X-Pro Tour (part 2)
Villages of FranceThis is part 2 of my continuing X-Pro Tour of images from my travels, stories behind the photos, and my thoughts and experiences with the Fuji X-Pro2 (I posted Part 1 on May 13) In the captions I’ll provide the story behind the shot along with technical info (non-tech folks just ignore the part at the end of the captions.)
I flew to Europe on Mother’s Day with my wife and 3 1/2 year old daughter. Ten hours on a jumbo jet is not exactly what Barb had in mind for Mother’s Day so the other day I tried to give her a bit of a break and keep an eye on our daughter so she could enjoy our travels to some nearby villages and have a chance to look around and shoot some of her own photos.
This is my first overseas shooting venture where I had to shoot with one eye while keeping my other eye on my 3 1/2 year-old. Not to mention the challenge of holding her hand with my left hand and shooting with my right. This sure made having a zoom lens very handy as changing lenses just wasn’t an option in many cases. I found myself using the 18-55mm lens quite a bit on our alternate “Mother’s Day.” Luckily one handed shooting is feasible with the X-Pro2 though not my preferred method. On subsequent days Barb was kind enough to watch our daughter when I needed to shoot.
Uses for X-Pro2 Processing
(this section for the photographers- if you’re not one, feel free to ignore the next three paragraphs and just enjoy the photos)
I’m finding that using the X-Pro2 is allowing me to re-live some useful aspects of my photographic life from the film age such as shooting transparencies and black and white on a rangefinder…but with a modern system.
For all the years I’ve been shooting digitally I’ve mostly shot RAW + JPEG but admittedly rarely use the JPEGs except for reference or occasionally if I need something ready to go for emailing or posting online. But as Ansel Adams said “The negative is comparable to the composer’s score and the print to its performance” These days the RAW file is the negative so that’s what I use for printing. Although JPEGs are processed images I still end up tweaking them to communicate what I intend, the best I can, even for posting online. I should point out that I feel that posting photos online is a two edged sword. It allows me to communicate but at the same time I hate the fact that photos posted online are pathetic compared to what I can communicate with large prints.
What does all this have to do with the X-Pro2? Now I’m using in-camera JPEGs to help me visualize. Here’s my method: Much of the time I’ll leave the X-Pro2 set for Acros (black and white) but if I’m in a situation where color is integral to the story I’ll switch to Provia or Velvia. I find this helpful because I tend to get in a particular mode where I’m visualizing in either black and white or color and the film simulations on the camera help with the mental switch.
Until I got this camera I just did all this in my head and although not necessary it sure is nice to have these options. I still end up using RAW files but with the same film profiles built into Lightroom I just make a virtual copy in LR and apply my Acros, Velvia or whatever profile is appropriate. This alone might be reason enough for me to keep using Lightroom in spite of its inability to keep up with modern sensors and file sizes.
More photos, travels and X-Pro thoughts in a few days!