Sunday, 26 April 2015

Canon 100mm f2.8 USM Marco with Canon 5D2

My wife bought some Tulips yesterday and I noticed they were starting to open and being caught in the afternoon light.
I quickly grabbed my Canon 5D2 and attached the 100mm f2.8 USM Macro and grabbed a few shots before the light vanished.

Processed in Lr CC, Analog EFX Pro2, Colour EFX Pro and Silver EFX. I really like this Canon 100mm Macro, its a lovely lens.

Canon 5D2, Canon 100mm f2.8 USM Macro, 
Analog EFX Pro2

Canon 5D2, Canon 100mm f2.8 USM Macro, 
Colour EFX Pro2

Canon 5D2, Canon 100mm f2.8 USM Macro, 
Silver EFX Pro2

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

La vie en gris Lightroom presets

I updated to Lr CC this evening. Adobe have added a Panorama function, a Grad Filter brush and HDR functions, which might be handy occasionally. They also added face detection, which I doubt I'll ever use.

Lr also now uses the GPU (the hardware that provides the computing power for the display on your computer) to do some of the heavy lifting, Adobe claiming great increases in speed for Lr functions.

My MacBookPro is pretty fast anyway, and so far I've not noticed any difference.

Whilst I was in Lr I installed a set of presets I found here they attempt to replicate the B+W style of some well known photographers. I'm not sure how accurate any presets of this type are as I'm of the opinion that there are far too many variables to get a really accurate replication, but I do like these.

They look good on first click, and of course you can fine tune them to taste. 

Daido Moriyama preset

Daido Moriyama preset

Michael Kenna preset

Nick Brandt preset

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Fuji X-Trans RAW

I've been playing around with Fuji X-Trans RAW developing.

I downloaded RAW Therapee (RT) the other day and gave that a go and was sufficiently impressed to test it further.

The weather was dry today, if a little overcast, so I went out for an hour to take a few snaps to give RT another go.

As before I used RT to Demosaic the Fuji RAW files, save them as TIFF and then process in Lr.

The settings in RT were Demosaic as X-Trans, default RL Deconvolution sharpening, Micro Contrast and Edge sharpening.

Fuji X-Pro 1, Fujinon XF18-55mm

Fuji X-Pro 1, Fujinon XF18-55mm

Fuji X-Pro 1, Fujinon XF18-55mm
I'm pleased enough with the results to keep using this workflow for a bit, RT does seem to do a very good job of Demosaicing the X-Trans RAW files.

Monday, 30 March 2015

RAW Therapee Fuji Trans X file converter

On the Fuji X Forum I read about the various RAW file converters and how they work with the Fuji Trans X colour filter.

One that kept getting mentioned in a positive light was RAW Therapee. This is Open Source and available in Windows, Mac and Linux versions.

I thought it might be worth a go, so I downloaded it and tried it out with an image I took in Whitby recently.

Raw Therapee lets you select either standard Beyer colour filter or Trans X in the Demosaic section, you can then apply sharpening in various degrees like Edge, Micro contrast etc.

I let Raw Thereapee decide all the settings as this was the first time I had used it. I saved it as a 16bit TIFF and then imported into Lr for some adjustment and exported as a jpg for this blog.

Here is the result compared to the usually very good Out of Camera jpg from the Fuji X Pro 1.

Out of Camera X Pro 1 jpg

RAW Therapee Demosaiced TIFF, adjusted in Lr.
To me RAW Therapee has kept more detail in the highlights and it also appears to have applied a lens correction the OOC jpg has some slight barrel distortion. 

This deserves further investigation and experimentation.

Fake Apple watch from China

Not strictly photography related.
I recently read that hours after Apple announced the release date of the Apple Watch last month that the Chinese e-commerce websites were advertising their versions.

I got in touch with my daughter who is currently teaching English in China and asked her to order me one.
It has arrived at her apartment in Chengde, Hunan Province and cost £23.50.

My daughter has checked it out and sent some photos.

This is how it arrived, we half expected it never to turn up.

Box looks a little like an Apple iPhone box and it comes with a USB charging lead. The watch case with crown looks very Apple-like, but the strap is just a watch strap, it doesn't look like the ones I've seen in genuine Apple watch images. That is a sticker on the watch face that is a copy of the Apple Watch screen.

Watch was already charged and quickly set to English as a display language. Of course it doesn't run iOS but a version of Android. Bluetooth is present as well as Pedometer, Phonebook and Dialer Apps. Basically a standard cheap smart Watch in a copy of the Apple watch case.

It can tell the time as well! My daughter reports it connects with her Chinese Android phone and can make and receive calls and trigger the phone to take photos (that is the photo related content!) she is sending it to me with a load of other stuff she is sending back home so I'll update in a month or so when it arrives.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Canon 100mm USM Macro NSFW

I am really rather impressed with the Canon 100mm f2.8 USM Macro. This lens is very sharp.

As the weather was a bit dull and we had none of the usual time consuming weekend errands to run I thought I'd set up my Canon 5D2 tethered to my MacBook Pro and Apple Thunderbolt display.

I decided to use the 100mm fairly close as this shows off its superb sharpness.

I'd just polished my shoes so that was my first subject.

Loake Badminton, Canon 5D2 and Canon 100mm
f2,8 USM Macro Processed in Ps CC, Analog
EFX Pro 2
Loake Badminton, Canon 5D2 and Canon 100mm
f2,8 USM Macro
Trickers Kendal, Canon 5D2 and Canon 100mm
f2,8 USM Macro

I used a single Canon EXII flash with the gold side of a 5in1 reflector from Ebay.

I then moved onto some lingerie.

Wacoal Underwired,, Canon 5D2 and Canon
100mm f2,8 USM Macro
Processed in Ps CC, Analog EFX Pro 2

Wacoal Underwired, Canon 5D2 and Canon
100mm f2,8 USM Macro
Processed in Ps CC, Silver EFX Pro 2
Wacoal Underwired,, Canon 5D2 and Canon
100mm f2,8 USM Macro Processed in Lr
Wacoal Underwired,, Canon 5D2 and Canon
100mm f2,8 USM Macro
Processed in Ps CC, Analog EFX Pro 2

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Fuji XPro-1 Camera jpgs

I was in York this afternoon and set the X Pro-1 to shoot RAW+jpeg and film simulation Monochrome+Green filter.

This gives you a mono image in the EVF making it very easy to to shoot in B+W. Obviously the RAW file remains in colour.

If any exposure compensation is dialled in then this is reflected in the EVF, all very easy.

These two images are jpgs from the camera with some tweaking and resizing in Ps.