Last Wednesday we decided to spent a day in a nearby park wich is a great recreation area with a lots of animals, a lake and many flowers in and all around it.

So I put the Fujifilm X-T1 with the attached XF16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR and also the XF35mm F1.4 R in the camera bag.

The park is named "Luisenpark" and is located in Mannheim, Germany.

We had wonderful weather and we all - especially the Kids - had much fun :)
On the photography part I must say that I did not use the XF35mm F1.4 R what I was surprised about for myself.

The Fujifilm XF16-55mm is such a versatile and fast with its maximum aperture of F2.8 that it fits all my needs on this family trip.

All the following pictures were shot in RAW on the X-T1 with the XF16-55mm F2.8. Below each picture you find some more information like used ISO, f-stop and shutter speed. All pictures are developed in Adobe Lightroom CC. I used the different Fuji presets in the camera calibration setting.

So first off we started the day with a little gondola ride on the lake.

ISO 200, 16mm, F8.0, 1/320s, ASTIA

ISO 200, 31mm, F8.0, 1/220s, ASTIA

ISO 200, 16mm, F8.0, 1/125s, PROVIA

Taking the gondolas is always a great fun for the kids - and also for us :D

This ist the communication tower with is also the home of the "Skyline Restaurant". But we didn't went to it this day. Although you have a fantastic panoramic view over Mannheim city and the Rhein-Neckar Area.

ISO 200, 55mm, F8.0, 1/640s, PROVIA

Our Kids had fun at on of the playgrounds there. I know the picture is not tack sharp wich was more kind of my failure, but I really like it.

ISO 200, 44mm, F22, 1/20s, ASTIA

My lovely wife Viktoria protecting (hiding) herself from the sun :)

ISO 200, 45mm, F2.8, 1/400s, Pro Neg. Hi

If you want to play a round of chess... Your welcome! This is a really big field to play on and the figures are about 50 cm to 1 meter tall. They are all made of wood. Wonderful.

ISO 200, 16mm, F2.8, 1/240s, PROVIA

Couple taking a rest.

ISO 200, 55mm, F2.8, 1/900s, BW Yellow filter

One of my favorite models - my daughter Sophie <3
I really like the XF16-55mm to take portraits!

ISO 200, 55mm, F2.8, 1/170s, BW Yellow

ISO 200, 55mm, F2.8, 1/200s, BW Yellow

The dynamic range of the Fujifilm X-T1 is absolutely fantastic! I also like the black and white modes very much.

ISO 200, 55mm, F2.8, 1/1500s, ASTIA

One of the many many beautiful flowers in the park.

ISO 400, 51mm, F2.8, 1/2900s, ASTIA

 A beautiful Water Lily.

ISO 200, 55mm, F3.2, 1/3800s, ASTIA

Did I already mention that I HATE snakes?! Yes, they are wonderful creatures but they really scare me. Lucky me that this one was behind a glas.

ISO 200, 55mm, F2.8, 1/170s, BW Red

This is Sophie's most favorite part of the park - the Butterfly House. It is really fantastic in there. So many of those wonderful Butterflies flying around you with no barriers between you and them. Sometimes they even land on you :)

Although the XF16-55mm is no macro lens it performs really well. I am keen to see how this lens works with the new Fuji Macro Extension Tubes MCEX-11 and MCEX-16. 

Does someone of you have already some experiences with the extension tubes - maybe even together with the XF16-55mm? Please leave a comment!

ISO 200, 55mm, F2.8, 1/55s, ASTIA

Look at the fantastic out of focus parts of the picture. I really like the Bokeh!

ISO 320, 55mm, F2.8, 1/100s, ASTIA

ISO 320, 55mm, F2.8, 1/90s, ASTIA

Just a little impression. Yes, I really do love the Fuji colors!

ISO 320, 21mm, F2.8, 1/240s, ASTIA

My shadow :D

ISO 200, 21mm, F2.8, 1/2900s, BW Yellow

Also part of the park is a little but wonderful Chinese garden with a lovely tea house.
But I was a little bit crowded that day so I couldn't take some nice pictures from the inside.

ISO 200, 39mm, F8.0, 1/550s, VELVIA

ISO 200, 19mm, F5.6, 1/1000s, BW Red

ISO 200, 23mm, F3.2, 1/80s, VELVIA

ISO 200, 18mm, F4.0, 1/160s, ASTIA

So before I show you the last picture of my little daughter Louisa I hope you liked the pictures and the blogpost at all. If you have any questions about the camera, the lens, the pictures or whatever just leave me a comment! Also feel free to share this post with your friends :)

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ISO 200, 55mm, F2.8, 1/210s, BW Yellow