Fuji Scotia Part 1: Visiting Nova Scotia with the X-H1

[This is a set of travelogue posts from my 2019 trip to Nova Scotia with Leona. Here’s a list of the series thus far: Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4.]

In June 2019, Leona and I took a trip to Nova Scotia to check out Cape Breton Island and get a taste of Halifax. I came back with a few hundred images and 100 GB of video. I usually sprinkle some vacation posts throughout my Instagram account, but this time I wanted to try and put some posts together to provide more context of the experience.

To capture the experience I brought the Fuji X-H1 along with the XF 23mm ƒ/2, XF 50mm ƒ/2, and XF 90mm ƒ/2. I wanted a completely weather sealed kit because the weather on the east coast likes to spit rain and exhale fog.

Our first major activity on the east coast was to go for a sailing tour of Bras d’Or lake near Baddeck. We chose the folks at Amoeba Sailing Tours because we’d heard that they fed a family of eagles during the tour, and they did not disappoint. I don’t have pictures of the eagles, but I did take video because I’m creating a series of vlogs on the trip (which you can find on my YouTube channel, sometime soon).

I didn’t have a zoom with me on the trip, so I had to choose a single lens to use before I stepped onto the boat. I didn’t dare try to change lenses while on the boat with all of the salty sea spray. I ended up choosing the XF 50mm ƒ/2, and I think it was the right balance of some reach without limiting me to pictures of people’s nostrils while we sailed around.

Our captain on the Amoeba Sailing tour.
Our captain and his trusty well worn guide.
Leona and a crew member of the Amoeba sailboat.
Leona and one of the members of the crew. I’ve forgotten his name, but he’s one of the people who got us go to White Point (featured in an upcoming post).

The sailing tour lasted about an hour and even though we passed the Alexander Graham Bell estate, my favourite shots were actually these two. The lone ladder and the small rocky cliff were just enchanting. I loved the colours and made Lightroom presets specifically to try and capture the magic of what we saw from the Amoeba.

After the tour we stopped for some of the best fish and chips I’ve had in a while. It was just a small shack by the water owned by a 70-year old retiree from Toronto. He greeted everyone with a smile and a quip and wanted to make sure everybody got a proper experience. We had the haddock in very light batter, large grains of sea salt sprinkled atop, and some home made tartar sauce. It was amazing.

Our final stop of the day was the Middle Head trail, located on the easternmost point of Ingonish Beach. This was our first hike of the trip and a pretty easy one.

One of the layered views from Middle Head — always another beautiful place to see in the hazy distance.

The trail hugs the coast, but you’re not oceanside for a while because there’d be nowhere to walk. If you go in June like we did, you should have the place mostly to yourself. We loved this.

The end of the Middle Head trail ends in a beautiful cliffside view of the ocean. I’m pretty shitty with heights and on this trip I tried to dare myself to get a little closer to the edge than I usually would, but Leona just made it look easy.

Leona looking out at the end of the Middle Head trail.

OK, that’s all for now! Thanks for having a look — I’ll be posting part two soon!