Month: August 2013

VSCO 04 Street Photography and the Fuji XE1

VSCO 04 is revolutionizing my workflow, not only because of the great presets, but also the wonderful accompanying tool kits that are included. For this candid, I used Agfa Scala 200 Contrast ++ as a starting point. The good folks at VSCO recommend adjusting the exposure and the white balance and then apply the preset of choice ― sage advice and one I always follow. So from the Agfa Scala 200 Contrast ++ preset, I then played with a few sliders in the Black & White Mix block, added a slight curve, increased my black point with the tool kit and added a little grain. Processing time, 30 seconds, saving the new forked preset 4 seconds, uploading a post from Lightroom directly to the Blog via the LR/Blog plugin 15 seconds, coming to a look I find pleasing for street photography in less than a minute ― priceless. Thanks VSCO! Update: This image got Flickr Explored !!

The Fuji X-E1 sliding into a new beginning

Framing with a viewfinder that gives you a direct look at the sensor is truly a gift of modern times. I had my first experience with these cameras back when I shot Micro Four Thirds a couple of years ago. I then transitioned to various dslrs kit for their image quality ranging from Canon to Nikon and most recently with Pentax. All great systems without a doubt and they helped create my vision in their respective times but I always had a soft spot to composing my images and knowing exactly what they would look like through the viewfinder. Its such a liberating feeling ― seeing, adjusting, and capturing. The Fuji XE1 married to the HG-XE1 grip has managed to capture my imagination once again and rekindled those feelings I had a few years ago. I decided to start my Fuji lens kit with the amazing Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS for its wonderful versatility providing me with a field of view of 28-85 mm (full format equivalent), its sharp as a razor …

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Ricoh GR: Impressions after 2.5 months

Two months have gone by since I received my GR (pictured above) and a few thoughts come to mind. I’ll talk about the pros and cons of this wonderful small package. Let’s start of with the good and in no particular order just as they come mind. Folks, the sharpness of this lens is truly outstanding. I’m not an optical engineer and don’t know for sure but I would guess that lack of AA filter has something to do with end results. This puppy cranks out some amazing images. In the end, I think Ricoh did the right thing in debuting with the GR with out the AA filter. The way the GR handles is another point worth mentioning right of the bat. Its slightly bigger than the previous models and just the right size, you really have to hold it to know but trust me when you hold it you’ll probably feel the same way I did ― amazingly surprised. I wished Ricoh would have included a more heavy duty wrist strap and a …