Posts tagged “Fujifilm

Dynamic (Two Photographs)

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The statue is called Joy and it sits on a street that was long ago turned into a mall. The construction and for rent signs are only two of the obstacles to shoot around, during the weekday this downtown venue is packed, evenings and weekends not so much. It’s a space that it is hard to get clear shots. The statue is almost lost in those distractions so I chose a perspective that gave it some dynamism. The color version underline the issues I was trying to avoid and the black and white just works, but that’s my view.


Texture (Two Photographs)

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In photo composites one of the elements often used is texture. Texture overlays are popular in photography. You add a layer of some texture: clouds, fabric, sand, and then fade it into the picture to give added texture. Another method is to work with detail extraction, tonality and HDR toning to get existing textures in the photograph to stand out. Almost every add-in program has some form of structure, detail, and tonal contrast tool to affect these changes. It can lead to a grungy look, or give a photo a more realistic look. With the photo of the hydrant I used detail and tonal extraction and with the Canadian flag photo I added in some HDR toning. I finalized the images in B&W, because detail and texture are more evident in B&W. It’s a technique I have used often when I felt the texture of a scene was important or essential to its character.


Street Photography (Two Photographs)

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This could be a public service message about when to and when not to use a smart phone, however the man was crossing on a green light. Street photography is hard to explain and define in my view. It’s often defined as candid photography of people in public places, usually in black and white. On my SmugMug website I have used the term to capture street art, markets etc.; the architecture of the street as well as people. I know it’s a stretch and I may be convinced to change it. It is certainly easier to take street art and storefront reflections than photographs of people you don’t know. I’m getting my courage back and I will see where that takes me.


A Landscape Surprise (Three Photos)

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I am not a big believer in out of the camera shots. In this case, however, except for some cropping and a touch of shadow enhancement, these are out of the camera taken with a Fuji XT-2 camera and 35mm F2 lens. I have read that many people just use the JPGs straight out of the camera with the Fuji and now I understand why. I shot these in RAW format because I’m used to processing and will probably continue to do so some. The “Acros Film” simulation is impressive. I am still fiddling with settings on the camera, especially now that there is a new firmware update. Fuji could do some work on their manual and menus but that’s a complaint you hear about many cameras.

 

 


Tilt and Reflect (Three Photographs)

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There is a type of composition, much used in film noir, and sometimes used in photography called the Dutch tilt. Normally I like my horizons and buildings up-right. And to be frank the Dutch tilt is not usually my style. I do like reflections and sometimes getting those reflections involves a slight tilt or distortion. I like to think the two give a bit of mood to a picture.


Mushrooms (Two Photographs)

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I have not taken many photographs of mushrooms and have no idea what these are. I took them with my Fuji when I was experimenting with the light meter and the flexibility of the raw files in processing. It takes time to get used to a new camera, especially the light meter. Even working with different Nikon cameras I find it takes a bit of time to get used to how they handle exposure.

 


1915 (Two Photographs)

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I took several photographs of this mansion, while several people looked at me askance unsure of what I was shooting. But no one spoke to me. There were two things that struck me: the date 1915 and the shadows. I am hard-pressed to understand how a mansion like this was built in the midst of WWI. Using my Fuji I was able to get a balanced exposure where neither the sky nor the building were burnt out, but the shadows were retained. Neutral density filters are sometimes used in photography to darken the sky and lighten the foreground, but I did not have one with me. So most of this is the result of in camera efforts with detail extraction and some work with the color in post processing.