A Couple of Days in Denver, CO

FujiX-Pro 2 w/ 18-55mm

One of the benefits of business trips is that they give you the opportunity to go shoot photos in unfamiliar places. I just got back from a trip to Denver, Colorado and well, here are a handful of photos I took in the mile high city.

Fuji X-Pro2 w/ 18-55mm

All the photos were shot in the LoDo area (Lower Downtown). The most iconic landmark there is probably the Union Station which hosts a few eateries, including a rather nice tapas restaurant called Ultreia.

Fuji X-Pro2 w/ 18-55mm

This photo was shot handled and surprisingly (for me) came out almost sharp. I don’t have the most steady hands…

Fuji X-Pro2 w/ 23mm f2

I also used this trip to try a new lens I just received, the 23mm f2. I’ve debated for a long time whether to get the f1.4 or the f2 version and finally decided to go for the latter, influenced in part by Janice, the author of the great Travelling Lens blog.

Fuji X-Pro2 w/ 23mm f2

I’m not used to shoot at 23mm, and will probably need some time to adjust. My prime of choice is usually the nifty fifty.

Fuji X-Pro2 w/ 18-55mm
Fuji X-Pro2 w/ 23mm f2

For the last two photos, I took them from the same spot, but 6 months apart. The snowy version works better, but I thought it was fun to put them side by side.


13 thoughts on “A Couple of Days in Denver, CO”

  1. Great images; especially that first one! Hold onto the 23mm and give it time to grow on you. I had the same problem as you; I was so used to the 50mm fov I gave up my 23mm f/2 too quickly because it was “too wide” I’ve been playing with the 16mm f1.4; now that’s definitely too wide and I want the 23 back, haha.

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion, I’ll definitely need some time. Although, I used it some more over the weekend, and got a good series of shots in, so it sounds promising 🙂

      I might go for a 16mm or even wider angle at some point but for the time being the 18-55mm will do 🙂

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      1. That’s very true. I need to be wise choosing the lenses I bring along, as much as I don’t want to miss a shot because I don’t have the correct tool, I don’t want to be a pain for my family when we’re out and about and stop every 30 feet to swap lens.

        It’s a bit of a platitude to say that imposing restrictions on your gear can encourage creativity, but there’s definitely some truth to it.


      2. It IS a platitude but it’s also true. I’ve been sticking to a 3 prime kit and I think that keeps me focused and not buying gear that sits around unused.

        I like the speed, image quality, and small size of primes but I’ve been hankering for a zoom lately. Too many moments missed where I couldn’t just “zoom with my feet!”


      3. I currently have the 16 f1.4, 35 f2, and 90 f2. But I often find the 90 is too long and the 16 too wide! Also, they are bricks compared to my 35. So I’m considering swapping them for the 23 and 50 f/2 primes. Or if I give into the zoom craving, the new 16-80mm f/4 for a one-lens solution…

        Do you a favorite XF lens out of your collection?


      4. Have you thought about the 60mm? It’s not a very fast and so is the focusing, but apparently the IQ is incredible. It’s slightly longer than the 50mm w/o making it a brick.

        I’d like to try it out on of these days. I’ve been eyeing the 56mm but I think it’s too big for my needs.

        I think so far the 35mm 1.4 is my favorite, but I haven’t tried enough lenses to make a really educated judgment :p It’s definitely the lens I used most with my X-T1 until it was stolen.


      5. I haven’t looked at the 60mm yet; might be worth considering. I’ve owned the 50mm in the past and the focal length is a tad awkward. Not really long but not really short (great for street portraits though without being huge like the 56).

        The 35 1.4 is definitely a gem; I traded for the f/2 as I valued the WR and quiet, speedy AF. (the 1.4 is a chatterbox!) But it’s a great “glue this to your camera” lens – I hope you find another one!


    1. I used a development similar to the Acros + Ye profile, which means that these orange buildings on the left turned almost white. That creates a strong contrast with the ominous dark sky. Could that be that?


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