Posts tagged “Street

Windshield Reflections (Three Photographs)

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One thing I discovered during a recent car show were the reflections in the car windshields. Interesting abstractions and distortions, that time and opportunity permitting I will try again.


A Constant Amazement (Two Photographs)

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If anyone is wondering why I post the same photograph in color and black and white, these photos should explain the reason.  They say that some photos need color and others are best viewed in tones. It is equally true that a color and black and white photograph of the same scene can result in two very different images. This is one case, where there are two very different outcomes and my inclination is for monochrome.


Photographer’s Block (Three Photographs)

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I understand writer’s block, photographers block not so much. Cold wet days, with flooding and other challenges is neither the fault of the camera or photographer. I took these in the few nice days we had in early spring. There isn’t always something to photograph but you don’t really know until you look and focus your attention. As a result, photographers sometimes do not make the best companions when they are intent on their work.


The Power of Color (Four Photographs)

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None of these photos would work particularly well in Black and White. Color in circumstances like this has power, but it has the power to overwhelm and become the story. To overcome that increasing contrast and more application of detail extraction than normal help. Both of these techniques were used here. The idea is that if you can get enough detail, then the color while still vibrant does not overwhelm the picture. I have also used some creative cropping to capture the part of the image of most import to me.

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More Murals of Montreal (Six Photographs) and a word on filling the screen

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These were all taken with the Fuji 18mm F2 lens. That is the equivalent in angle of view to a 27mm full frame lens. In using the Fuji I am literally filling the screen, which limits my cropping options. I did crop these photos, but I would have preferred the latitude of a wider-angle lens. I believe mirror-less is where cameras are heading. The control possible in-camera as the technologies improve will move more people to these cameras from DSLRs, even more than considerations of weight.

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Montreal with the Fuji (Four Photographs)

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It would be wrong to assume from these photos that Montreal is all grunge; it’s just that I shot some grungy photos. One of my main concerns about the Fuji was editing, I had heard that there were problems with sharpening the x-trans sensor files as well as some other issues. Some people continue to say that Adobe products do not handle those files very well. As a result I have been very interested in processing more Fuji files with Lightroom, Photoshop and my Macphun plug-ins. I am sure I would get a different outcome if I tried another suite of software, however, these files turned out the way I wanted them and I think that is what counts. I have a workflow for Nikon files and now a workflow for Fuji that are very similar and I can predict (that is shoot) knowing what the end result after processing will look like. I have a few tweaks to make to my technique (moving back a bit to allow for creative cropping) and some exposure issues. This is just part of the learning curve with a new camera.

 

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Fuji XT-2 Trials (Six Photographs)

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While I am very happy with the Fuji XT-2 camera, there are always a few things to learn. It has a tendency to under expose. Bracketing three photos might help, three photos are taken (almost as quickly as one) with different exposures. This gives me a lot to work with. It is a technique that some pro street photographers use. Probably a stopgap measure until I learn more about how the Fuji measures exposure. None of the film profiles is similar to what Nikon calls “flat”. A “flat” or “normal” film profile would give more latitude in editing with the widest dynamic range of light. That said, Adobe Standard or the existing Fuji Film simulations do a great job, and Tonality Pro remains an effective tool for B&W. Noise reduction seems either unnecessary or does more damage than good, this is probably a good thing as it removes a step in my process. While menus let you to save a number of settings in banks or to a quick change screen, they don’t seem to be the settings I want easy access to, not a major issue and one typical of other cameras I have used. The seagull was taken with the 90mm lens, the General with the 23 f2, and the rest with the 35mm F2. To be clear, the best camera is the one you have with you and that was why I bought the Fuji; a flexible camera I can carry with me almost all the time.

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