Bryan Minear is a Detroit-based photographer and designer. This series documents Bryan’s creative process as he explores the backroads of Michigan. The camera he used was the FUJIFILM X-T1, which he accredits to much of his creative success with this series. 

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“To me, the X-T1 and Fujinon XF lenses mean creative freedom. The X-Series system gives users a physical, almost organic connection to the camera through function dials that can’t be achieved by digging through electronic menus, which is the experience with most other camera brands,” says Bryan. “With the X-Series, photographers are going to get all the stunning image quality and high ISO performance benefits of a high-end DSLR, but in a much smaller package. Truth be told, X-Series gear is just way more fun to shoot with.”

Check out some shots from Bryan’s Michigan exploration below.

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© Bryan Minear | FUJIFILM X-T1 Camera with XF14mm Lens at 1/120 seconds at F2.8, ISO 200

This image was taken on an early morning bike ride, while exploring some back roads in Superior Twp, Michigan. The rising sun burst through the fog when I happened to steer past a local horse farm – the scene was simply magic. 

 

© Bryan Minear | FUJIFILM X-T1 Camera with XF14mm Lens at 1/120 seconds at F2.8, ISO 200

My favorite time to explore is early morning, before the sun starts to rise. Add in some fog, and you just never know what the light is going to do! I love how the fog weaves in and out of the symmetrical scene, creating an abundance of juxtaposing textures. 

 

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© Bryan Minear | FUJIFILM X-T1 Camera with XF14mm Lens at 1/105 seconds at F2.8, ISO 200

Post-storm sunsets never disappoint. This was a spot that I had previously scouted and was waiting for the perfect light and sky to compliment the road. This was one of those moments when I glanced out the window of my house, grabbed my X-T1, and ran out to capture the scene. The light only lasted a few minutes – luckily, I was able to shoot the image with my high-performing X Series gear

 

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© Bryan Minear | FUJIFILM X-T1 Camera with XF14mm Lens at 25 Seconds at F22, ISO 200

This is another one of my go-to spots, about five minutes from my house in Superior Twp, Michigan. When the sun is low and bright, the glow and shadows cast onto the walkway at this particular nature preserve – the scene is always stunning. This capture is an homage to my addiction to symmetry: in this case, the level in the electronic viewfinder of my X-T1 is my best friend. 

 

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© Bryan Minear | FUJIFILM X-T1 Camera with XF14mm Lens at 26 Seconds at F2.8, ISO 1600

This capture looks north at the bay in Traverse City, Michigan. I love combining a 10-stop ND filter and my XF14mm lens to capture long exposures during the day. The movement in the sky and on the water add so much drama and tension to the scene. 

 

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© Bryan Minear | FUJIFILM X-T1 Camera with XF14mm Lens at 26 Seconds at F2.8, ISO 1600

On a recent trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes in northern Michigan, I wanted to stay out as late as possible to see the beautiful clear, dark skies that I miss when I’m living near the city. This was actually my first experience using the X-T1 for shooting stars and also my first experience shooting the Milky Way. The output surpassed my expectations!

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