of "Joy" in the first edition of the polish Grand Photo Competition by National Geographic. As a reward I got the first DSLR camera, which was beyond my reach - Nikon D70s. Thanks to believe in themselves and simply disappeared in photography for good. Since then, it’s been more than 10 years. What inspires me? Fleeting moments and gestures... a real emotion... Everything - even the most ordinary daily activities - can be a wonderful inspiration to work if you just look a little deeper."

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My first Fujifilm camera was Fuji X100s bought 3 years ago. Thanks to the fact that the camera was light, I always had it with me. As a result of a small and unobtrusive construction I could take pictures unnoticed. I was closer to the photographed events which resulted in better photographs. I felt also, that the manual, old-fashioned controls enhanced my user experience.

Hurricane "Barbara" – Was taken in late December 2016 in the west beach in Ustka. Hurricane "Barbara" was raging on the Baltic Sea with the force 10 on the Beaufort scale. It is one of the last photograph that have done that day. The beauty and power in one, over which it is impossible to control. Fuji XPro-2, XF 100-400, 1/4s, f20, ISO 100
Hurricane “Barbara” – Was taken in late December 2016 in the west beach in Ustka. Hurricane “Barbara” was raging on the Baltic Sea with the force 10 on the Beaufort scale. It is one of the last photograph that have done that day. The beauty and power in one, over which it is impossible to control.
Fuji XPro-2, XF 100-400, 1/4s, f20, ISO 100
Kitty – In the misty morning on the river Oder in the gallery landscape he visited me a black stranger. Extremely nice and busy, we walked together in the back and to capture Kitty. Fuji XPro-2, XF 10-20, 1/350s, f5.6, ISO 800
Kitty – In the misty morning on the river Oder in the gallery landscape he visited me a black stranger. Extremely nice and busy, we walked together in the back and to capture Kitty.
Fuji XPro-2, XF 10-20, 1/350s, f5.6, ISO 800
Aberdeen Breakwater – The best gift for santa claus day? Go for a walk with the camera :) Just had a few hours off work. Weather typically English. Cloudy, rain showers and wind, which was ideal weather for photos. Fuji XPro-2, XF 17-55, 60s, f6.5, ISO 200, Hitech ND10 + ND 0,9 Soft
Aberdeen Breakwater – The best gift for santa claus day? Go for a walk with the camera 🙂 Just had a few hours off work. Weather typically English. Cloudy, rain showers and wind, which was ideal weather for photos.
Fuji XPro-2, XF 17-55, 60s, f6.5, ISO 200, Hitech ND10 + ND 0,9 Soft

After some time, I noticed that for most of the time, my Nikon camera lies unused. I used Nikon only for special tasks, where Fuji X100s was not enough.

When Fuji showed up with the new Fuji XPro-2 camera, I decided to test it together with Olympus O-MD E-M5 Mark II. After two weeks I bought XPro-2 because for me it was more straight-forward camera without too many extra bells and whistles you won’t bother with anyway. Also you will get a great performance, handling and image quality directly from the camera. With others you will need a lot of post processing to get similar results. And one more thing… it looks phenomenally!

"Barbara" was only a prelude – At the beginning of January 2017 Low Front "Alex" was making havoc. Strong North wind was pushing a lot of water inside the harbours causing loss. Waves were more than 5 meters. Fuji XPro-2, XF 50-140, 1/125s, f4, ISO 4000
“Barbara” was only a prelude – At the beginning of January 2017 Low Front “Alex” was making havoc. Strong North wind was pushing a lot of water inside the harbours causing loss. Waves were more than 5 meters.
Fuji XPro-2, XF 50-140, 1/125s, f4, ISO 4000
Life is better on the beach – Aberdeen, UK Fuji XPro-2, XF 17-55, 1/210s, f4.5, ISO 200
Life is better on the beach – Aberdeen, UK
Fuji XPro-2, XF 17-55, 1/210s, f4.5, ISO 200
Let's go Angela! – Kitesurfing has taken root over the Polish coast for good! On Photography Angela Pilarska & Fitness Personal Trainer with Angoola Kitesurfing School. Picture taken in Rowy. Fuji XPro-2, XF 100-400, 1/750s, f6.6, ISO 200
Let’s go Angela! – Kitesurfing has taken root over the Polish coast for good! On Photography Angela Pilarska & Fitness Personal Trainer with Angoola Kitesurfing School. Picture taken in Rowy.
Fuji XPro-2, XF 100-400, 1/750s, f6.6, ISO 200

One year later I sold my Nikon DSLR and now I am shooting only with Fuji X cameras. It does not matter what and how you shoot… street, weddings, sport or landscape photography. It will help you to achieve the desired results.

Especially the possibility of direct viewing exposure compensation in the viewfinder and on the LCD screen is very convenient and useful solution, which saves a lot of time. Also, with the electronic shutter, I can do as many pictures as I like. I do not feel like an intruder. A situation where discretion is required in the reporter is a big advantage.

Kitesurfers – Ustka, PL Fuji XPro-2, XF 100-400, 1/1900s, f6.4, ISO 200
Kitesurfers – Ustka, PL
Fuji XPro-2, XF 100-400, 1/1900s, f6.4, ISO 200
Baltic Kite Wave Jam 2016 - Once a year in Poland are organized championships Baltic Wave Kite Jam, riding on a wave on the perfect forecast! :) On the picture Janek Korycki, winner of this year's edition fought on in Ustka. Fuji XPro-2, XF 100-400, 1/500s, f8, ISO 3200
Baltic Kite Wave Jam 2016 – Once a year in Poland are organized championships Baltic Wave Kite Jam, riding on a wave on the perfect forecast! 🙂 On the picture Janek Korycki, winner of this year’s edition fought on in Ustka.
Fuji XPro-2, XF 100-400, 1/500s, f8, ISO 3200
Sunrise – Photograph shows sunrise in Ustka. Waking up at 4am was fully rewarded. Fuji XPro-2, XF 50-140, 83s, f8, ISO 100, Hitech ND10
Sunrise – Photograph shows sunrise in Ustka. Waking up at 4am was fully rewarded.
Fuji XPro-2, XF 50-140, 83s, f8, ISO 100, Hitech ND10

The most I love Fujifilm for simplicity of use all X cameras. You do not need to spend hours with the manual. Everything is close at hand, so you can concentrate on shooting.
Certainly, you still can find some differences between DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras, but much more important for me is a question of matching the camera to the specific work style.

Using Fuji I’m completely convinced that it is perfect system and it works perfectly!

South Breakwater – Aberdeen, UK Fuji X100s, 20s, f5.6, ISO 200, Hitech ND10
South Breakwater – Aberdeen, UK
Fuji X100s, 20s, f5.6, ISO 200, Hitech ND10
Gimsøystraumen Bridge – Lofoten, NO Fuji X100s, 1/40s, f6.6, ISO 200
Gimsøystraumen Bridge – Lofoten, NO
Fuji X100s, 1/40s, f6.6, ISO 200
Petrojarl Banff – FPSO Petrojarl Banff under the Sunrise. This unit is a part of Banff Oilfield located on the North Sea. Fuji XPro-2, XF 10-20, 1/125s, f8, ISO 200
Petrojarl Banff – FPSO Petrojarl Banff under the Sunrise. This unit is a part of Banff Oilfield located on the North Sea.
Fuji XPro-2, XF 10-20, 1/125s, f8, ISO 200
Nowowarpieńskie Sunset –beach and the frozen lake Nowowarpieńskie just after the snowfall on Sunset. Fuji X100s, 1/100s, f8, ISO 200
Nowowarpieńskie Sunset –beach and the frozen lake Nowowarpieńskie just after the snowfall on Sunset.
Fuji X100s, 1/100s, f8, ISO 200
T – wooden breakwater at Niechorze beach, PL Fuji XPro-2, XF 10-20, 30s, f16, ISO 100, Hitech ND10 + ND 0,9 Soft
T – wooden breakwater at Niechorze beach, PL
Fuji XPro-2, XF 10-20, 30s, f16, ISO 100, Hitech ND10 + ND 0,9 Soft
Moonrise on the beach in Ustka, PL Fuji XPro-2, XF 17-55, 15s, f2.8, ISO 1600
Moonrise on the beach in Ustka, PL
Fuji XPro-2, XF 17-55, 15s, f2.8, ISO 1600
Black Protest – October 3, 2016, Poland, in the so-called "Black Monday" women took time off work to take to protest against the tightening abortion laws and access to contraception. It's sad and pathetic as the new government in Poland wants to have an impact on everything. The scale of the protest, its form, the number of people gathered spontaneously and their cross exceeded my wildest expectations. Fuji XPro-2, XF 10-20, 1/320s, f5.6, ISO 400
Black Protest – October 3, 2016, Poland, in the so-called “Black Monday” women took time off work to take to protest against the tightening abortion laws and access to contraception. It’s sad and pathetic as the new government in Poland wants to have an impact on everything. The scale of the protest, its form, the number of people gathered spontaneously and their cross exceeded my wildest expectations.
Fuji XPro-2, XF 10-20, 1/320s, f5.6, ISO 400

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  • Isaac Sandoval

    ” in the so-called “Black Monday” women took time off work to take to protest against the tightening abortion laws and access to contraception. It’s sad and pathetic as the new government in Poland wants to have an impact on everything. ” What is truly sad an pathetic is how people equate access to abortion as an essential human right. Great pictures, but you are dead wrong.

    • Mateusz Gorny

      That’s what we call democracy. Theoretically – baby have one month and is dead, and your wife must naturally born child to be baptized… another – someone raped your wife and have a baby…

  • Eliau Piha

    Great shots! I think you need to correct the name of the lenses like 10-24 instead of 10-20 and 18-55 instead of 17-55