Ledesma Photography

street. portraiture. documentary

Thoughts on the X100F vs X100S

Posted on June 9, 2019

Upon my return to photography I quickly scooped up a Graphite XT2 which totally blew away and X100T. I shot both for about a month and an opportunity arose to do an even trade for an X-Pro 2 and I quickly scooped that one and along the way I sold the X100T and picked up an X100F so I could have matching sensors. In my mind I thought I was ok. A few weeks have passed already and I began to enjoy the X-Pro 2 so much so that I pondered selling the X100F.

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I mean, I like it but I like the vibe of the X-Pro 2 that much more. I didn’t give it to much though because I know myself, I would sell it and move on, but this time I wanted to slow it down, if you know what I mean. So I decided to see some of my images from a Cuba trip back in 2014 and re-process a series with Capture One 12 and I was totally blown away at the quality of the files of the X100S’s raw output. I was floored and overriding with joy because I thought to myself if this is the output you got back in 2014 imagine what can you do in 2019 with its older sibling the X100F.

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Processing this set really cemented the thought of not selling the X100F and working it as I did back then but something was still amiss. I had the Lensmate thumb grip which is fine but the shape of the X100F lends itself to not using a thumb grip due to its slightly larger size in my humble opinion but I still felt I need a grip and unbeknownst to me there are hardly any 3rd party grip providers for the X100F. After an exhaustive search everywhere I bumped into a new Meike grip specifically developed for the X100F that looks like a Fuji OEM version on Ebay and click and its on the way. But going back to the X100S I must say that this camera and including the original X100 are still viable options in 2019. The good news is that there is an X100 style camera for any budget and thus increasing Fuji X series awareness which in my opinion is a great thing.

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All images shot with the X100S and processed in Capture 12

Copa del Rey Penya Barecelonista Doral

Posted on May 27, 2019

I belong to a futbol Penya that supports the FC Barcelona Futbol Club here in Miami. A bunch of fans get together at a local bar in Coral Gables and basically get rowdy. Of course, the favorite beer of the house is Estrella Damm and after three, four, five, or six here’s the result. Yup, Barca lost yet again. No Triplete, No Doblete, just “La Liga”.

 

All images taken with the Fuji X-Pro 2 and XF 35mm F2 WR with a new tone curve I created with Fuji X RAW Studio and a slight split tone in LR for homogeneity. I must say its got me smitten all the way.  Relatedly, I have some thoughts of ownership between the Fuji XT2 and the X100F (yeah I know I’m late to party but who cares).

 

Mastin Labs, Kodak Everyday Styles Capture One

Mastin Labs Kodak Everyday Original Styles for Capture One

Posted on April 18, 2019

When it comes to preset family these days there are a multitude of sets available in the online market. There are those for wedding work, those for studio work, those for lifestyle and those for this & that but how about for other styles and my style which I call “quotidian photography”? I think these work out just fine. When it comes to a set of presets that always seem to catapult themselves to the top some of us may have heard of Mastin Labs especially Lightroom users but now Mastin has joined the ranks of Capture One as well. What makes a group of preset work so well? Well, it goes without saying that the ease of use and the way these preset match their purpoted look to classic films and by extension that iconic era. Recently, I had the good fortune to try out Mastin Lab’s new presets for Capture One called Kodak Everyday Original and I must say I’m very pleased with the results of this set.

 

I love how easy they are to implement and to tweak to ones desire. People should know that presets serve as a starting point (due Jorge everyone knows that), call them a template to where you eventually want to end up and Mastin Lab’s Kodak Everyday Original delivers in spades here with their debut in Capture One.

The set includes the following composed of a classic triumvirate of film emulations:

Spring is in the air

Posted on April 7, 2019

Getting back in the groove. It’s not easy, it’s actually quite hard getting the hang of it all over again. It’s kind off like a mechanic that knows how to fix the car but is a bit slow in getting everything tune up the right way, he’s confident he can get the job done but it’s going to be a couple of hours. Anyway, a few frames to keep the warm up going and getting my fingers used to it again.

 

 

All frames shot with the X100T and processed in Capture One

Rekindling the passion

Posted on April 3, 2019

Its kind of interesting how life puts certain stops in ones life and doing something you absolutely love takes the back burner to other important issues. But a passion is a passion and passions never die. The desire to photograph has been with me for these last 2-3 years constantly. I’m always viewing, framing, and doing color palettes in my brain as I scans scenes everywhere, its a very abstract process but one I’m sure its familiar for readers of this space and elsewhere.

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Its like if you have a little robot that unconsciously turns its head in a panning direction constantly and just reads the data and makes no judgement, just scanning shapes and light, and forming sketches in my mind, that’s the best way I can describe it. Well, I finally decided to put an end to that robot and kick it up a few notches and rekindle the passion with my beloved Fuji X Series cameras.

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Last time I shot Fuji, I was shooting with the great XT1 and the X100S so it was a natural progression to rekindle this love affair with the XT2 and the X100T/TCL Fujifilm X Series. It is what it is, a passion. So with that said, I went on a selling spree and got rid of my Canon full frame kit and went with what I love – Fuji

Images captured with the Fuji X100T & processed in Capture One.