I want to hold the hand inside you
I want to take the breath that’s true
I look to you and I see nothing
I look to you to see the truth
Photographing is an exercise in design. One has to frame, recompose, often time re-shoot the scene and then begins the post processing part, its a design issue, the more I think about it, the more I come to that conclusion. Its inescapable.
– Yours truly.
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.
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 newer sibling the X100F.
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.
All images shot with the X100S and processed in Capture 12
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).
I know I’m a bit behind on any analysis of this feature which I’ve used in the past before but it never ceases to amaze me just how cool double exposures are.
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
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.
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.
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∗