Autumnal Shoot In Margam Park (Kodachrome Slide)

Today was the first day we were able to get out with Great Photography Walks South Wales since Wales came out of lockdown yesterday. We prayed for good weather as it has been very wet lately, and we were lucky enough to have a few fine hours to get some amazing shots of Margam at this wonderful time of year.

My plan for the day was simple. Capture the wonders of autumn, in camera, using only my Fred Herzog Kodachrome Slide Film film simulation from the jpegs that my new Fujifilm X-T3 produces. This simulation is really meant for street photography and architecture, but I thought I would give it a go in the countryside, and I am more than happy with the results!

A couple of the images were cropped slightly using Photoscape X Pro, and they were all resized to 1200×800. No other edits were performed to these images.

This is definitely a look that I really like. The film recipe I used has grain in it, and so if you zoom you will see added grain, but I think that adds to the filmic qualities of the images.

The more I use Fujifilm camera’s, the more I just want to shoot using jpeg as they are so perfect, however I still shoot raw and jpeg just so I can have something to go back to should I need to, plus I can use the raw files to design more film simulation recipes.

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— You’ll find a full section of Fujifilm Film Simulations here, and there are more added on a regular basis.

Sunset At Aberavon Beach

It’s been a long time since I have been out and about, and today I didn’t think I would get outside as the weather has been so bad. However, half hour before sunset I noticed there was a break in the weather, and so made a dash for it! I run down the road to the beach, and the fun then began!

This was the first time I had used my brand new Fujifilm X-T3 out in the wild and under pressure. The wind was gale force, the water and foam of the beach were blowing at me, and the prospect of a downpour was looming ever closer as I started taking photographs! For today’s shoot I decided to take my 15-45mm Fujinon lens so that I could try the crop mode at 45mm and see how much extra reach I could get.

I was taking photo’s, but things didn’t seem right. This particular lens does not have an aperture ring, and I couldn’t get the aperture to stay at F9 to start with. I noticed the “P” on the screen for Program Mode, but I could not get rid of it! Eventually, after a few photo’s, I realised that my front and rear command dials were opposite to what they had been on my X-T20, so I eventually sorted that out!

I managed to get 140 photographs (I was on, as usual continuous low shooting mode, so sometimes a couple of each shot, which can make a huge difference when choosing wave shots!)

Just before I started work on this blog, I also got the chance to shoot the moon. I had been wanting to try out the sports crop mode on the camera by shooting the moon, and I was happy with the results!

The moon at 230mm plus the camera 1.25x crop on sports mode

Tonight was a big learning curve for me with the new camera, apart from the problems at the beach, I somehow at first couldn’t photograph the moon, but then started to remember that this camera does things a little differently. I must get used to using all the dials on the top of the camera!

All images were initially edited in Capture One Pro, before being moved across to Photoscape X Pro where I tweaked the colours with a filter on low opacity, and then resized in the batch module.

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— All images taken with the new Fujifilm X-T3 with Fujinon 15-45mm lens. All shot in aperture priority mode except the moon which was in full manual. All EXIF data is in the images.

An Autumn Walk

We woke up this morning, looked out of the window and could see it was going to be a nice day. We dropped off Samuel to school and got in the car and headed out with the camera to take some autumnal photographs while we had the chance.

The idea today was to just get some lovely photographs to go with the ones we’ve taken with Samuel over the years. When Samuel is off school next week we will do the same with both the boys, so this was great practise to get some things right. I chose to take the Viltrox 23mm F/1.4 and Viltrox 85mm F/1.8 and have my settings set to the MGA Colour Chrome setting (which can be found in the Fuji section of the website).

The idea today blossomed into doing everything away from home, so I’m writing this in the car while Llinos is shopping and George is sleeping. The photos were transferred from the camera to my mobile phone via the Fuji mobile app, which works amazingly. Editing consisted of a couple little crops and a border added to the photographs, all performed in Snapseed.

So, here are the images after going through this process… Autumn is certainly upon us!

As can be seen, this all turned out really nice! It was quite a nice challenge that I set myself, and it turned out well.

Hopefully in the coming days I will share with you the shots that I took that were not of the family, but I just think this will be a change to a lot of my readers.

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Aberavon Sunset From The Top Of The Beach

You never know what type of sunset you will get at Aberavon, so the fun is just turning up and taking photographs of the sunset and seeing what happens. For me, I can never get enough of this beach, as it has the most beautiful sunsets in the area. Tonight was no exception, although I tackled it from the opposite side of the promenade that I usually take my photos from.

Tonight my gear was my trusty Fujifilm X-T20 with my Viltrox 23mm F/1.4 and Viltrox 85mm F/1.8 lenses. Along with this I also used my Huawei P30 Pro mobile for some photographs, although this blog entry will focus just on the camera photographs. One day I will do a side by side comparison of a shoot, photographed both with the camera and the mobile phone.

Photographs were shot in MGA Leica-Like film simulation (which can be found in the Fuji section of this website) and processed in Darktable, where they were simply straightened and cropped where needed. The couple of monochrome images were converted in Darktable and set to the Fuji Monochrome setting.

As always, please click on the photos to see them full screen, and you can also see full EXIF data.

I’m really impressed with the performance of the camera and lenses in the night time. Of the 200 photographs I took (I done a few panoramas which I will look at later, plus a few burst shots of joggers), only 3 of them suffered camera shake or missed focus. I am more than happy with that result!

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— I am always learning with my camera, and sometimes I push it too hard. I set a minimum shutter speed on my camera to 1/60th and a maximum ISO of 3200, and for 90% of the evening this worked perfectly, however with the 85mm lens on I could see I was sometimes having shake, so I have now adjusted the settings to 1/100 and maximum ISO of 6400. I’m more than happy with the limited noise these settings produced when pushed to that limit.

Clydach Canal Photography Outing

It’s always good to get out and about, especially in the climate we are currently facing. Meeting a group of friends from Great Photography Walks NPT we re-visited the Clydach Canal in Swansea, this time heading north instead of south through this idyllic part of the country.

I thought I would use this outing to try out two film simulations that I have been working on, in the real world. There was a of green, oranges and browns today, so it’s difficult to judge the Leica-Like recipe, however I’m really happy with the J-Street recipe. I will use older raw files to look at the results of Leica-Like and judge how I feel about it, but from the images here, I really do like it.

Shot with the X-T20 and Viltrox 23mm F/1.4 and Viltrox 85mm F/1.8, these images were placed into Photoscape X Pro where they were simply straightened or cropped. We had various lighting conditions, and both lenses perform slightly differently, so here are the results of todays meet.

As well as countryside and the canal, I did take photographs of some of the people who were at the meet with us. Here are a few of these people, I’ve tried to choose photographs which show the colours.

There we have it, it was a great day today and many photos were taken. As a side note, I also used Performance mode on the camera all day, and managed for the first time ever to get through a battery! I actually didn’t really notice much, if any difference using this mode to the standard mode, so may just switch it back over.

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*** Note: The Leica-Like film simulation was shot on White Balance custom setting 1 in these shots and these are the jpegs. When run through Fuji X Raw Studio and using Auto WB, the green shaded images change colour slightly as they are not in sunny conditions. This has been a great eye-opener in creating film simulations using custom white balance. Usually I haven’t seen much of a difference, but conditions today forced them.