There is a rusting hulk of an old abandoned pier along the Hudson River in NYC. I pass by it often on my bike, and just as often stop to take some photos. It always presents itself as a different subject to my lens mostly due to the changing weather, but just as often a result of my mental state and the photo gear I have with me. On this occasion I set out with the Fuji X-T1 and two lenses, the 56mm f/1.2 and 35mm f/1.4. I was determined to only photograph with the apertures wide open. Since the base ISO of a Fuji X camera is 200 I needed a neutral density filter on such a sunny day. I also intended to get in close so I packed a Nikon 5T close-up lens for the 56mm.
For this series I only used the 56mm lens at f/1.2. Using it like that forced me to take a point of view that exploited the out-of-focus areas as much as the narrowly focused subject. The character of what the equipment will do at this setting becomes as much a part of the subject as the scene itself. When all the disparate elements are working well they integrate into one flowing visual experience.
I set the X-T1 to record both RAW and jpg mostly using the Velvia/VIVID film profile. Now that Adobe ACR has the full Fuji X camera set of profiles added to its latest version of camera RAW, I was able to transfer the profile to the RAW image, using the jpg image as a sample. The advantage to this is that now I had the color depth of a 16-bit image to use for further processing. This allowed me to take the image, especially the shadows, to places a simple 8-jpg could not go.
I also shot some of the scenes in black and white for later processing as platinum prints. Below are some samples from the rusty day shoot.
|This is the scene where all these images were taken. I have no idea of what this, but found its close-up character colorful and intriguing in the harsh sunlight.|