Category: Photography

Another Look at Utility of X100F Camera

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I continue to probe the limits of an X100F camera.  After looking at some of my comparison images made with micro 4/3 gear, I decided to take a closer look at details made with the X100F.  I had previously looked at up-close images made with Acros at F2 so this time I tried Classic Chrome F4 images.  In the above image, I took a picture at the closest focus limit and then cropped it and then upsized it, a lot.  I was using it to look at some flaws and characteristics of some old glass in a small (two inches high) antique pitcher.  I sat the pitcher on some black cloth and used a LED pen light held in my left hand to help light it while I hand held the camera in my right hand.

This is probably more about the capability of the raw files and the computer software used to process the image.  I used Adobe LR Classic and upsized the image with ON1 Resize 1, but the fundamental first requirement was to get the image with the X100F.

Hanover Project with the X100F … Maybe

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I haven’t had many opportunities for making pictures this winter, but I have still been experimenting and thinking about different projects so that I’m ready when the weather warms up.  As I consider various subjects and types of images to make, I have been keeping my coffee cup and the X100F close by at all times, like when I made the above image.  Hmmm, maybe too much coffee.

I have been using older pictures to try different styles for different subjects.  As a result, I’m considering going back to the streets of Hanover with the X100F and making in-camera jpegs with the Classic Chrome calibration.  In the past, I never seemed to get enthused with wider images like in an earlier post and I had moved to trying close-up details or snippets of images made on the streets and in the alleys.  I didn’t like those detail images either, since I had been wanting to make a book with Hanover pictures, and I didn’t think a mix of details represented a cohesive story.  If, or when I go back next, I’m going to try the X100F and try to capture “more iconic” images of how it looks now, ones similar to the one in the earlier post.  If it works out, I might make a small book or magazine with a few images rather than trying a bigger one like I had thought about.

What will be different next time will be my field of view.  In the past I used various cameras, various styles including B&W, and various lenses of many different focal lengths.  The next time I want to limit myself to one camera, one field of view, and one style, the X100F with Classic Chrome jpegs, and concentrate on the compositions.

Since I have tried to get pictures I liked on the streets before, and wasn’t very successful, I know that the odds are against me trying again.  The problem is that I am limited in what I have available to photograph so I feel impelled to try again.  Depending upon how it goes with the X100F, I may follow that attempt with micro 4/3 gear and a different focal length, or I might give up.

Prime vs. Zoom; X100f vs. E-M1 Mark II

I used both the Fujifilm X100F and the Olympus E-M1 Mark II with the 14-150mm zoom lens this morning.  I wanted to compare a cropped and upsized X100F image against the micro 4/3 zoom lens, and see how both images looked when using Silver Efex Pro 2 to process them.  The first, or widest image above was the X100F image at f/2 with the 23mm lens (effective 35mm), and the second, or narrowest view was made with the micro 4/3 gear at f/5.5 at 80mm zoom (effective 160mm).

I’m not going to make any profound statements relative to the differences, but I will note that I doubt most of my viewers will note any major differences when used in my blog at my normal size for posting.  In my opinion, the differences are primarily in the focal lengths and ease of carrying and use of the camera-lens combinations.

Ghost Town

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It has been suggested that I make some street photos of Hanover, PA.  I have in the past, but I think this picture shows why I don’t do it often.  I made the above picture through the windshield of my car while I was stopped at a traffic light on a Tuesday at 10:15 am in the morning one day last February.  Not much happens in downtown Hanover.  It is not a town in which to do the classic kinds of street photography you usually see on other blog sites.  Our main streets look as above, except when they are clogged with tractor trailers, or are being dug up to replace old gas and water lines.  People are rarely on the sidewalks.