Artsy, Black and White, Color, Fine Art Photography, flower photography, Flowers, Photography

Tulip Revisit – Part 1

Just a quick post today after a rather lengthy hiatus. Some color and black and white photographs of tulips to get us back into the swing of things. These particular images will be going up for available prints at both sites for prints by me; this one and this one.

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Beachscape, Color, Fine Art Photography, Landscapes, Photography, Seascapes

Ruby Beach No. 3

 

The last of the images from my last outing to Ruby Beach. The skies were not as dramatic as I’d have liked but I do like the images on the whole. Further, there is something almost meditative about landscape photography; the necessity to slow down and take all the considerations of the scene to account including composition and light.

Many of the prints appearing in these posts are available for purchase here and here.

RUBY BEACH No. 3

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NEXT: THE UNSTRUNG VIOLIN

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Ruby Beach No. 2

A continuation of images from my most recent trip to Ruby Beach. Interestingly, I wasn’t the only photographer present that brisk morning. We both went about our endeavors, respectfully avoiding spoiling each others shots, intent on our work.

More tomorrow.

Many of the prints appearing in these posts are available for purchase here and here.

RUBY BEACH No. 2

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NEXT: RUBY BEACH No. 3

Beachscape, Color, Fine Art Photography, Landscapes, Photography, Seascapes

Ruby Beach No. 1

Ruby Beach along the coast of the Pacific Northwest is a great place not only to photography but to just take in nature. It’s a bit of a trek for me taking pretty much a work day’s worth of travel (combined there and back), but I still manage to go a few times a year.

Many of these prints are available for purchase here. Ya know, for the interested.

More tomorrow, and possibly the next.

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NEXT: RUBY BEACH No. 2

Black and White, Color, depth of field, Fine Art Photography, Photography, Portrait

End of the year, first of the year, portraits

 

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Portrait photography can be a deeply rewarding experience for both the photographer and the portrait sitter. For the photographer it gives an opportunity to try to marry technical aspects of photography with the artistic attempt to capture the personality of the sitter.

I’ve always had a fondness for portrait photography, much to the chagrin of my loved ones.

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I didn’t want this post to devolve into another love letter to Fuji’s cameras and lenses…suffice to say they are well-suited.

The included images are a mix of some captured just before the end of 2016 and a few weeks into 2017. My ease with the X-Pro2 and X-T2 has increased in just that short period, but practice does make perfect.

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A lot more portraits to come this year along with everything else. Until then I hope you are happily engaged in what you love.

Color, depth of field, Fine Art Photography, Flowers, Photography, Still Life

Fading Flowers No. 1

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I’m currently splitting my time between the Fujifilm X-Pro2 and X-T2 in the ongoing journey to mastery of each camera. My experience of the X-T2 is most pertinent to this post. Being closer in design to a modern digital SLR, in contrast to the X-Pro2’s rangefinder design, makes it very familiar with my having mostly shot Canon dSLRs the last few years.

There is some muscle memory to overcome as I still find my fingers going to the wrong place for the functions I want. This is something that will become intuitive the more I shoot with the X-T2. As good a reason as any to shoot often.

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On many forums and websites there is a lot of talk about Fujifilm’s X-Trans sensor and its support by RAW editors such as Adobe’s Lightroom. Having jumped off the Adobe bandwagon over a decade ago this is far less a concern for me.

As an open-source advocate and user of FOSS software my raw editor of choice for a number of years has been RawTherapee on Linux (available as well for Windows and Mac),and at times Darktable. My experience of the X-Trans sensor with both of these programs has been excellent.

As an example here are a couple of comparisons between SOOC jpgs from the X-T2 and RawTherapee processed counterparts.

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Can you tell which is which? Or rather does one seem inferior? To my eye there is a slight difference in contrast and gray tones, but both images are quite nice.

And here, another comparison.

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The top image was captured in the X-T2 using the Acros film simulation + red filter and the bottom Acros + Green filter. RawTherapee was able to produce similar images from each neutral RAW file very easily.

So, which is which? Highlight the following text to see: SOOC jpgs on the left, RawTherapee processed files on the right.

I’m very happy to say that there is nothing but positives so far about my change in systems.

Artsy, Color, depth of field, Food, Glorious Food, Photography

Cupcake

Still coming to terms with my switch to a new camera system it is only prudent that I put it through it’s paces with some basic photographic tasks. To that end, I give you; cupcakes.

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Blue Cupcake #1

A pretty straight forward pair of product photography shots. Processed to have a little faded film-like appeal as is my style.

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Blue Cupcake #2

Set-up and execution were simple enough. This is good. I am a firm adherent to the KISS principle.

Black and White, Color, depth of field, Fine Art Photography, flower photography, Flowers, Photography, Portrait

Year’s End and X Marks the Spot

For the last blog post of 2016 there are some major changes to mention; I have officially set aside my Canon gear which I have shot with for over a decade in favor of Fuji’s X-system. If you move about the internet in photographic circles you have likely heard this story and its sentiments expressed…often.

Yes, a major consideration was size and weight, the Fuji system is compact, and this will be a boon to landscape and street photography. The Fujifilm X10 and X30 were my first forays into Fuji’s X-system and went a long way toward my decision.

The design of the Fujifilm X-pro2 and XT-2 is supremely suited to my style of shooting. The X-pro 2 seems to me to be the perennial street camera; discreet, controls that are easily accessed without moving the camera from the eye, and fantastic image quality.

The X-trans sensor in the X-Pro2 and XT-2 continues to impress me. Additionally the lenses that Fujifilm is producing to be used with these cameras is stellar. I currently have the 35mm f2 R WR, 23mm f2 R WR, 56mm f1.2 R, 90mm f2 R LM WR, and 16-55mm f2.8 R LM WR. I favor the primes obviously, and skew toward the weather resistant (to complement the weather resistant bodies). The characteristics of all these lenses has really impressed me.

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Fujifilm X-Pro2/35mm f2
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Fujifilm X-Pro2/35mm f2

As many before me have said the out-of-camera jpgs from the X-Trans sensor are pretty remarkable. Here’s a comparison side-by-side with an image processed from the RAW file.

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Fujifilm X-T2 – Left: SOOC jpg (Classic Chrome film simulation) Right: Processed from RAW jpg

While the second image is tweaked more in line with my personal style, that SOOC jpg is pretty darn nice too.

Changing systems has meant some adapting to the way I shoot and process, but nothing unexpected and I am supremely confident in this system going forward.

Going to round out this post with a few more images from my first three weeks with the X-system. I hope the new year finds you all happy and happily engaged in your endeavors.

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Fujifilm X-Pro2 / 16-55mm f2.8 R LM WR
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Fujifilm X-Pro2 / 16-55mm f2.8 R LM WR
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Fujifilm X-Pro2 / 35mm f2 R WR
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Fujifilm X-T2 / 16-55mm f2.8 R LM WR