STATUS QUOtes — 20170903

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

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“Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.” — J. R. R. Tolkien

“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing which stands in the way… As a man is, so he sees.” — William Blake

“If I have someone who believes in me, I can move mountains.” — Diana Ross

“How do you get off of a non-stop flight?” — Steven Wright

 
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STATUS QUOtes — Picture Quote — 20170902

Today’s Picture Quote

A somebody was once a nobody who wanted to and did. - John Burroughs

“A somebody was once a nobody who wanted to and did.” – John Burroughs

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STATUS QUOtes — 20170902

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“We never really grow up; we only learn how to act in public.” — Bryan White

“I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He taught me that if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.” — Roald Dahl

“The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.” — Elbert Hubbard

“It’s too bad I’m not as wonderful a person as people say I am, because the world could use a few people like that.” — Alan Alda

 
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Fuji X T-2: Improving LR Post Processing Process

My Fuji X T-2 experience is moving right along and I am learning new things almost on a daily basis. I haven’t had an extended shoot yet, but I will have one soon. In the meantime, I have been experimenting and becoming accustomed to all the controls and settings available to me. I can sense now that it will be difficult, with just a bit of knowledge, to take a bad picture. Naturally there will be newbie mistakes, but no more than to be expected when learning any new system.

Before I get to show you some of my first pictures, I want to discuss an issue I knew I would encounter…

I have the camera set to
capture both JPEGs and RAW files. With two card slots, this is really pretty easy. I am not sure I will do this all of the time, but I thought it would be good to try this as I started on my journey to learn the X T-2.

I discovered that the JPEGs are rendering very well, but when I examined the RAW files, they didn’t show the detail that I can see in the JPEGs. I know the camera is working accurately because the JPEGs are right on.


NOTE –
I live in the desert so the photos are of an area near my home. This was a test run just to try out a new polarizing filter so understand that the images may be over saturated, etc. as I am learning to adjust the polarizing effect as well as how to use the camera.

This is the JPEG straight out of camera (SOOC).


JPEG straight out of camera (sooc)

Here is the RAW image, also with the polarizing filter, straight out of camera (SOOC):


RAW straight out of camera (sooc)

I don’t know if you can see a big difference between the two. On my 27″ monitor in LR, there was a noticeable difference.

Here are the two shots after I applied my “regular” (Nikon, Canon) LR settings. JPEG first then RAW.



JPEG



RAW

They were relatively close, but on my larger screen when the images are in LR, I could tell the JPEG had more detail.

Here is a 1:1 enlargement of a section of each picture just to give you the idea. JPEG first then the RAW image (both after similar LR enhancements).

NOTE – All enlargements are screenshots taken on my legacy iMac which produces PNG files.



JPEG



RAW

If you look closely at the clouds, the spines of the large cactus (saguaro) on the left of the frame as well as the tree branches, I think you will note there is more detail in the JPEG. I wish I was better at presenting this.

Here is a similar comparison with a 3:1 enlargement. JPEG first then the RAW image (both after similar LR enhancements).



JPEG



RAW

I knew the detail from Fuji files was an issue with LR. If I hadn’t read about this prior to my purchase, I might have been panicking at this time, but I was prepared.

I wanted a Fuji because in my mind, they put the photographer first. They have demonstrated their dedication to providing the best user experience by offering, free effective firmware updates. These not only correct glitches that might arise, but historically, they have extended the usefulness of the Fuji cameras. Yes, Fuji was the system I wanted even if I had to modify my workflow.

I began to search the Internet for potential solutions to help me generate more detail that I knew were in the RAW files. There seem to be a number of good alternatives. One that I found to work for me, at least at this point, was offered by Jim Harmer of Improve Photography via a video/podcast.

Based on Jim’s suggestions, I adopted the settings below as my starting point in addressing my Fuji files.

These adjustments are made in LR’s Detail Panel as I import the files. I created a preset to do this on import [all of these are, of course, (+/-) according to personal taste ]:

  • Amt – 40
  • Radius – 1.5
  • Detail 80 – 84
  • Masking (if needed ) 45-48
  • I also found that using Provia Standard (Camera Calibration Panel OR Pro Neg. Hi) gives me a look I like for my photos; your mileage may vary.

    NOTE – To anyone who has worked with LR, it is understandable that the above settings are not going to work with every file right out of the gate. Each file will need to be tweaked as necessary moving the sliders until the best rendering is achieved. I use the above as a starting point for my Fuji files and then I move to my other regular settings under the Basic Panel. I go back and forth between panels to achieve the desired result. This is really nothing different than I do with my other files and now that I have the preset for importing the Fuji files, it isn’t difficult.

    Here is the Improve Photography video that helped me:


    Thank you Jim!

    Finally, below are both the JPEG and the RAW file after all of the processing in LR. I have to issue a disclaimer — I have been using LR for only a year or eighteen months and I am the first to admit that my skills are not that of an expert. I am just trying to pass along what I am learning in an effort to help others who can benefit from the information.





    I am satisfied that I have increased the detail rendered in my RAW files to match or surpass the Fuji-generated JPEGs, but I am not done yet!

    NOTE: If you want to delve a bit deeper into the extraction of fine detail from Fuji RAW files, I suggest you read SHARPENING X-TRANS FILES IN ADOBE LIGHTROOM. Pete Bridgwood has done a great service for the Fuji community by constructing a detailed procedure which I intend to use to help me modify the parameters set forth above. He offers a way to build several presets for landscape photography along with much background material and other ideas! It will be well worth your time if you are interested.

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    STATUS QUOtes — 20170901

    Today’s STATUS QUOtes

     

    “It is good to rub and polish our brain against that of others.” — Michel de Montaigne

    “We may pass violets looking for roses. We may pass contentment looking for victory.” — Bernard Williams

    “Calamities are of two kinds: misfortunes to ourselves, and good fortune to others.” — Ambrose Bierce

    “When you are over the hill, you pick up speed.” — Baker’s Byroad

     
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    Picture: Like Cats and Dogs


    I will comfort you (ooo)
    I’ll take your part, oh, when darkness comes
    And pain is all around
    Like a bridge over troubled water
    I will lay me down

    Bridge over Troubled Water, Simon & Garfunkel

     

    “Cat comforts dog?”

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    STATUS QUOtes — 20170831

    Today’s STATUS QUOtes

     

    “To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.” — George Orwell

    “Teach a man to read and write, and you have put into his hands the great keys of the wisdom box. But it is quite another thing to open the box.” — Thomas Henry Huxley

    “Where the laws are not supreme, there demagogues spring up.” — Aristotle

    “At eighty-eight how do you feel when getting up in the morning? … Amazed!” — Ludwig von Mises

     
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    STATUS QUOtes — Picture Quote — 20170830

    Today’s Picture Quote

    “Do more things that make you forget to check your phone.”

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    STATUS QUOtes — 20170830

    Today’s STATUS QUOtes

     

    “Better shun the bait, than struggle in the snare.” — John Dryden

    “To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.” — Jane Austen

    “The great political tugs of the past have concerned the distribution of the golden eggs. We must focus on the health of the goose. [ed]” — Paul Tsongas

    “The pen is mightier than the sword if the sword is very short, and the pen is very sharp.” — Terry Pratchett

     
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    Fuji X T-2: Making the Lens Cap

    Stay Put on the Kit Lens

    Some say TO-MATE-TO and some say TOM-AT-TOE so I guess it is whatever one is accustomed to that really counts; at least to them. I do a lot of hiking photography. You know the type – mountains, lakes, waterfalls, paths, bridges, streams, animals, etc. Because I am on the move a lot and the trails can be very dusty, I keep my lens cap on the lens when I am not actually taking photographs.

    There have been several times when I have had to backtrack on the trail to find my lens cap and one time, another hiker was kind enough to retrieve it for me when I didn’t realize right away that I had lost it. He had picked it up along the way and handed it to me!

    Do you like a tethered lens cap or do you prefer to have it totally removable?

    Since I want to take it off and replace it when done, I like to have it tethered because most lens caps/covers don’t stay on the lens that well. With all the technology and innovation taking place, one would figure this problem would have been solved by now.

    My new Fuji X T-2 does not have a tethered lens cap AND the lens cap does not easily stay put on my 18-55mm kit lens. Add the lens hood (more about that later) and it is even harder to get that cap to hunker down. I decided to do what I did with my Nikon D3300 and create my own tether.


    Fuji X T-2 lens cap

    Fuji X T-2 lens cap

    This is my procedure for attaching my lens cap so that it does not get lost:


    Supplies needed to tether the lens cap
    Supplies needed to tether the lens cap

    • Get some relatively thick black thread.
    • Take a piece of strong tape. I use tape that is designed to be put on metal chimney flues so you can understand that it has a rather strong adhesive and it can stand the heat! This is sometimes referred to as aluminum tape.


    Thick black thread attached to lens cap
    Thick black thread attached to lens cap with aluminum tape (silver)

    • I tape one end of the thread to the lens cap with the aluminum tape and then cover that silver tape with black electrical tape.


    Black electrician's tape is used to cover the silver foil tape
    Black electrician’s tape is used to cover the silver foil tape

    • I then tie the other end of the black thread to the strap loop.


    Thread is tied to strap loop

    NOTE – If you think you will want to remove the lens cap completely to attach a different sized filter, change lenses, etc., make a double strand (loop) with the thread and “loop it” through the strap. This way, the lens cap can easily be removed by backing it out of the loop when necessary.


    Thread is tied to strap loop
    Thread is tied to strap loop (red oval)

    Now when the cap is unleashed, it can hang by the side of the camera. I often hold it in my hand to keep it from swinging or being a distraction.

    X T-2 with tethered lens cap

    Lets talk about the lens hood. The lens hood is a pretty typical “tulip” type lens hood. It appears to be made of plastic. One would think that a professional level camera, even if ordered with the kit lens, would have a more robust lens hood. I would have paid a few dollars more for a better lens hood; just sayin’!

    My Nikon D3300 lens hood does not stay on the lens with much active use so I tethered that to the camera too. Here is what that looks like…


    Nikon D3300 with tethered lens hood

    So far the Fuji lens hood has remained relatively loyal to the lens and has not wiggled off errantly so I will leave it as is unless it becomes necessary to tether that as well.

    I am very happy with the X T-2 so don’t get me wrong. I am just modifying it to suit my particular photography style. You might or might not like to work that way. This just keeps me from lens cap hunting and enables me to keep my lenses as clean as possible through a day of hiking.

    I will talk about my first photographic experiments with the new Fuji X T-2, but since, in my previous post, I said I would share a picture, here is the first picture I took with the new X T-2; Explanation and discussion to follow in another post.


    First photo with my new Fuji X T-2

    UPDATE – Don’t be disappointed with your Fuji RAW files when imported into Lightroom. Read about the way to post process those images to bring out the color and detail Fuji X T-2: Improving LR Post Processing Process

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