Friday, July 7, 2017

Working out a new style

Since moving to Florida, I continually find myself searching for new ways to interpret the landscape. The dramatic tropical plant life entices me to create strong, graphic interpretations of the tropics. This time around I explored a variety of techniques in Photoshop to achieve my results.

All the photos were taken with a Fuji Pro2 with the original Fuji 18-55mm zoom. I often use this compact and lightweight outfit when I want to have a camera with me, but don't have any specific plan to use it.  For these photos I was visiting a friend and found the tropical plants near their home. All were taken around sunset. For these images the Fuji film modes didn't come into play, as I did all of the variations of color work in Photoshop, mostly using gradient adjustment layers.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Fireworks by the Sea - 4k video test with the Fuji X-T2

We watched a 4th of July fireworks last night from a beach in Delray, Florida. There was something quite mystical in hearing the sound of the ocean nearby and the fireworks off in the distance.  I had decided to do a 4K video of the fireworks with a Fuji X-T2 and the Fuji 55-200mm zoom. The variable aperture wasn't a problem because fireworks usually requires a fairly stopped down aperture.

When shooting fireworks, I always work in manual mode and make adjustments on the fly while monitoring the results in the LCD screen. The intensity of the fireworks varies tremendously during a display and can often wash out as smoke builds up. For most of the shooting, I kept the aperture and shutter speed set and varied the exposure by changing the ISO up or down. The ISO varied from 200-1600 at different times, but the average was around 400.

Below is a one of the sample videos along with some stills of the night time ocean I took before the event, along with some other stills I took of the fireworks themselves.

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.

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.