Fujifilm X100S – “the pocket-XPro”

Type S

Never wanted to write one of these “it’s been a little quiet here” posts, but it actually¬†was a little quiet here ūüė¶

2013 has been busy so far, since I started to earn some money with my photography besides my main job as a sales manager. My respect goes to all those brave freelancers and full-time professionals out there, I just dipped my toe into the pro-water and am soooo glad to have that financial backing of my main job. Furthermore its kind of nice to switch to “non-photographic” thoughts¬†now and then.

By the way, that’s why I also have some changes/updates regarding this website on my agenda – but filed this under “Priority: C” at the moment…

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X-Pro1 HighISO RAW in Lightroom 4.2 | Detail

X-Pro1 HighISO RAW in Lightroom 4.2 | Detail

I’m not a PixelPeeper. seriously not. But even I noticed the amount of “watercolouring” in some X-Pro shots containing very fine details, when processing them in Lightroom 4.

I achieved the best results in terms of details and sharpness with the SilkyPix¬†software that came with the X-Pro, but wasn’t satisfied with a “2-app-workflow” consisting of SilkyPix¬†(->16bit¬†Tiff->) and Lightroom. This becomes a pain in the arse as soon as you have to edit more than 3 images per session.

So like most of us X-Trans users, I was waiting/hoping for Adobe to improve the support for our beloved .RAF files in LR 4.2…

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Photokina 2012

the Fuji-Taxi

Yes, I’ve been to the Photokina 2012 fair. And I had a camera with me…

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How to shoot film… without using film

afterwork chat
In 2011, I shot nearly 70 rolls of film. I love film. And I really love my Olympus OM-cameras and their fine ZUIKO primes.

I also love the unique look of film and the classic DOF-control¬†of the 135-format (with those great fast lenses from the film era). But I don’t¬†love the amount of time, film-photography eats up. Actually, I just don’t have enough spare time anymore to shoot film on a daily basis. Unfortunately ūüė¶

Of course, I could just grab my Fujifilm¬†X-Pro1¬†and enjoy the benefits of digital photography –¬†but in spite¬†of the Fuji’s¬†serious¬†retro-feeling,¬†there’s always something¬†missing for me. So I was looking for something between the ultrahigh-resolution-EverythingByWire-digital-world, and the charming slow, manual, organic¬†and often imperfect¬†world of film-photography.

And since there isn’t a digital back for my OM-cameras, here’s the compromise I found for me…

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First day on the street with the Fujifilm X-Pro1

Don’t worry, I’m not going to write a pseudo-review about this camera (there are tons of that stuff on the web), and I’ll neither bore you with my personal “first impressions”¬†or something like that (not yet).

I just shot some test-frames on the streets of Frankfurt/Main today and would like to share them. I¬†hadn’t planned to shoot this special event, but as soon as I stepped¬†out of the parking garage, I found myself in the middle of an anti-capitalism protest.

It’s like Frank Jackson said: “sometimes I happen to photography, and sometimes photography happens to me…”

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Infected with Polaroid

Analogtestkabine (Polaroid)
OMG,¬†I knew this could happen anytime…

I got infected with the Polaroid-virus and so I was in the need of a proper Polaroid camera to satisfy my new addiction with some of the¬†awesome new films, the guys from “The Impossible Project”¬†produce in the former Polaroid plant in Enschede, Netherlands.

Yeah, I decided this very special “limited edition” of a Polaroid 600 is a good way to start, since it looks like proper photographic gear and¬†is still kind of unobtrusive when shooting street, isn’t it? ūüôā

Expect some instant stuff to come…

Project (kind of) 2012: gas station

122.222 km
Do you still remember your new year’s resolutions from december? Still on track with them? Did you have some at all?

The only resolution I was thinking about (besides that of my next digital camera), was some kind of a photographic project for 2012. Some of the photographers I know, imposed themselves projects like 365(366)’s, 52’s, A-Z’s, film-, subject- or even colour-related projects or something like that for 2012 and I think most of this stuff is good to keep the own creativity and frequency flowing. Good idea.

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Thank you, Olympus-Service! Good-bye PEN No. 548!

PEN No. 548

A few weeks ago, I bought an Olympus¬†FL-300 R flash which – unfortunately –¬†didn’t work when mounted to my PEN E-P3’s¬†hotshoe.¬†However in¬†RC mode¬†the unit worked fine and even on other PEN’s hothoes the flash behaved properly.

Actually, that didn’t bother me much since I bought¬†the flash for off-camera lighting only. But when you spend some ‚ā¨’s on a¬†brand new camera like the E-P3 and it seems to be the only camera the new flash doesn’t work with, you start to think twice. At least I did.

I posted this¬†scenario on¬†a german Olympus forum to see if other customers expected similar problems with their PENs/flashes,¬†but based on this posting, I got contacted by the Olympus-Service Hamburg…

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catching up: Belek 2011

working in the sunset

It’s been a little bit quite here, sorry! Had a freakin’ busy time at work and wasn’t able to spend much time shooting or blogging (there’s nothing to blog when nothing is shot).

I’m sure nobody¬†wants to see¬†classic family-holiday¬†photos¬†here. But since I tried to introduce some kind of street-style to¬†a few¬†shots of our latest vacation to Belek/Turkey, I decided to¬†post a short photographic summary of the trip. At least it’s¬†another step for me to catch up on my photographic queue because I’m processing the¬†digital frames chronologically. So – yes, coming up next: holiday-photographs…

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Berlin Calling – Part 3: shooting film is hard work!

My scanner was glowing in the dark after scanning the last frame of my recent trip to berlin!

Damn, I¬†know that shooting film causes a lot of work compared to digital and I always have fun while scanning my frames and getting¬†them ready for the screen, but after roll no. 10 of this project¬†my motivation began to decrease…

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