Artsy, Color, depth of field, Fine Art Photography, Photography

The Unstrung Violin

The violin is one of the most romantic of instruments. If there is a more pragmatic reason other than the effect the violin has on the listener that prompted Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to have Sherlock Holmes be an aficionado of the instrument, I prefer not to know it. In my youth I played, but those days are long past and now it is more of a curio, a battered remnant of someone’s musical journey rescued from the trash heap. It is likely the fact that like all musical instruments the violin marries form and function, it could not be made other than how it is and be the same. And they are just darned gorgeous.

THE UNSTRUNG VIOLIN

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NEXT UP: THE BOXER

Color, depth of field, Food, Glorious Food, Macro, Photography, Still Life

Berries (Raspberries No. 1)

A two day photographic study of raspberries, because why not? Actually this is just more of me getting very familiar with my recent switch of camera systems. For the images posted today and tomorrow I used the Fujifilm XT-2 and XF90mm f/2 R WR.

Even though it is not a macro lens the 90mm does allow for some fairly close focusing making it a passable faux-macro lens.

I promise tomorrow’s images are a little more interesting 😉

RASPBERRIES No.1

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Raspberry Close-up No. 1
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Raspberry Close-up No.2
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Raspberry Close-up No.3

NEXT: RASPBERRIES No.2

Color, depth of field, Fine Art Photography, Flowers, Photography, Still Life

Fading Flowers No. 1

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I’m currently splitting my time between the Fujifilm X-Pro2 and X-T2 in the ongoing journey to mastery of each camera. My experience of the X-T2 is most pertinent to this post. Being closer in design to a modern digital SLR, in contrast to the X-Pro2’s rangefinder design, makes it very familiar with my having mostly shot Canon dSLRs the last few years.

There is some muscle memory to overcome as I still find my fingers going to the wrong place for the functions I want. This is something that will become intuitive the more I shoot with the X-T2. As good a reason as any to shoot often.

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On many forums and websites there is a lot of talk about Fujifilm’s X-Trans sensor and its support by RAW editors such as Adobe’s Lightroom. Having jumped off the Adobe bandwagon over a decade ago this is far less a concern for me.

As an open-source advocate and user of FOSS software my raw editor of choice for a number of years has been RawTherapee on Linux (available as well for Windows and Mac),and at times Darktable. My experience of the X-Trans sensor with both of these programs has been excellent.

As an example here are a couple of comparisons between SOOC jpgs from the X-T2 and RawTherapee processed counterparts.

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Can you tell which is which? Or rather does one seem inferior? To my eye there is a slight difference in contrast and gray tones, but both images are quite nice.

And here, another comparison.

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The top image was captured in the X-T2 using the Acros film simulation + red filter and the bottom Acros + Green filter. RawTherapee was able to produce similar images from each neutral RAW file very easily.

So, which is which? Highlight the following text to see: SOOC jpgs on the left, RawTherapee processed files on the right.

I’m very happy to say that there is nothing but positives so far about my change in systems.