Don't... blink...

Discussion in 'Fuji' started by Lightmancer, Sep 22, 2014.

  1. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Look, it's not my fault, okay? I'm not allowed to drive at the moment, due to having had a minor op. Thus I am confined to a daily constitutional around Sunny Frimley and it's environs. Trouble is, they are not particularly photogenic environs. I am therefore finding myself lurking around the cemetery at St Peter's Church; it is about the only place worth exploring in detail, hence the sudden superfluity of angels and Celtic crosses.

    My confinement has coincided with the re-acquisition of a Fuji X-M1. I had one in the past, when I had my X-E1, as a backup to same, but when I acquired my X-T1 and X-Pro1 it seemed a trifle extravagant. Well, one came up at a good price, and I could actually see the benefit of having a smaller X-mount body in the stable, so I snaffled it and have glued my 27mm to the front. This has proven to be an excellent rehabilitation choice (my op was on my right shoulder; I need to exercise but not stress it) - it is small, lightweight and, with optional grip and cheapo thumbs-up clone attached, quite good in the handling department. The 27mm, which I have had for a while now, is no speed demon itself and the close focus leaves a lot to be desired, but I can see that once I am back to my fully irritating self again I shall be able to continue to use the combination as a bit of a demon set-up for street.

    Anyway, in the interim I have been amusing myself, shooting stuff that can't move faster than I can. I hope you enjoy:

    Celtic Cross 3 par Lightmancer, on ipernity

    Celtic Cross 2 par Lightmancer, on ipernity

    Weeping Angel 4 par Lightmancer, on ipernity

    Weeping Angel 2 par Lightmancer, on ipernity

    Weeping Angel 6 par Lightmancer, on ipernity

    Madonna 1 par Lightmancer, on ipernity

    Weeping Angel 1 par Lightmancer, on ipernity
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  2. drd1135

    drd1135 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Lexington, Virginia
    When I see photos of statues like this, I always think of the weeping angels.
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  3. Richard

    Richard Top Veteran

    Feb 1, 2013
    Marlow, UK
    If you keep watching them through a viewfinder, does that count?

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  4. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    The miniscule size of that lens keeps me using it, and then sometimes the images I get surprise me in a good way. It's a keeper for sure.
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  5. christilou

    christilou Legend

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    Well who knew what treasure St. Peter's contained? I could probably walk here but instead I've visited every other Church both here and abroad :) Nice details, the angel looks a little similar to the one in Windlesham Parish Church.
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  6. donlaw

    donlaw All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Sep 14, 2012
    Great images! Don't Blink! Love that first weeping angel episode.
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  7. Love the treatment of the various statues.
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  8. Penfan2010

    Penfan2010 All-Pro

    Jul 21, 2012
    NJ, USA
    If you look at the picture again, the angel gets closer.....

    Nice shots, Lawrence. Don't forget that one DW episode where the Angels powers still worked through the video feed......
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  9. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Who's Lawrence...? :wink:
  10. Fantastic images!!!!! I love headstones and figures especially. The faces on the angels are amazing.
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  11. Somehow, when I saw the thread title, I knew. Great shots, Bill, I'm glad none of the angels have sharp teeth.
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  12. john m flores

    john m flores All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    Nice photos. One of my favorite episodes ever.
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  13. Biro

    Biro Super Moderator

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Great work, Bill. Your shoulder doesn't seem to be having a negative impact on your technique or creativity. BTW, how is working with the X-M1's rear LCD in daylight? I ask this of many XM1/X-A1 users. I have an unused 27mm pancake myself and keep thinking this might be a cheap way to put it to use.
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  14. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    I have NEVER been so confused browsing a thread of cemetery shots. Get well soon, amigo.
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  15. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY

    I really like these pix, perhaps they remind me of pushing Tri-X back in the day to get low light performance and that grainy/documentary look was part of the result.

    Anyhow, a question: many of these pix have a kind of graininess to them. I presume that is part of the inherent look of the subjects (but maybe not). Did you do anything special to the images in post to bring out that look? If so, details, please.

    Cheers, Jock
  16. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Thank you all, greatly appreciated.

    @Biro - I saw your question first over on FujiXspot, so this is a copy answer for the benefit of those who are only here. I'm really not a fan of rear screens; I'm a VF man, either E- or preferably O- but I have to say that with both this and my GR, the rear screen is acceptable. Both are quite contrasty to start with, but it is worth noting that the X-M1 allows you to boost brightness in really glary conditions. I haven't had to do that yet and I can't see that I would under most circumstances.

    That 27 is a lovely, under-rated lens and the X-M1 is a great "end cap" for it. One thing I realised/discovered today is that if you are set to manual focus, you can turn the camera off, drop it in your bag, knock it about a bit then get it out, turn it on and focus distance has not changed. This is one area in which fly-by-wire has an advantage over good ole' manual!

    @Jock my processing is a mixture. I use Elements 10 as my starting point, and all of these were straight from jpg. There are however two processing variants, best seen in the difference in rendition between "Weeping angel 6" which is SOOC with a minor bit of dodging and burning in PS, and "Weeping angel 4" which was passed through Topaz Labs B&W Effects 2 as well. The latter gives a more grainy, high contrast look that I think suits some subjects better than others.
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