Photo Essay #4: An afternoon at the National Gallery

My wife and I have been members of the National Gallery of Canada for several years now. We don’t go as often as we would like, but when we do take the time to visit, we never regret it. It’s always a pleasant way to while away a few hours on a weekend and recharge the soul, so to speak.

Today was no different, and I thought it was a good opportunity to bring my new toy with me and put it through its paces. Despite the similarities the new Fujifilm X100F has with its predecessor’s predecessor, the X100S, it’s a very different and more powerful beast and I have some learning and acclimatizing to do.

When shooting in a white room like this, I noticed the X100F has a tendency to underexpose a little (as would all digital cameras), and I forgot to compensate for that. Nonetheless, I was able to push the out-of-camera JPG 1 1/3 stops with no adverse effects. The red and blue (take my word for it) Voice of Fire stands out nicely using Fuji’s new Acros B&W film simulation.

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1/5: I could do that.1/5: I could do that.

1/5: I could do that.

In between some of the gallery spaces, there are these interesting little portholes that open into these shiny metal-sheathed light shafts cut vertically through the building. You never know what you’ll see in these things.

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2/5: I see a ghost.2/5: I see a ghost.

2/5: I see a ghost.

In the permanent collection area, some of the spaces are so big, so open and so quiet they just lend themselves to introspection and contemplation. Anything louder than the leaf shutter on my camera would certainly disturb the peace.

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3/5: Shhh....3/5: Shhh....

3/5: Shhh….

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4/5: .... be vewy, vewy quiet.4/5: .... be vewy, vewy quiet.

4/5: …. be vewy, vewy quiet.

The entrances and public areas to the Gallery are grand and bathed in light. More interestingly (for me, anyhow), they are also prone to some fabulous shadows on sunny days like today.

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5/5: I've done what she's doing.5/5: I've done what she's doing.

5/5: I’ve done what she’s doing.


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