The Fujifilm X-Pro 2 as of late, has been my favorite camera to use for incidental photography. I kind of just leave it around so it’s very accessible, near the front door or wherever and grab it whenever I go outside. Aside from my X100F, it’s become my grab it and go camera with the advantage of swapping lenses depending on the mood I’m in.
In the very little free time I have these days, I’ve been still trying to go out and shoot at least on the weekends or between jobs. Finding time to actually process the photos is a whole different story.
For this set my wife and our little one took a stroll down to Santa Monica with my Sony A7rII and a Helios 44M-2.
These last few years it seems like it’s been one wedding after the next. They’re usually pretty fun, but always a challenge with the little one, except maybe this wedding – this one was awesome.
I decided to sell my Sony A6300, but before I could let it go, I had to take it out one final Voyage. So I adapted my 1980s Helios 44M and headed to the long beach aquarium with my family.
There has been something I think all Sony shooters have been waiting a long time for and it’s not more megapixels.
Traveling to Tokyo from California is always great for the first few days because it’s very easy to wake up for the sunrise. I don’t typically wake up until 10am since my lifestyle of working as an editor for an ad agency has made me completely nocturnal. So when you factor in the time difference between California and Tokyo, sleeping in until 5am is perfect for me.
After spending a lot of time in Japan and getting use to the culture shock, I’ve finally begun to see things differently.
So as what happens whenever you get a new camera, you make mistakes until you really learn how to use it.
This was my first mistake with the Fujifilm X-T2 . . .
Pretty much since I got the X-Pro 2 I’ve either been working or stuck inside with the flue. Finally I’m about 90% healed and was able to go out again. This time to the Schindler House in West Hollywood.
It’s a small old house / architectural marvel from 1922, kind of reminds me of old houses in Japan, except it’s been somehow converted into an art installation. In other words, there is a teddy bear sitting on the floor that you’re suppose to interact with and of course a tennis shoe sitting on a podium.
There is a new workflow I’ve been experimenting with. I know on my Fujifilm X100T review and various other articles I mention how good Fujifilm JPEG is and how I often shoot Raw+JPEG or just JPEG and have recommended other photographers to do the same. Well this week I started on something new; shooting just RAW and using the in-camera RAW converter to make my JPEGs out of the photos I like.
When you shoot just JPEG you’re bound to how the camera was setup, and if you shoot just RAW and don’t make your JPEG in camera, you have to rely on Iridient or Lightroom to simulate the look which ends up never being quite the same. You can see here in my RAW+JPEG comparison.
This new workflow has been a lot of fun because it allows you to make as many JPEGs as you want out of the single RAW and you can tweak everything from the film simulator, highlights and shadows, sharpness, colors or even doing some push and pull processing.
Here are some samples of JPEG I’ve made that are SOOC (straight out of camera) with no other post work on them. Including the one above.