There has been a few rainy days in the gorge so a monochrome post seems very fitting at this time. It happened that just a trace of a sunset appeared in the last few minutes before dusk even though it was drizzling where we stood. This shot was processed in NIK silver effects Pro modified dynamic range setting with ‘structure’ reduced to 12%. NIK still works well with Sierra and its free!
When I used a lot of film Fujifilm ACROS was one of my favourites, that and Agfa emulsions, so when I see that the new Fujifilm Xpro2 and XT2 have ACROS baked into the jpeg processing engine there are many instances when I sort of wish I had a replacement for the ageing Xpro1 and preferably the XT2. There have been many instances when the auto focus in the Xpro1 has failed me so after reading the extensive review in Amateur Photographer this week I am sort of pushed closer to replacing the Xpro1. Black & White Phototography also has a review in the current edition which I have not read yet. The quality of the reviews in both magazines I have always found to be well worth the cost of the (digital) magazines. I don’t believe in shipping dead tree products around the planet.
There are so many website based reviewers its often a tedious process to sort the wheat from the chaff. However imaging-resource.com and Gordon Laing’s http://www.cameralabs.com are very thorough and worth reading when trying to decide what new kit to buy. For the last half dozen generations of digital cameras I personally wait for the initial introductory price to fall before I take the plunge, that way I get the advantage of not having to wait for L bars and things which for me are essential.
Am I the creative photographer/designer/artist I want to be? Probably not but I’m no shrinking violet either. I do know I don’t take as many risks in my work as I probably should but I have never thought my hesitation is related to a deep and old defence mechanism buried in the primitive part of my reptilian brain. Reptile you say? How can this be read on…
Reptilian eh! A Western Australian Blue tongue goanna shot on a Canon A1 a few years ago at the time when Kodak first introduced the current Ektar C41.
Fuji Xpro1 ƒ4 1/600 ISO 640 18-55 lens
With a bit of adjustment to the dynamic range settings in camera and careful exposure, the Xpro sensor is capable of wonderful things. It works from darkest shadows to the most delicate tint of the last reflection of the setting sun on the clouds. I am very fortunate to live close to the Cataract Gorge in Launceston and I walk through this wonderful place almost every evening in all weathers and seasons.