*** Orb challenge results ***

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buckshot
buckshot Veteran Member • Posts: 9,959
*** Orb challenge results ***

Well folks you all made it into the top ten!! I appreciate your participation and thanks for your entries. Here are the results

10

Summit_pg

A good example to warm up to orbs

9

xeriwthe

Another good example to show us what orbs are

8

Allan K

This one seems to make the orbs “blend in”

7
skimble

This one got in because of the bumper orb … can't “un-see” it

6
Wymjym

Hard to spot but once seen you can't take your eyes off it!

5
jkuo

These decorative orbs are just amazing!

4
ImTherious

Nice example of the great detail the X10 can achieve.

3
shutterbobby

Sweet Sax and a nice shot (tighter crop on right would have moved this up)

2
Gary Wong Chit Hong

A very cool shot... wild orbations with black circles!!!

And here is the #1 image Congratulations Paul
Paul Till

Wow what an orb fest!

Thanks again for your participation.

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wymjym Veteran Member • Posts: 5,497
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should abound when all involved were in the top ten!!

thanks for the contest Buckshot

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xoio
xoio Regular Member • Posts: 352
Re: holiday tranquility

Fun images, 'especially' the London clip, it really shows up the issue.

What's the chances that Fuji's senior management are coming down on their 'technical' bods like a ton of bricks upon seeing these ridiculous lollipop like orbs? -Perhaps saying .. "what the hell have you done!? Didn't you check this during testing, or did you think the prosumer public are stupid and wouldn't notice?!"

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Billx08 Forum Pro • Posts: 11,373
Look, up in the sky. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a blinking orb!

buckshot wrote:

Well folks you all made it into the top ten!! I appreciate your participation and thanks for your entries. Here are the results

When Fuji finally furnishes a firmware fix, a fun feature that would actually be useful would be a new histogram mode that distinguishes between regular blown highlights and blown orbs, only displaying the orbs as blinkies. This is because I believe that any "fix" can't be 100% effective, and it would be nice to provide alerts which could save hours of pixel-peeping for those inclined to edit the orbs.

Timur Born
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Re: Look, up in the sky. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a blinking orb!

Except for those few orbs where a solid block of clipped RGB (white) or two-color square is inside the the circle most orbs look just the very same as other blown highlights color-wise. Often there isn't even full white color present, but only one or two channels clipping.

The dark circle/halo/outlines around orbs very likely is a sharpening artifact. Many orbs are not encircled full, but only on those sides with dark surrounding. Some are outlined on one side while straying blue/purple fringing/gradation on the other side, which can also happens on non orb-shaped other highlights.

In RAW those outlines are near to non-existent, but unfortunately choosing "soft" sharpening for JPG doesn't seem to help much. Most likely the pronounced form of the orbs makes the sharpening algorithm hit harder, which is something that Fuji can fix. Another thing that they can do is make the already present gradients of orbs go more into darker mid-tones instead of only using bright grey 230-256 range colors.

If we are lucky the firmware might be fine-tunable to better empty the electrons sinks of single CMOS cells in order to avoid spilling overs to neighboring cells (aka blooming).

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Re: Look, up in the sky. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a blinking orb!

Hi Buck...oh dear should of cropped more..was just to show of me orbs..but fine to crop her if u want.....
how about this for the prize..

thats what the 2 holes on the front are for

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Re: *** Orb challenge results ***

buckshot wrote:

Well folks you all made it into the top ten!

Well, all except my significant contribution to orblogy.

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Wellington100 Forum Pro • Posts: 11,795
Some extraorbinary shots there, nice competition n/t

buckshot wrote:

Well folks you all made it into the top ten!! I appreciate your participation and thanks for your entries. Here are the results

10

Summit_pg

A good example to warm up to orbs

9

xeriwthe

Another good example to show us what orbs are

8

Allan K

This one seems to make the orbs “blend in”

7
skimble

This one got in because of the bumper orb … can't “un-see” it

6
Wymjym

Hard to spot but once seen you can't take your eyes off it!

5
jkuo

These decorative orbs are just amazing!

4
ImTherious

Nice example of the great detail the X10 can achieve.

3
shutterbobby

Sweet Sax and a nice shot (tighter crop on right would have moved this up)

2
Gary Wong Chit Hong

A very cool shot... wild orbations with black circles!!!

And here is the #1 image Congratulations Paul
Paul Till

Wow what an orb fest!

Thanks again for your participation.

PS If you are not already a member check out http://www.fujimugs.com

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