My main reason for shooting with the Fujifilm GFX50R since April of this year, was being able to shoot in 65:24, almost Xpan format. I shot for around 7 years with the Xpan2 in the panoramic format, and put something like over 400 rolls of Fuji Velvia50 through that camera in those years, shooting places such as Ireland naturally, but also the national parks around southern Utah, California, and the Exuma Islands in the Bahamas! I’ll create a new gallery with those images very soon.

Even though 65:24 is the format that’s always on when I turn on the Fuji GFX50R, it doesn’t mean I don’t use the other available format, most notably the full 4:3 image, which uses all of the available 50 megs that camera creates. There are just some scenes that do not work in 65:24, and rather than just walk away with nothing, which I would have previously done with the Xpan, these days I can shoot.

This shot below is one such 4:3 image. It was a pretty good sunrise near Deadman’s Point in Rosses Point, and I had captured a couple of panoramic frames, but just before I started packing up, I noticed a faint rainbow near Lissadell in the distance, and overhead some ominous clouds forming. It was supposed to be a dry morning so I wasn’t expecting rain or a huge dark clouds, but yet here was this mega scene unfolding in front of me. The rainbow became more vivid and I felt a couple of heavy drops, so I quickly set the camera up and fired off 2 frames in panoramic format and two in 4:3. I already had the camera set up for a previous shot I was doing with a Lee Little Stopper and 0.6 ND grad filter so getting this shot quickly was no issue. I shot this at 9 seconds at F11 ISO 200, and right away after shooting this frame, it lashed rain, but thankfully I was right next to the car!

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