Spring has been a bit of a seesaw this month with temperatures going from the freezing mark to the 70 degree highs and while things are blooming, leaves are popping and the smells of spring are in the air, Prince William Park in Virginia seems to be lagging behind in the greenery area.
Tired of waiting and not wanting to go to my local and favorite gardening store to photograph Spring in a flower-pot, the family, me, wonderful wife and wacky Jack Russel headed out for a brief day together and hopefully some photographic opportunities.
I took a minimal amount of gear which included my 35mm 2.0 Fuji Lens, mounted on a Fuji Xt1 camera body. I had the camera set to the 1:1 square format and the film simulation set to Black and White, yellow filter. The iso was set to 800, and I was shooting in both raw and fine jpeg because while I choose the specs above, the raw file would shoot in the cameras own default frame size and in the cameras default color settings. So that gave me both a black and white image as well as a color image to work with later on. I usually have Classic Chrome set as my personal color settings preset, but presets do not appear in raw files.
The jpegs out of the Fuji are terrific and for most things really require little if any adjustments (post process) unless you are looking for a particular style that you like to have as your signature. The new Fuji cameras using a new sensor has a new film preset for the excellent Fuji Acros Black and White film, but this is not available in the slightly older Fuji X cameras. At first that seemed to be a problem causing mental anguish but soon resolved itself by allowing me to use Black and White and the yellow setting. It brings one close to Acros. Then there are several programs, Silverefex Pro and Alien skin Expose X that have Acros simulations that are really quite good and tweak easily for those who need to tweak.
The day was overcast with a chill in the air. Over my shoulder/across my chest was a Peak Design Field Pouch which held 2 batteries, 2 memory cards, 2 cleaning cloth and liquid, and a 14mm 2.8 and 23mm 1.4. Around my neck was my camera and 35mm lens. I wound up only using the 35mm but always like to have a couple of different focal lengths to work with. And just in case I needed it, but I did not, I had the Feisol Mini Tripod —Head. This combination of the tripod and head hold 18 pounds.
On the second day out I switched out my carry method and put my camera and mounted lens in the STREETOMATIC camslinger bag, had two lenses in pouches on the waist strap as well as my mini tripod hanging from a tripod hook, two memory cards, two batteries, cleaning cloth
What??? No macro lens? But you love macro! This is true but macro these days is something I only use for real intense magnification and isolation work and my other lenses, especially the 35mm 2.0 let me get in really close for close-up photography which is not macro photography.
Alien Skin Expose X is for Black and White and Color
Nik Silverefex pro 2.0 is for Black and White only
Macphun Tonality is for Black and White Only
Macphun Intensify is for Color and Black and White
Adobe Lightroom CC is for all post processing