Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Sometimes it's a matter of luck

I was away for the weekend and awoke to find a rainbow beam of light formed on a wall as the sun passed through some cut glass near the window. The colors were intense, but the background was white. Later, in Photoshop, I changed the wall to black to increase the intensity of contrast with the colors. The photo was taken with my Fuji X-T2 and 16-55mm f/2.8 zoom.

The colors did not last very long so I had to work fast. I have tried creating a shot like this in the studio but never arrived at anything I liked because the colors were never intense enough.  On this day, I just lucked out. Mother nature just created the scene for me.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Interpretations of a coming storm with the Fuji X-T2

For the entire month of June, thunderstorms have been passing through daily here in Florida. I've tried to schedule an evening helicopter shoot of Miami only to cancel the flights due to weather. Today I was out photographing with my X-Pro2 and my favorite do-everything lens, the Fuji 18-135mm. I began photographing with the sun blazing in the sky blasting out the image, and ended in a heavy downpour 20 minutes later. The photos below show the progress of this brief shoot. I did do some Photoshop work on all of the images in an attempt to emphasize the changes in the weather.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Slow motion video test with the Fuji X-T2

This test video was taken with the Fuji X-T2 set to HD1080/59.94p. It was edited later in Photoshop, and output as 29.97fps to slow it down.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Fuji X-Pro2 Classic Chrome after a storm

A massive thunderstorm blew through my new Florida neighborhood in the early hours of the morning. It dwindled down to a light rain just after sunrise, and I went out to capture these images of the rain drops on nearby tropical plants. I used my Fuji X-Pro2 with the Zeiss 50mm Makro Planar lens. The images were processed in the Fuji Classic Chrome look, with a fairly strong "S" curve added in Photoshop to deepen the contrast and add a bit more punch to the muted colors. These images are available on the StockFreedom website.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Keeping it simple with the Fuji X-Pro2 and 18-55mm zoom

I love the vegetation I find here in Florida. So I always try to keep a camera handy to record it when the opportunity arises.  To keep things simple, I settled in on the Fuji X-Pro2 with the original 18-55mm zoom lens.  It doesn't give me the extensive coverage of my other favorite lens, the 18-135mm Fuji zoom, but it is convenient to carry around all the time and tuck into a bag when I don't need it.

Yesterday I happened upon this banyan tree with some vegetation growing around its base.  Its sculptural beauty looked like a perfect companion for the cameras Acros simulation, which is what I used to capture these images.  I did add my favorite platinum toning effect in post processing along with a vignette to deepen the tonality.