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  1. David Aspinal
    May 11, 2023 @ 8:45 am

    Hi Stefan,
    Enjoyed reading your article and looking at the pics.
    I too fell in love with Andalucia and have lived here now for 21 years.
    The landscape, light and people are incredible and never cease to inspire, thank you.


    • Stefan Panaitescu
      May 11, 2023 @ 8:55 am

      Thank you so much for the message David!

      First tiem I was there I thought I was crazy but second time convinced me that the light is superb there.

      I am glad you enjoyed the article and I know, I can’t wait to return there again!

      All the best,


  2. AJ
    May 12, 2023 @ 9:38 am

    Hi Stefan,
    I’ve never commented on this site before but your article did resonate with me on quite a few points. It is too easy to get caught up in all of the meaningless things, and to forget what sparks creativity and brings joy (this working world almost encourages this type of forgetfulness).
    I’m glad you found some spark again on your travels, and yes I agree on your point about shooting JPG. I have friends who spend hours at the computer, fine tuning every shot in LR until it’s picture perfect, then archiving the photos in cloud storage never to touch them again (I used to do the same). Nowadays I only edit the RAW files when I got it wrong in camera (or if it’s too noisy, those AI noise removal tools are pretty sweet).
    Shooting JPG just makes things so much easier, and helps to lift some of those barriers in enjoying photography and exploring creativity. A good picture is a good picture, whether it’s a JPG, RAW, TIFF, or whatever else!
    Also taking one lens with you is very liberating, I did the same in Berlin recently and took just the 35 F2. Yes you may miss shots, but you don’t have to think “what if I swap to X lens for this, or X lens for wide angle” – it lets you focus on the moment.

    On the note of the Sigma (because who doesn’t love new gear), it does look very solid for what it is. I have an 18-55 and a 16-55 but am tempted to sell both and replace with this little lens (I prefer primes such as the 35 1.4). Might have to make the jump soon, as my Sony friend loves his copy!


    • AJ
      May 12, 2023 @ 9:39 am

      Sorry for the giant block of text 😀


    • Stefan Panaitescu
      May 12, 2023 @ 10:00 am

      Hi AJ and first of all thank you so much for taking the time to read the article and even more to leave a comment on it!
      I am really glad you liked it!

      I totally know what you are saying. At one point in time I had 3hdds filled with raws, cloud storage bought for more, back ups… It was a nightmare.

      Now I usually shoot raw if there is a challenging situation( i have some pictures for a future article where I pushed a bit the limita of the camera with single shots instead of bracketing but i was lazy:) or i keep some pictures I enter in contests for an eventual verification.

      And yes, the 35 is an amazing focal length for Fuji and my second favourite after the 23. And i could easily shoot abput everything with those two(or just one)

      I think too many people lose focus about what is important and become drawn into gear talks too much… Im trying to free myself as much as posible and to make the process of photographing one i enjoy even more.

      Wish you all the best,


    • fujixpassion
      May 12, 2023 @ 12:35 pm

      Hi AJ! Thank you for choosing to share your thoughts with us. Our comments section is intended to foster meaningful interactions between readers and article authors. We strive to generate interesting and thought-provoking discussions. And Stefan’s articles provide a refreshing perspective in a world that often prioritizes superficial topics related to photography. Too often, photography blogs and YouTube channels focus solely on technical aspects, neglecting the deeper meaning behind the art. We admire Stefan’s courage to explore unconventional topics and challenge mainstream trends.

      Maurício & Hugo
      Co-founders of the Fuji X Passion project


      • Stefan Panaitescu
        May 12, 2023 @ 1:31 pm

        Thank you so much my friends for your kind words and for the support you showed me when I started writing “a different kind of articles”.

        I wish you all a superb weekend!


        • AJ
          May 13, 2023 @ 9:30 pm

          You too Stefan! Was a great read 🙂 Thanks to Maurício & Hugo for providing a platform for this content too.


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