X100 grabs todays skies

Discussion in 'Fuji' started by Iansky, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. Iansky

    Iansky All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    Cotswolds, UK
    Out this afternoon with the X100 and in between rain, shine I managed to capture a few images that I like.




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  2. chromatin64

    chromatin64 Veteran

    Apr 26, 2011
    A Leekist in York, UK
    More good stuff! The last one with the squall for me.
  3. Iansky

    Iansky All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    Cotswolds, UK
    Thanks Russ,

    It was great sat in the car watching this rain roll in, roll over and then leave a nice clean clear sky.
  4. winginkris

    winginkris Veteran

    Dec 15, 2011
    The second one for me! Love the foreground.
  5. thekeddi

    thekeddi Top Veteran

    Aug 15, 2011
    South Australia
  6. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    These are really nice!
  7. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    Did you use any polariser filters or anything? You seem to have gotten some great cloud detail in the sky, or did you apply a graduated filter in post?
  8. Awesome pics! Number 2 is my favorite, thanks for posting them.
  9. David_Manning

    David_Manning Regular

    Aug 23, 2011
    Aledo, Texas
    Great shots!
  10. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus Subscribing Member

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    Impressive skys and great tonal range in the 'land' as well.
  11. Iansky

    Iansky All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    Cotswolds, UK
    Hi James,

    No Polariser and no Grad, these are as they were and a case of metering from an area that maximised sky and allowed me to bring back foreground detail.

    The X100 metering is superb and coupled with that Fujinon lens allows a huge amount of detail to be captured.

    Of course Silver Efex Pro2 allows me to maximise the sky effect by using the HDR setting and increasing Structure as well but without the Raw image in the first place, nothing would be possible so Fuji have created a superb tool.
  12. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    That's great, man I want to get my hands on the X-Pro.
  13. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    Stunning, Ian - and your black and white tones are exceptionally well done! If I had to chose, I'd be torn between the last two...as my favorite. Fortunately, I get to see them all.:drinks:
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  14. Lili

    Lili Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    Omg! These are all suberb! Bravo! Bravissimo!
  15. Iansky

    Iansky All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    Cotswolds, UK
    Thank you all again for the kind comments.

    The X100 certainly can deliver the goods and it's size, weight and nice tactlle operation make it easy to use in "Auto human mode" as opposed to "Auto camera mode", I can set the camera up as I want it and just pull it up quickly to me eye to compose, allow autofocus to do it's thing (I am convinced this is a fair bit faster since updating to firmware 1.13) then press that silent shutter - job done.

    I also find that I am using the X100 as I did my Leica Rangefinder and by that I mean, I am previsualising the end result a lot more, being more thoughtful with my settings and in turn shooting fewer images but having a higher percentage of keepers.

    I have also got to the point now where I have turned off the post shoot image display so that I have to make the camera display the image taken only if I want to check it, this again helps reduce overall shot to shot time and allows me more time to look for the next image.

    All in all I am sure you can gather that I am delighted with the performance of this camera and the end results, as long as people take the time & effort to understand the camera and it's idiosyncrasies it will provide end results that really please.
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  16. snkenai

    snkenai All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
    kenai, AK
    Stephen Noel
    As I read somewhere, does the "eye", ability to see and capture, come with this camera? If so I in danger of selling what ever it takes to get one! Beautiful work.
  17. Iansky

    Iansky All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    Cotswolds, UK
    Alas Steve they do not but the camera certainly encourages thoughtful photography and rewards that with satisfying results. I am sure there is nothing wrong with your eye or associated skill set and I am sure you get a great deal of satisfaction from your photography.

    Thank you though for the kind remarks.
  18. nikki

    nikki Top Veteran

    Sep 12, 2011
    Dublin ,Ireland
    Wonderful images Ian !
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  19. Iansky

    Iansky All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    Cotswolds, UK
    Sorry for delay in responding - I keep a UV filter on the lens at all times and even though the X100 has a built in ND filter I did not use it or any other type of filter.

    Once I have processed the basics in PS and use SFX (Silever Efex Pro) for my B&W conversion and for these images I used the full HDR option as it allows me to bring out the full effect of the sky, it does need some additional structure adding but worth it.