Kaare Bak

X-Pert 53 Interview


Kaare is a photographer from Denmark who specialises in Action, Architecture and Landscape photography.


“Photography is an art of observation. It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with way you see them” 
Elliott Erwitt


This is the quote that Kaare creatively builds his photographic profile around. He is a self taught photographer who is always moving to evolve his craft to suit not only the ever changing developments in image making but also to ensure that he stays true to what Erwitt believed about photography irrespective of our ever changing photographic world. He is also a photographer after my own heart too, with his love for architecture photography. He executes this genre so well, and his interview submissions will showcase this. His landscape photography is also critically accalimed too. And to add to his already sound photographic credentials he was recently awarded an Honourable Mention in the Amateur open category for Long Exposure in the International Photographer of the Year Competition. It is a real pleasure to have Kaare share his thoughts on the 53mm FOV and his collection of shots is a true celebration of what they can do.

Here is Kaare's X-pert 53.

1. What Genre Of Photography Do You Specialise In?

I am self-taught photographer and have throughout my adult life photographed, but in 2010 I began to seriously explore the different possibilities offered by digital photography. I have and will continue to test different types of photography, but I always come back to two main areas: architecture and landscape photography.
My photos take its origin in a sentence of the famous American Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt: “Photography is an art of observation. It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with way you see them” My pictures are marked by portion realism, but with a little twist in the form of long exposures, strong saturation, or a conversion to black/white. I use these instruments to enhance the situation or composition I experience out on the location. I tend to call my self a “slow food photographer”. I love to use time taking the pictures when I’m on the location. I’m using a long time to get the lines in the building framed correctly or doing long exposures.

For paid work I do product photos, portraits, events and other pictures for companies.

2. Why Do You Like Using The XF35mm Lenses?

Mainly due to it’s size, sharpness and weight and the fact that 35mm is a focal length that I can use for 95% of all my pictures if I want.
If I’m out with the camera with no precise goal for what I’m going after the 35mm is a fantastic all round lens. 

3. What Do You Like Photographing The Best With Your XF35mm Lens/Lenses? Why Your Choice?

Landscape and architecture 

Why Your Choice?

When I’m not going for a grand view or wide angle with my Fujinon 10-24 f/4  the 35mm gives the perfect close up with straight lines.

4. Do You Shoot Professionally With The XF35mm Lenses?

Yes I do.

I use it for corporate portraits, environmental portraits and events and in combination with my Fujinon XF 60mm f/2,4 Macro I shoot a lot of product pictures.

5. Fuji XF35mm F/1.4 Or Fuji XF35 F/2? Why Your Choice?

35mm f/1,4

Why Your Choice?

Well, the answer is easy. First of all I have not tried the f/2 version. And the answer to why I haven’t tried the f/2 version is due to the type of photos I take.
As you can see by looking at my pictures there are a lot of long exposures pictures. For those pictures I use the LEE 100mm filter system and that system do not have an adaptor ring that fits the f/2 lens. And with the f/1,4 version being such a sharp and versatile lens I have not seen the need to try/buy the f/2 version 

6. How Often Do You Reach For Your XF35mm Lens/Lenses?

Almost every time I’m out with the camera I end up with the 35mm on at one time.

7. Could You Live With Just An XF35mm Lens In Your Photography Bag?

The quick answer is yes! The more nuanced answer would be yes for 95 % of my pictures I could but my Gear Acquisition Syndrome would convince me to buy a lot of other lenses for the last 5%.

8. Do You Like To Use Available Light Or Studio Light With Your XF35mm Lens/Lenses?

For the pictures I take as a private person its 99 % shoot outside with natural light but for the pictures I do for companies it’s 75 % studio light due to the huge amount of product photos. 

9. What Fuji-X Camera Body Do You Prefer To Use The XF35mm Lenses On? Why Your Choice?

It will be the X-T2!

Why Your Choice?

Again the answer is easy….It’s the one Fuji camera I have where I can change lens (I also have the X100T)
I chose the X-T2 because of it’s DSLR-style, the tilt-screen (very useful for landscape and architecture pictures) and the possibility for using the boost grip when I from time to time do some car race photos.

10.Do You Have Any Favourite Photographs Using The XF35mm Lenses?

I have many favourites.

11.Finish This Line: The Fuji XF35mm Lenses Are… 

…the one I recommend as the first Lens anybody should buy because it’s so versatile and sharp.