23 Jun Striking Salamanca – Shooting the Holy Week with the Fuji X series

It was two years ago that I decided to face my Fuji as a working camera (and not that camera that I took when I didn’t want to carry the heavy Canon). Still, I went to test my X-E1 and the recently acquired X-T1 in a challenging situation. I decided, therefore, to spend a few days photographing the Holy Week in Salamanca. People on the move, in narrow streets, in the middle of the night… More difficult it couldn’t be for a first field test.

Fuji X-E1 . Fuji XF10-24mmF4 @21,9mm . f/4 . 1/12″ . ISO 3200Fuji X-E1 . Fuji XF56mmF1.2 . f/1.4 . 1/80″ . ISO 3200

Photographing the Holy Week in Salamanca, for those who do not know to what they’re going, is a huge surprise. That easily leaves us overwhelmed. If the experience was in a distant country, it would be without any doubts called exotic and would be on any list of events not to be missed. But being “only” a century-old tradition in a European country, it does not fall on the list of priorities of many photographers. Luckily, this being my second trip to Salamanca at Easter, I knew what was ahead of me and I was able to prepare for the event. A whole week of processions from before sunrise to well after the sunset (in my case only three strenuous days). I had all kinds of light and could use multiple lenses. Anyway, the ideal conditions for a complete test.

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