Chichibu Line – Into The Wilds III

From a semi-recent day trip to Chichibu, Saitama, Japan.

Nagatoro Station and surrounds.

_DSF4835 _DSF4837 _DSF4845 _DSF4851X100s. All are pretty much chronological and shot with Toy Camera Advanced Filter Mode & with kinda minimal post (exposure, levels, & maybe some shadow enhancement in Capture One and saved as TIF, and then similar or just hitting “Auto” in the Basic panel in Lightroom – which actually adds up to a lot in terms of the final impact).

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Chichibu Line – Into The Wilds II

From a semi-recent day trip to Chichibu, Saitama, Japan.

Nagatoro Station.

_DSF4828 _DSF4830 _DSF4831 _DSF4832-2 X100s. All are pretty much chronological and shot with Toy Camera Advanced Filter Mode & with kinda minimal post (exposure, levels, & maybe some shadow enhancement in Capture One and saved as TIF, and then similar or just hitting “Auto” in the Basic panel in Lightroom – which actually adds up to a lot in terms of the final impact).

Buying: iMac 27-inch 5K Retina vs. Fujifilm X-Pro2

So, recently I had saved up my monies to the point where I could afford a new iMac 27-inch 5K Retina. Or a Fujifilm X-Pro2 and some nice glass. Almost to the yen, both in terms of how much I had and what each cost – cosmos trying to tell me something?

Conundrum!

Long story short, bought the iMac, cos that’s what I really needed. My ageing Mac Mini just struggles too much, with too many hangs and crashes. I feared with the larger X-Pro2 files it would fall to bits.

But the whole process brought up some questions. All about choices.

I had enough money to buy the top tier model iMac, 32GB of extra third party (Other World Computing) memory and one ‘build-to-order’ upgrade. But which one?

Internet to the rescue. Except, everyone’s an expert and it took ages to wade through opinions. Too many people just said, get everything. Yay for those with no budget limits. Meanwhile, back in the real world…

Anyway, I’ll save the nitty gritty for the next post(s). Meanwhile, here’s (almost) the first photo processed on the new computer.

_DSF0474-3 X-T1 & XF16-55mm f2.8, Capture One Pro, Lightroom, VSCO, and the speed freak iMac

Typed with a little Action Woman help

A Photo!

Wait, I do have a photo I can put up now. Took this back in July (?? maybe). I just grabbed it at semi -random last night when playing around with my newly downloaded version of Capture One Pro (#8), and then I Lightroomed/Photoshopped* it a little, just cos I could.

_DSF6248-Edit X100s, maybe the TCL-X100 Teleconverter (can’t remember now), a couple of speed lights in soft boxes (possibly just using one as a reflector though – can’t remember that either), a third one with a red gel and via a route that went Capture One Pro / Lightroom / Photoshop / Lightroom.

* apparently “to Photoshop” is a verb, but “to Lightroom” is not

World’s Briefest Fujinon XF 56mm f1.2 Review

Right lens, wrong country.*

When I shot film with rangefinders, I basically had two lenses** – a 35mm for in Japan, where the space is tighter and generally more limited, and a 50mm which I tended to use in the countryside or overseas.***

I did a portrait session today using a Fujifilm X-T1 body and Fujinon XF 56mm f1.2 lens. I’ll go into more detail later, when I have the time (awfully busy from today onwards for several weeks).

_DSF9717 1

However, the take home was – love the lens, but indoors and even out, I kept backing up into things and running out of space.

S’all for now. Later or sooner, I’ll be back.

* I was going to end it there, hence the title. However…

** not really. I had four – also a 25mm and an 85mm, but seldom used either

*** can you see now why I think the X100(s/t) and TXL-X100 are the best-est ever-est?