**Weekly X Series Photo Thread 7th April, 2013**
All right, I guess that's me again who will open this regular and very popular thread.
This thread is always a lot fun and great learning experience.
A place to show off what you and your Fuji X camera can do.
Please reply to the original post but change the title to reflect the subject of your image(s) so that you post starts a new section.
If you can provide details on the subject, camera, settings and processing, that would be great for people reviewing the images.
Don't be shy:)
Share, discuss & enjoy!
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Thanks for starting this thread again vkphoto. I was out shooting my Sigmas this weekend so I don't have anything Fuji to post. It's nice to know the thread is so popular that people keep it going on their own initiative rather than wait for somebody to start it. It's a great thread and I enjoy it every week even when I don't have any photos to contribute.
OT, but what Sigmas do you have? I think Foveon is an mazing sensor and it would be interesting to compare to x-trans
I have three Sigmas: DP2 (non-M), SD15, SD1 (non-M).
DP2 does a great job even though it is 4.7 mpixels. It beats my X10 in optimum shooting conditions (excellent light).
SD15 and SD1 are good, but there is no provision for sensor cleaning. This is a very big issue with the SD1 since the sensor is 15 mpixels. Even the smallest particle jumps out in the images.
Overall, resolution of the SD1 beats X-trans but image quality is better only in the best light. No Sigma seems to deliver good JPGs out of camera, so the rule is to shoot raw. The processing tool from Sigma for these raws is slow as a natural result of the incredibly number-intensive processing necessary for the Foveon sensor. Color rendering method is completely different (not RGB) so colors don't match up well to X-trans or any other color filter array sensor.
I prefer the excellent color, dead-on white balance, and nearly perfect exposures the Fuji X10 and X-E1 give me. The focus is sensor based, as on the Sigma DP2, so focus is reliably clean. Not so the Sigma SD15 and SD1: their phase detect autofocus frequently misses, and neither of them offers live-view (a serious lack). With careful attention and lengthy periods of time spent in post-processing the SD1 can deliver mind-boggling images. But it is more and more burdensome to me to go through that amount of work.
The controls on the Fujis are more straightforward, and the cameras far less bulky. The icing on the Fuji cake, at least for me, is the wonderful JPGs out of camera.
Sorry the file is very big. This is the first few days using the 14mm F2.8 lens. Yarra River, Melbourne
Bird hunting (my primary photographic subject) ended last week, so I am trying to expand my photographic horizons. These were taken while out taking a ride on some of the back roads where I live in the two-seater. Conrad Weiser's home - circa 1729:
A typical rural family graveyard way out in a field. You can't see these when the crops are grown. This one has two Revolutionary War soldiiers buried within.
A 19th Century covered bridge.
All were taken with an X-Pro 1 and a new to me Fuji 18-55mm lens. All were PP's in CS5.
Thanks for this thread, BTW. It gives one a chance to show off pics that no one otherwise sees. This is the second time I've participated.
Below is a shot at the 59th Street Columbus Circle Train Station, in New York City. I took this shot with my fisheye lens while literally laying on my back shooting up into the sky to capture the skyline and shapes of the station.
I usually shoot jpegs but this one was a raw file, DR 400 setting, since there is an extreme exposure range and I needed RAW to harness that. I use ACR in CS6. The B&W version is from my Topaz B&W photoshop plugin.
Visited Fremantle Harbor in Western Australia last night, trying to get some long exposure ambiance frames. Ships bob up and down in the water, all be it slowly, which was a bit of a challenge with the little x10. These frames were post processed as a composite, the gulls are from separate frames in an attempt to add some technical ambiguity.
Thanks for the interest.